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If Republicans Want to Win, They Must Stop Talking about Capitalism
Canada Free Press ^ | January 18, 2012 | Selwyn Duke

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 Monday’s South Carolina GOP debate – Republicans talk about “capitalism.” “I believe in capitalism….” “Barack Obama doesn’t believe in capitalism…..” Capitalism this and capitalism that – look at me with my plump wallet, walking stick and tony top hat. Oh, it’s not that I don’t believe in free enterprise; it’s that we shouldn’t 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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: capitalism; communism; election; republicans
The author is right. Capitalism the system is great. The word, not so much.
1 posted on 01/18/2012 8:23:42 AM PST by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer
Capitalism is a word that has been overused by the left and it's meaning has been distorted. “Free enterprise, economic freedom, individual enterprise, entrepreneurial spirit” to name just a few, are phrases that better convey the sentiments.

But why not just talk about the corruption of the Obama Administtration and how it's policies are destroying America?

2 posted on 01/18/2012 8:32:51 AM PST by detective
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To: Paladins Prayer

Capitalism has a bad context due to communist propaganda, where the opposite is true. Economic freedom is a more descriptive term for Capitalism.


3 posted on 01/18/2012 8:33:30 AM PST by depressed in 06 ( Where is the 1984 Apple Super Bowl ad when we need it?)
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To: Paladins Prayer
“only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism.”

This just means they should talk capitalism MORE, not LESS. They need to hammer the point home that people have been lied to about capitalism not working from day one.
4 posted on 01/18/2012 8:37:57 AM PST by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Uh, - - - then if we “win,” just what have we won?


5 posted on 01/18/2012 8:38:26 AM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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You have helped save capitalism.

Not bad for a slight adjustment of vocabulary.


6 posted on 01/18/2012 8:41:24 AM PST by Eurotwit
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To: Graewoulf

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.


7 posted on 01/18/2012 8:43:04 AM PST by Paladins Prayer
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” - - - 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.


8 posted on 01/18/2012 9:02:25 AM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Paladins Prayer
No...

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.

9 posted on 01/18/2012 9:14:30 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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Unbelievable. We surrendered the language battle when we started using their word of choice (capitalism).

Sheesh. Wise up.


10 posted on 01/18/2012 9:19:25 AM PST by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer

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.


11 posted on 01/18/2012 9:20:21 AM PST by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Paladins Prayer

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.


12 posted on 01/18/2012 9:43:36 AM PST by noinfringers2
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To: Paladins Prayer

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.


13 posted on 01/18/2012 9:57:30 AM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: Paladins Prayer

“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.


14 posted on 01/18/2012 11:30:01 AM PST by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

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?


15 posted on 01/18/2012 5:00:59 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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