‘Big Tent’ And All That Jazz
In a comment over at The Right Scoop in response to a post by Kemberlee Kaye, Friend In The Ether K-Bob wrote this spot-on reply [which he has graciously allowed me to reprint here]:
Thanks for the thought-provoking article, Kemberlee!
Having seen these calls to be more temperate regarding so-called "social" issues many times in the last five decades, I must respectfully offer a different opinion.
I get that we need to do a better job of selling inclusion. Winning does involve marketing, after all. But one thing about the exit polls is that they do not show that we lost this election because of social conservatives. At least they turned out to vote, even though Romney was clearly not their guy. That disconnect is all you need to know to show that something other than so-cons played a larger factor in this loss. Several things, in fact.
We lost because it’s perfectly legal to require union membership in several industries, where they extract union dues from the workers, and funnel them exclusively into the Democrat party. This is a practice that should be highly illegal, with punishments just below those for treason and murder. Because of this institutionalized corruption, we are playing at a tremendous disadvantage that no amount of outreach to specific groups of voters could possibly fix. Until this practice is halted, we must fight ten times as hard as any Democrat for each vote.
We lost because we are fighting a nasty, persistent stereotype that the Democrat/Media complex is fully vested in selling as hard as possible. Every aspiring tyranny needs a scapegoat class upon which to heap blame for their failures. The left’s scapegoating of conservatives is this era’s call to Judenrein. Anyone who thinks that is too extreme is simply not paying attention. Breitbart saw it. He fought back.
[And in an ominous parallel to this fact, is the rise of de-facto "cleansing" of Jews from many countries around the world, including such leftist-dominated cultures as Norway.
Evangelicals and Jews will be destroyed if the left has it's way. So
we must protect our evangelicals, just as we would the Jews.]
The Democrat/Media complex hangs the nastiest labels on conservatives they can find, and they make sure everyone feels comfortable saying so in public. In countless man-on-the-street interviews with the average Democrat protester, we see that they know the right is racist and hates women, but they can never give a single reason why. In reality, the only party concerned with race in America is the Democrat party. They care more about skin color than any human alive in 1860. And yet somehow they continue to tar conservatives as racist.
We lost because only one or two of our best candidates seems to be aware of this problem. We lost because Republican party leaders in congress have remained silent in the face of overwhelming slander aimed at the right. Trey Gowdy and Rand Paul cannot do it alone.
We lost because voter fraud is rampant, and we do nothing about it.
We lost because the media loves a provable lie if it comes from Obama, but will spin up a mere disagreement on policy by a Republican as a calumny of the highest order.
We lost because too many on the right still believe only a moderate can win, despite a long history that proves otherwise.
Read that last sentence again.
And we lost because too many on the right allowed this moderate concept to be employed yet again, despite the fact that Reagan showed exactly how to win an election without running as a moderate.
We did not lose because of a lack of outreach to Hispanics or any other group. In fact, as many intelligent pundits on the right have pointed out from historical example, Republicans NEVER gain ground from outreach to special interest groups.
Republicans. Never. Gain. Ground from pandering to special interests.
But this is about the tent. Clearly we have the broadest tent because the most important voting bloc to a conservative is the individual. It has to be that way, because that’s the way Liberty works. Anyone who wants to live their life for their own sake is welcome in our tent.
Try that over on the left, where they have litmus tests for everything.
Those are the reasons we lost, and here is what we must do about it:
First, we must fully embrace the long, hard battle to reclaim our institutions from the left. The schools, the media, and the workers are all controlled by the left. Their tyrannical grip upon those "estates" is at an all time high in the West, in general, and is worsening by the moment, even while the old media have lost their market share and are failing as businesses. I do not advocate fixing the public schools. I advocate ignoring them. Do not send your children there. Do not vote for school millages of any kind. Lets make our own schools, and make them successful.
Next, deal with the playing field. From the earliest days of the abolitionist movement, conservatives have always had the deck stacked against them. This was to be expected in every election, and usually it is rational to claim that a rigged game is just the playing field we have to fight upon. But not since the days of Lincoln has the playing field been so fully rigged against the proponents of liberty. We have to change the dialogue, and the rules concerning the elections. We must refuse to be thrown out of polling places when they count votes. We must show up in large numbers to observe the elections. One or two "poll watchers" is not going to cut it any more.
