“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana

Movement conservatives have never had a completely harmonious relationship with the Republican Party. It sometimes seems as if the darkest moments come … before a major RINO concession. The phrase “Grand Old Spending Party” epitomizes well the lack of focus and endemic dysfunction that resulted in independents abandoning the right in 2006 and 2008. Our chronic debt mongering so alienated swing voters that they embraced Barack Obama — a pig in a poke — believing that even a Democrat would be more prudent as our president.

Ah, not only were they wrong, they were John Edwards wrong. Their confusion was understandable given President George W. Bush’s habit of tossing around non-sequiturs like “[w]e have a responsibility that when somebody hurts, government has got to move” and the equally appalling, “I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system.”

These nuggets of socialism clashed resoundingly with our basic conservative vision even though there is no denying that President Bush was a meritorious commander-in-chief. He admirably protected the citizenry in a time of serious peril even though the deficits his administration incurred were discombobulating.

In the future, our politicians must defend the nation with vigor while simultaneously proving to the electorate that Bush’s fiscal profligacy was an aberration. Rejuvenating our brand though will not be easy.

The “state controlled” media intentionally attempts to sow division within our ranks. They reflexively elevate the importance of any vain masochist among us who would rather undermine his own people than fight those who long to control us.

Yet with health care, GOP politicians stood above the press and their dubious machinations. They uniformly did the right thing on Black Sunday.

In fact, the stance that our representatives have taken since Obama’s inauguration inspires, and “in a dark, cold winter” it warmed the cockles of every free American’s heart. Their heroic efforts represent a pleasant departure from the pusillanimous practices of the past.

Hopefully, Republican ringleaders will learn from recent history and internalize the lesson that the political left — as opposed to conservative ideas and initiatives — are the real enemy and one that must be defeated.

Thanks to President Obama’s biography along with his unsavory band of associates, most conservatives are aware of the left’s dishonest methods. Rules for Radicals outlines them in great detail.

Saul Alinsky’s diabolical book — which, astonishingly, actually thanked “the very first radical,” Lucifer, at its outset — is treasured by our opposition and some words on page 128 clarify why the left has duped the right numerous times over the years.

Alinsky posits that his pupils should “make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.” Fairness and honesty are primary values for conservatives. Democrats are cognizant of this eventuality and routinely appeal to our superior moral sense as a means to accumulate more power.

The “power sharing” fiasco of 2001 was a perfect example of their manipulative ways along with the docility of some of our allies. At the time, the Senate was split 50-50 along partisan lines but the chamber was still effectively Republican due to Vice President Cheney wielding the tie-breaking vote.

For reasons that only “the gimp” in the film Pulp Fiction could comprehend, the Republicans surrendered to the requests of our adversaries. They duly created a bedlam in “the living symbol of our union of states” thereafter by having co-chairs for its respective committees.

This sabotaged President Bush’s agenda, which was a moronic enough result, but the total futility of their approach only became apparent a few months later after a traitor from Vermont named Jim Jeffords defected. This then gave the Democrats a clear cut voting majority in the Senate.