Former Navy SEAL, current Rhodes Scholar, and possible future governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, penned a thoroughly interesting op-ed on why he used to believe the Democrat party had all the solutions to what ails our country, but now realizes conservatives are the only ones who can truly help.
The op-ed is succinctly summarized by Wayne Allyn Root:
Exactly. This explains why no one with a brain should be a Democrat: http://t.co/3d0MLospUZ
— Wayne Allyn Root (@WayneRoot) July 15, 2015
Greitens explains that like many young, idealistic individuals, the concept of what the Democrats were selling appealed to him. But as he got older and presumably wiser, he realized that he “no longer believed in their ideas.”
“I had concluded that liberals aren’t just wrong,” he wrote. “All too often they are world-class hypocrites.”
“They talk a great game about helping the most vulnerable, with ideas that feel good and fashionable. The problem is their ideas don’t work, and often hurt the exact people they claim to help.”
Greitens went on to explain that Democrat solutions mean taking the easy path to solve a problem temporarily, but conservatism is a more difficult concept that will actually lead to long-term solutions.
“… good intentions are easy. Even easier when you’re spending other people’s money. But they’re not enough. To actually achieve meaningful results, you have to have good ideas, discipline and accountability to go along with it. The problem is that most Democrats seem to think more money and bigger government are the solutions to virtually every single problem. They’re wrong.
It’s easy to give people food stamps; harder to get people into good-paying jobs. It’s easy to encourage dependency; harder to help people into a life of purpose and dignity. The worst are politicians who smugly talk about caring for the little guy, and then abandon the poorest, most vulnerable of our children to schools that give them little chance to succeed. That’s not just hypocrisy. It’s a tragedy.”
Amen. That is exactly why conservatives struggle during election season. It’s much easier for a Democrat to say ‘I’ll give you handouts,’ than it is for a Republican to explain ‘I’ll get you on the path to jobs, better income, and prosperity.’
Greitens added, “I became a conservative because I believe that caring for people means more than just spending taxpayer money; it means delivering results. It means respecting and challenging our citizens, telling them what they need to hear, not simply what they want to hear.”
If this former lifelong Democrat can understand this, it’s time for Republicans to get the same message to the rest of the people. But will they explain it as eloquently as Greitens has? We sure hope so.
Comment: Is liberalism taking the easy road? How would you sell the message of conservatism to a voter? Share your thoughts below.