UPDATED::A Plan Forward: Effective Conservative Activism

Our Right Hand Talking To Their Left Hand

The Republican Party is dead, right?

Well, hold on a minute….

Once all the 2012 presidential votes were formally counted, the final numbers show that Obama received 3.6 million fewer votes than in 2008, and Romney received almost a million more votes than McCain did.

Romney lost 4 states totaling 64 electoral votes, by an aggregate of less than 430,000 votes — 1/3 of one percent of the national total.  If he’d captured those four states (NH, FL, OH, VA), he’d be President.

Republicans picked up an additional governorship (NC) for a new total of 30 states.  And even though the Democrats picked up 9 seats in the U.S. House, the Republicans retained solid control (233 to 200) after an election where EVERY HOUSE SEAT was put to a fresh vote by Americans.

So…NO, contrary to the gloating by liberal pundits for the last 2 months, obviously the Republican Party is not dead.

But we’ve got a dose of reality to swallow:  Republicans didn’t win the presidency as we had confidently expected, and we lost ground in the House and Senate.

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Gloating on Nov 14thAnd significantly, here’s a point made by DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Nov 14th:  “Take a good look when the house convenes, after this next Congress is sworn in, at what our [Democrat] side of the aisle looks like versus the Republican side of the aisle.  They got whiter and more male.  And we now have a majority minority and female Democratic caucus. First time in history.  Pretty amazing.”  Her smirk is nauseating, but her words are factual.

As French social philosopher Auguste Comte (1798-1857) is believed to have said: “Demography is destiny.”

Since the 2012 election, we’ve seen much written in newspapers, political websites and blogs about WHO the conservatives need to reach better.  But I’m only just beginning to hear ideas about the much tougher part of the challenge:  HOW do conservatives convince these demographic groups to stop voting for Democrats?

As I’ve written previously, conservative principles and practices are not easy to understand initially.  They’re often counter-intuitive, and easily slandered by opponents.  I believe this has resulted in an unwise attitude by conservatives that it’s futile to explain our principles to certain groups, so why bother trying?  Well, the 2012 election results show why, now don’t they?

For two months I’ve seen conservative media pundits and bloggers saying “those voters apparently just want free stuff, and they don’t care what it does to the future of our country, for their children.”

But c’mon, conservatives…what do we really expect, if we don’t bother to reach out and connect with “those voters” ?  Our instinctive individualism is getting in the way of the need to socialize our message.  Here’s an example of how we might be misjudging “those voters”:

In politics, perception is reality.  When we as conservatives talk, what WE MEAN isn’t the only important thing.  What THEY THINK WE MEAN is just as important, if not more so.  Political talk is full of double-meaning words, as I’ve described recently here.

So the theme I’m going to focus on for awhile here at NecessaryAndProperGovt is ideas for effectively communicating our conservative principles and practices to the heretofore liberal shoe-in voters.  Call it Conservative Community Organizing.

If you have ideas along these lines, let’s hear them.  I’ll share mine soon, along with some I’ve picked up from others.

For now, I challenge you to stop and think about this:

My Challenge to Conservative Bloggers


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15 Jan 2013 UPDATE:  I was remiss in not stating forthrightly in the above article that I am definitely guilty of being the “pot calling the kettle black.”  I have written and posted the following articles that “bitterly bitched” about the entrenched leftists, either seriously or in jest:

“Help!” or “Let It Be” ? 


Finally! A Candidate for the 2012 Undecideds

Obama’s Instincts When Cornered Are Revealing 

Campaigns and Candid Cameras

So I am certainly challenging myself to rethink the utility of articles like that too, and focus my efforts on more constructive offerings.

– Jeff

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Jeff believes in the Individual's ability to excel when liberty and freedom of choice are protected. Also believes in the Community's ability to take care of the vast majority of its own issues and needs when the federal government leaves the Community's resources and sphere of control alone. State and local choice produce better results than centralized federal control. https://necessaryandpropergovt.wordpress.com/
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12 Responses to UPDATED::A Plan Forward: Effective Conservative Activism

  1. Steph says:

    I can’t wait to read more of what you have to say along these lines! This has been my desire as well. You are right about the media’s distortion of the truth and gloating about the GOP being dead. I do think the GOP has it’s work cut out for it, along the lines of what you said here.

