Skip to comments.If Republicans Want to Win, They Must Stop Talking about Capitalism
Posted on 01/18/2012 8:23:36 AM PST by Paladins Prayer
One of the simplest rhetorical truths is that the side that defines the vocabulary of a debate wins the debate. Yet, amazingly, we still see experienced conservative politicians with access to advanced polling operations and an array of advisors use the Lexicon of the Left. And this election cycle is no exception.
I could almost cringe when I hear as I did repeatedly during Mondays South Carolina GOP debate Republicans talk about capitalism. I believe in capitalism . Barack Obama doesnt believe in capitalism .. Capitalism this and capitalism that look at me with my plump wallet, walking stick and tony top hat. Oh, its not that I dont believe in free enterprise; its that we shouldnt use words that conjure up sentiments akin to the preceding rhyme.
And polls inform that this is precisely what capitalism does. For example, Pew Research Center reports, Slightly more than half (52%) react positively to the word capitalism, compared with 37% who say they have a negative reaction. According with this is a 2009 Rasmussen poll showing that, shockingly, only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism. And the picture looks even worse with certain demographic groups. Writes Pew, Fewer than half of young people, women, people with lower incomes and those with less education react positively to capitalism.
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But why not just talk about the corruption of the Obama Administtration and how it's policies are destroying America?
Capitalism has a bad context due to communist propaganda, where the opposite is true. Economic freedom is a more descriptive term for Capitalism.
Uh, - - - then if we “win,” just what have we won?
You have helped save capitalism.
Not bad for a slight adjustment of vocabulary.
Did you read the article? No one is saying that we should stop advancing economic freedom. The author is saying that since the word “capitalism” was invented by communists and was DESIGNED to make economic freedom look bad, we should label free enterprise differently. It’s a change in marketing, not policy.
The point is that is we want economic freedom to exist, we have to stop using a word that makes it sound bad.
” - - - the word capitalism was invented by communists and was DESIGNED to make economic freedom look bad - - - “
The author seems to agree that their invented word “makes economic freedom look bad.”
I’m not a PC guy, so I use the most descriptive words, regardless of what the cult of PC’ism demands we do to jump through their silly hoops.
99.9999999999999 % of the lurkers will read only the title. Maybe 2 % of online Freepers will read more than the title.
Selwyn makes a positive point to those that read his article, but a negative point to those who lurk, or are in a hurry. My reply was to them, and to Selwyn for using “clever” reverse psychology in his title.
We need to quit surrendering language battles to the left.
Double down on the use of the word capitalism. It's nothing to be ashamed of, or shy away from.
Unbelievable. We surrendered the language battle when we started using their word of choice (capitalism).
Sheesh. Wise up.
No different than the Left changing their terminology from Socialist to Liberal to Progressive. In football terms Paul Brown’s system from the Browns’ perennial championship days (yes, they did exist) goes to Cincinnati, Walsh takes it to San Francisco and it becomes the “West Coast”. Same basic concepts, different name. In some contexts it’s called “marketing” and it works. “Reaganomics” by any other name would smell as sweet.
This is/was a very revealing statement about how words are used to define things in a way to control. The EPA is a master at this linguistic maneuvering. A persons factory becomes a bunch of facilities, A factory unit becomes a point source. A side product becomes associated pollution. EPA then goes on to regulate it’s defined manufacturing world.
A instructive ( and depressing) moment for me occurred a few years ago when I got to ask a leftist relative the following question. “If it could be proven that capitalism is the best way to raise people out of poverty, would you support it?” The answer I got was “No, it still wouldn’t be ‘fair’ to everybody”. Somehow a subjective notion of what is “fair” is more important to at least this one leftist( but I suspect most leftists) than actual improvement of peoples lot in life. Very sad.
“The author is right. Capitalism the system is great. The word, not so much.”
The left has been very successful using words to frame the debate. We shouldn’t play into their hands. They are making “capitalism” into a bad word. We should stop using it just as they redefined themselves as “progressives” from “liberals” when Reagan made “liberal” a bad word.
Our candidates should have three messages. The first is economic opportunity — jobs, incomes and a return to prosperity. “Opportunity” is a word the progressive have owned. We can take it away from them talking about the economic suffering Obama has inflicted and how we want economic opportunity for everyone.
The second message is corruption. Pound home all of the arbitrary actions by the administration in violation of the Constitution. Make them sound like the “lawless” party just like they did to the Republicans in 2006.
The third message is freedom. Freedom to choose a school for your children, freedom to choose the best health care plan for your family, freedom to choose what kind of light bulb you want to purchase, freedom to work without being forced to pay dues to a union, freedom to build a house on your property without the EPA stealing it from you. Talk about individual liberty and draw the contrast with the Democrats pushing for more agencies, more bureaucrats and more restrictive rules over everyday life.
Right now, the Republicans have no message. We need to get the message framed and have every Republican office holder on message everyday. The Democrats are great at staying on message.
Only an idiot would think winning was about not talking about what you are fighting for. What’s next, just give up capitalism altogether just to win an election?