Don’t be angry at Obama, be angry at the Republican establishment

GOP LeadersMonday was a day of pomp and circumstance, with many of our fellow Americans celebrating the second inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States.

Amid a gushing media, the accolades flowed as easily as the champagne.

But I sense most conservatives – not to be confused with Republicans — are in a funk. A lot of time and energy went into to defeating this president and his progressive agenda, and the effort fell short.

People on the right are frustrated, even angry.

But should this anger be directed at Obama? Remember, his promise to “fundamentally transform America” came before he was in office. Are we to fault him now for doing just that?

Erick Erickson, managing editor of, has written a column, “The Loyal Opposition,” that’s worth a read. It takes an honest look at how Obama is perceived by many on the right and puts the last four years into perspective. He also addresses conservatives’ anger:

“I cannot be outraged by him doing what he set out to do. I am far more outraged by the Republicans not doing what they said they would do.”

Erickson adds that there is too much outrage among conservatives, too much piss and vinegar, that we’ve become “purveyors of outrage instead of preachers for a cause.”

That anger is unbecoming of the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, he said, adding that, more importantly, “if you must be angry, don’t be angry at a President doing what he set out to do, be angry at a Republican Establishment not doing . . . well . . . much of anything.”

While I do not always agree with Erickson, sometimes he hits the nail right on the head, and Tuesday’s column did just that. Many of my conservative friends and colleagues are adamant about not spending the next four years doing the same things that led to the re-election of Barack Obama.

That’s a good starting point, but where do we go from here? As Erickson states, we’re “off key and off message.”

The path forward — sorry — is to take a hard look at ourselves and the tactics we employ, to stop playing into a convenient narrative set by the media and making it easy for them to categorize the conservative message as “extreme.”

And more importantly, to direct our angst at the appropriate target.

The Republican Party is tasked with a simple concept: sell freedom over the servitude created by dependence on a benevolent federal government. It’s a challenge Reagan rose to meet, but few have done so effectively since.

As fallen conservative warrior Andrew Breitbart said, “If you can’t sell freedom and liberty, you suck!”

In the end, if the right wants to change the course we find ourselves on, and avoid being in the same position four years from now, bemoaning the inauguration of Hillary Clinton, then we had better find a way to convince the American people that the conservative path is the best path forward.

Tom Tillison

Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.
Tom Tillison


  • heidicritchfield

    Blah, blah, blah. All talk and no cure. What are your suggestions?

  • KB Cook

    The GOP has been asleep-at-the-switch for decades, leaning lefter-and-lefter with each ensuing election cycle. I've divorced them as my party-of-choice and find myself more in league with the "tea-partiers" who seem to want to know, defend and support our Constitution by all means necessary. Every sitting Republican who calls himself/herself conservative should know by heart both the history and the meaning of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. I don't think even half of them can name the parts of these amendments and/or how the amendments interface with each other to protect we-the-people. I say: fire thw whole lot of them and let's REALLY clean house with some new blood and some whiz-bang-know-it-alls of the Constitution, for a change. Let's get some folks who have the internal fortitude to tell the liberal-left-wing-nuts on the other side of the aisles what the Constitution is ALL ABOUT. And – for the record – the GOP are NOT the group to shut the lefties down.

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  • Kathy

    I agree with you, KB Cook.

    Tom, the Obama Administration and Congress will "convince" the American people that the conservative path is best going forward themselves. People who have just had 2% of their paychecks confiscated by the Washington DC elites are boiling mad! On top of that, most of what Pres. Obama said yesterday was "more of the same higher taxes, more spending and borrowing, inflation, higher energy costs implementing cap and trade, immigration reform and gay rights." Added to this, we have the exorbitant costs of Obamacare, a demand to increase the debt ceiling again, no cuts in spending, no budget and another round of new regulations. It's obvious that none of this will help our economy or the middle class.

  • Boca Legend

    I say we ALL march on Washington with torches and pitchforks in hand, and strike the fear of God in them once and for all.

  • seazen

    Those who continue to wish for a time shift back to 1950 and who still believe that you gain respect both here and abroad by demanding it are in decline both here and in Israel. And if anyone wants to strike the "fear of God" into anyone, they might stop and consider who it was that Jesus honored, defended, and died for. It was, you realize, the poor, the meek, the weary and the ill – not the powerful, wealthy, and bankers. I think he actually tipped some tables over along the way.

    Throw-back, militaristic conservatives lost here —- and in Israel. How about that?

  • John

    The real problem here is trying to sell the benefits and value of old time hard work in a "what's in it for me" society. Conservatives say work hard and reap the benefits. Liberals say sit on your butts and we'll take money from the rich and give it to you, while they ferret away their own money in safe havens. Romney was right but he lost because he couldn't explain the benefits of bankruptcy in a 2 minute sound bite. Unfortunately we live in a low information society and now we see the product of that. I truly fear for the future of this country!

  • Wally Right

    The axe must be laid to the root of the tree – the civil rights movement must be reserved, no more affirmative negro action, diversity etc. and offer a plan of return to Africa for African – Americans, who are the ones causing the most problems now (giving us Pharaoh Hussein, violent crime, incompetence at all levels in business and government by affirmative decree etc.).

    The abortionist democrats must be annihilated by any and all means, they have caused a holocaust of 53,000,000 human souls and must face the death penalty – administered by good people.

  • Cassandra

    Tom is correct. We on the conservative side must sell freedom and liberty. We also need to explain how the left is usurping our liberties and excellent standard of living. Most people in America have not been to western Europe to see how the "middle class" lives. They do not in general own cars or their own homes. They do not go to college unless they are chosen by the state (thru IQ tests) to go to college. Their "free" health care? well, they pay for it every day thru a VAT tax which they pay on every purchase they make, all day long. No one in the "middle class" can rise up, because the system is against them. That is why they drink and smoke all day long, to placate themselves, and their ambitions. Why are our elites so anxious to legalize marijuana? Because it removes drive & ambition in people who smoke it every day.

    We need spokespeople who understand our middle class in the US is being driven into the lower middle class with no chance of improving their station. Please give us some people who can communicate this clearly and we will win.

  • seazen

    The left is usurping our liberties and excellent standard of living? Really? Who is the "our" in this case? The 1% who own more than 50% of the nation's wealth? And actually many of us have been to Europe and have friends and relatives who live there. A lot of them thinking owning a car is a waste of money and love their bicycles and trains. They received fine educations and have great health care. They are just less materialistic and able to enjoy life without obsessing over possessions. And, funny thing, they are healthier than we are as nations.

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