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November 12, 2012

"Houston, We Have an Image Problem"

From Stacy McCain. It's so good, I'm not even going to excerpt it. Just go read and digest it in its entirety.

OK, I lied. I am going to excerpt this part because it's just so good:

The problem is not conservatism, nor is it “centrism,” but rather the success of the Democrat-Media Complex in making the Republican label a negative symbol. To the extent that various GOP candidates or spokesmen cooperated in that project – e.g., “legitimate rape” — then they are part of the problem, not part of the solution. To put it another way, the problem is political and cultural, rather than ideological, and we need to learn to distinguish these categories. Constant invocations of ideology — the claim that any Republican we disagree with is guilty of insufficient fidelity to conservative principle — tend to sow suspicion within our ranks and undermine effective cooperation. This is not to say that there are no RINO sellouts, or that the Charlie Crist/Richard Lugar types don’t do damage to the GOP, but rather to say that ideological deviation cannot be blamed for every problem in the Republican Party.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. I've enjoyed my share of disagreements with Stacy over the years, but when the man's right, he's spot on.

Posted by Cassandra at November 12, 2012 11:51 AM

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Hmmm... I think you might just avoid random drive-by accusations of being a feminazi on this one. You must be slipping, ma'am! ;)

Posted by: MikeD at November 12, 2012 03:26 PM

I fear that the success in making the Republican label negative goes deeper than the media complex and is deeply embedded in the educational system as well.

At my son's school, special class time is set aside every few weeks to build study skills. The class has now been visited twice by a group promoting inclusion and unity. They ask the students a series politically loaded liberal questions. if you agree with the premise, you are supposed to go to one side of the room and go to the other if you disagree. It's very clear that there are "right" and "wrong" responses to the questions. I bet nearly every reader of this blog -- if responding to the exercise honestly -- would consistently go to the "wrong" wall, to be singled out for shaming (and presumably self-correction once the error of your ways has been so clearly demonstrated).

This type of training is rampant throughout the educational system that we fund with our tax dollars. The brain-washing at the college level is even worse. Many professors seem to consider it a sacred duty to praise the left and vilify the right.

I don't want to defend the Republican Party, they have some serious issues and problems to figure out. But McCain is right. It's been a cultural crusade that has turned the Republican Party into "the party of stupid."

Between the press, Hollywood and the schools, the emerging set of younger voters (regardless of gender, religion and ethnicity) are increasingly trained to think (and vote) one way.

Posted by: kavu at November 17, 2012 09:43 AM