- The True-Conservative-of-the-Month-Club…
- Sarah Palin: ‘Nuff said.
- Benghazi…let’s quietly table this until about September of 2016, if Hillary is running…
- Restaurants, coffee shops, and TV shows having political stances…
- Name-calling and infighting…
- Outrage out-of-context…
- Blaming everything on lack of prayer in schools…
- Single-issue voting…
- Founding Father obsession…
Go to her site for her full definition of these 10 items.
I can agree with several of these: I have written that we have to get away from the conservative flavor of the month club (#1), that birtherism and “natural born” efforts are quixotic (#3), that raising Duck Dynasty to the level of the Intolerable Acts (#5) and hyping every perceived sleight to the level of blood libel (#7) only dilutes our arguments.
I think she engages in a bit of hyperbole on #8 and #9 because I know no “mainstream” conservatives who believe that ALL of our issues are related to prayer in schools or “single issue” voting – these two have several things in common – religion, its role in government and the secularization of government based on one thing – Jefferson’s single letter to the Danbury Baptists on New Year’s Day in 1802, all legitimate issues and voting for a candidate who is hostile or indifferent to these issues is problematic for me, both as a Christian and as a classic liberal. So I am interested in the position of a prospective candidate with respect to these.
As far as Sarah Palin (#2), I have this to offer and it sort of goes with #10 – Palin needs to step up and lead or step back and watch – enough of the one foot in, one foot out Hokie-Pokie routine. I truly respect the Governor but the Republican Party needs a conservative leader willing to actually lead rather than give speeches at CPAC and 45 second guest hits on Fox News. I think she has the goods but she seems to lack what my granddaddy called “want to”. Until she wades in all the way, she is just a symbolic figure – which brings me to #10.
I believe that the wearing of tri-corner hats with teabags dangling off them, flying Gadsden flags or otherwise invoking the image of the Revolution hurts our message. You have to understand that our modern media does not concern itself with words, their context or meaning. They are driven by visualizations because they know that the visual has greater immediate impact than the written or spoken word…ergo in any gathering, they focus on the unusual visual image and the words get lost. The media uses these images to try to make us look silly – so, save the period costumes for the ceremonial reenactments.
I strongly believe in First Principles but I also recognize that with men like Thomas Paine (who believed in collective ownership of land) and Thomas Jefferson (who believed a constitution should have an expiration date) were working without a minimal script and no net – and by the restrictive contemporary definition, both Paine and Jefferson could be described as “progressives”.
What must be remembered is that this is not a battle of Founding Father quotes; it is a battle over principle. For that reason, I agree with #6. We have to stop the “I’m the True Conservative” penis measuring contests.
Lastly, Benghazi (#4) may not be a political winner but it is real and needs to be brought out in the open.
I prefer to dwell on the affirmative instead of the negative, so I would like to suggest things that the Republicans should adopt rather than discard in 2014:
- The economy: rather than talking about safety nets and government transfer payments, start focusing on educating people how a growing economy positively affects everybody and actually increased revenue to the government. Tie policies like immigration to the economy and propose that administrative law (regulations) must be submitted to a cost/benefit analysis before being allowed to be implemented. So, simplified for the anti-corporation/#OWS/big government set: no commercial activity = no tax revenue = no ability for government to borrow = no government spending = no government. If you “progressives” want funds to pay for your adventures in socialism, you better get on board with the engine that generates the cash for you.
- Make the case for capitalism, that personal freedom depends on economic freedom:
- Capitalism is the best system to spread economic well-being.
- Economic freedom goes hand in hand with political freedom.
- Don’t put the cart before the horse –get the order of events right.
- Capitalism is self-regulating.
- Distributed capitalism mitigates risk and can absorb a lot of bad decisions.
- Economies can’t be “managed” on a large scale – at least not by humans.
- Energy: support the oil boom in America. Cheap and plentiful clean energy is available to us through fracking. Approve pipelines and refineries, convert electrical generation plants to natural gas and open more public lands to exploration and production. Note that this also grows government coffers through lease payments, production royalties and taxes off the sale of the hydrocarbons.
- Attack Leviathan: Immediately freeze all budgets and place every agency under a mandate to cut costs by 10% per year and use the savings and the increased tax revenues from the growing economy to pay down the national debt. The program stays in place until the debt is cut to 5 trillion dollars.
- Stop fighting wars that you don’t intend to win. If a Republican president commits troops, we need to be there to adopt an attitude that we are going to break things and kill people until the enemies will to continue is broken…and you need to be ready to break a few milquetoast/quisling Democrats in the process if necessary.
- Adopt a foreign policy that includes an automatic cut off of aid to any country that goes against our interests or is unwilling to eradicate terrorists in their lands who have threatened the US or US interests in any way. Terrorism cannot be negotiated with, its adherents must be annihilated. Make sure that all countries, friend and foe, knows that if any US citizen is harmed, the full power of the United States military will be brought to bear to rectify the situation. You can keep your head if you like your head. Period.
- Adopt a libertarian social policy; get government out of the business of social engineering. Get government out of marriage, marriage is a religious construct, a bond between man, wife and God – for government policy institute a common civil contract and give every partnership that enters into that contract the same benefits under the law.
- Resolve to call a lie a lie and a liar a liar. Do not suffer misrepresentations, half-truths or context free “technically true” statements about any person, proposal or action. Go after every lie with the intent to not only refute it but to grind the credibility of its issuer into dust.
- Recover America’s role as the sole superpower by recognizing that the world is in chaos today for two reasons, 1) there are countries, political systems, and religions in the world that are using the chaos to damage and weaken America. It is to their benefit to keep the instability going as long as possible to do as much damage as possible and 2) American leadership is missing from the world today. Over the past 100 years, global crises were met with definitive American leadership. WWI, WWII, Korea, the defeat of communism at the Berlin Wall, being first at the scene of natural disasters, the eradication of terrorism, the liberation of Iraq and Afghanistan, defense of Israel, funding and providing the majority of support for NATO and the UN and providing the lion’s share of funds for the IMF are just a few examples.
- Be honest. Stop trying to be someone you aren’t. You will never be able to out Democrat a Democrat…or Obama. Do take the time to explain in depth what you propose and why but don’t apologize for what you believe in. Start talking about consequences as well as actions, take things to a logical conclusion. Talk to people honestly and openly and don’t do anything in private that you would be ashamed to do in public.
So there’s my two cents worth…and get your ducks in a row like Logistics Technician Alan Ames: