From our perspective, the town hall was an enormous success. Even though printed signs and recording devices were banned, we made signs in line at the event and ensured that the voices of those who do not want the government to take over our healthcare system were heard. The questioning was carried out fairly and honestly; by our count, of the twenty questions asked, 13 were explicitly against the H.R. 3200 bill, 5 were for it, and two were undecided or asked questions that were not directly related to the bill.
Obama supporters hold up supposedly banned printed signs
Congressman Edwards himself showed up right on time but was not greeted by a standing ovation as has been reported elsewhere. It is true that many supporters stood to greet him, but they were the minority of those attending. In the minutes leading up to the event, our group and other concerned citizens held up signs and a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag. These signs ranged from criticisms of “Chedwards” to criticisms of the reform package in general (“Obamacare is assisted SEIU-icide”). Edwards answered most of the questions as we expected: he dodged many, twisted some statements into things they were not, and used the entire thing as a campaign event. He must have mentioned the VA clinic in Bryan that he has “saved” after every election about ten times. When asked whether he saw himself as a delegate or a trustee, he answered that he was a “representative.” He kept his cool until near the end, when he was visibly angered at the accusation that he was “allowed” by Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders to vote against Cap & Trade. While we would like to take him at his word, it is very suspicious that he was the second to last person to vote on the bill. Had the bill’s passage rested on his vote, would he have voted differently?
Chet Edwards insists that he has not yet decided how he will vote on this bill. He also made it clear that he had not yet read it during the town hall. Now is the time to make calls and pressure him to vote now. You can call his Brazos Valley office at (979) 691-8797. Make it clear that if he votes for this monstrosity, you will not vote for him in November of 2010.
Obamacare is Assisted SEIU-icide
The Importance of a conservative coalition is best seen by simply reading a newspaper, listening to the radio, or watching your television. However there is hope, and it’s best expressed in a slogan that is as true in our day as when it was first used by Ben Franklin; “Join, or Die”.
Though it may seem like we’re not in immediate threat today, our Freedoms are just as under attack now as they were in 1776. There is a great need for a conservative coalition that is devoted to restoring America to its roots in the Constitution and in freedom. We must unify or face certain darkness of a political kind that has unfortunately engulfed our allies in Europe. This darkness has been and, I’m sure, will always be knocking at America’s door. It may knock, but as long as men and women of America will fight for freedom, it will never come in.
This is simply the introduction to upcoming entries to this blog on the necessity of unity among conservatives and all lovers of freedom. Whether these are paleo-cons, fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, libertarians, moderates, neo-cons, and even disillusioned liberals who still love America and wish her to prosper and for freedom to endure to another day. I may not know everything about politics and the way things work in the world, but I do have a belief in an ideology, a way of life, a country founded on unalienable rights, and “that a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth”.
Pro Libertas, Pro Texana
Lance Goldsmith ‘12
I’m just as disappointed as the next conservative about our country being taken in by a silver-tongued socialist. Class envy and white guilt ruled the day on Nov 4. I don’t want to hear anything about racism holding anyone back anymore.
But conservatives need to snap out of any anger or depression they might have and get to work. An Obama presidency and unified Democratic government is a golden opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the conservative cause. Probably a very painful one, but an opportunity nonetheless. This is our chance to communicate what real conservatism is, the movement that the Republican Party largely betrayed over the past 8 years for a variety of reasons.
How can we do it? Over the past year or so, I’ve come to realize that these elections and campaigns come and go, and much of the outcome is already predetermined by the political mood or culture of the country. It is up to us conservatives not only to change the mood and make the pendulum swing back but also to start now in laying the groundwork for cultural renewal. The American people may have regular mood swings as one party or another eventually abuses its power, but beyond these oscillations is the larger context of political culture. We must shape American culture in a more conservative direction.
How can we shape culture? The best answer is to ask how the Left has hijacked American culture over the last century or so. The Left took over the media, academia, and the arts & entertainment spheres of American life. These are the three great molders of culture. We conservatives have Christian churches on our side (for the most part), but that alone is not going to cut it if we want to see a conservative political future. So we need more conservative journalists, professors, teachers, writers, film-makers, artists, etc. These are the crucial “second-hand dealers in ideas” that Friedrich Hayek wrote about in the Road to Serfdom.
Culture is king. It precedes poltics. Change the culture and the politics will follow naturally. This is what the Left has known so well all along, starting with the Marxists. It is time we took a page out of their playbook and gave our conservative philosophy some institutional teeth.