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…this blog is an outgrowth of my firm conviction that the counsel most Republican candidates get is flawed.  Let me take that a step further; it’s fatally flawed and is the key reason we lose more races than we win and . Many have come to believe we can’t take strong positions for fear of alienating the “center”.  I say that’s hogwash – or worse!

The result of not taking firm positions or standing on principals has given us crop after crop of lackluster candidates and, more importantly, unreliable legislators.  I’m here to tell you that people will always follow a leader, even if they don’t agree with everything he says or everywhere she wants the city, state or country to go.  For an example, we have to look no further than Barack Hussein Obama, who rode into office on a chant of “change” and “hope”, pointing in a certain direction and telling the country “we want to go there!”  And who did we choose as our banner-bearer – someone who wouldn’t take a firm position on anything (although he had them) and, by comparison, making Bob Dole look like he had a personality.

It doesn’t matter that where we would end up was never clear or that most Americans now realize it was in the wrong direction, he inspired people.  And that, my friend, is the reality Republicans have got to recognize and incorporate.  Engaging, inspiring and motivating people requires giving them something to desire.

It’s been noted that men’s minds are not inflamed by small ideas.  If Republicans want people to follow them, they have to be willing to lead.  Being afraid to take a position out of a sense of fear is not leadership.


Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

25 December 2009 at 9:57 pm

Posted in Basics

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  1. Hey J, looking forward to your rabblerousing! You know, whatever mashed potatos McCain appeared to be, I will say he made me sit up and care when he picked Sarah Palin to be his VIP. Either he picked he to score votes, or he picked her for what she was made of. Either way it was a polarizing choice which cost him, he had to have known that. I see it cost him votes, but on the other side I think it gave a lot of folks like us that have been disillusioned that a real person can get in there and play ball–O did not win by all that much after all and the machinations of the liberal Borg. It’s also shone a light into the darkness, we all are more aware of how the media has sold their soul to the devil and endeavors to win hearts and minds. Not to mention discovering Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals(breaking the enemy code as it were), we can bring a gun to a gun battle, instead of just a knife. (see I got Star Trek in there)


    26 December 2009 at 8:56 am

    • Celeste – thanks for your comment. I expect to have something to say about Ms Palin in a future post but, for now, let me just say the reaction from both camps to her says a lot about them. She – or, more to the point, what she represents – evokes strong emotion for and against. I find it significant that the only time McCain drew even with Obama in the pre-election polls was the week her nomination was announced.


      26 December 2009 at 11:03 am

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