Skip to comments.Our Values Do Not Need to Be Moderated, They Need to Be Clearly Articulated
Posted on 11/09/2012 4:03:17 PM PST by tsowellfan
Republicanism was founded on a premise that all men are created equal. It is time we return to those values
Washington, DC Mat Staver, Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action and Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, responds to the 2012 election:
The political philosophy of the Republican Party and Governor Mitt Romney during the presidential campaign was to downplay social issues and focus solely on jobs and the economy. Four year ago, McCain, like Romney, could not and would not articulate the full panoply of conservative values. Their strategy didnt work in 2008, and it didnt work in 2012...
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While I will not moderate my values, I question whether clearly articulating them will help. I have talked to more than a few "takers" recently. They do not want things articulated, they want things given to them. While we articulate, they take, and continue to vote for the one who promises to give them the most. My gut feeling is, this will continue till the whole system comes crashing down, but hey, what do I know, I am just a working stiff.
Conservative need a national TV news network on Cable. The website CNS, for example, would be great.
The left is already having a fit for a more fair and balanced news network which is more center than anything (FOX) but we still have no cable news network to counter balance cnn, cBS and MSNBC
The ‘Progressive’ machine is very good at two things:
Branding (Madison Avenue experts)
teaching dependency on government largess. They can take the soul right out of an individual by giving them stuff for free.
Nicely put, and welcome to FR.
Look for more of the same in 2016.
Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, etc.
Republicanism is compromised, ruined and failed. Corrupted.
Conservatism is alive and well, just not in the GOP.
Principles are not principles if you put party ahead of them.
Moderation is compromise. Compromising principles are why we are where we are.
How can a candidate articulate values they do not have?
How can a candidate articulate values their entire careers demonstrate the opposite?
How can a candidate articulate values their party rejects?
Turn out the lights, the party's over.
Conservatism is not just articulated, it is a way of life.
Dunno, I think Mitt did as good a job as possible of stepping into the “severely conservative” shoes.
I do think he waited too long to come on strong, though. Even fiscally, if he was wobbling on social issues. For most people it WAS “the economy, stupid.” And Mitt had credible answers. But he evangelized them for too short of a time, while failing to point out what a mess a second, lame duck iteration of Barack would make.
conservatism was dealt a blow from which it is unlikely to ever fully recover. Moderate or don’t, it doesn’t matter. America built its house and now we’re all going to have to live in it until it burns to the ground.
Exactly. and we need our George Soros’ to buy news outlets and become owner activists. I have no unrealistic expectations. But we need to at least slow down our enemies efforts.
Yep. Good points. Never underestimate the power of effective propaganda. conservatism has not been articulated well (which is true). But it is worse than that. Conservatism has misrepresented, slandered and lied about. We have to get people to un-learn a lot of biases.
Newt Gingrich wants to have a Regis type TV show with him and his wife Callista. Maybe that can be part of the morning line-up.
Perhaps 12n-3pm Rush can do what Imus does on TV
Nothing against Hannity but he’s already on Fox where he should stay.
Our conservative principles not only need to be clearly articulated, but they need to be linked to historical successes, assigned some kind of numerical or monetary value, and most of all be distilled into a simple, effective phrase that will resonate with the average voter. We failed to motivate.
For example, Obama has used: "Yes, we can!" (and its Spanish equivalent), "Hope and Change", "Change We Can Believe In", and this year he used, "Bin Laden is Dead and Detroit is Alive" and "Forward!"
What did we have? "Reform, Prosperity and Peace", "A Cause Greater than Itself", and "Country First" (McCain) and "Believe in America",
Now, if you are trying to compare the two tactics, you'll see immediately that Obama's are far simpler, direct and future looking. Perhaps more importantly, they speak to a group of people. McCain and Romney's slogans are abstract, directionless and time-independent. Can you see why Obama attracted so many people?
We owe it to ourselves to do better.
The sad fact is that most politicians have no core beliefs, they are actors playing a role they think gives them the best chance to get elected.
Mitt did a piss-poor job of acting like a Conservative, when he tried to throw red meat at Conservatives (the “47%” quote), it came off as incredibly politically tone deaf.
A conservative was not their nominee, a counterfeit conservative career liberal was.
Conservatism is alive and well my friend.
Tough times are coming and I see nothing but teachable moments and opportunity on the horizon.
I am so not defeated.
I guess you missed every single senate race.
Problem was those shoes were 10 sizes too big and did not fit Mitts career liberal feet.
we had 242 seats going into the race and we have 233 coming away from it. We lost ground though we held the battlefield for now.