Steve Deace

However, here’s what headship is not—a dictatorship. Headship isn’t primarily about authority. It’s primarily about responsibility. Just because you are the head doesn’t mean you have everyone under your thumb to treat as you wish. What it really means is you are ultimately responsible for the people either God Himself or the people who put you in leadership entrusted to you. But the current leaders of the GOP don’t see their headship as a solemn responsibility. Rather, they define their leadership by our followership. Meaning we are to just follow them wherever they take us, even if it’s over a cliff, because they’re better than the Democrats just because.

Therefore, until the leadership of the Republican Party is turned over this party cannot possibly improve. Beware the yeast of the Pharisees, or in this case the current party establishment. Until these people are removed from leadership, and replaced with those who share our courage of conviction, nothing will change for the better. It doesn’t matter if you directly quote the wisest works of human history, and inscribe those words in your party platform. The fecklessness of the current party leadership will just nullify all your noble intentions.

This is why the focus of our efforts should first be on changing the leadership of the Republican Party before worrying about defeating Democrats, because until these current leaders are removed you cannot defeat the Democrats. In fact, as we’re seeing now, these current GOP leaders are often caught conspiring with Democrats against us. Defeating Democrats but leaving this current GOP leadership in place is like closing a bullet wound while neglecting the malignant tumor still in your system.

3. Do not compromise your non-negotiables and core convictions for a political party.

We have a term for institutions, organizations, and movements that demand you set aside your non-negotiables and courage of convictions to serve the group-think.

That term is “cult.”

A baby isn’t any less dead because a Republican killed it. Your children’s future prosperity isn’t any less imperiled because a Republican was recklessly growing government. I’m not talking about purity or perfection in an impure or imperfect world. I’m talking about non-negotiables. Things your moral conscience cannot possibly permit you to defy, otherwise the condition of your soul is imperiled.

A non-negotiable isn’t disagreeing about which methodology or strategy we pursue to defend liberty. A non-negotiable is pursuing a methodology or strategy that threatens liberty.

A non-negotiable isn’t disagreeing about which is the best means to lessen the tax burden on the American people, loosen the grip of the IRS, and getting the government out of the picking winners and losers business. A non-negotiable is maintaining the current status quo or promising to just manage the decay.

We should have a few non-negotiables, but we should only have a few.

When we start violating our non-negotiables, it means we really don’t have any. If we really don’t have any non-negotiables, we’re really morally relativists. If the Republican Party is inhabited and lead primarily by moral relativists, than it’s really just a de-facto crime family consisting of special interests and Boss Tweed wannabes.

You don’t see Democrats violating their non-negotiables, do you? Until we are ready to demonstrate a similar courage of conviction we cannot win. The wrong courage of conviction beats no courage of conviction every time.


Steve Deace

Steve Deace's nationally-syndicated radio show airs coast-to-coast each weeknight from 9-Midnight eastern, including many of the Salem Radio Network's top conservative talk stations in markets like New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Minneapolis. His radio program has been featured in major media such as Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Weekly Standard, and National Review among others. In 2013 he wrote the second-most shared column of the year for USA Today, defending "Duck Dynasty" and traditional American values. In addition to being a contributor for Town Hall.com, Deace is also a columnist for The Washington Times. He is also the author of the new book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, which includes a foreword by David Limbaugh and is endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders. You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.