We say we want to end the budget deficit. Then we reduce to debt rate instead of ending it.
We say we want to repeal Obamacare. Then we make half-hearted efforts to repeal Obamacare, which (surprise, surprise) end up in failure.
Now we say we want to cut taxes. The media is presenting this as a tax cut on the rich and a drag on the economy. Have you heard high-ranking conservatives make serious efforts to dispel this idea? Nor have I.
To make conservatism a success, we can't let our values get trudged in the mud. We need to promote them to the public and counter leftist caricatures of them as cruel and wicked.