- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I grew up in a Republican household. While my father was preoccupied with work, my homemaker mother was the political fireball. She went to school board meetings, attended rallies and protests and was a precinct captain as well as the president of her county Republican women’s club. Now in her 80s, she is still active in the Republican Party, manning the phones and attending meetings.

People like my mother have been fighting for this country in the political trenches their entire lives. To all the people who are finally mad, who are yelling about Christine O’Donnell and waving Gadsden flags, I say, “Welcome, it’s about time.”

Although President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have put us on a rocket sled to disaster, conservatives working almost exclusively within the Republican Party have been fighting this battle for nearly a century. Nothing that the Obama-Pelosi-Reid axis is pushing is new. The slide into socialism began under Woodrow Wilson, accelerated under Franklin Roosevelt and moved into overdrive under Lyndon Johnson. Jimmy Carter previewed Obama-nation as malaise gripped America, and it took the Contract With America and a Republican Congress to prevent Bill Clinton from becoming the second coming of Mr. Carter. Now we have the natural result of the excess of the 1960s blossoming in Saul Alinsky’s acolyte, Mr. Obama.

For those of you who are newly awakened and say that we Republicans didn’t do enough, you are right. Had we stuck together in past elections, we wouldn’t have had a Mike Castle in Delaware in the first place. If you get in the boat now and help us row, we can fix this mess today. If you exhibit the same level of commitment as my mother has for more than 50 years, we can win our country back. If all this anger doesn’t translate into phone calls, door knocks and campaign contributions, it will be all for naught. Just how committed are you and how long will it last?

WILLIAM CARD

Dumfries, Va.

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