Government shutdown gives Republicans huge public relations opportunity

| October 27 2013
By Foster Friess

A survey revealed 41 media outlets blamed Republicans for shutdown, while zero blamed Democrats, and 13 blamed both. Why, therefore, could Republicans benefit?

Because of human nature: People resent being lied to.

The D.C. Democrats told us America could default on its debt, which was never a possibility (as Alan Greenspan explains in link below).

The D.C. Democrats said the Affordable Care Act would let us keep our health insurance if we liked it, but as millions of Americans are experiencing, this is a lie.

The D.C. Democrats said the House caused the shutdown, when it was the Senate Democrats and the White House who shut the government down by refusing to negotiate.

All of these lies have been reported as facts.

But although the media is stacked against them, Republicans don’t always have to lose the public relations war. The winning formula is simple.

In the service of truth, they can use a tactic from their opponents’ playbook, SaulAlinsky’s Rules for Radicals:  Split “Mainstream Democrats” of the Tip O’Neil variety from the “Chicago-bred D.C. Democrats.” Then, in a “Truth and Civility Campaign,” expose the latter for their demagoguery and nastiness.

Include reminders of the Benghazi deception, the use of the Internal Revenue Service for political intimidation, the uneasiness liberals have with drone attacks, the National Security Agency “peeking into our windows,” and President Obama’s arrogance of “I will not negotiate” during the shutdown.

You’ll have the making of a landslide victory in both the House and Senate for those who cherish limited constitutional government, financial responsibility and free markets.These aspirations are not exclusive to the Tea Party.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has given Republicans some of the best examples of the D.C. Democrats’ demagoguery.

In a room full of reporters, Senator Reid attempted to make the Republicans look like villains by saying “what gives them (House Republicans) the right to pick and choose what parts of government will be funded?”

On the other hand, Mainstream Democrats and Republicans respect what Founding Father James Madison wrote:

“The House of Representatives cannot only refuse, but they alone can propose, the supplies requisite for the support of government … This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.” –
James Madison, Federalist 58

So Harry Reid chastised the House for exercising its constitutional duty to pick and choose what to fund, while the “Chicago-bred D.C. Democratic Administration” to which he submits, steals that power from the House. The definition of “chutzpah” is murdering your mother and father and then throwing yourself on the mercy of the court as an orphan. Harry Reid has engaged in metaphorical chutzpah.

The administration selectively chose to keep on the job 95% of Veterans Administration hospital personnel, air-traffic controllers, park rangers who were busy cordoning off the pullouts on the highway so motorists could not view Mount Rushmore, and a gazillion other federal employees.

The White House chose to shutdown only 17% of the federal government, focusing on the things that would hurt the public the most. All the while they blamed it on Republicans while refusing to consent to House requests to fund things the public wants.

The administration cordoned off a Virginia colonial farm tourist attraction run by a family-owned private business, shuttered the privately-operated City Tavern in Philadelphia, and closed a privately-owned campsite because they all reside on federal property. We actually incurred costs to execute the closures and lost revenues from tax dollars those enterprises generate.

The American people can see through this attempt to inflict as much pain as possible in order to blame the Republicans. The open air World War II Memorial never closed down in the prior 17 shutdowns.

And here’s more evidence of the “Chicago-bred D.C. Democrat” nastiness: CNN’s Dana Bash asked Harry Reid why he wouldn’t agree with the House Republican passed bill to open up the National Institute of Health so even a single kid could get cancer treatment. His “why would we want to do that” response is sickening. Link to the 1:23 video is below.

The D.C. Democratic Demagogues not only lie but they do so with spite toward both their opponents and the American people. Meanwhile, Americans on both the Left and the Right, more than ever, are shunning this crass behavior. They want to come together to find solutions that promote freedom and prosperity.

In this spirit, Republicans should focus their “Truth and Civility” campaign on the “D.C. Democrats” in the individual states, particularly where presidential hopeful Mitt Romney won. One by one, expose their lies, highlight their nastiness, and reveal them to be quite different from Mainstream Democrats throughout this country.

Here is the video of Harry Reid insulting CNN’s Dana Bash (1:23).

And here’s Alan Greenspan saying why there is “zero probability of default“ (24 seconds).

2 comments
dleeper47
dleeper47 moderator

Great strategy. I hope Reince Priebus and the RNC will see this article, pursue this strategy, and reverse our country's descent.

The Constitution's Article I, Section 7, Clause 1 and Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 are the letter of the law re House "power of the purse."  Your quotation from Madison Federalist 58 is spot on as to the intent and spirit of the law.

Sadly, Harry Reid respects neither the letter nor the spirit of the Constitution in this matter, despite his undertaking an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.

In light of his arrogant, bone-headed comments about the House of Representatives, wouldn't it be interesting to give him a quick pop quiz on the US Constitution? In fact, why not surprise all of Congress one day )when they all deign to be present), with a short quiz? I'd love to see their scores.

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

@dleeper47 If you stuck a microphone in Reid's face and asked him such questions, the most you'd get would be a dismissive sneer and a "Who are you—what media outlet are you with?" OTOH, if "being escorted from the premises" is an item on your bucket list, you could at least check that off :-)