I posted a synopsis of my last blog post onto my political discussions Facebook group, and the post received a very strong reaction to say the least. Much displeasure was expressed, and I was severely rebuked for suggesting a link between immorality and breast cancer. In fact, there was such an outcry among my Facebook friends that I decided to close the group and deactivate my entire account. There was no defending my position with the amount of resistance that I encountered. It would have been a futile attempt had I tried to answer the attacks against my thesis. So I made the decision to close the group and end the discussion not to shy away from defending my beliefs, but rather because the opposing army was unstoppable. I relate this story because the experience opened my eyes to a very simple fact about our society: people do in fact care deeply about certain things, and when they care enough, they are motivated to be an unstoppable force. I believe this little truth has very weighty consequences that could prove to be useful upon examination.
There is a great deal of frustration among conservatives with the seemingly indifferent attitude that many Americans have towards the politics of their country. Our President has an abysmal approval rating, yet he easily reclaimed the presidency for a second term. New polls are constantly showing that Americans have a pessimistic outlook on their future and are not pleased with the direction of the country. Surveys seem to prove that conservatives are the majority in this country, yet America continues on its path towards socialism. All of the evidence points towards a conservative base that is completely unmotivated. By applying the lessons I learned from the experience detailed above, I believe that this conservative base can be fired up and force our country into an abrupt about-face.
As proof of my claim that people can still be motivated to change the course of our country, I propose a recent news story from Oregon. It was somehow discovered that the remains of aborted babies were being sent to a power plant in Oregon to be incinerated to produce energy for the plant. After Americans learned of the practice of this power plant in Oregon, there was an immediate, nationwide outrage. The horror story was reported on news outlets all over the country, yet not a soul spoke up to defend the practice of incinerating the aborted babies. Quite the contrary, officials in Oregon held an emergency meeting and quickly voted to cease the practice. The story was over just as quickly as it began. The sheer force of the army of outspoken Americans completely, utterly, and immediately silenced any would-be defenders of the power plant.
Now what do these two examples of motivated Americans have in common? It is clear to me that in both the breast cancer Facebook post, and the case of incinerating aborted babies, people were motivated because the issues deeply affected them. Both issues were clear, easy to understand, and straightforward. In the Facebook discussion, my opposition was strongest among those actually affected in some way by breast cancer. In the story coming out of Oregon, protesting voices came from every corner of the country because we all can easily understand the atrocity behind incinerating the remains of a newborn. The effectiveness of this simple idea of presenting easy-to-understand issues that affect the common people in a clear and concise way is exactly what conservative leaders need to realize.
One of the most recognizable hallmarks of conservatism is the cutting of taxes. Conservatives are failing because they are abandoning this idea. Money is something that every voter can easily understand. As sad as it is, every election is won by the candidate who promises to do the most for voters’ savings accounts. Reagan achieved his immense popularity with the American people by immensely cutting taxes. His Vice President, George Bush, won the next election with his famous line, “Read my lips: no new taxes.” After his promise turned out to be a lie, he lost reelection. Bill Clinton was elected instead by consistently promising to cut taxes on the middle class. George Bush the son followed the trend by promising to lower taxes. After following through on those promises, he was rewarded with reelection. Barack Obama was elected by promising tax credits for the middle class and steeper tax penalties for the rich. He was reelected by being portrayed as a helper of the poor and middle classes. The point here is that voters understand money. Tell voters they will have more money, and they’ll vote for you. Follow through on your promises, and voters will love you. Stealing from the rich to give to the poor is one way of accomplishing this, but even besides the obvious immoral factor, the practice can only be sustained for so long. The only chance a politician has for real success, then, is to explain in simple terms that people are permitted to keep the money they rightfully earn.
If conservative leaders would reduce the cacophony of political mayhem to clear-cut policies like this, voters would be motivated. Money affects every citizen of the country. We can all understand the simple idea of having more money, and we all absolutely love this simple idea. So let’s start with the the notion that is easiest to grasp, more money, and then work our way down the list from there. If conservatives would form all policies in this manner by presenting issues in a concise manner to convince voters that these issues do indeed affect them, we would see a national outrage every time a liberal politician attempted to defy the policies that have proven to bring so much success.