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Rush Limbaugh is Right: Conservative Voters Hold the Key to Victory
I made a terrible mistake in 2012: one that I don’t plan to repeat. I urged voters to cast their ballots for Mitt Romney, but the evidence that conservatives didn’t want Romney was ubiquitous. They voiced their concerns energetically, and I should have listened to them. Now, I’m willing to concede that a responsible candidate for president can’t win without enthusiastic conservative support.
My logic for supporting Romney boiled down to this: roughly 50% of our fellow citizens are net takers, and they would vote to support the candidate who promised to continue pouring dollars in their direction — i.e., Barack Obama. I thought that a real conservative would be rejected by the masses because the net takers would rally to deny him or her the highest office in the land. I thought that nominating someone who wasn’t regarded by the takers as a serious threat to their income stream would help to keep them from going to the polls in large numbers.
Many Obama supporters were disenchanted with his performance in office, and they didn’t support him in 2012 the way they did in 2008. The president’s union thug organizers stepped in and helped to make up for his deficiencies, but they didn’t determine the outcome of the election. Conservative voters did that, and as Rush Limbaugh explained, they denied Romney the presidency by not voting:
What would be the reason that three million voters didn’t show up? Let’s go through the possibilities. It could be that there are a number… We’ve talked to ’em. We’ve had ’em call. We got ’em, in fact, on hold. A number of Republicans are tired of moderate nominees. They’ve sent the Republican Party money for years and said, “To hell with it. If you’re gonna eschew conservatism, I’m not giving you any money, and I’m not voting for you.”
At first, Herman Cain was my choice for president. He had business experience; he was likeable; he said the things that conservatives wanted to hear; and he was an African-American. But then he gave an interview to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel during which he was unable to answer a simple foreign policy question having to do with President Obama’s policy on Libya.
Since that interview took place about two weeks after the Republican foreign policy debate in Spartanburg, South Carolina, I believed that Cain should have been able to handle that question easily and that his inability to provide an articulate response was a disqualifier. I was particularly disheartened by Cain’s focus on the decision-making process that he would have used in lieu of answering the question because every president brings together his top advisors before making important decisions.
I wrote a blog about that interview for American Thinker titled “Herman Cain should stick to making pizzas.” Looking back, I wish that I had not been so hasty. If Herman Cain had been the Republican nominee for president, I think conservatives would have rallied behind his candidacy; he would have split the African-American vote; he would have won the election; and the nation would have been spared four more years of Obama.
Should Cain have been able to answer that question? Yes.
Was Cain’s inability to answer that question a disqualifier? No.
Would the nation be better off today if Cain had been elected president? Yes.
This is the most important lesson that I learned from the 2012 presidential election: passionate conservative support is essential. Without it, the likelihood of electing a president who will move our nation in the right direction is not good.
I’ll go one step further: conservative support trumps knowledge about specific issues. Herman Cain was right. The decision-making process is key. Just consider the people to whom President Obama turns for advice: people like Eric Holder, Steven Chu, Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Sebelius, Elizabeth Warren, Van Jones, and a host of other malcontents who are determined to make our country over in their image. As a nation, we would be much better off if President Herman Cain and the advisors that he would have selected were making crucial decisions for our country.
In 2016, I plan to support the conservative candidate warts and all. He or she may not be perfect, but perfection isn’t required. If you doubt that, just look at President Obama.
This SnyderTalk editorial first appeared in American Thinker.
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Ezekiel 40: 11-16
And he measured the width of the gateway, ten cubits, and the length of the gate, thirteen cubits. There was a barrier wall one cubit wide in front of the guardrooms on each side; and the guardrooms were six cubits square on each side. He measured the gate from the roof of the one guardroom to the roof of the other, a width of twenty-five cubits from one door to the door opposite. He made the side pillars sixty cubits high; the gate extended round about to the side pillar of the courtyard. From the front of the entrance gate to the front of the inner porch of the gate was fifty cubits. There were shuttered windows looking toward the guardrooms, and toward their side pillars within the gate all around, and likewise for the porches. And there were windows all around inside; and on each side pillar were palm tree ornaments.
