It was a rough year for the GOP and conservatives. I’m not gonna lie, I shed a tear or two on Nov. 4th. I believe I sent out a mass text message welcoming my friends to the United Socialist States of America, calling it a night after I saw Ohio turn blue on my screen. I spent 30 minutes kneeling with one of my dear friends on her living room floor praying for our country and its leaders. I had a hard time making it to work on Nov. 5th.
I empathize with those who worked so hard on the campaigns. I empathize with the emails I got from people in my life who serve this country in the military and are scared about what this administration holds for them. It’s been a hard year.
That said, we’ve had time to lick our wounds and we’re in a position to shape the future of this country. We have new energy. We have young, fresh faces on our side that we can support locally, statewide, and nationally. Barriers are being broken – it is now becoming okay for young people to be conservatives. That’s something we can not overlook, as in the next 4, 8, 12, 20 years, they will be the leaders of our party. We are seeing conservatives empowered, ready to take back the GOP. I’m stoked.
I hesitate to make predictions at this point. All I know is that we have a lot of work ahead of us. I know that there are candidates that I intend to support. There are some that I think are being thrust into the spotlight as leaders that are more of the same. We do not need another McCain this go around – we need new blood. We need to move past Nov. 4th 2008 and focus on what’s to come. We need to stop dividing ourselves over stupid stuff and work together. Big government is our enemy. That should be our focus – not the smaller issues.
I think we can make changes by 2010. I think we can make even bigger changes by 2012. Let’s do this thing.
Happy 2009, everyone!