If Not Now, When?

Assemblymember Marie Waldron Assemblymember Marie Waldron


Once upon a time, there stood a “Grand Old Party”, the party of Lincoln, the party of Reagan.  A political party that stood for principles and values.   There once was a party that was not ashamed to say their platform was pro-life, pro-family and good old “America-First” values.  Where is this party because I want to join!   

Never before in our history have our Constitutional principles and our freedoms, values and American culture and way of life been under attack as it is today.   Will we stand firm now to restore our principles and values?    If not now, when?

Will we wait until our kids and grandkids have the yolk of government oppression on them?  Their future paychecks are already docked even before they get out of school.   Will you be able to look your child in the eye and say you did everyhing you could to fight the loss of liberty or were you too afraid of being called a name, like “too conservative”, “right wing” or even “racist” because you support America?     We stand at a pivotal time.  If the Republican party will go back to its roots, it can actually win big and take back our country from the socialist Democratic party control that is destroying our very foundations.  

Because of citizens’ unhappiness with their elected officials, the push to form a third party is getting stronger.   At this time, that would be devastating to the Republican party because so many of the principles which we should be espousing would be pre-empted by a third party.  I feel it is far wiser and better to rebuild the Republican party and to firm up its principles than to go for broke and try a third party.  

HOWEVER, if the party does not embrace its founding principles, we, as our nation once did, will have no choice but to look for independence.

Every candidate on the Republican ticket for any office tries to put themselves in the same league as Pres. Ronald Reagan.   How absurd is that? They make promises they can’t and won’t keep and they vote like the Rhinos so many of them are.  Then came the scandals.  A once-respected fighter pilot Congressman who whores his votes and another Senator playing footsie in the restrooms, just to name a few.   A bunch of elitists from both parties, serving life sentences as House and Senate members, losing touch with the average American and OUR VALUES each and every day!    And the best we could put up as the leading candidate for President was McCain, the most liberal of them all.   Certainly we have some honorable officials serving in Congress, but beyond those few, who stood with the American citizens against the Bush bailout, they are few indeed.  No wonder the Republican voters feel disenfranchised.   

Remember Colin Powell criticizing the Republican Party as being in “big trouble” because they are not center enough?  (Read it in CongressDailyAM).   Powell says the GOP is “getting smaller and smaller” and hopes that rising leaders in the party will not voice the values of the “far right”.   The media had a field day with this because they knew if they say it enough, people will begin to believe it!  How false that turned out to be!

First of all, this moving to the left is exactly the reason Republican voters have left the party in droves or are sitting on the sidelines.   In walking precincts in the 2006 primary, 2006 general and 2008 elections, the voters were united in their disillusionment with the GOP.  They said the party was not conservative enough and they were not enthusiastic to come out and vote for people who would not represent them and stand for principles.   I remember standing in a man’s driveway begging him to come out to vote because we needed his vote.  Retired from the Navy, he was so upset with the party he really felt his vote would not count.   So home they stayed.  And Obama we got.

Instead of embracing the conservative base of the party, we keep hearing the phrase, “Oh, so-and-so is too conservative.  They are a polarizing figure”.   For example, I remember hearing that over and over at the CA GOP convention back during the recall effort of Gray Davis when I would say I was voting for Tom McClintok instead of Arnold.   And the result is the people we elect support higher taxes, open borders, bigger government and more restrictions on our freedoms.  Gov. Sarah Palin is a rising star in our party, yet so many in the party are critizing her.  She was the reason the Republican party had a brief renaissance – a fresh face and principles!  Don’t they see that the Democrats are afraid of her and that is the very reason the media is on full attack mode?    

Yes, this is a pivotal time in our history.  The GOP can take control for the next 20 – 30 years if we take back our party and embrace our founding principles.  Maybe we need to dust off and embrace the Constitution.  It is not embarrassing to quote from it.   President Reagan, just six weeks in office stated in a proclamation, “The freedom to choose a Godly path is the essence of liberty”.  He also stated that the Soviets, “believe that freedom is precious, too, so they ration it like all the other goods their people don’t have”.    Too bad our nation is beginning to sound more like the second quote.