I am concerned that my blog yesterday may have stifled debate, and that is just opposite of what I was hoping would happen. Healthy debate is necessary if we are to accomplish anything. Polite platitudes without real discussion would defeat our purpose. Unity without substance would just be a social gathering and would accomplish little. Here is what I think we should do as a site community:
1. Find and define common political ground.
We want your help in doing this. We do not want to control the details of what should be accomplished here. That should be formed by the community.
2. Decide upon, refine, focus and spread a plan of action.
We are only a tiny speck on the web but the ideas we espouse can spread if we all help. There is already a lot of awareness out there that the conservative base is in trouble. Our message should resonate with a lot of people, especially since there is a similar but opposite message beginning to gain ground. That is the idea that if we don’t become more moderate in our views (which actually means liberal), then we will be responsible for ruining our party and damaging the country.
3. Learn to discuss divisive issues without dividing as a community.
This morning Rush talked about what is now widely being discussed by the liberals; the fracturing of the conservative base. Rush’s brother believes a big part of this is because of the war. I heard that comment ten minutes after jotting down my ideas for writing this blog. One thing I had written was that I believe we have some major issues that are dividing our base, the war being number one.
4. Identify areas causing division in the Republican Party.
I believe the war is first, and then perhaps whether there was governmental complicity in 9/11. Can we accept such widely different but sincerely held beliefs and still remain a unified party? Can we find ways to remain cohesive regarding the protection of the Constitution? What is more important, the war or salvaging the principles that protect freedom? Are these discussions we can have without breaking apart? I keep thinking of the book The Hobbit. At the end of the story, there is threat of war between the elves, dwarves and men. Because of mindless outrage, logic plays no part. Right before the fighting breaks out, the evil orcs come in great numbers and the previous three groups have to unite to defeat a bigger and more dangerous enemy. Don’t let the liberals succeed in pitting us against each other.
I do not believe people who are for, or people who are against the war are inherently evil because of their view. They have reasons for believing the way they do. We have a bigger enemy, and a greater cause, one that will affect future generations. Let us focus on that and remember to not let go of that glue that binds us when we have lively discussions here on a variety of topics.
Can we find ways to resist the pressure to pull our party to the left? Help us identify the sources of influence behind that pressure and ways to keep that influence from succeeding. Please share your ideas. I am going to sit back, not interfere and leave this to you. Don’t leave in a huff if someone differs from you since that will play into the problem of a divided party. Thanks to all who post and to those who only read. Terrie says our numbers are growing fast on this site even though most are only readers. That is very encouraging. She also has said that the percentage who are bookmarking this site is extremely high, far above the average. In addition, a number of blogs have been posting our articles. This is only the beginning.