- God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
- “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
- “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
- Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)
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Hosea 4: 6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Stephanie McCrummen: Liberal Egyptians Wary of Muslim Brotherhood’s “Supreme Guide”—During recent opposition protests over the draft constitution, the angriest and most fervent chants were aimed at Mohammed Badie, 69, the “Supreme Guide” of the Muslim Brotherhood who, many are convinced, is secretly ruling Egypt. “Down with the Guide!” they yelled.
Roi Kais: Egyptian Official: Israel Will Be Wiped Out in a Decade— “There will be no such thing as Israel, instead there will be Palestine which will be home to Jews, Muslims and Druze and all of the people who were there from the start.”
Walter Russell Mead: Democracy at Work in Israel—Last week a politically marginal Arab Palestinian activist had her political rights upheld when a panel of nine judges on Israel’s Supreme Court overruled a decision by the Central Elections Committee to disqualify Haneen Zoabi from seeking re-election as a member of the Israeli parliament. The committee’s decision was based on her participation in a flotilla attempting to breach the blockade of Gaza in 2010.
Aaron David Miller: Syria Isn’t America’s Fault—The idea that Syria was anyone’s to win or lose, or that the U.S. could significantly shape the outcome there, is typical of the arrogant paternalism and flawed analysis that have gotten this country into heaps of trouble in the Middle East over the years. Since this conflict began in early 2011, all of the military options for intervention have been heavily skewed toward risk rather than reward. The Assad regime had firepower, allies (Russia and China blocking actions in the UN Security Council; Iran supplying money and weapons), determination to do whatever it took to survive, and succeeded in keeping much of the Alawite military, security and intelligence forces intact.
Christoph Reuter: Gaining a Clearer View of the Syrian Civil War—By late autumn 2012, tens of thousands of rebels were fighting against the Assad regime, but they didn’t match the cliched image of the fearless super-terrorist, heavily bearded and always ready for action. Likewise, the 200 to 300 Libyans who were in northern Syria in September came not to establish an Islamic state, but to topple their next dictator. There are also dozens of Iraqi Sunnis fighting on the rebels’ side, for example around the city of Deir el-Zour near the Iraqi border, and they are the ones most likely to have connections to al-Qaeda’s former Iraqi presence.
Washington Post Editorial: Overheated Rhetoric on Israeli Settlements— Diplomats were most concerned by Netanyahu’s decision to allow planning and zoning – but not yet construction – in a four-mile strip of territory known as E-1 that lies between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim, a settlement with a population of more than 40,000. Israel wants to prevent Ma’ale Adumim – which will almost certainly be annexed to Israel in any peace deal – from being isolated.
Dr. Haim Shine: No one wants used up peace fantasies— The falseprophets of Israel never talked about the economy or social issues. They only talked about peace that never actually materialized.
Dr. Aviad Hacohen: Words as weapons— We live in a society rife with verbal violence, but one man’s insult could be another’s legitimate protest.
Hezi Sternlicht: Dear Leftists, some perspective please— It is not really so bad here; I’d rather live in our complex reality than a Marxist nightmare.
Walter Russell Mead: Iran Wakes to New Syrian Reality—Syria is crucial to Iran’s grand design in the Middle East. It was also the means by which Iran was able to support Hizbullah in Lebanon and construct an anti-Israel alliance with Hamas that helped offset Iran’s deep disadvantages on the Arab street, making it look less like a “Persian” and “heretical” anti-Arab power and more like a leader of global Islam in the fight against the West.
F. Gregory Gause, III: The Year the Arab Spring Went Bad— Many countries in the Middle East lack long histories of political unity: Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen are all relatively recent creations; their borders are artificial and their populations are divided along sectarian, ethnic, and regional lines. Furthermore, there is no consensus on core political issues in the Arab world. A plurality of people in these countries now say “Islam is the solution” to their problems – and they are opposed by an equally vehement minority.
Yaron Druckman: Israel Home to 8 Million Citizens— Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics reported Sunday that the state’s population numbers 7,981,000. 6,015,000 (75.4%) of Israelis are Jews, 1,648,000 are Arabs and 319,000 are affiliated with other religions and ethnic groups. 170,000 babies were born in 2012, in addition to the arrival of 16,500 new immigrants.
