The Republicans can stay true, honorable, AND stick to principle and NOT die a slow and painful death. But they do need to change tactics, OR learn how to spread their message loudly and more effectively, like the democrats.<quoted text>
I agree 100% that the Republicans are more honorable and that a former president should fade away. The problem is that the mass of uninformed voters that vote strictly on emotion will never vote for someone like a Mitt Romney because he is not cool or edgy enough. So the choice to the Republicans is stay true, honorable, and stick to principle and die a slow and painful death with the rest of America, or use the same tactics the democrats use, like divide and conquer, making issues of non issues to take voters attention away from the aspects of your record that the opposition is trying to draw attention to, and promising voters with the things they want to hear using the conservative message instead ofthe socialistic message. Either way, America has lost her values and is suffering greatly for it.
For example, something struck me during one of the debates as Romney was speaking. He was talking about energy independance and made the statement, "20 or 25 birds were killed and brought out a migratory bird act to go after them," speaking about Obama going after the oil company for those deaths. That was the ONLY statement Romney made on this issue- as though he considered it a non-issue. I knew right then he had probably lost the environmentalists and the animal lovers who DO consider that a big issue.
Romney could have used that moment to his, and the republican party's, advantage by pointing out how deadly wind turbines are to birds, and that the renewable energy Obama touts is not as environmentally friendly as he would like people to believe. He could have given a figure of Golden Eagles fatalities at one wind farm (Altamont Pass) in California. He could have pointed out the number of acres of pristine wildlife habitat permanently altered or destroyed to build wind farms. He could have let the voting public know that very tall and lighted structures, wind turbines included, kill millions of migratory birds every year and that violations of the Migratory Bird Act are only brought on when birds are killed at oil facilities, but not wind farms. People who consider themselves to be environmentalists may not even know this happens.
He could have, right then and there, painted the democrats as unfriendly to the environment and our wildlife by pandering to renewable energy companies by giving them a free pass to kill wildlife. Any intellectually honest democrats, and independants may have had an eye opening moment had Romney brought this to their attention.