What’s Next For The Conservative Movement?

Posted: November 10, 2012 in Politics, Race Relations

I’m not going to go into details on how Mitt Romney lost. Plenty of pundits and political analysts have educated us on that already. You can always slice and dice up the facts in a way that seems appealing, but the simple fact of the matter is the Republicans lost an election that they shouldn’t have. Unemployment, debt, lack of jobs, and more people leaving the workforce should’ve catapulted Republicans into the White House, but it didn’t.

The GOP is in extreme danger of being on the losing end of a cultural revolution. The demographics are getting bigger and their message is getting smaller. While it is obvious that a revamping and reconstruction needs to take place, the biggest question looming is “What exactly needs to take place?”

I will attempt to share some ideas on how conservatives can rebuild from the 2016 elections.

1.)  Bridge The Divide From Within. There needs to be a healing between traditional Republicans and the libertarian movement. I’m not suggesting that they have to agree on every singular issue, but there’s need to be a restoration of respect. Republicans should avoid calling libertarians names such as “PaulBots” and “Paultards.” Libertarians should attempt to work with GOP more on their similarities instead of ostracizing them on their differences. This is a vital part of the conservative restoration. Both have a lot of ideas and principles that can accelerate the movement, but if the division remains, it will simply be a stalemate.

2.)  Enhance Minority Outreach.  We must defeat the media narrative that the GOP is for “old white men only” and the myths of racism that surrounds it. In regards to Hispanic outreach, the talks of “self-deportation” needs to be terminated. There needs to be a compassionate approach to immigration that focuses on strengthening the family, jobs and the economy. Immigration has always contributed to the American dream. It is the melting pot in the United States that makes it a compelling place to visit.

There must also be a bolder, smarter and more gracious way of approaching the black community. Conservatives need to admit their longstanding lack of willingness to embrace them, and simply listen to their needs without being defensive. It will not be helpful to point out the GOP has a handful of African-American elected officials in Washington or to remind blacks that the GOP is the party of Lincoln. History is very important, but what’s more important is what the GOP is CURRENTLY doing to reach out to black voters. Blacks are not a monolithic group, contrary to popular belief. If the GOP reaches out, in a non-election year cycle, they will listen. A message of strengthening the family, education, tackling poverty and jobs is a very appealing message. Conservatives need to step outside their comfort zone. Go to them. Be engaged in cultural activities. Be involved in community forums. Simply show that you are concerned and you’ll build a relationship that will leave a good impression.

3.)  Listen to Millennials. The conservative movement is saturated with the talent of many 18-35 year olds. They have the ability to appeal to a culturally-entrenched society. It’s no surprise to many that today’s generation is very ambitious, driven and successful in modern-day communication. Example: social media and technology. I believe young conservatives can be effective in discussing freedom and liberty. An effective message to the youth is informing them that the more choices they can make, the more empowered they can become. Millennials love the thought of freedom. It gives more power to the individual and less power to the government. This is a message that needs to be resonated in schools and college campuses. While YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are obvious way to tap into the cultural paradigm shift, conservatives should not be afraid to embrace fresher and bolder ideas.

4.)  Do not sacrifice principles for popularity. While winning elections is a prerogative, compromising principles isn’t. People will indeed be reluctant to embrace your ideas if they consider you to fall for anything, and stand for nothing. People respect those who have principles, even if they don’t agree with them. There is a call among many in the GOP to abandon social issues in order to appeal to various demographics. I staunchly disagree. Our principles and morals are what separates us from liberals. We don’t have to be hammer down one single issue, but we should be able to articulate conservatism efficiently to where we are solid on our beliefs and culturally engaged as well. If it comes to the point where conservatives are abandoning their core principles to win elections, they deserve to lose. It’s about expanding the message to every single community, not watering down our beliefs for a popularity that could serve as only temporal.

These are just a few reasons of how conservatives can be more effective. I’m sure there are other ideas that will make sense and serve profitable as well. The bottom line is this: We must engage everyone, or we’ll forever be in the utopia of isolation.

  1. Tim (Jumper2point0) says:

    Excellent! I would like to talk about 4 though.

    Don’t get me wrong, I agree. Do not abandon our principles. But what are a conservatives principles? What are the most important principles? What if two principles conflict when we are not in power? Do we have all the right principles? Are we really following the principles that we say we are?

    A few examples:

    Welfare: We need to stop bastardizing those on welfare. We can be against welfare and the dependency it inflicts and also love and treat those with respect that are currently on welfare and possibly even need it.

    Debt: We are not in power now. We have the choice to either work with Obama to decrease debt with a combination of cuts in spending and raising taxes. Which principle is more important when we don’t have a choice? I’d say the debt. I say if we have no choice but to compromise, we do that but stating what it will cost, why we are against it, but how the higher priority of the debt causes us to relent. And campaign on what we would have done different if we had the power too.

    Marriage: I believe that marriage is between a man and woman. Yet, in Mn., I voted against the amendment defining it that way. Do I believe in freedom or not? We can have principles, we can defend them, like I do, but that doesn’t mean to violate other important principles. I will stand right next to you if any government tries to dictate what your church must believe in when it comes to marriage. But I will not impose my beliefs on others, even if theirs are changed beliefs, as then I will be violating the higher principle of freedom and of my God to not 1 Corinthians 5:12-13
    What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?…God will judge those outside.

    Power: We fight big government, we desire a smaller government for the sake of freedom, independence, opportunity. Yet, we as conservatives support too much power (influence) by corporations. Our founding fathers didn’t just have a problem with government having too much power, but corporations as well (anybody really). The Boston Tea Party! Whose ship was that? Yes, it belonged to the East India Tea Company. A company that had TOO MUCH influence on parliament. A company that drove some of the decisions that caused us to declare independence from Britain. To be clear, I don’t mean to be anti-corporation, that’s for liberals. But we can still be sure to keep them in check, keep their influence to be no greater than the people, and we can be sure that the people of this country know that is what we stand for. The limit of power.

    If we are going to sell conservative principles we must know them and study them. I really enjoyed this article somebody posted on twitter http://tinyurl.com/bx99h4r
    Except I would add the conservatives must take on this responsibility. We can’t just blame higher education.

  2. Dayal Krsna says:

    Perfect analysis. Many people would embrace conservative ideals (limited govt, individual liberty, economic prosperity, etc) if the GOP weren’t such awful sales people. However, I don’t expect things to change anytime soon. Very little has changed since 2008 except there are a few more minority faces in the party, which is great but as you said, the message needs to be taken to the streets.

  3. Hairgirl says:

    I really liked both of your posts. I especially liked the way Dayal articulated about abortion. I, too, believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, however I don’t feel I have the right to impose that on others. That is between them and God.
    I also liked the part about welfare. Stop bastardizing those on it, yet somehow educate about the dependency it inflicts. There are many who may need it in trying times, but boy are SO many taking advantage of it. Is there any way to make stricter rules about who receives it? I for one, am for mandatory drug testing.
    I am a republican woman, I love my values and my God. I hope we can get America back on track as this ‘new’ America and our economy is really scary to me.

  4. Recruting Responsible leaders Christian men & women who first govern their homes their communities their states & their country. Why do Christian leaders divorce themselves from governing? Remember George Washington got a knock on the door to be our first president & Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican Voice.

  5. SandyGilman says:

    Amen & amen! Thank you.

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