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Well, the results of the presidential election was nothing short of heartbreaking.  Four years ago when this conservative movement began, the 2012 presidential election was the end date.  At least it was for me.   I wasn’t planning to step away, but I thought I could set the cruise control and enjoy a bit of relief from the fight. Boy was I wrong.

I’ve spent the last couple of days mourning the results. I’m not so sad that Mitt Romney lost (I don’t put faith in one man), but I mourn the promise his presidency had.   I don’t know if that promise would have become a reality, but I know what this reality will hold, and it sucks! 

Instead of watching the news (my heart just can’t take it), I spent some time pursuing some stories from our history.  I started thinking about what people in battle and war must truly feel during the struggle.  Moses struggled to stand against Pharaoh.  He must have been so relieved to lead his people through the Red Sea and out of Egypt on their way to the Promised Land!  Forty years of wandering the desert had to be hard to take.   

George Washington had to have moments of dejection and uncertainty.  A winter in Valley Forge must have left him questioning the Declaration of Independence and the Revolution.  But he and his soldiers wrapped their feet in rags and drudged on.

Our American history is full of stories of  horribly lost battles, regrouping, enduring the continuing war; only to prevail in the end.

I don’t pretend to be a Moses, or a George Washington, but their examples can definitely help us realize our aspirations to restore our republic.  We lost a battle, but we have to regroup, reorganize, and fight another day.


Here’s how we do it:


1)       PRAY.  This isn’t just a battle between political ideologies.  I fully believe this is a spiritual battle.  We have to pray, study the word, and put on our armor as we fight against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:10-18).  We have to keep sharing the Word and our beliefs with our neighbors.  (Romans 10:14)

2)      ShowMeTheCHIPS.  Republicans need to change their message, not their values.  I have heard several say we need to become more moderate in our platform to attract the independents and young.  Bull.  Mitt Romney was a moderate.  John McCain was a moderate.  And they lost; big time.  Our 5 CHIPS candidates won in almost all their races.  Ted Cruz won his race.  Conservativism isn’t the problem.  Messaging is.  Show Me The CHIPS is a way to combat that.  The system is ready to go and grow.  We need help.  We need committed volunteers to enter data.  We need committed volunteers to share our message.  We need committed volunteers to financially support our plan.  We all thought we had done all we could.  We worked and sweated for this election.  And the truth is, we are being called to do more.  Battle surges have proved to be effective in gaining the upper hand, and it’s time to surge.  “ Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: 'We the people.' 'We the people' tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us. 'We the people' are the driver, the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which 'We the people' tell the government what it is allowed to do. 'We the people' are free.” ~Ronald Reagan

4)      Support our 5 CHIPS legislators.  We elected some great  legislators who will be on the front lines of standing up for liberty.  They need us now more than ever.  They need our continued support, prayers, and service as they stand against the encroachments of our freedom.  “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” ~Henry Ford

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Comment by Political Chips on November 13, 2012 at 10:27am

Chipper Rob Wood posted this on facebook and I thought it was very powerful:

Tom DeWeese - I know, as a result of the elections, you are feeling down and perhaps not ready to jump back in the battle. I know how you feel. Sometimes it's just hard to get up in the morning after being kicked like that.

But let me give you some uplifting news and insight.

First, I want to share with you video of a speech I gave a few months ago to the John Birch Society's Executive Council. This talk focused on our victories over Agenda 21/Sustainable Development forces. Now, you may say, Tom, your views just aren't realistic - especially in view of what happened Tuesday. We're done. We're defeated.

Well, the fact is, everything I say in this talk is absolutely true - just as much today as it was before the election. We have scored some major victories. And no matter what happened on election night, the Left is terrified of us because of those victories. We are now learning new ways to fight. We are training grassroots activists.And we can win more. In the state legislatures, in the local communities. And even on the international level. Take a look at my video and see why.

