One of the things I’ve discovered contrasting the past seven months to my first four years blogging is that it’s much easier to blog in opposition to the party in power than in support of the incumbent Administration (especially when you’re a small government-type defending a President named Bush).
Simply put, political leaders don’t live up to expectations.
Many on the left, particularly among the “netroots,” have found it hard to make the adjustment. Having found a voice in this relatively new medium as the opposition, lacking any experience blogging during the Administration of a politician they helped elect. Perhaps, that helps explain why they remain nasty even as their party controls all the levers of political power in our nation’s capital. They’re used to attacking their adversaries and unaccustomed to having to defend the proposals of their political allies.
When the next Republican President takes power, we conservatives (and libertarians) of the blogosphere will have had experience on both sides, in opposition and support, of the party in power. For now, our job is a little easier given that the job of the opposition to oppose. And it is often easier, in this imperfect world, to criticize then defend.
Yet, if we on the right wish to distinguish ourselves from our political adversaries on the left, we must propose real reform and dare defend such ideas in public forums. I credit such commentators as Charles Krauthammer and John Mackey as well as Georgia Congressman Tom Price as well as his Wisconsin colleague Paul Ryan and Senator Tom Coburn for proposing alternative health care reforms to those the Democrats have put forward.
So, let’s learn from our adversaries–mingling our criticisms of their proposals with advocacy for conservative reforms.