The campaign slogan of the very first Republican candidate for president, John C. Fremont, was “Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Speech, Free Men, and Fremont” Sure, he lost, but his ideas won. That idea of freedom, that all men are created equal, is embedded in our founding. Although the forces of government oppression, embodied far too well in the tragic horror of slavery, fought a horrible war rather than let men be free on their own land, free to not be a slave, I think it is purposefully obscured and forgotten that those men and women who fought politically and physically against such people were what today we would call ‘social conservatives’. The fiscal conservatives, the moderates, those that idealized compromise, who made deals with the Democrats at the time, were the Whigs. They died out, and the party founded on the same Big Idea that the country was founded on, took its place. It was not a coincidence that: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” echoes: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Republican Party was founded by people who were so morally revolted by slavery they did everything to hold accountable those who profited by it and those who, under the cloak of compromise and unity, permitted it to continue.
Democrats have been very successful at teaching people to think of social conservatives and terrible theocratic zombielike people who only wish to force people to worship their God. Actually, in general, social conservatives are merely people who believe their politics should conform to their consciences. At the same time, Democrats have consistently harmed all Americans other than themselves, especially the black communities; they have consistently attempted to continually take away more liberty from people to grow their own power; (And, shamefully, Republicans have been complicit in many cases) they have consistently spread abortion with tax money most noticeably in the black community. And against all this, this train of usurpations and abuses, people who truly loved the Idea that founded this country, that motivated Lincoln, have worked within the Republican party to fight back against the evils perpetrated by those who have no concern for individual rights. (A brief list follows later.)
That is why I was encouraged to hear echoes of Fremont in this speech from Romney. Anyone reading my other blog or knows me knows I am not a Romney fan. The idea of voting for Romney to me is like being a cancer patient and taking chemo drugs. America has cancer, and the best drugs we have available are not that great. We do not look for a savior in politics, that gets us Barack Obama, we merely ask for someone competent who will leave the people of this country freer after he has left office than they were before he entered it. After listening to this clip, I hope you hear the beautiful big ideas that Romney is hitting, and I hope you, like me, pray that he continues and governs in this vein. If he does, our job of defending the best ideas in the history of the world, those of free people with individual rights from their Creator, not collective privileges from government, will be a tad easier. Fighting for these ideas, for free markets and free people is fighting from the Republican party’s heart and soul.
h/t to PJ Media
Related article from Andrew Klavan, ‘Is Mitt Romney more of a Dude Than We Thought?‘
Democrats have imposed and supported: (One example is enough, if you actually look, even at occasionally squishy Wikipedia, you will find many many more.)
Slavery (Stephen Douglas), Segregation (Bull Connor), Abortion clinics targeted in minority neighborhoods (Margret Sanger), Abortion in general (Almost every elected Democrat), The Trail of Tears (Jackson, Van Buren) ……. Etc.