Let me suggest that if you too are wrapped up in the daily highs and lows of the presidential campaign – as I admit I am – it is easy to be discouraged right now, but to be discouraged now would be a grave error. Now is not the time for conservatives to be discouraged, now is the time for conservatives to work harder.
If you are reading this column, you are probably a leader in conservative politics, a thinker, and a concerned citizen. You are very likely to be the type of person the media calls a “political junkie.”
You watch FOX News, you read the paper and the news sites online and you think you know what’s going on in the world and in the presidential campaign.
The conventional wisdom we are getting from all of those sources is that Governor Romney’s campaign is dangerously adrift – and I tend to agree with that assessment – but that doesn’t mean the election is over.
Far from it.
The American people have yet to make up their minds on whether Barack Obama should have four more years to continue the damage he has done to our economy and to advance his plans to remake American society.
And if Governor Romney’s campaign has failed to embrace, or at least effectively communicate on those issues, we conservatives must continue to do so – even if it goes against the conventional wisdom and appears foolish to the "worldly wise" around us.
This is what our friends at The Manhattan Declaration remind us Paul called in 1 Corinthians 1:21, “the foolishness of preaching.”
In Paul’s day, the worldly wise already knew what they believed and considered it foolish to go into the public square and tell the story of Christ’s love.
It is no different today. The "worldly wise" – sometimes knows as the establishment media pundits, the TV commentators, the urban elite – are already convinced that the secular liberal agenda is not just a political winner this election, it is right.
The Democrats and President Obama threw down the gauntlet on the cultural issues at their national convention in their embrace of same sex marriage, government funded abortion on demand and their other plans to remake American society.
Unfortunately, it appears that Governor Romney and the Republicans would like to avoid taking-up the cultural issues. They consider it to be foolish to talk about the cultural issues because in their minds, stuck as they are in the day after the 1964 election, those issues are losers.
Of course this is a warped view of history. Since 1964, when Americans are presented with a clear choice between a conservative Republican agenda, and a liberal Democrat agenda, the voters always choose the conservative agenda – if Republicans present one to them.
The Republican establishment isn’t going to talk about the cultural issues, so it is up to each of us to go out into the public square and into our neighborhoods and “foolishly” do the preaching ourselves. We must, as I said in a recent column, educate our fellow citizens about the damage Obama has done and the Democrats’ radical secular liberal agenda.
When you do, you just might find, as one Northern Virginia Tea Partier reported recently, that there is no reason to be discouraged. People are hungry for the conservative message, eager to take a yard sign or bumper sticker and ready to vote when they hear the conservative alternative to Barack Obama’s frightening radical agenda.