Reload: Second Amendment Rallies Highlight Conservative Potential in Obama’s Second Term
Thousands rallied across the nation yesterday in support of Second Amendment rights, and conservatives were reminded that Barack Obama’s second term presents a unique opportunity to rebuild. Our principles of individual liberty and constitutional government may be a minority creed, but they are still the best principles to have. Even liberals find them compelling–when they are not hypnotized by the Obama cult of personality.
The conservative movement should aim high. Its long-term political goal should be to achieve what Republicans never have done, and Democrats have enjoyed several times: a filibuster-proof majority. The only way to restore the nation’s original constitutional vision, and to renew its rapid economic growth and global leadership, is to push those changes through. The left is not shy about coveting such power; neither should we be.
Pursuing that political goal means moving beyond the political realm, and laying the cultural foundations for a conservative revival. And doing so begins with listening–understanding the nation we are becoming, finding new sources of inspiration in our present as well as our past. Our task is to find the best ideas and best narratives, and amplify them using the best new media–in which we must invest, and innovate.