Where Now To Focus Conservative Energy?

Much energy (hand wringing and finger pointing) is currently being expended by the Republican establishment and others in the party regarding the Republican loss in November. Much criticism is being directed towards the Tea Party movement. By definition, a circular firing squad is not beneficial.

The critics say we must appeal more to the Hispanics, or the Blacks, the Gays, the Women, and other “groups.” The implication is that we will be able to actually change minds – change people from liberal thinking to conservative thinking. And, to be sure, SOME small number might be converted.

Here is my argument against that effort:

  1. First of all I think this is a knee-jerk reaction borne out of emotional thinking and the piling-on by the Democrats. Reacting from an emotional standpoint rarely gets the desired result and, in fact, usually ends up worsening the situation.
  2. Think about the person you are trying to convert. Most likely they are already receiving some kind of benefit from the government (taxpayers). They might work for the government or they might receive some form of tax break, tax credit, or a check. They are receiving something tangible and will vote to sustain it. The only way you are going to get their vote is to promise them more than they are already receiving. Doing that will only make the Republican Party more like the Democrat Party. Is that what we really want?

My solution is really very simple in concept though it might be difficult to execute. It’s VOTER TURNOUT!

How many Republicans stayed home and did not vote? The answer really is not that important. The point is that enough of them stayed home to change the outcome of the election – plain and simple.

How did this happen when Romney was on a roll and Obama was on the ropes?

Many reasons have been put forth:

  • Romney wasn’t Conservative enough
  • Romney avoided some of the issues which Obama couldn’t defend (Benghazi, for one)
  • The Republicans were too busy kicking imperfect candidates to the curb (Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock)
  • We did a lousy job of marketing our narrative
  • We allowed the Democrats to put us on the defense way too much
  • Many in the Tea Party and probably all of the Ron Paul supports got their feelings hurt at the convention, so they stayed home or voted with a write-in.

Turnout is the answer! We will have to let go of our petty differences. This is the only way to move the ball in the right direction.

Conservatives in safe “R” states have to be willing to help out in the swing states. This is exactly what the Tea Party Patriots and other groups did to help Scott Walker win the governorship of Wisconsin for the second time.

This is exactly what the libs do. They bring in their own grassroots groups by bus to put boots on the ground – SEIU, ACORN, and countless others.

The midterm elections of 2014 are not far away. We have to get up to speed with that strategy and we better start now!

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  • Invisible Mikey  On November 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Turnout certainly is important, though I also think continuing to openly rebuff Hispanics is a recipe for disaster. People who came here for work, whose “crime” is jumping the line and not filling out forms, are natural conservative voters – if given some means to earn citizenship.

  • Milton Richards  On November 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Who is rebuffing Hispanics?

    …”if given some means to earn citizenship” – the legal means exists; many have chosen to bypass it.

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