The OCR Story:
After the disappointment of the November 2012 General Election, conservatives were left with many questions.
The soul-searching and identity crisis of the GOP following the result of the 2012 General Election has been well-documented. The lost races for the White House and U.S. Senate left conservatives wondering what role they had played, and would play going forward. Many were anxious about whether the Republican party would recommit to the principles of its platform–those conservative ideals that helped the GOP take back the US House of Representatives and John Kasich defeat Ted Strickland in 2010. Would the GOP or the ORP sell out their base and move toward the fiscal and social policies of the Left? Are conservatives too philosophically scattered to exert any lasting political influence?
Stirred by these questions, a handful of men from southwest Ohio committed themselves to meeting once a month for dinner, prayer, and no-holds-barred critique of the state and strategy of the contemporary conservative movement. Out of these dinners came two overarching determinations:
- Conservatives have a messaging problem. The public does not understand the value and relevancy of conservative ideas about truly American values. The political and cultural Left has out-messaged us. In order to compete, conservatives need to better engage the marketplace of ideas. Like Reagan, they need to convey the appeal of their ideas and beliefs, inspiring the same confidence, clarity, and optimism that the Great Communicator so famously did last century.
- History and recent political developments have illustrated that a group of committed and talented individuals, when led by conviction, can exert tremendous influence on the politics in their state. Often resources are wasted on the national level, when they could have deep and lasting impact on changing the landscape of local and state politics.
Out of these determinations arose an idea and an endeavor: Ohio Conservative Review.
Ohio Conservative Review is a platform for conservative beliefs to be expressed, debated, and promoted in Ohio. Our goal is to influence current policy and public opinion and to train the next generation in the benefits of conservative thought and ideas. This site seeks out the best conservative minds in Ohio and gives them a forum to promote conservative beliefs. Its current writers hail from a range of sectors and include small-business owners, teachers, lawyers, public servants, political activists, and entrepreneurs.
This is our story. We hope you enjoy the site and our writers. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to share this platform with your friends.
The OCR Founders: Justin Powell, Michael Hamilton, and Adam Josefczyk