WASHINGTON, December 27, 2014 — When the Democratic Party abandoned Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu in the runoff of her re-election bid, did they signal their decision to abandon the south?
Rebirth means new approaches. The solid Republican south is giving the nation a new class of 2016 presidential candidates. Take a look at the top GOP contenders: Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio, all southerners.
Each is attempting to lead with a political narrative that has conservative roots in the political wisdom of President Ronald Reagan. The reawakening of Reagan’s vision and a return to the economic successes he created is crucial. Equally important is a return to the Judeo-Christian values that Reagan believed were necessary to the survival of the nation.
In 1976, the year of the nation’s Bicentennial, Reagan wrote:
The time has come to turn back to God and reassert our trust in Him for the healing of America. This means that all of us who acknowledge a belief in our Judeo-Christian heritage must reaffirm that belief and join forces to reclaim those great principles embodied in that Judeo-Christian tradition and in ancient Scripture. Without such a joining of forces, the materialistic quantity of life in our country may increase for a time, but the quality of life will continue to decrease.
As a Christian, I commit myself to do my share in this joint venture.
Southern presidential candidates understand the the importance of Christian values at the center of any presidential bid. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee leads the pack in advocating religious values both on his Fox News Network show and in public life. History is repeating itself with the reawakening of conservative religious values, and as a platform issue they will influence the outcome of the general election.
A healing change is coming.
The south had to be healed and renewed. Change is hard. For far too many who embraced hatred on the road to renewal, the lessons were difficult. But the south overcame. The nation has had to learn those same lessons as well.
Commonality of purpose and of principles is part of a remedy that has transformative properties. Blacks and whites saw justice, freedom and equality from the perspective of Rev. Martin Luther King: It was the content of one’s character that mattered, not the color of one skin.
Blacks have historically been opposed to abortion, supportive of the Second Amendment, and proponents of business creation in their communities. These are all issues which have served to ally southern blacks and whites in a conservative partnership to support black conservative Republican candidates.
In 2016, the role of the black vote in the south is wide open. Look at the role it played in the 2014 Mississippi open senate primary, where Senator Thad Cochran narrowly escaped defeat. His victory depended on the turnout of black voters, and it gives those voters an electoral home where they will not be taken for granted in 2016 and beyond. This could signal a sea change in southern black voters.
The solid south GOP can once again enjoy the support of the very people whose ancestors were the basis for the party’s creation.
Red, white and blue wave across America.
As the nation goes into the 2016 national elections, GOP candidates are repeating a litany of constitutional principles. Candidates who want to be in the winner’s circle in the early 2016 primaries will need to be front and center on iconic issues that are part of the American red, white and blue wave. These include a renewal of biblical principles that praise life, restore prayer in school, and promote family values and celebrate two-parent households once again.
Is that a tall order for some Republican candidates? For New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who wants to lay claim to the moderate Republican vote, conservative principles are non-starters. For the serious Republican candidate who values the beliefs that are practiced in millions of southern homes, conservative, patriotic issues are more than talking points in a stump speech.
These are the values of every parent life who leads his and her child in prayer at the dinner table. These values animate the smiles greet new lives, and the resolute fearlessness of those who empowered by the Second Amendment protect their families.
Ronald Reagan is the standard bearer in this race; his words have clarion clarity. The winners of the 2014 mid-terms knew that biblical values married to principles of smaller government and protected borders were not just a position, but a statement of principles to fight for. Nine new Republicans in the Senate prove that.
The leadership principles that will make America the shining city on a hill are not talking points. One southern woman who has totally embraced the message of the Reagan Revolution is award winning sportscaster and business woman Melanie Tipton. Her documentary,“Melanie’s Journey Through Chattanoogaville” can play a pivotal point in setting the table for the America of 2016.
Like Reagan, Tipton understands the power of conservative principles when they come from the soul. She has said that in 2016, families in the south and across the nation will be looking for a leader who offers the revolutionary Reagan vision. It is a vision that will create a spectacular private sector rebirth not seen since Reagan first managed it in the 1980s.
Today’s Republican candidates will do well to understand why this documentary is being sponsored by Tea Party leaders and conservative organizations like The Conservative Campaign Committee / 1 Million People to Defeat Barack Obama. Future generations lifted up by our next president will benefit from the visionaries inspired by Reagan in the 1980’s.
2016 and beyond
In 2016, America may again take its moral, economic and political lead from men and women who understand our founding principles. The economic morass of the last decade may finally come to an end. Reagan was not a miracle worker, but he understood the spirit and the unbounded initiative that Americans possess.
America and the south will be reborn in 2016 when we again value life. It will be reborn when we treasure our biblical heritage. It will be reborn when it elects a president who takes power away from government and returns it to the people, where it rightfully resides.
Where will that leaves America in 2016? It will leave the nation with a destiny honed from new south issues and refined in its furnace of conservative change. The nation will inherit principles that clear-minded voters in the south embraced in 2014. They worked for the region. They will also work for the nation.
In 2016, The Red, White and Blue American Wave will move across the nation and lift up all voters to join in and be a part of an America that has once again risen up. The solid south has done the heavy lifting; all Americans will be the 2016 beneficiaries.