Jackie Gingrich Cushman

The Congress, on the other hand, is in a position different from that of Obama.  Recent polls show that Congress has a 23 percent approval and 68 percent disapproval rating.  What does this mean?  The conservative focus should be on the Congress, the state and local political levels where the next races will be run.  This year, local races; in two years, the U.S. House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate will be involved in races.

Dad began to use the phrase “Cheerful Persistence” in an ongoing manner while building a Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1980’s.

 “We coined the phrase, when we were first building a majority in the House in the 1980s, and we were very obedient.  Remember,” Dad wrote in The Weekly Standard Article “ I thought we could be a majority.  The Democrats didn't want us to be a majority, and most of the Republicans didn't want us to be a majority.  We had a whole bunch of Republicans that said, ‘Hey, we're going along.  We're getting along.  I like my chairman.  We go golfing together.  We're good friends.’”

Republicans should not be confused by Obama’s high approval ratings, and should not try once again to “get along,” but instead they should keep in mind the nation’s view of the Congress – that it just isn’t working. 

More than simple opposition is required.  Solutions are needed.  Big, bold, clearly articulated solutions that reflect the core values of the Republican Party: hard work, free enterprise, fiscal conservatism, personal responsibility and free speech.

As Dad mentioned this past week in a conference call, Republican’s have the opportunity to play Sam Rayburn and Lyndon Johnson—constructive congressional opposition-- to Obama’s Dwight Eisenhower.

The building process worked before, when the Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.  Maybe it is time to begin again working on cheerful persistence.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.