The conservative circular firing squad


Mitt Romney

While many are still recovering from the defeat of Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the past election, I hear from far too many conservatives who continue to point fingers at a campaign that was ultimately defeated by the Barack Obama machine. I certainly understand the frustration, even feeling it myself, but what good can come from continuing the negativity? Should we not be lifting each other up and preparing for the next round of midterms in 2014?

This past week I had the president of the National Rifle Association, David Keene, on my program — The Don Smith Show. After the booking was confirmed, I took to my social networking sites to let people know.

David Keene

David Keene

In the posts, I asked people to reply with questions that they would like to have asked. Although many responded with thoughtful questions, there was a larger group that merely expressed a level of anger with the NRA that I found somewhat surprising. The general theme seemed to be that the largest and most effective organization devoted to protecting our second amendment rights was failing to provide a sensible solution to solving future tragedies like what happened in Newtown.

When did it become the NRA’s job to solve societal problems? I don’t believe it is, and therefore I refused to make a scapegoat out of their president on my show this past Saturday.

Am I suggesting that we shouldn’t debate issues, or that we can’t express anger when we feel let down by the people we are counting on to deliver a strong conservative message? Of course not, but we really need to realize that anger and division will only lead to our ultimate demise.

This past Monday, I have the honor of appearing on The Brenner Brief radio show with Sara Marie Brenner to show the alternative to the current mindset that has been apparent to me amongst many on the right. Instead of arguing and competing with each other, we all need to pull together in these difficult times.

In his last public speech in 1799, Patrick Henry said “Let us trust God, and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.”

The message is clear, and the decision is ours. Do we continue with the circular firing squad, or do we stand united?

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  1. After two presidential elections with moderate candidates, the answer is – no we can’t all just get along. It’s time for a cleansing of the party and a restoration of conservative views with conservative candidates – conservative in every area, social, economic and political. I would have preferred McCain or Romney to Obama, but neither man was a conservative. When will the Republican Party leadership wake up?

    • So you prefer to have a non-united conservative front against the liberals? They’re united; some could argue our side is in tatters. “United we stand, divided we fall.” Do you want to win so that we can have candidates in office to make the public policy we want?

  2. It’s Time for us conservatives To Thank Gov. Romney for His Willingness to Serve Our Country and Always Remember Mitt, Ann & Family For their Grace and Wisdom Shown through out the Campaign. We Lost This One and need to Get over It. It’s Time to Put Our Uniforms Back On And Move Forward to 2014 Taking the Senate and Holding the House moving Steadfast to 2016

  3. It looks like Don is of the same mind as me. Romney did not win because he is a moderate. The largest gender gap in history would not have served Newt or Santorum any better. In fact, it would have been easier for the Obama machine to make the case they ultimately made with Romney. Take the lessons and move on. Dems have environmental groups at odds with unions, Hispanics with religious beliefs at odds with Roe v. Wade, and so on. They are united nevertheless. “cleansing” the party is not only ridiculous and a simplified proposal to a complicated problem, it is also a great way to isolate half the party. If the fringe right is so upset that we lost, they should blame the person in the mirror who wasn’t excited enough to mobilize for Romney. Either way, it’s over and unless we want Obama to “annihilate” our party, we had better get together. Good column

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