I call them the New Right because, like the New Left before them, they diverge from the old school politics of the Washington powerbrokers. They draw their inspiration from one bright spot in conservative history when Republicans, independents, and even a multitude of Democrats amassed behind a man who loved his country more than his job. Ronald Reagan.
The New Right are not necessarily Tea Party members, although they certainly embody the spirit of that movement. Michele Bachmann is one and I suspect, although I don’t know, that Scott Brown is not. That’s okay; he’ll do in a pinch. Of course they have mobilized or at least come to national prominence through Sarah Palin’s galvanizing appearance at the 2008 GOP Convention. Palin epitomizes the New Right.
But, like Abraham Lincoln after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the Republican Party has tried to both distance itself from them, while publically embracing their ideals. An impossible task, because, at the very heart of the New Right is an honesty that cannot be faked.
While the media has tried to meld their popularity around the healthcare debate, we are in far deeper waters here. They are fed up with politicians who think they are the be-all-end-all, the final word in the managing of the country, politicians who have forgotten that they are just managers.
Joe “The Plummer” Wurzelbacher, who is barely old enough to remember Ronald Reagan in substance, is one of the New Right. Joe would be the first to remind us that it doesn’t take a brain surgeon, much less a career politician.
I believe we are seeing a true paradigm shift in the nation. People are moving not so much to the right as they are toward common sense. They have been branded homophobes because they don’t agree with gay marriage, they have been chalked up as Astroturf for the GOP because they’re conservative, and their elected officials have grossly misrepresented them. Now they are ready to do something about it.
The New right understands that stimulus packages don’t work, whether they are passed out by Bush or Obama. They understand that many in congress on both sides want to rubber stamp illegals in order to gain a vote later. They know that controlling our borders starts by closing them. They resent being called racists and intolerant because they believe these things.
Look for a candidate in the New Right near you this election year. Then vote.