Goshen News, Goshen, IN

June 6, 2013

Country is headed for a big loss

— I am a conservative, liberty-minded individual who works politically through the Republican Party. Over the years the party that claims to hold up leaders like Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan has slowly morphed into an ever so slightly lighter version of the Democratic Party.

You are hard-pressed to find actual policy differences on issues such as economics, schools, personal liberties and fidelity to the Constitution. The economy is still down and President Obama continues to ignore his campaign promises. Republican candidates should have a distinct advantage over many of their blue counterparts. Instead, many times they are struggling to generate any measurable level of excitement and support. I believe it is due to the fact that deep down there is really no difference between many of the candidates who run for office. Oh, they may have a different slogan and a different letter beside their name, but they both support big government, unconstitutional wars and more job-killing regulations.

I am reminded of a line from a Simon & Garfunkel song “Mrs. Robinson:” “Laugh about it, shout about it, when you’ve got to choose. Every way you look at it, you lose.” Every election we line up dutifully behind our party colors and rally behind the candidates the party selects. We need to take a good hard look at actual principles and convictions and look past establishment lies. If Republicans don’t start standing for liberty, they aren’t the only ones to go down in defeat in 2014 and 2016. The country will lose as well.

— Benjamin Rogers