Are we destroying ourselves?

April 27, 2013

unityIf you are involved in conservative politics, it does not take long to see that self-destruction is often our biggest threat.

Last year I had the privilege of listening to Anita Moncrief of True the Vote. After exposing corruption in the Democrat party, Ms. Moncrief was stuck for a while with being just an” ex-liberal “. It took her some time before she decided to identify as a conservative. The lack of commitment to unity of purpose and to each other within the conservative movement was enough to give her pause.

Anita Moncrief’s message resonated with me. I understand how we can be right on many issues yet so wrong in how we treat our candidates and each other.  I do not have any specific individuals in mind. What I see is a collective mindset that seems to rear its ugly head way too often in the midst of public discourse.

Here in NC, conservatives came together and worked long and hard to break a Democrat stronghold of corruption in our state. It was very inspiring and encouraging to observe this tremendous accomplishment.  Now, merely a few months after this victory , there is an air of impatience, lack of trust, and condemnation directed at legislators and fellow patriots that is very disheartening to me.

I think I understand some of the impatience. It’s been a long time since we’ve had any power – and maybe some of us have worked so long and so hard that we are ready to reap our rewards. But do those we worked to put in power owe us anything? Or did we elect them because we trusted them to make the right decisions, at least most of the time.

Please don’t get me wrong. I am a firm believer in holding elected officials accountable. We all need to have our feet held to the fire, myself included. The question is, how do we do it? Do we want to be confronted privately or publicly shamed? Have we forgotten that politicians are real people, with real feelings, and real families? We should be trying to build relationships with kindness so our needs and desires will be taken to heart. Aren’t our conservative politicians at least more likely to listen to us than the Democrats were?

What about our fellow conservative activists? I am all in favor of respectful dialogue, but hateful rhetoric is shameful. It does nothing but hurt us all.  We need to hear opposing opinions. But surely we do not have to agree on every minute point before we can work together. We shouldn’t need to bring every disagreement into the public light so we can shame those who don’t see eye-to-eye on every issue and every candidate.

If conservatives think putting the GOP in power was hard, I have news for them: Staying in power is going to be a whole lot tougher. Yet staying in power over time is what is necessary to reform the party from within. It will take a lot of time, patience, and forgiveness to work together to make this happen.

From what I have seen recently, it looks like the divide and conquer strategy from the left is working quite well.  Is it possible that little by little they are wearing us down? I heard a comment this week that made me stop and think.” Progressives are called that  because they are happy with each step of progress made and they continue to build on it.” Yes, the Progressives tend to be a very patient and determined group.

Anita Moncrief was a former strategist for the Democrat party. According to Moncrief, the liberals also have a grand vision and they stick to it. She warned us of the ten, twenty and forty year strategic plans held by the Democrats. They are well-orchestrated, well-funded and chomping at the bit to get back in power. Are we conservatives in NC going to let this happen?

Or can we create a long term vision that will keep us together through thick and thin? We have been given a huge opportunity here in NC. Let’s remember what we are fighting for and identify our true enemies. Let’s vow to put aside our differences and celebrate each small victory and patiently keep building upon it.

“We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to stand for something – for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are the things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.” ~ Ronald Reagan

 

By: Donna Mauney

Donna is a homeschooling mother of eight children, 5 biological and 3 adopted. She became involved in politics when she started homeschooling, in order to protect her rights as a parent and freedom to homeschool. Since then she has been active in several campaigns on a grassroots level.

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