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Romney Must Lead to Save America

Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 07:36 PM

By Richard Viguerie

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President Obama keeps telling us that this campaign is about two competing visions for America. This is one Obama statement we actually agree with.

History shows that Republicans win only when they nationalize the election and present a vision of the future that is based on shrinking government, encouraging personal and economic freedom and advancing the conservative social agenda.

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Republicans won an historic victory in 2010 largely on the strength of the tea party.
Obama and the Democrats have made it clear they want to fundamentally remake American society. Millions of Americans are deeply troubled by the Democratic Party’s advocacy of same-sex marriage, abortion on demand and the vast growth of federal government dependency that Obama’s policies have created.

Unfortunately Governor Romney is MIA in this competition, and isn’t offering his own vision of America to compete with Obama’s truly radical vision of the future. The GOP establishment, firm in its belief that the only way to win is to run a content-free campaign, appears to have no intention of offering a competing vision either.

In their advertising and day-to-day campaign messaging, the Romney campaign and the Republican Party aren’t even in the ball game, let alone on the airwaves, on the issues that win elections for Republicans. It is going to be up to conservatives to fill in the blanks and answer the challenge of the Democrats’ radical secular liberalism that the establishment GOP prefers to ignore.

Of course we are not going to abandon the presidential campaign — preventing a second Obama term is too important — but we can have an even greater impact by making sure key states elect Republicans to the United States Senate.

Every state with a Senate election is important. If you live in a state with a Senate seat on the ballot this year, you have the opportunity and the obligation to help save this country by defeating a Democrat who will vote to keep Democrat Harry Reid in the Senate Majority Leader’s chair.

Principled conservatives such as Todd Akin in Missouri, Richard Mourdock in Indiana, Josh Mandel in Ohio and Jeff Flake in Arizona are certain to join Senator Jim DeMint’s army and fight for conservative principles — we must make sure they win.

Republicans need to win a net total of four seats to gain a majority in the Senate. It is crucial to the future of the country that the current Democratic majority in the Senate is replaced with a Republican majority.

Here are three things every conservative should do make sure that Obama is defeated and a Republican majority is elected to the U.S. Senate:

First, we must get every conservative registered to vote.

Ask every conservative you know if they are registered to vote. We all know people in our church, our workplace, our neighborhood, even our own families who share our values, but who are not registered to vote. They may not even realize that by moving and not re-registering at their new address they may have caused a change in their voter registration status.

Democrats are engaged in a massive and potentially fraudulent voter registration effort, which includes mailing registration forms to dead people and even dogs. We must make sure every conservative who is legally eligible to vote is registered so they can vote.

Each state has different rules for voter registration. To learn more about registering to vote a good place to start is the United States Election Assistance Commission’s website.

Second, we must educate our fellow citizens about the damage Obama has done and the Democrats’ radical secular liberal agenda.

This election, it is going to be up to us conservatives to formulate and present that alternative to members of our churches and synagogues, our co-workers, our neighbors, our friends and family — because the Republican establishment won’t do it.

We need to educate our fellow citizens about the vast economic damage Obama has done to this country. A good place to start is with a chart provided by Sen. John Thune, Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

The chart includes sources for each fact presented and is a valuable resource for letters to the editor, calls to talk radio and water cooler debates.

As important as the economy will be in this election, man does not live by bread alone. We must also educate our fellow citizens on exactly what the Democrats’ radical secular agenda means for the future of our society.

Conservative Catholics, Evangelical Christians and traditional Jews all share a common set of beliefs on same-sex marriage, abortion, religious freedom and other traditional values that would be destroyed if the Democrats prevail. We need to work tirelessly to educate our fellow believers about the threat the Democrats’ agenda represents to those values.

Third, we must make sure conservatives turn out and vote on Election Day.

In 2006, some 4 million conservative voters stayed home and Republicans suffered a devastating defeat in the congressional elections. Lack of conservative enthusiasm contributed to establishment Republican John McCain’s defeat in 2008 as McCain failed to embrace the conservative agenda. In 2010, when the small government constitutional conservatives of the tea party were the face of the GOP, Republicans won an historic victory in the elections from the Senate to city hall.

Conservatives must generate that same kind of grassroots turnout effort this year for every Republican Senate candidate, especially principled conservatives such as Todd Akin in Missouri, Richard Mourdock in Indiana, Josh Mandel in Ohio and Jeff Flake in Arizona.

Not only will this elect a Republican majority in the Senate to stop the national Democrats’ frightening agenda, it will also help ensure the election of down-ballot conservatives, thus ensuring that we have conservative government at the local and state level. Electing those down-ballot conservatives will also create a pool of experienced conservative candidates for the future.

The Romney campaign has thus far made a grave error in failing to embrace the conservative social agenda and recognize the bottom-up power of grassroots conservatives. If you care about the future of this great country, and all it holds for your children and grandchildren, don’t wait for orders from Republican Party campaign headquarters — take these ideas and head for the sound of the guns.

Richard A. Viguerie pioneered the use of direct mail in politics. He made it possible for candidates and causes to raise money from millions of small contributors rather than from a few “fat cats.” Read more reports from Richard Viguerie — Click Here Now.

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