It's not just conservatives who are frustrated today. It is all Americans who long to see their nation regain its vitality, restoring freedom and prosperity at home and shining the light of human potential across the planet.
What is particularly frustrating is that the party out of power, the Republican Party, is supposed to be carrying the torch for these values. But it's barely happening. The Party has become bogged down with careerists, rearview-mirror thinkers and its own inside-the-beltway elite.
Nothing could speak more to this problem than establishment attitudes toward the remarkable Herman Cain.
Take, for instance, a recent column by conservative columnist Mona Charen.
After extolling Cain's compelling virtues -- his rags-to-riches success story, his love of America and the values that make it great, and the courageous ideas he has put on the table in his campaign -- Ms. Charen dismisses his candidacy for president. "He lacks the kind of experience the office requires," she writes, and "political skills ... necessary in a political job."
Others who dismiss Cain point to his lack of a national organization, essential for raising the kind of money a presidential campaign needs.
I just don't see it this way.
The American presidency is not a political job. The American president is the leader of the free world. The job, of course, demands political skills, but so does every job that requires working with other human beings.
One of America's worst presidents -- the former Senate Majority leader Lyndon B. Johnson -- had more of these political skills than perhaps anyone who ever held the office.
What he critically lacked was a clear vision and commitment to American principles of limited government and personal integrity.
The single most powerful asset that a new American president can bring to Washington is the support of the American people. A president with a vision, and popular support for that vision, will have the Washington political establishment jumping to his beck and call.
What makes Herman Cain so interesting is the passion and clarity of his view of American freedom, and his Reagan-like ability to communicate and excite grassroots Americans.
A new Gallup poll on candidates' positive intensity -- the percentage of those with strongly favorable opinion minus those with strongly unfavorable opinion -- shows Cain so far ahead of the rest of the Republican field it is ridiculous.
He has a positive intensity of 35. In second place is Romney at 15, with the rest lagging behind him.
Cain is the only candidate putting concrete and simple ideas on the table for getting this nation back on track.
The Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore said Cain's 9-9-9 plan for simplifying our horrendous and highly politicized tax code would be "rocket fuel for the economy."
Cain's support for getting rid of the confiscatory Social Security payroll tax and replacing it with personally owned private retirement accounts would be a boon to all Americans, but particularly for low income Americans.
Personal retirement accounts would provide an unprecedented opportunity for every American to build wealth over a lifetime, as was done in Chile, which pioneered the reform in 1981.
After adopting personal retirement accounts and other free-market reforms 30 years ago, Chile went from having one of the world's most sluggish economies to one of its fastest growing. Returns on these personal retirement accounts have averaged over 9 percent a year.
America needs a new president who loves freedom and has the guts to pursue it without compromise.
Freedom is not about warmed-over conventional wisdom. It's about ideals, humility, originality -- and embracing the unexpected and unanticipated.
The Republican Party establishment needs to start listening to grassroots Americans and asking why no one is exciting them like Herman Cain.
The things that increase the likelihood of improving one's life are the very things the President and his liberal friends fight. (comments)
Obamacare was never primarily about getting the best, most affordable health care to Americans. (comments)
Anyone who knows just a little bit of history knew from the day President Obama signed this law in 2010 that what is happening today was inevitable. (comments)
He has demonstrated that his own political calculations are more important to him than his party or his nation. (comments)
The Republican Party still has not learned lessons necessary to reverse setbacks of recent years. (comments)
Both are living examples that personal success is not about government programs but about taking personal responsibility. (comments)
Because fewer are working for every retiree, our taxation nowhere near covers what the requirements for Social Security and Medicare will soon be. (comments)
Americans may have different opinions about what is wrong with the country. But there is plenty of agreement that the patient is sick. (comments)
The rate of child poverty in 2009 was 11 percent in homes with married parents and 44.3 percent in homes headed by single mothers. (comments)
Our president refuses to sit down and negotiate with Republicans who are constitutionally representing popular sentiment. (comments)
Big business, unions and Congress are getting themselves exempted out of Obamacare, ready to leave the rest of country to be shepherded into socialized medicine. (comments)
Only in Washington is it considered abnormal and obstructionist for a member of Congress to ring the alarm about the loss of freedom in America. (comments)
This president not only sits by and allows wanton murder of unborn children. He supports and endorses it. (comments)
We should wonder how we have so many discussions about freedom and so few about individual free choice and personal responsibility... (comments)
Fifty years after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, isn't it time for some new thinking? (comments)
The liberals who control the event have little interest in serious thought about why there have been failures. (comments)
It is high time that the black pastor, rather than the black politician, return to leadership in black American life. (comments)
Where is the money going to come from to pay for all the subsidized purchases of government insurance? (comments)
The Gosnell trial showed the nation that in America today, we have abortion factories where live children are being killed. (comments)
As the new American oil boom attests, it is freedom and capitalism that releases the human spirit, taps human creativity and produces prosperity that could never come from any government planner. (comments)