Gary Aldrich

When the first Bush White House lost popular support, one of the biggest reasons trotted out by the political experts was President Bush’s lack of a vision for the nation. They called it “the vision thing.”

Today, I have a tough time feeling any passion for the current administration or the political party that supports it. I call it “that passion thing.”

Who could find anything inspirational? I once wondered if I had become burned out after 10 years of working within the Conservative Movement. However, when no one I know can find any inspiration either, I realize the answer is, "No, I am not burned out. There just isn’t much to feel passionate about."

The Conservative Movement used to support those politicians who believed in conservative values. Smaller, less intrusive, less expensive government. More freedom - not less. Lower taxes, not more. Most conservatives want the federal government in our lives only as much as it absolutely needs to be.

We want to decide who gets to come into our country, and we want real border security to keep everyone else out. Frankly, we don’t care if that makes us appear to be mean or selfish. We have good reasons, even if these reasons don’t seem obvious to the clueless Hard-Left.

We want the best possible protection against terror – protection that includes deciding and stating plainly who the bad guys really are. If the terrorists are Muslim men of Middle Eastern descent between the ages of 17 and 40, then leave the rest of us alone! Punishing all for the actions of the few works in elementary school, not in the real world of adults. Deadly terrorists are not influenced by peer pressure.

We want our GOP-led government to stop frisking 80-year old ladies in wheelchairs at the airport. Also, leave my 18-year old Christian Caucasian daughter alone.

When we go into another country to take out their leadership because it is threatening, deadly, and oppressive, we do not apologize for wanting to send the people who live there, benefiting from the obvious positive change, a bill – especially when they are sitting on top of the world’s largest oil reserves.

Yes, yes, it’s nice that they can now vote and enjoy our freedoms. But how about asking them to pay the same price we paid for ours? Business is business, and if it turns out they like us, that’s just Kum-ba-ya. We are tired of being told to play nice. Nice guys finish last and we want to finish first.