The November elections must serve as a wake-up call for those who love limited government, individual liberties and the principles of free enterprise — as embodied in America's founding documents.
Mitt Romney and the GOP did not lose on principles, nor because of a biased media, nor because their opponents offered superior candidates or better ideas. They lost because Republicans preached to a choir too small to win on a national level. In the process they ignored or alienated various factions that were easily influenced by progressive arguments or swayed by single issues where they saw the GOP as threatening their own self-interests.
Additionally, the GOP was beaten badly in getting the vote out and in messaging, with the Democrats appealing to emotions and far better targeting/tailoring communications for various demographic groups.
As a result, America now faces four more years of a continued reckless spending with a devastating slide toward unsustainable debt and the serfdom of government dependence. And millions of conservative, libertarian and socially-moderate-but-fiscally-conservative Americans are suffering despair, pessimism, defeatism, anger, hopelessness and even withdrawal.
These emotions are the wrong responses.
Now is not a time to surrender or disengage. Now is a time for those who can to connect, educate and inspire others.
Libertarian/conservative Americans and those moderates who agree with them on perhaps 80 percent of the issues must unite and get involved. Otherwise, the future will be handed to an ideological well-organized minority that truly sees more government as the answer to everything.
To begin, all need to accept several realities.
What is happening today is not to be blamed on President Barack Obama or Rep. Nancy Pelosi or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. It took decades for America to slide. And it happened on our watch — while we, the "silent majority," were engaged in our careers and raising families.
It will now take decades and a generation or two to turn the ship around.
To begin, today's young Americans of all demographics must better understand America and its promise.
Our failure so far to reach/educate/unite others should not be blamed on the media, Hollywood or academe. Blame instead too much apathy, the breakup of the family, an inability of libertarians, conservatives and moderates to focus on where they agree and unite behind common goals, a failure to understand today's demographics — and a serious void in leadership.
Today's progressives are clearly led by the president. But it's impossible to name the leading conservative voice today — a vacuum filled by radio/TV talk-show hosts and guests who will never bring into the tent the millions needed to restore the America we love.
New leadership is needed to end the infighting among conservatives, libertarians and centrists — to cease the destructive bickering that helps progressives score victory after victory.
Witness the current debate on immigration reform — with right-wing spokespersons declaring Sen. Marco Rubio a Republican in name only (RINO).
What we need is a new well-designed national platform where the issues of the day are presented every week on TV and the Internet — perhaps every Saturday morning, hosted by leading conservatives, libertarians and moderates (but not politicians).
A rebirth of William F. Buckley's "Firing Line" and the earlier, most-watched "Fulton Sheen Program."
A platform focused not on feeding "red meat" to the right-wing choir, but engaging in calm, thoughtful and intelligent conversation with all Americans who are misled about what makes America exceptional.
Weekly discussions on our nation's founding principles, the pitfalls and historical failures of collectivism, the strengths of a society based on individual liberties, the moral arguments for capitalism, wealth creation and personal ownership — subjects badly misunderstood today.
A broadcast focused 100 percent on issues/ideas and not on personalities — without the shouting matches that mark many of today's programs.
Could sponsors/advertisers be found for such a program? Yes.
Would there be an audience? Absolutely yes! Many millions hunger for such discussion.
All we need is an organization to take the lead.