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If Not Now, When?

Sen. Ted Cruz was right when he told the Values Voters Summit in 2013 that “The greatest trick the Left has ever played is to convince conservatives that we cannot win”. Even back in the Carter years we kept being told that a Conservative candidate just couldn’t win, and that we had to choose a moderate to win those elusive independent voters.

I don’t believe that has ever been true, and it certainly isn’t the case now.

Unfortunately too many Conservatives have bought into that line of reasoning, shying away from some great Conservative candidates in favor of the supposedly “more electable” moderates like Bob Dole, George Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. At what point are we going to recognize the fallacy of this argument?

For some reason Democrats are quite capable of getting their ultra-Liberal candidates elected, yet we continue to believe we have to stick to the “mushy middle” as it has been called. Perhaps it would be helpful to remember that the word “moderate” is just another way of saying “mediocre”. If the argument was made that we had to nominate the most mediocre candidate in order to win the election, would we continue to buy into it?

America has endured more than six years of the most far-Left President to ever hold the office, and the damage done is monumental. People are fed up with the weak economy, the attacks on our liberty, our weak foreign policy, and the flood of illegal immigrants coming across our border. This country is in desperate need of a huge shift back to the right, and mediocre is not going to cut it.

If there is ever going to be a time that calls for a truly Conservative candidate, this is it. Democrats are on thin ice right now, having lost the mid-term elections by record numbers, and the best candidate they have to offer just reminded the whole world why they don’t want Hillary Clinton back in the White House. Despite her image of inevitability, I am convinced that the only GOP candidates that couldn’t defeat Hillary in the General election are the moderates, especially Jeb Bush. Voters are looking for more than just a kinder, gentler Democrat, they want someone who can bring this country back to what it is capable of being.

America isn’t great because of our mediocrity; she is great because of bold ideas and decisive actions that lead to great things. We cannot achieve greatness by choosing average leaders who make us comfortable in our misery; we must look to those who see a better future than we believe is possible, and who are capable of inspiring us to achieve great things. That is what leadership is supposed to do.

About James P Willis

James P Willis lives with his family in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a Cold War submarine veteran, political activist, and retired industrial mechanic. James is currently an Editor / Contributor for NewsNinja2012, a freelance writer, and his blog can be found at

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