Douglas MacKinnon

With each passing day, various Democrats, members of the media, and even certain Republicans, declare the conservative movement or the heyday of the Reagan era a relic of the past. Really? Well, in the age of Obama, a recent Gallup poll shows exactly the opposite. The survey says that 40 percent of Americans now describe their political views as “conservative,” with 35 percent saying “moderate” and 21 percent saying “liberal.”

As an independent conservative and a former low-level writer for President Ronald Reagan, I maintain that conservative principles are more relevant than ever and that Ronald Reagan’s core beliefs speak anew to a nation desperately in search of answers, national and economic security, and a return to commonsense teachings and morals.

As our debt rises to unimagined numbers, unemployment grows beyond the most pessimistic predictions, companies are nationalized, CEOs are fired by the White House, and wages are dictated by administration officials, there is a palpable fear spreading across the United States. As that fear spreads, it is in the best interests of the Democrats, various left-leaning members of the media, and even pathetically ungrounded Republicans, to declare the conservative movement “dead.”

For Democrats, they need to do this lest conservative principles start to take hold with the minority voters they have taken for granted for decades and consider a birthright of liberalism. For a left-leaning media, they want to squash conservative principles in service to a President who more readily embraces the teachings of Venezuelan Strongman Hugo Chavez than John F. Kennedy. For certain Republicans, how much better to declare the heyday of Reagan over than to admit that they have long-since sold out to the hedonistic trappings of power and have put self before nation.

For those Republicans, Democrats, and members of the media who have forgotten, are petrified of, or are trying to censor core conservative principles from the voters, allow me to remind you of some of the basics of those principles. Basics that are resonating with a growing number of Americans.


Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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