We must speak out. We need men like Allen West who know how to speak out and take major risks to their political careers, not backroom dealers who are trying to simply keep the game alive. Support Allen West. Support Sarah Palin. Support Trey Gowdy. And even Ron Paul. Not because of a cult of personality; but because They Speak Out. They have spines.
We must employ every tool at our disposal to dislodge the racism pushed upon us by the left. We must also be vigilant to make sure they do not get away with false flag racism in our midst. We must have zero tolerance for this despicable slander, and every person on the right must learn to fight against it with every fiber and every resource we can muster. Only a Democrat cares about race. Make this known.
We need to do our own organizing. And we need to show up. We need to become independent from the economy, and we need to be prosperous. If the left doesn’t want to follow us, we should at least be able to keep them from harming us while we continue the long march through the institutions that is required to preserve this nation.
Returning finally to the social conservatives: The social cons are the heart and soul of the political right. We do need statesmen from among them who can learn by Reagan’s example how to avoid being bogged down in discussions of abortion, homosexuality, and the second amendment. We should take our positions on these things as a given, and assume all questions about them are an attempt at slander, not an attempt at dialog. Learn to Reaganize the response, and get back to selling individual liberty. That’s the best way to preserve religious freedom in this country.
But we must embrace and cherish the evangelicals and other Christian groups on the right, even though it’s not "cool" (see Complex, Media/Democrat). They may stumble in their articulation of conservatism, but that is no reason to let them go the way of Copts in Egypt.
Let me just put it this way: you can have our social conservatives when you pry them from our cold dead hands.
Damn well put.
That’s the spirit we need animating our thoughts and actions.
Do I agree with K-Bob one hundred percent? No, but the roots of his thinking are the same as mine, and, no doubt, the same as yours.
K-Bob has also kindly given me permission to publish the following comment he left on another The Right Scoop post where he explained his idea: ‘Learn to Reaganize the response‘:
…The problem with "core" values of conservatives is that too many conservative candidates fall for the media trick of focusing ONLY on God, Guns, and Gays. So an honest guy like Santorum or Herman Cain keeps trying to answer the media as if the media really wants to know.They don’t want to know. They just want to be able to spin conservatives as misogynistic homophobes who want to shoot people.
The media never asks a Dem candidate about socialism, debt, and the serial lies. They NEVER do that. The Dems never run on their actual agenda, which is to diminish the status of America, and make us into a nanny-state socialist country like most of Europe.
Reagan showed how to combat this problem. Whenever the media asked Reagan about abortion, he always said, "Well, until science determines when life begins, I always say ‘err on the side of life.’"
That’s all that needs to be said about abortion when you are running for office. It works.
I call this Reaganizing the response. Act like your core values are a given, and move the media past that, so you can focus on selling the greatness of individual liberty and self-sovereignty.
Conservatives who refuse to learn this lesson will ALWAYS lose elections.
Don’t accept the Leftist Narrative or play by their imposed rules. They have no authority to impose them. The only power the Left has to set the Rules comes from our acquiescence to them. They’re parasites who feed off such things. The Left manufactures the rope and then offers it to us, and too many of us willingly grab it and hang ourselves with it.
LET’S REAGANIZE THE BASTARDS.
I am reminded of something Gavin McInnes wrote shortly after the death of Andrew Breitbart:
When I was on [Greg Gutfeld's] show Red Eye with Breitbart we were asked what we thought of Trump sponsoring a GOP debate. Greg and I had the knee-jerk reaction of scoffing at the whole thing. When Breitbart asked us what was so funny we said, “Well, it’s obviously just some rich guy showboating.” Then he taught me a word I never really paid attention to before: “So?”
This word defines Breitbart to me more than any other. At a bar one night I was whining about the allegation that all libertarians are funded by the Koch brothers. “So?” he replied. Andrew didn’t play the PC left’s game. Libertarians don’t get magical checks from the Koch brothers, but so what if they did? George Soros spends billions paying people he likes. There’s nothing wrong with that, either.
Another evening we were both arguing with someone who still believed government can create jobs. She was from Madison and like all liberals there, she saw Governor Scott Walker as a union-busting thug who hated the working man. I explained that Walker’s privatization created way more jobs than the government did and she said, “Yeah, but they were all just tourism jobs.” Breitbart ended the whole argument with, “So?”
What a word. It’s only two letters but it shows the PC left they’ve never thought past the silly hysteria that surrounds their accusations. Oil companies have had record profits this year. So? That’s what they’re supposed to do….
From now on, we must set the Rules.
We must Reaganize The Response and Just Say ‘So?‘