Guest Column by Resistance MemberAdmiral Akbar
Another angle to the Rahm-versus-Rush kerfuffle that is already so last week is that the Democrats were trying to drive another wedge into a rift between the moderate and conservative wings of the GOP. IMHO, the rift isn’t so much mod-v-con is it is establishment-v-grassroots, but that’s another topic, and besides which, Iowahawk covered that brilliantly.
The reason this debate is so destructive for the GOP is that the Party Management — from Michael Steele on down — are letting the media and the left (but I repeat myself) shape the argument. Wake up, guys. The media and the left do not have your best interests at heart. And when the party management nods and agrees when someone from the media says, “You have to do something about those crazy social cons if you’re going to grow your party with moderates,” they fall right into the trap. The enemies of the GOP want the argument perpetuated. The worst thing that could happen is for it to be resolved.
If the party management was really interested in growing the party instead of demonizing a group of people, they could find a way to build out from a base instead of chopping the base off. Instead of eagerly agreeing with the liberal media that socially conservative ideas — like respect for human life, personal responsibility, respect for religious faith and America’s Christian heritage — were scary and and worthy of ridicule, someone who really was interested in growing the party might try to look for a way to promote those values to moderates and liberals.
The Democrats pulled this off brilliantly. The higher taxes demanded by its left-wing socialist base were marketed to the mainstream as “fairness” and “fiscal responsibility.” Ruinous regulations were marketed as “accountability.” They also successfully hyped a non-existent environmental crisis, and blamed the housing crisis they created on the other part.
If the Democrats can successfully market high taxes and regulation, the Republicans ought to be able to market personal responsibility, family values, and limited government… instead of acting embarrassed about them. Instead of kicking the conservative base in the nads at every opportunity, the party leadership might make a forthright case for those conservative values it embraces, and respecting differences of conscience on those areas were there are differences.
But of course, if the party elites would rather settle scores, kiss up to Katie Couric and Wolf Blitzer, and impress their friends at cocktail parties, that’s their prerogative. Just make yourselves comfortable in the minority. Your going to be there a long time.