The Republican establishment needs to realize that the grassroots tea party revolt of 2010 is only a taste of what is to come if the Romney presidency proves to be a third Bush term. The Romney-Ryan team will have one year to prove itself capable of not only governing, but changing America’s trajectory. If it fails to do so, the rise of a serious third party movement is inevitable.
It may be that it is indeed too late, that America’s decline is inevitable and irreversible. What we do know for certain is that unless we set our goals high enough, we cannot tell our children and grandchildren truthfully that we did all we could to preserve constitutional liberty.
The progressive movement has succeeded in setting the social welfare state on autopilot. Unless we have the courage to flip that switch off and take control, a crash landing is imminent.
Taking our challenge seriously means looking beyond November 6. After reclaiming the White House, we must reclaim our country.
Tom Tancredo represented Colorado’s 6th Congressional District from 1999 until 2009. While in Congress, he chaired the bipartisan, 100-plus-member Immigration Reform Caucus. He currently serves as chairman of Team America PAC and The Rocky Mountain Foundation.