Congratulations to Senator Barack Obama on becoming the 44th president.
As I have already mentioned, I am concerned about America’s path in the next few years. Tonight is not the time for warnings or recriminations. Tonight is the beginning of the process of unifying our country behind our new leader.
I have few requests of Republicans, Conservatives and fellow right wingers of all stripes:
Let’s not do to Obama what the left did to Bush. The election is over, and by January 20, Barack Obama will be our president. That is our system, let’s not whine about the outcome for four years like petulant children. If you cannot respect the man, respect the office. We are better than the left because of our respect for the rule of law over the rule of men; let’s show it with class and dignity.
Let’s focus our efforts on growing our talent pool and phrasing a rational, coherent statement for the future of the party. Now is the time to clean house of the Republicans who cost us this election and endangered the Reagan Revolution. We’re the opposition now, and we need to present a clear, clean and fiscally responsible alternative to the Democrats. The saddest part of this election is that, even with Pelosi, Reid and Barney Frank as the face of the Democratic party, the Republicans still lost ground.
Rejoice in the small things. True John McCain lost, but at least American can’t be called racist. At least now, Iraq, Gitmo, the war on terror, the economy and job loss number can fairly be put on the Democrats. We cannot count on the press holding Democrats accountable, but Americans will see progress or failure with their own eyes. Obama won the keys to the kingdom, we will see what his policies do to it.
Finally, keep the faith. Laissez faire capitalism is still the best, most efficient economic system. A strong military abroad and fiscal responsibility at home are still keys to American exceptionalism. Government never solved a problem without creating a bigger one; we need to stay focused and not compromise our message. Remind each other what these principles mean to us. Remember that four years of Carter gave us eight years of Reagan. His heir is out there.