Second, for the most part, the Republican defeat Tuesday was a defeat for the old guard establishment that leans more to the left than the right. In fact, they fear us "crazies" from the Right. We're just too radical, they say. So, in the past 4 years they have forced on us candidates like John McCain and Mitt Romney as cannon fodder against a committed Marxist like Barrack Obama. You can't beat someone like him by being nice, or hesitant to speak out. Both McCain and Romney found that out the hard way. So don't take the election results as a defeat of the ideals and principles you and I hold so dear. These ideas didn't lose --because they weren't even in the debate. 

Third, OUR ideas did win - big. For example, in Virginia, there was a ballot measure to amend the state Constitution to protect private property rights against the use of Eminent Domain. Voters in a state that ultimately gave its Electoral votes to Obama, voted 82% in favor of protecting private property rights. THAT is OUR victory! More states are ready for such legislation. I am helping to write sample legislation that will have teeth and meaning in protecting your property rights. 

We must not give up. We must believe in our principles and fight for them. Specifically, if we focus on the local and state level, we can, in many ways, stop federal (Obama) efforts.

You and I have circled the wagons tightly enough - now it's time to charge!


Tom DeWeese
American Policy Center 

Comment by Christina Blair on November 12, 2012 at 10:08pm

Well said Roz! People don't give up, I know how disheartening all this is but we need you in this fight now more than ever. There is something for everyone, every age, every gift. Take time to mourn and then come back fighten. Although there is not much we can do with Obama on the throne again. We can do things on the state level and we must! We have some great Conservatives that just got elected who are already hard at work. They need our support and we have another batch coming up for reelection soon and we need to fill these seats with more Conservatives. We can do this! My hope and prayers are that after the devastation of the Obama term people will be desperately looking for a way out. Keep the faith, after all its all we have:)

Comment by Roz Woody on November 12, 2012 at 5:36pm

I agree. The conservative message isn't the problem; how it's packaged and marketed is. It's time to be more tactical, a " spritual ground war".  Liberals depend on ignorance and demogoguery to get their message across; we must learn how to reach people with the facts. All future elections will be won at the grass roots level, through education, information and most important, revelation, from God.  We cannot give up. There's too much at stake.  

Comment by John Stolte on November 12, 2012 at 5:14pm

I'm not out of the fight and I'm not on cruise. For awhile I'm shifting my focus to atate issues and the state legislature. Missouri and Kansas have both done a great job of filling their legislatures with Republicans and Conservatives. I think we can accomplish much at that level.

Comment by sharon ostwinch on November 12, 2012 at 2:40pm

Good article  sadly I am beyond depressed and don't see the end of the tunnel let alone a light there.  Obama is out to destroy this country and takers let it happen.  Perhaps we need heal time.  Then regroup and I beleive your Chips is a great idea.  the message got lost, but I don't think it was the delivery so much as it was freebies.  Once people get something for nothing that is hard to say good bye too.

Comment by Richard Davidson on November 12, 2012 at 2:39pm

We the people tell the government what to do? I've had the services of a retired government attorney Department of Justice Organized Crime Unit and what 20+ Executive Branch agencies enforcing laws or statutes enacted by Congress may do pretended investigaiton, falsification of reecords to purport a violation of law or statute. Richard  ant question infon on the internet

Comment by Christina Blair on November 12, 2012 at 2:32pm

Leslie, beautifully written! 

Comment by marty wells on November 12, 2012 at 2:19pm

Couldn't agree more that we must bathe all we do in prayer. I wake up sad every morning. I think I feel a lot like you do. I am generally an optimist but I must say that I think there is going to be a long, long, storm before the calm. The republic has been lost (I heard Rush said that but I said it first and, like you, have stopped listening to news talk radio and watching Fox, MSNBC, etc. - as close as I have gotten is Christian Talk and FB blogging). The depressing  thing is how many people buy-in to the idea that God should be locked out of government. I have presented them with the words of John Adams regarding the unsuitability of the Constitution for a secular electorate but with little impact). I will keep praying and consider fighting back with the 5 chip deal but I still have some stages of loss to work through. God bless.

Comment by Thomas R. Creamer on November 12, 2012 at 1:24pm

Very inspirational post Leslie and something that helps to refocus and reinvigorate our purpose.

Comment by Alex Poulter on November 12, 2012 at 7:40am

Beautifully written Leslie!

Thank you for your support!

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