On the national stage there are stories of how John Boehner is purging conservatives from key leadership positions and threatening other members to "Go along to get along". And Jim Demint is resigning his Senate seat to lead the Heritage Foundation. This should tell you something right there. Oh and I had to link to Time, they need the help.
On the state level there is a growing movement from republicans to change the state party. Whether this was the reason for the resignation of the State Committee Chairman Bob Maginn or not, no one knows, but many believe this is a step in the right direction. And then there is the growing movement of those who consider them selves true conservatives (like this writer) who are working to bring back true conservatism to this state, an uphill battle to be sure.
Lately I've written extensively about how there seems to be a difference of opinion as to exactly what true conservatism is,and the need for change and there are many of us out there who are working to define and affect change.
In my opinion there are two kinds of change needed:
- We need to redefine conservatism and work to bring that change into the political system. While it is probably easiest to work on the Republican Party, there are closet conservatives in the Democrat Party as well. Groups such as the newly formed the "Massachusetts Conservative Assembly" a group looking to bring true conservatism back to Massachusetts.
- Refocusing efforts of groups like the Tea Party, who need to find a cause which will make a difference both nationally and locally, and to show that the group truly is concerned about the country and the direction it is going. One such effort is a group who is working to add an amendment to the United States Constitution which will make it against the law for the government to mandate that U.S. citizens are not required to purchase any goods or services.
Maybe change is good, maybe compromising on core values is good, but not for me.