An epiphany for Republicans

We conservatives love to quote Will Rogers’ line that he didn’t belong to any organized political party — he was a Democrat.

Well, here’s a quote from Ralph Kramden: “Hardee-har-har-har!”

The unfunny truth is, today’s Democrats are as doctrinally disciplined as any party has ever been. Other than the occasional dust-up over the Deity or the timetable for Afghanistan withdrawal, they’ve been in virtual lock-step since the end of Vietnam on most every major issue.

And Jack Kennedy and Dr. King — as much as we enjoy reciting conservative-sounding excerpts from their speeches — would most certainly have evolved seamlessly into the collectivist ideology, and the decadent social issue mindset, of the 2013 Democratic Party.

Unlike Republicans, Democrats don’t suffer from heretical splinter groups. There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the views of the Trotsky-Trumka base of the party and that of the Great Triangulator in his current incarnation.

And they’ve also been teaching their children well. And yours too.

For the past 40 years our public schools have been virtual madrasas of progressive and permissive thought, from kindergarten through college. Evidently, the same Richard Dreyfuss alien urge that draws a disproportionate percentage of young liberal students to the mothership of journalism is at work in would-be teachers as well. And it’s paying off handsomely for liberals in seismic cultural shifts, the latest leading to our spanking at the polls November 6th.

I’m not sure we can solve the youth indoctrination problem, but I am sure of one thing: the solution to the current Republican trajectory is not simply shedding a few Tea Party pounds on taxes, or trimming our pro-life platform language, or donning now our gay apparel.

And it’s certainly not — as pundits love to advise — making our tent bigger. Our primary tent held an ideological circus so big and unwieldy, it made the Democrats’ 2008 debate season look like a North Korean parliamentary vote.

No, we need an epiphany. The revelation of a series of resolutions that will make our tent ideologically smaller — and numerically and demographically larger — than ever before.

And here it is:

Choose a handful of classic conservative principles and policy positions that speak to the hearts and minds of the widest possible swath of America, and downplay the rest, beginning with religious issues.

Let’s resolve to concentrate on the life-and-death issue of abortion — not because pro-choice sentiment is, thankfully, at a record-low 41% — but because the murder of more than one million innocent unborn children every year in America remains the defining moral issue of our lifetime. And our voice is their only voice.

Contraception, on the other hand, is largely a Roman Catholic issue that’s only of the narrowest concern even to Roman Catholics. And every time it’s brought up, the liberal media falsely links it to abortion. When contraception is a conscience issue related to Obamacare mandates, fine, but otherwise, let it go.