Conservatism is not opposition. Conservatism is not obstructionism. Conservatism is action. It’s positive. Conservatism is respect for tradition, the institutions and traditions that made this country great and keep it so. And why can’t we just be against the president? If there’s ever been somebody it’s worth being against, it’s this guy. That’s what this is all about. I am totally opposed to this guy. You can’t just be against the president? Yes, you can. Not only yes, you can, yes, you must. Anybody who cares about this country as founded must be against this president. What was the Democrat platform but being against President Bush during all those years? The Comparisons are eerie here. They said same thing about Reagan and that’s why people started saying, “Would you just get the consultants away from him and let Reagan be Reagan.” Do you remember that? Because the same type of people started trying to tone Reagan down. Other people said, “Let Reagan be Reagan.”

People vote on the basis of likability. This is what the news media fear about Perry and Palin, I’m telling you, they are likable. Nothing dislikable about Rick Perry, and there’s no reason for him to shut up. And there’s nothing dislikable about Sarah Palin, there’s no reason for her to shut up. There’s no reason for any of us to shut up about opposing this president. Duty, if you want to look at it this way, duty demands that we oppose this president. It is it is not ideological intransigence, it’s not knee-jerk opposition. It is the essence of substance. The reason people oppose this president is pure, 100% substance. They oppose this president precisely because of what he has done and what he wants to continue to do. It is not a sign of intransigence or obstinacy or whatever else here.

Conservatism is an idea and the policies flow from a conservative ideological foundation. Jeb Bush says if you’re a conservative, you have to persuade, you can’t just be against the president. Yes, you can. You must be. We have to be against this president. We have to be, because being against this president is being against massive spending. Being against this president is not being against a black guy. Being against this president is not being against a person. It’s being against destructive policies that are destroying people’s children and grandchildren’s future and their opportunities. That’s what being against this president is. And, by the way, that view has majority support including among the nation’s independents.

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