By Deanna M. Murray
The supporters of our cause – whether it is the Social, Constitution or Fiscal Conservative cause – did not do all necessary to get our message heard, appreciated and absorbed by a voting America who based opinions on a biased, demonizing media.
We have, over the last year, continued to share our discontent, vocalize our agenda and preach the need for change to a choir already singing the same tune and internally, wearing it out.
Same people. Same song. Change the record. We knew what needed to be done but didn’t act on it. We were victimized by our own hype and hot air.
I’m just as guilty as anyone. I’ve spent hours talking about politics to like-minded peers. I’ve written emails rivaling college essays and I’ve also felt my responsibility to evangelize was being fulfilled because I was active within my own group of political allies and won the occasional Facebook political smackdown with some of my liberal friends.
But it has become clear it’s up to people like me and other ‘non-traditional’ conservatives to stand up and be heard. We are part of a party that is dying from the inside out – literally dying. We’ve built our principles great politicians, presidents and patriots of the past but have neglected to take those messages and make them relevant to an audience more interested in texting and video games than hearing about what is going on in the real world.
We have failed to put strong, young and relevant women in front of an audience that is grasping for something that speaks to them. Unfortunately, the liberals found this in a Georgetown graduate who was about as politically relevant as a tube of lip-gloss. We were once again reduced to the party who wants their women to resemble a 1950s, pearl-wearing June Cleaver. And for some unknown reason, we couldn’t counter.
We also weren’t able to make the right information relevant. We allowed a liberal agenda, based on twisted facts bind us into submission vs. taking these misguided notions to the mat.
Just within the last few weeks, I’ve had people close to me tell me point blank that ‘democrats support small business.’ I know this to be untrue as I grew up in a small business and still listen to my parents speak daily about how they are taxed to extensively they have to figure out ways to make payroll. But still … this is the message many of the liberal vote holds on to. They believe this they’re voting for the good guys!
We all know these perceptions couldn’t be farther from the truth. But time and time again, we complain of a demonizing, bias and liberal media instead putting our heads down, rolling up our sleeves and changing the fighting rules on the playground. We’ve reacted. Not responded.
It is time for us to focus on the young vote – let’s help those who are just hitting voting age see what being Republican and what being Conservative is all about. We can do this by figuring out new and exciting ways to show our platform encourages innovation, celebrates success and it’s a party worth sticking with throughout adulthood. We also need to show that men and women, young and old, have voices within our party – that we represent every age group, every economic position and every ethnicity. These are the messages we need to get out there in abundance right now.
If pot-smoking hippies in several states can raise enough smoke to legalize a substance people in other states can go to jail for possessing, then we – with our numbers and resources should be able to get out our message of patriotic principles and constitutional values – both on which this country was founded and built.
And it seems pretty apparent time is of the essence. If illegal things can become legal, then it’s only a matter of time before some things we take for granted are taken away and our ‘adverse’ opinions fall on uncharitable ears.