September 02, 2010

Steve Pomper

Conservatives, going along to get along (with liberals), no longer.

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There’s this strange situation, or perhaps it’s a condition, where reasonable, polite, want-to-get-along, conservatives, independents, and libertarians, Tea Partiers, sometimes hold back in expressing their enthusiasm for various conservative-libertarian causes or personalities.

When this happens it proves that the left is successful in demonizing any thing and any one it opposes. But there’s an antidote to this tactic: showing full on enthusiasm. This is how it goes: you positively mention Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin—you get the point—and your liberal friend says to you, “You actually like him, or her?”

At this point some strange sensation wells where you feel you want to be viewed as a “reasonable,” person politically. You know what these conservatives and libertarians truly stand for, but you also know what the liberal media says, and therefore what your liberal friend thinks about them—perhaps what they might think about you if you state your position honestly.

So, you’re tempted to mitigate your enthusiasm for conservatism or libertarianism, or for its spokespeople. You say, “Well, I like some of what they say, but I agree that sometimes they go overboard,” or some similar vacillation. You don’t really believe this, but, again, for some reason you want to be viewed as reasonable. Balderdash! Instead, be bold, be excited, express your patriotism, state your position strongly and why you hold it. You’ll never convince others if you’re not positively passionate about the message yourself.

This doesn’t mean you have to be obnoxious about it. Gauge your audience first; there are some folks, too ideological, not worth wasting your breath on. Don’t get mired in the minutia when talking to potential neophytes to political activity. Auditing the Fed, Obama’s birth certificate, the Interstate Commerce Clause, etc. should probably be avoided. Stick to reduced spending, reducing taxes, limited constitutional government and individual liberty arguments and you can’t go wrong.

The upcoming elections are going to be the most important in a long, long time, certainly in our lifetime, and perhaps the most important since the Revolution, the Civil War, the New Deal, or most certainly since the Great Society. This may sound like hyperbole, but there’s an electricity in the air that people are acknowledging they’ve never experienced before.

Will America continue as intended: as a land of limited government, individual liberty, and free market capitalism, or will it be replaced with collectivism, European Democratic Socialism, including an increasing fascist collaboration between the federal government and big business? It’s up to us.


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