The Key to Republican Victory (for real this time!)
Lots of people think they have the secret formula that Republicans should imbibe to start winning again. Surveying the range of opinions on this question, one finds a lot of good advice, and a lot that is not so good.
Last night, I read a piece by David Horowitz that was well to the good side. In fact, in spite of the tremendous length of the piece in question (it is more of a monograph than an article), I agreed with nearly every word.
At first blush, some might think that Horowitz is calling for the GOP to abandon the high road, and to cast decorum—and even reason itself—to the wind. He is not. If I could sum up his lengthy prescription for the GOP in one sentence, it would be . . .
Tell it like it is.
Modern statism is the worst ideology ever devised by man. In its mildest forms, it merely fails. Ratcheted up a notch, and it doesn’t just fail, it subjugates—it turns one cohort into captives of the state and places another cohort in economic bondage, for the care and feeding of the first cohort. A notch more, and it oppresses humans outright. And when it reaches its fullest collectivist flower, it murders humans by the millions.
And yet, in spite of this abysmal record, statism is arrogant. Statism is filled with hatred, for its proponents believe they are building utopia on earth. If you believe that utopia is not possible, or if you would simply like to retain your rights (an impossibility within the statist collective), you are in their way. You are the enemy of their utopia, and no fate is too good for you. They will calumniate you. They will accuse you of monstrous crimes of thought and deed. Given enough power, they will do even worse than that to you. In their eyes, you deserve nothing better, because, after all, what kind of a monster would stand in the way of paradise?
I shall not spoil Horowitz’s piece by attempting to replicate his points in my own preamble. In spite of the length, you simply must read the whole thing. I shall only add this: For those of you who see his prescriptions as a call to abandon the decency, civility, and rationality on which we have long prided ourselves, I truly understand. I myself have this concern.
But then I realize a simple truism: If someone is punching you repeatedly in the face, it is an entirely rational act to use whatever force is necessary to stop the assault.
Metaphorically speaking, the modern statist left is punching us in the face, day in and day out. And while we sit there, hoping they will come to their senses—our arms raised in defense and our eyes swollen shut from the endless calumny, lies, and abuse—they are selling our children into debt slavery. And when our children come of age, they will begin pummeling them as well.
Telling the truth about these batterers isn’t an abandonment of reason, it’s the height of rationality. And really, that is all Horowitz is saying: It’s time to tell the truth about the Democrats and the left.
After voters re-elected an administration that added five trillion dollars to the nation’s debt, left 23 million Americans unemployed, surrendered Iraq to America’s enemy Iran, and enabled the Muslim Brotherhood to gain control of the largest country in the Middle East, the one lesson Republicans should agree on is that elections are driven by emotions, not reason. Moreover, when it comes to mobilizing emotions, Democrats beat Republicans hands down.
Worse, Republicans appear unable to learn from their losses. Year after year, Democrats accuse Republicans of the same imaginary crimes – waging wars on women, not caring about minorities, and inflicting pain on working Americans to benefit the wealthy. And year after year, Republicans have no effective responses to neutralize these attacks. Or to take the battle to the enemy’s camp.
In the 2012 election, Democrats attacked Republicans as defenders of the wealthy who are not paying their “fair share.” Republicans responded by deploring “class warfare rhetoric,” which does not answer the charge that Republicans are defending the wealthy and are uncaring. There are plenty of answers to these libels but Republicans don’t have them.
One final point that punctuates the whole subject of what we’re up against: As I was reading this conservative piece, on this conservative blog, I looked to the right and noticed this Google ad:
Obviously the writers of Powerline do not want this ad on their website. It is being auto-fed by Goggle Adsense, which is matching keywords that appear on the website with keywords established by those who posted the ad. Site owners can block these ads, but only after they appear. It’s a constant fight.
And “constant fight” is the right term . . .
Think of it. The election is over. Barack Obama and the Democrats managed to create a phony Republican “war on women” and it worked. Women of reproductive age across the country turned out in droves, putting Obama over the top. Now, here we are in 2013—an off year, election-wise. Are they resting on their laurels? No. Are they taking a breather and enjoying their victory? No. They’re pounding home the war on women theme. It’s just a few weeks after Barack Obama’s second inaugural speech, and they’re back at it.
You see, they’ve discovered another weapon to use against you. The “war on women” isn’t real—but it’s another useful theme they can use to tie you to that chair while they pummel you some more.
Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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