Liberals and Republican consultants insist that conservatives must be kinder, gentler, and more compassionate if they are ever to win another national election. In other words, stop being so consistently conservative for we all know conservatives are cold, mean, and heartless.
The inside-the-Beltway crowd has been shouting this at Republicans for decades. Our wonderful consultants have been telling candidates and incumbents alike that they must soften, they must move to the center, and learn the art of compromise.
Well, frankly I’m tired of hearing it. I am also tired of hearing that politics is somehow different. It’s different having to win over voters to get elected. Even Rush Limbaugh constantly says that it is different for him on the radio. He says it’s easier for him because he doesn’t have to try to win votes.
I disagree! Most citizens live their lives as conservatives, whether they know it or not. They have regular jobs (for now), they have a home, raise their kids, pay their bills, etc. They have rules the family abides by. You know the saying “my house, my rules.” Every family, either spoken or not, has a set of core values and beliefs they live by and will not compromise away.
So why is politics so different? It’s not.
The consultants tell the politicians they must look a certain way. They must act a certain way and say certain things just to get elected.
I’d like to say that voters today are more sophisticated and intelligent, but that would be wrong. They most certainly are not. But they/we do have access to more information than ever before, so it’s easier to catch a politician when he or she lies, which is often.
One thing that hasn’t changed — here we go again — human nature. While it’s true that most people/voters are not as well informed as we, most can still smell a line of crap when politicians doublespeak.
Politics and elections are simply made to appear difficult because it keeps the consultants and powerbrokers in business. Every word, every look, every phrase must be focus group tested, as if they are trying to con us into voting for their guy.
Most point to Ronald Reagan as a great president and consummate winner. Well that’s true, he was. He wasn’t a policy wonk or a slick talking baby kisser.
He spoke as a real person. His speeches, I believe most of which he wrote himself, connected with people because they understood and could relate to him. People heard him speak and came away thinking, yeah, I believe him.
How many politicians can you say that of today? Not many I would guess.
This is why, in my opinion, Ted Cruz may be this generation’s Ronald Reagan. I say maybe for I know Washington would try to corrupt Jesus Christ. The Democrats and the press despise Cruz, and the Republicans hate him. It was the same for Reagan. The moderate country club Republicans couldn’t stand Reagan.
Cruz, like Reagan, is overcoming them and winning the day. He is bold and not afraid to speak the truth. And for this he is winning support of many like us.
We need more like Ted Cruz. Many more; ones who will stop listening to the press and fire the pinheaded moderate consultants. Maybe then will more Ronald Reagans come forward with the courage to speak their mind and lead.