Sunday, November 25, 2012

It's about intensity, execution, and people, as well as principles

Are you a sore loser? If so, you truly are a loser, says John Andrews today in the Denver Post. "Political party animals who rebound from a loss with humility, humor and honesty. Happy warriors who take a setback in stride, undaunted yet undefensive. Those are the comrades I'll share a shell-shocked foxhole with. The authors of anguished obituaries for America and the GOP need not apply."

"But at no point in this perspective-recovering process, the instructions warned, should a shaken GOP entertain the temptation of abandoning its 150-year fidelity to individual liberty and personal responsibility, limited government and rule of law, free enterprise and private property, human rights and moral truth as gifts from God — the principles in America's founding documents — first voiced by my party in behalf of the African slave."

"This country doesn't need, in other words, two liberal parties. Nor does it need a quixotic third party, a neo-Confederate secession craze, or a John Galt-dropout movement. It needs the Republican Party to continue our historically indispensable and resiliently effective role as the conservative party for these United States."

"Had the GOP, me included, often forgotten that politics is about people no less than principles? Was the other side's edge in intensity and execution, securing re-election for Obama, baggage and all, partly our fault? Who could be to blame for the tarnished Republican brand but us?"

"I'm betting that 2014 and 2016 will prove the reports of conservatism's demise, like that of Mark Twain, to have been greatly exaggerated."

I, for one, would really like Andrews to expound further on his comments that it's about people, as much as about principles, and about his comments that the other side had an edge in intensity and execution.

Read more: John Andrews - The Denver Post

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