Republican politicians don’t know how to breath life into their positions and they bore me to tears, it is like listening to accountants all the time.
Anyone who has seen a bad teacher manage to bore them in classes on their favorite subjects, can see some of that when most republican leaders speak, if they bore us, you can imagine what it sounds like to people who are on the fence.
One reason we like talk radio is that the hosts can explain and discuss various conservative positions in a way that reaches us, that connects with us, that makes sense, and sticks with us, radio hosts are persuasive and somehow they seem to know a lot about the topics.
Ask the average republican politician about gun issues and he can put you to sleep and convey the feeling that he really doesn’t have the conviction or the information to convince anyone who isn’t already on his side.
Leaving aside the RINOs who don’t really have their hearts in it, our big problem is that we speak from a defensive position. It’s hard to project much enthusiasm if you come across as defensive, waiting for the next kick and feeling that the only thing you can do is to maintain a low profile so you won’t get kicked again.
This is largely because of the media’s constant assault on conservative views, an assault which consists equally of attacking them or of ignoring them and their popularity with average Americans.
Reagan was a good and persuasive presenter of conservative ideas because he wasn’t defensive. He didn’t come across as blustering, but simply as confident and easy in his skin.
Of course, since the time of Reagan, we have had decades of media demonization of conservative positions, and this has certainly ratcheted up in the last four years. This takes its toll; it’s hard to be confident when you are being painted as an enemy of the people. So I’d say we’ve got to work on our own attitudes to what we believe and stop feeling that we somehow have to justify our positions to people rather than confidently promoting them. But this is easier said than done in today’s hostile climate.
I absolutely agree with you. I often wonder why so few who go into politics are good communicators and can clearly articulate reasoned positions about liberty and freedom in a passionate, compelling and interesting manner. Sarah was one of the few who could and look what they did to her when she arose as a threat to dictatorship.
Most Republican candidates won’t articulate conservative positions because a) they don’t believe in them or b) they are weak and believe the consultants who say that such positions will scare off the voters.