For some reason, it is not a universal Republican core value that government has too much of our money already. Apparently conservatives will spent 2013 and beyond waging ideological warfare with Democrats and strategic skirmishes with other Republicans.
Far better for us to unify and let the chips fall where they may.
I am well aware that we may lose a number of battles on that road until we can flip the Senate in 2014 and nominate a reliable, tested conservative for the presidency two years later.
Along the way, vote by vote, if we win, we win. If we lose, America gets to see what happens when we lose: The steps we take toward turning into Greece, the mountains of debt we shovel onto our kids and grandkids, the dimming image in the rear view mirror of the nation our founders intended.
Rather than looking for ways to compromise with those who would lead us to ruin, let us fight for what is right, convincing allies with fainter hearts that there is little time to waste.
We should not scold or berate our leaders who seem comfortable with the security blanket of an establishment path. We should lead by example, energizing new followers with an upbeat, unapologetic devotion to wrestling our nation from the hands of those who refuse to seriously address the one fiscal problem that fuels all others-- spending.
If we can attract loud enthusiasm from voters we persuade to our cause, that is the kind of thing that can unite the Ryans and Rubios, the Rand Pauls and Pat Toomeys, even the Boehner-backers and grassroots firebrands.
Here come the sequester votes, debt limit fights and a host of other battlefields where conservatism will be measured. Barack Obama is energized by his success at further soaking the Americans most able to create jobs.
He will never tire. Nor should we.