Why “Now” and Not 2016
Whether or not the thought pleases us, we are already on the road to the next presidential election. Without a strong Republican showing in this year’s midterm election, we cannot realistically expect to slow the train of destruction that accelerated on that bleak November 6, 2012 when President Obama was returned to office. Republican victory this year hinges on these points:
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1) Unity is a must! I’m not talking about a blind following of whatever the current leaders have been espousing. Instead, Republicans should rally around their foundational beliefs: namely, to defend the Constitution in its entirety and to protect the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Recognizing and respecting Natural Law is the third non-negotiable, but that will take even more time to re-educate the public than the first two issues.
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2) A balanced federal budget is critical as well. Unlike the non-negotiables, however, Republicans can be still be true to this mission without pushing for a balanced budget amendment and by allowing for compromise as long as real progress is occurring.
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3) Immigration reform is part of respecting the dignity of human life. From both a moral as well as a practical standpoint, we must work on a fair path to citizenship (with consequences for illegal entry) at the same time we are striving to secure our borders. Rationalizing that the border issue comes first is self-defeating, is impractical, and will continue to validate the spurious claim that Republicans are insensitive. Denouncing a multi-task approach to immigration reform will risk losing the Hispanic vote, and others to follow them, for a long time.
4) Education is somehow flying under the radar. The “Common Core” initiative not only allows the federal government to infiltrate a domain which belongs to the states, but its so-called standards actually dumb-down the students. Instead of making them “college-ready” as “Obamacore” claims, it reduces them to making them merely “worker-ready” and produces an ignorance that makes future voters even more vulnerable to deception than they are now.
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Sure, Republicans will irritate teacher unions by opposing Common Core, but they never had their vote anyway. What is at stake is just the future of the voting citizenry. Charter schools are working wonders in New Orleans and elsewhere, but this undermines the Democratic need to have the public dependent on them because improved education is a sure way out of poverty. Thus, we have New York City Mayor de Blasio, the California State Board of Education, and the Obama administration taking hatchets to an innovative and very successful concept.1
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5) Of course, in addition to Obamacore, there’s Obamacare. Common sense understands that this white elephant is both unworkable and immoral. Before our President uses its failures as an excuse to leap to socialized medicine, Republicans need to make sure it changes to an albatross for their opponents. HOWEVER, for that to happen, they must propose a solution. Defunding it on a federal level and returning it to the states would be a start – but that can happen only if the Senate is recaptured this year.
6) Get the word out! As the founders of Ohio Conservative Review know, the reason Obama was re-elected was because a sufficient number of swing voters believed the Obama-tales and didn’t understand how the Republican philosophy was really more closely aligned with theirs. Now they, and we, are suffering the consequences.
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All of us, Republicans and Independents, must explain the values which influence our lives and ensure that our senators and representatives to be elected this year reflect them. Despite what the proponents of political correctness claims, values are important and cannot be stifled.
As Dr. Benjamin Carson reminds us:
The Roman Empire was very, very much like us. They lost their moral core, their sense of values in terms of who they were. And after all of those things converged together, they just went right down the tubes very quickly.
The time is NOW. We can’t wait for 2016. In the last seventeen months alone, we’ve seen more damaging federal court appointments, Senate rule changes which stifle fair debate, proposed military reductions in a world political climate already worsened by our President’s foreign policy mistakes, encroachments on our inalienable rights, etc. etc.
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There’s a lot of work to be done over the next seven months. But the timeless values which motivated our forefathers over two centuries ago are very much alive today. We can take heart that our challenge, while difficult, is nothing like what faced our outmanned and underfunded army under General Washington. They survived a brutal winter and emerged stronger. We are experiencing a constitutional and a moral winter and we can emerge stronger ourselves.
As we move toward November let us remember one of Washington’s quotes:
We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth New Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times. 
– GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Major General Philip Schuyler, Jul. 15, 1777
We must politically recapture the city named after him.
Oscar A. (Tony) Rubio is a writer who merges the lessons of history with current events to suggest a better path. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio and believes that our national mood would be improved if we listened to more Big Band and Jazz as we look forward to the White House changing occupants on January 20, 2017. Tony blogs at www.cartaremi.wordpress.com and www.sportuoso.wordpress.com.
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1 – “When politics can trump doing right thing for youth, by Thomas Sowell (a senior fellow at the Hoover Instiution, Stanford University), published in the Hamilton JournalNews, 3/12/2014