Guest Blog by Steven Stubbs (SGS)
I want to comment on something that is related to the King transcript as posted by Chuck under “Respect for the Flag” post. For example, CNN’s Larry King said the following: “Are some of those what might be core conservatives — what might be kind of whacko — there is a whacko on both sides of this… They’re over the deep end.” And, “so, therefore, … should [McCain] just not kowtow to them?” Those are just a couple of the statements made by Larry. The rest of his guests on that show shared similar viewpoints.
I find it amazing that those people failed to recognize the fundamental truth of the conservatives and evangelicals — they ARE the grassroots movement of the Republican party. Think about it; the independents and moderates are independents and moderates because they want to remain neutral. They want to have the option to look at the picture as it is applicable to themselves, and from there, decide which candidate would be the best fit for what they want. They do not look toward the horizon. They do not have any vision on the direction this country should go. Rather, they see only the picture that matters to them. No, they do not see the big picture at all. They only see what matters to them individually and only at that time. For example, they see the cost of their health care coverage increasing at a faster rate than their salaries. They see that they have less and less cash available and they want someone to do something about it. They want to see the end in the surge of health care cost. They do not care how it is done. They do not know the causes, nor do they care to know. They do not understand the impact of having someone taking over; how it could impact them in the long term. Nor do they care about this impact. They only want something to be done about it, and immediately. This is the only thing they want.
Because they see only what they want to see, and they have no long term vision (how many Americans are actively putting aside some fund in their retirement accounts?), they will not go out knocking on the doors. They will not spend hour after hour calling total strangers. They will not commit their time to any candidate. Nor will they donate any significant amount of their own money to a campaign. It is because they lack the passion. They only care about the comfort of their lives and nothing more. Beyond that, they do not have any passion for anything. They blindly follow along like sheep.
Those pundits on King’s show claim McCain should not “mollify” the wackos. They forgot that those wackos are wackos because they feel strongly about the causes. They have committed themselves to the causes the Republican Party used to represent. The hard reality is that McCain will not survive without this “whackos” base. You need to have a passion to overcome your desire for things of the world. You must have the vision, be it yours or others (including the one God has for us and this country), to extend outside of yourselves. And the conservatives are the passionate and visionary people, which includes the evangelicals. In 2004, we saw a record number of voters in many states because many of those states had a marriage amendment issue on their ballots. Protecting the family, among many causes, matters a great deal to conservative and values oriented voters. So, because of the conservative and values causes, they all are willing to expend their time, money, skill and everything for the causes they feel so strongly about.
This is the very reason why I think McCain will lose the election this fall. He will fail to appeal to a sufficient number within the base of the Republican Party. He won’t be able to get them to donate as much money or as much time to his campaign as in the past. He does not inspire them with his vision, because his and their visions are different. He does not motivate the conservatives, because he does not share the same feelings as they do for their causes. He does not excite the evangelicals because he does not share the same values as they do. He will not get them to go out in force and work for him, because he has nothing to offer to them directly. The only thing McCain could offer to them is the hope that the Obama or Clinton administration won’t happen; that the vision of either of these administrations to use national government to solve every single American problem will never get executed.