Any minute now. Yes any second now. David Frum's head will explode at the thought! The thought that the Republican party should wholeheartedly embrace the Tea Party people.
I know that the Frums', David Brooks, all those "inside" people in Republican circles think that bringing the Tea Party people under the Republican banner is a disaster.
But, doing just that sends a message that the Democrats will not.
That the Republican party has learned its lesson. That it is not the party of conservative big government. That it will return to its roots. That government is best when it is the least. And that government needs to start at the level closest to the people. In other words, that it works best from the bottom up and not top down.
The Tea Party folks get that. They see that the current administration is embarking on a course that will deliver more and more power to Washington, D. C. And that the states will be burdened with more federal mandates that it will never be able to afford on its own. Thus the states will have to suck on the teat of the federal government. Same for counties and cities of all sizes. And where will the federal government get that money for it's teats?
From you and I, of course. In the form of higher taxes.
While the Democrat party is trying to offer the government as a security blanket for the public, the public is beginning to realize that the security blanket will not only come at a financial cost, but a cost of one's freedom. And that is what the Republican party has always stood for. And many Republicans stand for it today.
Why should the Republican party reach out to a leery group such as the Tea Party folks?
Because that is exactly what Ronald Reagan did.
Ever wonder what became of the conservative Democrat? Well, the conservative Democrat became conservative Republicans.
Same goes for traditionalist blue-collar workers.
Many independent voters pulled the lever for a Republican for the first time when Ronald Reagan ran for president in 1980 and for reelection in 1984.
It is because Mr. Reagan understood the dreams and aspirations of many of these people. They did not want a handout from the government. What they wanted was a government that worked for them. Not a government that over regulated. Not a government that made similar mandates on entrepreneurs that it makes on other divisions of government. These people, like the Tea Party people understand that a government that is large enough to give you so-called security is a government that can take away freedom and individual innitive.
That is why from Republican National Committee chair, Michael Steele, down to the county level GOP must reach out and get the Tea Party people into the fold.
If they are convinced, suicidally, that they do not need the Republican party and can have some kind of third-party surge, it is bad news all around.
See, the Frums', Brooks' and the insiders' world never gets that this is truly the big tent that the Republican party needs. I am very sorry to burst the bubble of Mr. Frum, but the New Haven crowd is not real interested in hearing anything remotely Republican. Let alone conservative. No matter how much Mr. Frum can convince some Republicans that if they only compromise more and more on so many issues, the type of voter Mr. Frum believes will come to the Republican fold will not. A few will. And I do not think we should not make some effort. But we can not keep rejecting basic principles. And that is what happened under the second George W. Bush presidential term.
Tea Party people are very well versed in the critical issues of the day. And they have a passion that middle-of-the-road voters rarely have. There are some very good people that maybe candidates for office from these people. We have to make every effort to make them feel a part of the Republican banner.
There is no doubt that these people are ready for November, 2010. They need a vehicle for their passion.
And that vehicle must be the Republican party.
So, fellow conservative Republicans, it is imperative that we embrace the Tea Party people to expand our party and to win back congress in 2010.