Published On: Fri, Mar 29th, 2013

Liz Cheney To GOP: It Is Time To Fight Back!

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As Liz Cheney argued today, it is time for the Republicans in America—mainstream, moderate, conservative, Tea Party, and yes, even the RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), to pull together and fight back. Barack Obama won the last election for a variety of reasons, but one of the prominent reasons, was internal strife within the GOP. This, of course, was on display for the entire nation to see in the ridiculous number of debates, among an even more ridiculous number of aspiring (but often marginal) presidential candidates, last time around.

Whether these debates were intentionally organized by the heavily Democratic mainstream media or not, the moderators all favored Obama—and it showed. The fragmented GOP group of candidates acted like a bunch of kids arguing over details, and posturing to gain acceptance in some fragment of the party’s (primary) base. This simply exposed vulnerable points, and dragged candidates into primary positions that were unsustainable—and unwinnable in the general election.

Thus, Barack Obama’s powerful and sophisticated campaign machine pulled together all of the liberal and disenchanted segments of the American electorate, most of whom had issues with some quote or misstatement from the Republicans’ debate debacle, and won an election that Obama should have lost! As Cheney’s fine piece points out, that was then, and this is now. It is time to pull together and fight back.

Liz CheneyThat long introduction leads into a series of stunning excerpts from her Op-Ed piece, because Republicans are starting to repeat those errors, this time in the run up to the 2014 mid-term elections. A key point to remember is that Congressional elections often swing on quite different issues and positions from a national election. That is as it should be, but someone or some group, notably the “official” (an unofficial) Republican party leadership, must craft an overarching strategy, with niches in it for each of the party segments.

Done correctly, this would anticipate the party’s marginal differences, and draw them together showing the striking contrast to the disaster that is a liberal, big government president who intends to change America forever—and it will not be for the better!

Liz Cheney opens with Ronald Reagan’s wonderful quote:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well-taught lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.

Cheney opens with this chilling statement:

President Reagan’s words, spoken 52 years ago this weekend, still ring true, with one modification. If we don’t defend our freedoms now against the onslaught of President Obama’s policies, we won’t have to wait until our sunset years for American freedom to be a distant memory.

The equally impactful lines that follow a bit later include one taken from some of Barack Obama’s own words:

President Obama is the most radical man ever to occupy the Oval Office. The national debt, which he is intent on increasing, has passed $16 trillion. He believes that more government borrowing and spending are the solution to every problem. He seems unaware that the free-enterprise system has lifted more people out of poverty than any other economic system devised by man.

Perhaps, his ignorance of that fact explains his hostility toward the private sector. In one of his autobiographies, the president writes that he felt “like a spy behind enemy lines” during his brief stint working for “private industry.”

After chronicling a series of examples of how Obama is damaging America, from record deficits and monstrous debt to the total denial of culpability in the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Cheney goes on to issue a call to action, in three parts:

In the face of this reality, it is time for Republicans to get over their loss in 2012. We are all that stands between this president’s policies and a damaged and diminished America. It is time to get back in the fight.

It is time to defend our values with vigor and courage. We are conservatives. We believe in limited government, low taxes, a strong national defense, individual freedoms, self-reliance, the importance of the family, and the miracle and authority of America’s founding documents. We know that government is best that governs least and governs closest to the people. We know that the private sector is the engine of economic growth. We know that America is the exceptional nation, the best that has ever existed. We know that the men and women who wear the uniform of the U.S. military are the greatest fighting force and the greatest force for good that the world has ever known.

She closes with the third one:

The miracle of the Constitution resides to a large extent in the first three words, ‘We the People,’ placing sovereignty with us, not with our rulers. We are the inheritors of these blessings of liberty, and it is our solemn duty to fight for, protect and defend our freedom. Now is the time to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and man the barricades for freedom.

I can’t say it any better than that, so I won’t try. I’ll point you to the entire piece[1] so you can read it all, and circulate it to everyone you know who wonders how we elected this charlatan president in the first place, but most of all, how we allowed him to get reelected. I’ll tell you; We spit into factions who each were worried too much about their own agenda, and not enough about the bigger picture. Remember the phrase, “united we stand, divided we fall?”

Ohio State Coach Thad Matta explained recently why Ohio State was losing at halftime of its NCAA game against Arizona. “We were playing selfish defense.” Instead of helping each other out and covering for each other, they were all just doing their own thing. That’s all they need to change to win. Well, that and a nice three-point shot with 2 seconds left on the clock.

It’s time to quit playing “selfish defense” in the GOP and play together! Start fighting to take back the hearts and minds of Americans of all ages, races and walks of life. The values of the Republican Party appeal to all kinds of Americans. We need to “communicate them and sell them.” America can never prosper as a “nanny state” in which government takes care of everything—and does it worse and more expensively than Americans would do it for themselves.

C’mon, fellow Republicans: choose strong, broadly desirable candidates, enlist the “niche players” to play strong supporting roles, and pull the party together—not apart. This fight is just beginning and the Obama campaign of lies, distortions and half-truths will continue in 2014 and even in 2016 with a different Democrat telling the lies, distortions and half-truths (Hillary? Who else?)

In my own words, “government was created to work for the people, not vice versa.” Are you ready to fight for our country? I am.


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About the Author

- John Mariotti is an Internationally recognized executive, author and speaker. In his corporate career, he was President of Huffy Bicycles, and Group President of Rubbermaid Office Products Group. He was also Chairman of World Kitchen, Inc., on whose board he still serves. Since founding The Enterprise Group in 1994, John has served on multiple corporate boards and advised many well-known companies. John has written 9 business books including The Power of Partnerships, his award winners: The Shape-Shifters and The Complexity Crisis, chosen one of the Best Business Books of 2008 and a Best Book for Small Business. Mariotti has written hundreds of articles, and has spoken to thousands of people in business and university audiences, in both the US and abroad. He also co-authored Hope Is NOT A Strategy: Leadership Lessons from the Obama Presidency with D. M. Lukas, released in 2012. His latest book, Roadmap To Profitable Growth was released in 2013. John currently writes a weekly blog, “Telling It Like It Is” and is a contributor to John holds a B. S. M. E., from Bradley University and an M. S. M. E. from the University of Wisconsin.


  1. [...] read this Liz Cheney op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, but it was this commentary by John Mariotti at The Brenner Brief and the analysis that I wanted to share. Read both, they both stand [...]