Election 2012 Part III: Moving forward (but not progressing)
by Brett Stevens on November 13, 2012
In the unhappy current state of affairs, we have an election that is basically demographic warfare, an electorate that has a tenuous hold on reality, and a great chance of being eliminated when entitlements and amnesty make the population go Soviet Lite.
As analyzed in other parts of this series, our civilization is in the grips of a me-first mentality, and this has resulted in a morally corrupt culture that elects gift-givers over result-deliverers. This is analogous to the fall of the Soviet Union.
And still none of these suggestions address fundamental problem: Mitt Romney was right about the 47%. The Democratic response in the 1960s to rising right-wing power in the face of Communism was to home-grown a fifth column of useful idiots by making the native population neurotic, importing a replacement population, and swelling government with addicts to the public dole. In short, socialism from within, like a cancer and not a conqueror.
When we look at the problem as it has been framed above, the question is no longer the football-game-like “How do we win the election?”
It’s a simpler question: how do we unite the remaining 53% of the country who aren’t insane, drugged on entitlements, well-meaning neurotic urban socialists, or urbane proto-elites hoping for a spoils system?
The answer is through a clearer mission. Conservatism is making things work. Conservatives are the people who create the ends-over-means analysis that enables society to achieve its goals. Liberals are the ones who make the feels-good-man analysis that equal immunity from reality is what people want, and therefore is “good.”
The following battlepoints illustrate this view:
Keep social conservatism. Americans generally oppose abortion and gay marriage. Our views need focus and some common sense however. Our goal is to stop abortion being the ex-post-facto birth control of the disorganized. Because they aren’t in that situation, we can allow women who have been raped or whose lives are in danger from the pregnancy to abort. Let their primary care doctors decide. Gay marriage is really a question of health insurance and other privileges for gay couples, but these don’t require marriage; we should suggest an alternate plan.
Reconcile our secular and religious wings. Many of our people are religious, and most conservatives would agree that a strong religious and moral background is essential to a healthy nation. However, that doesn’t mean we must be religious to the exclusion of all else. We need to spread the idea that science and religion are both visions of the same divine aspects of reality. Anything that is God’s word is also common sense if we think it to its logical conclusions. We also need to push back against the illusion that Science can be our new religion.
Smash the entitlement state. Mmake it a cornerstone of our platform: we don’t want a Soviet-style system or even a European socialist one where everyone is guaranteed something, and thus there’s no incentive to perform and paralytic high internal costs. We want a system that rewards performance and can move quickly. This incidentally will stop us from working insane hours as we recognize that more hours does not equal more results.
Disenfranchise the undeserving. Obstructing voters at the polls is a dumb idea, but requiring Voter ID is a good idea, as is thinking about rolling back the voting age to 30. The Democrats will oppose this but it at least forces them to admit their appeal is not to the country at large, but a coalition of those who do not participate (in some cases, yet) in making it what it is.
Go after big media. Hollyweird and the left-leaning news-entertainment establishment are quaking in their boots for this one. Tax them, investigate them, remove their legal protections and force them to be accountable. I don’t think they ever will, so it makes sense to raise the cost of doing business to the degree that only the honest stay in the business.
De facto states’ rights. While this election was being fought out, something interesting happened. States are their own rules to work around federal law and enough of these rules are sticking to thwart federal power. The feds only give the states tax money if the states obey certain laws, but they can obstruct, nullify and circumvent others. This allows states to compete on the basis of the type of society they offer: do you want fast ‘n’ loose anarchic California, or a more conservative state where you pay less for the dysfunction of others?
New environmental goal. Instead of wasting our time and energy every time a liberal claps and shrills the words “Global Warming,” let’s propose an alternate green policy. Here’s mine: buy up all undeveloped land and put it in trust with a permanent conservation agency. Incentivize redevelopment of the inner city. Gentrify and clear away wastelands. Use what we have, and give the rest back to nature. This will reduce carbon more than any economy-destroying carbon caps program.
Take on education. We have sponsored a liberal bias in education at the same time education has, like nations in the grip of liberalism, become self-referential and lost touch with the needs of its students. This is true for K-12 as well as college and beyond. Let’s de-fund the bad guys in academia and replace them with people who teach actual skills, not propaganda.
What we need here is not another platform in defense of the state, but a platform designed to create a new civilization on the ashes of the old.
We are the new radicals and we have a stronger mandate than revolution. Liberal solutions have destroyed America and Europe. They create more misery and alienated, lonely people who have nothing in their lives but liberal dogma and entertainment. We will not only un-do that damage, but bring us a new age of prosperity and happiness.
By thinking outside of the box like this, we can roll over the 200-year-old liberal cancer that’s been eating us away and build a new world on top of it. Voters now consider Congress, the media, government, and even capitalism to be defunct at this point. Let’s listen and rebuild. Every liberal failure is a possible victory for us.
The basis of liberal thinking has been that they are more rational than us, more compassionate and more educated. Let’s point out the obvious instead: rationality has failed us, as have education and compassion. When we focus on end results, we win, and that’s what the new right-wing can offer.