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Posted on 02/06/2012 12:01:27 PM PST by bmorrett
Bring Spoken Word to CPAC
Conservatives constantly clamor that they need to find a way to approach more demographics particularly minorities and the youth. Yet, when events like the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) come around, you see mainly old, rich, white men speaking on stage for hours and hours. Sometimes, they spice it up with my girl Phyllis Schlafly.
Dont get me wrong, I love listening to speakers as much as the next conservative. However, why not try a tactic that the left uses so well? The arts.
Hear me out before you write me off as a right-brained hippie! For years the left has used the arts to introduce leftist ideology and political notions into mainstream culture particularly for the youth. They take avenues such as painting, poetry, dance, music and more. For example, look at the Pink, Eminem, and Green Day lyrics that you hum they blatantly push liberal ideas every day on the radio.
When was the last time you saw a conservative themed flash-mob or heard a song promoting conservative politics? Yeah, never.
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Hasn’t “C”PAC swung liberal enough, seriously?
CPAC needs to bring people like Alfonso Rachel and like-minded young minority conservatives to the forefront. They understand the youth culture and can speak its language. And, they understand what is at stake for liberty and the individual.
What seems to have caused you to excerpt your own blog?
Well, yes, I’ve been saying that for years - but don’t feel optimistic. As an actual artist, raised in a very liberal/intellectual family and ultra liberal schools and in monolithic liberal environments, who found my way to the Right via a long and arduous process — I have found that for the most part, the Right seems to be allergic to the arts and any involvement/serious discourse with them. Even though Gramsci articulated a platform about using, infiltrating and dominating culture as a major facet of communist takeover, the mainstream of the US conservative movement ignored him (raise hands how many on FR have ever heard of Gramsci) and have pretty much maintained their Babbit persona as caricatured by Sinclair Lewis in the ‘20s. And WFB was really not much help - his sneering patrician condescension gave intellectualism a bad name.
Aside from The New Criterion, there is almost no serious conservative publication even dealing with the arts...
It doesn’t seem right to me that to get a good meal and a great cup of coffee I have to be surrounded by Obamaidiots, ditto if I want to have a conversation about any of the thirty or so non-political topics that interest me. I have profound respect for all conservatives, no matter what their profession, lifestyle or interests - but the movement has not been welcoming to people in the arts, and has lost a huge asset by not developing a cultural wing.
However, I am of the opinion that methods like spoken word would appeal to more diverse audiences who may agree with conservative principles but aren't exposed to it in mediums that they appreciate or identify with.
For example, I'd much rather hear a spoken word piece illustrating why we need free-markets than hearing a 60 year old lecture on it for an hour.