    We need to reach out and connect and stop it (!) with the “Obama isn’t a US citizen, Obama wants to destroy America etc.” talking points. It’s becoming embarrassing. Somehow we need to inspire the undecided voters and show them how unrealistic (and unsustainable) the liberal message is.

    Ready for your next post!
    – S


    • Steph, you’re absolutely right. I’m guilty as charged with the belaboring of the “Obama wants to destroy America” talking point. Yes, it’s true, but it’s time to move on to more productive discussions.

      Establishing in the minds of others the fact that the liberal message is unsustainable will be hard, because it sounds so wonderful…on paper. The truth is, it is unachievable in an imperfect world, which is where we live.


      • stephnelson says:

        Agreed, 247southernvoice. I think the “Obama wants to destroy America” line of reasoning causes moderates to shut down and/or instantly categorize us as “crazy right-wingers.” They don’t hear anything beyond that first line. There are so many policy problems to focus on that we could easily ditch the inflammatory stuff and focus on the real problems.

        You are right, it’s a monumental task. Especially for a culture with a .02 second attention span. Our work is here though! Nice to “meet” you!

        – S


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  3. Jeff,

    You were right: I loved it! I think you have pinpointed the crux of the matter: if we don’t start connecting with the moderates and the swing voters, and use convincing and rational arguments to win them over to our side, we will lose them to the golden gleam of the welfare state’s supporters and their euphoric rhetoric.

    Will we ever return to the foundation of America? I doubt it; the welfare state is too firmly entrenched because the Republicans did nothing to oust it in the years following Lyndon B. Johnson’s establishment of it. Will we be able to slow the decline by reaching out and seeking to open the eyes of those who are unconvinced by, but still enamored with, the liberal vision of the American future?

    I don’t know, but I’m willing to try.


  4. The Ed says:

    Republicans lost because Romney did not connect with the republican base. He did well with the independents.


  5. The Ed says:

    If I were running the campaign, I would talk strictly about the economy and I would start with some basic truths:

    A dollar spent is a dollar taxed, i.e., the government can’t spend without taking it out of the economy in the form of taxes, borrowing or inflation.

    Government is an overhead function to the economy. For the economy to thrive, government has to be kept low.

    Debt is a burden to any economy – personal, family, township, state, country

    The country has to produce to consume.

    If you live longer you have to work longer.

    The economy is made by what it produces, not by what it consumes.

    I would be asking my opponent. “Now that you have borrowed all that money, how do you plan to pay it back?” Is it responsible to borrow to pay day to day bills? How long can borrowing 43 cents on the dollar be sustained? Is this responsible behavior on the part of congress? Don’t you pay your debts? Is it right to live beyond your means? Why would it be right for the government to live beyond its means?

    These thoughts are niggling in people’s minds. They just have to be brought forward. Then a candidate for limited government would have a chance of winning.


  6. I look forward to hearing your further thoughts about articulating the message more compassionately. Cruz seemed to be working on that with placing importance on “opportunity conservatism”.
    Great post!


  7. tannngl says:

    After the election I suggested my Tea Party (GOP in this county) get and read Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
    Yes! We must get into community organizing and learn to communicate without fear!


    • Welcome, tannngl. Thanks for following me.

      I have read much about Rules For Radicals, but I haven’t read i directlyt. I recently reblogged an article that I felt had a good synopsis of Alinsky’s overall strategy: You Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste.

      I agree that we must learn to communicate without fear. By “learn to communicate,” I think that needs to include asking questions and listening, as much as speaking.

      – Jeff


      • tannngl says:

        Jeff, I agree. And this blog post is really good.
        Asking questions is the way a very great man got multitudess following him 2000 years ago. It’s a very important tool for nurses in assessing a patient. But I find when I get into discussion about politics, my heart beats fast, I have trouble thinking. Purely emotional. Like a liberal. 😦
        The Alinsky book is useful in understanding how these Marxists think and the tactics they imploy. Nasty stuff.
        Jeff, thanks for following my blog


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