Patton’s lessons for conservatives after the election

Patton’s lessons for conservatives after the election

After yesterday’s election hangover, today I’m feeling resolve. The music from this scene has been running through my head all morning and the speech seems apropos right now.

“Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. ... Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.” How true that is today. To quote another great military strategist, war “is the continuation of policy by other means,” and to paraphrase him, politics is war by other means.

So today conservatives should pledge to fight to regain a place for our philosophy, a place that was lost not on Tuesday, but long before that. But if you look at the results, many of the Democrats who won are those who tended toward more conservative positions. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is a case in point. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut is another.

In Massachusetts, ironically, we have the greatest hope of making a difference. The Republican Party in this state is nearly defunct, and thus a conservative takeover should be that much easier. After all, what do the Republicans have to lose by a conservative shift? Being liberal hasn’t helped them anyway, but perhaps the voters would like a true alternative.

Tensions within the Democrats

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Domenico Bettinelli