Mort Zuckerman: The ‘fiscal cliff’ was scary? Guess what’s coming next!— All eyes have been on the clear and present danger of the fiscal cliff—understandably—but there’s a sound in the mountain range that’s even scarier than the cliff. It’s the sound made by an avalanche, the trillions of dollars of debt that’s heading our way, gathering speed and mass. For most people, it’s out of earshot now, and that’s the way our government prefers to play it in its financial statements. Liabilities are not set out there in accordance with the well-established norms of the private sector, where this overhang of liabilities would set off alarm bells in the markets, with boards of directors in emergency sessions.
Thomas Sowell: Republicans Deserved to Lose— It is not just Republican presidential candidates who cannot be bothered to articulate a coherent argument, instead of ad hoc talking points. Have you yet heard House Speaker John Boehner take the time to spell out why Barack Obama’s argument for taxing “millionaires and billionaires” is wrong? It is not a complicated argument. Moreover, it is an argument that has been articulated many times in plain English by conservative talk-show hosts and by others in print. It has nothing to do with being worried about the fate of millionaires or billionaires, who can undoubtedly take care of themselves.
Jonathon Moseley: The Real Country-Killer in 2013—It’s not the debt that will bring the U.S. to its knees, but rather the fact that no one cares.
Kavon Nikrad: Tax Increases vs. Spending Realities—As with so many other public debates, conservatives have failed to make their case in the tax vs. spend argument.
Rob Cunningham: A 2013 Conservative Call to Arms—Leadership in today’s political environment will require an ability to blunt the progressive left’s neverending effort to demonize conservatives, distort reality, and distract voters from engaging in honest debate.
Walter E. Williams: Why the 2nd Amendment— Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, said: “The British are not coming. … We don’t need all these guns to kill people.” Lewis’ vision, shared by many, represents a gross ignorance of why the framers of the Constitution gave us the Second Amendment. How about a few quotes from the period and you decide whether our Founding Fathers harbored a fear of foreign tyrants.
Bob Barr: Domestic Spy Expansion Bill Sails Through the Congress— The federal government’s abject fear it might actually have to meet the constitutional requirement of having a good reason to eavesdrop on American citizens’ conversations before doing so, prompted a majority of Republicans and Democrats in the Congress – who can hardly agree on the time of day right now – to come together and make sure our intelligence agencies were not going to be hamstrung by law or the Bill of Rights.
Joseph Klein: When Unrepentant Terrorists Teach Our Youth—Greenwich Village would-be bombers have plenty of leftist role models to emulate.
P. David Hornik: Israel in the New Year: Resounding Successes, Looming Threat— The Jewish state is thriving, but its enemies are advancing.
Daniel Greenfield: List of 10 Most Corrupt Politicians in Washington Includes 4 Obama Cabinet Members—You have to admit that Obama Inc. is nothing if not ambitious. Some administrations would be satisfied with having only one member of its cabinet show up on the list of the ten most corrupt politicians in government. But Obama Inc doesn’t give up until it scores four of the spots. Or five.
Daniel Greenfield: Hollywood Tax Credits, Rum Subsidies, Indian Coal and Scooters: The Senate Fiscal Cliff Bill’s 4 Worst Ripoffs—Celebrities flocked to Obama and the industry poured millions into his campaign. Payday comes in the form of an extension of the Special Expensing Rules which allow Hollywood productions to deduct 15 to 20 million dollars.
Earl Capps: A Bad Year for Big Labor— But the storm troopers of the Left haven’t given up yet.
Joseph Puder: Syrian Kurdish Plight Requires Independence— Why the beleaguered minority should push for autonomy.
David Paulin: Piers Morgan and the Failure of British Gun Control— Could the CNN host really be so ignorant of his own country’s recent history?
Arnold Ahlert: Far from the Fiscal Cliff Finish Line— A House vote looms.
Howard Richman, Raymond Richman, and Jesse Richman: Gore’s Other Big Lie—Former Vice President Al Gore is able to explain things in the simple language used by elementary school teachers, so he tends to be believed even when he is conveying misinformation.
Elise Cooper: The Conservative Response to Outing Legal Gun Owners—Firearms holders who have done nothing wrong are taking a stand against a newspaper that decided to showcase their names and addresses.
Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now. There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
Other Books by Neil Snyder
- Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming. Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days. Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall. Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace. With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life? Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide. It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided. They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make. As they say, forewarned is forearmed. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.