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My Vision…

I left this comment at this post at HotAir:

Riddle me this. Each locale elects a representative to represent their interests. Not the state next to them, but their interests. When a candidate for a national office goes into these locals, he expresses how his platform will affect the people locally and nationally. How is that a bad thing again? The beauty of a republic is that unlike a democracy it protects the minority from the tyranny of the majority. That would never occur without addressing the variety of concerns of a variety of voters. America is not monolithic.

Spirit of 1776 on January 20, 2008 at 2:31 PM

My vision (whether naive or ignorant or impractical, I don’t know…) is to talk about an ideology (ie conservatism) and explain to each locale and group how it helps them.

What we have now is pandering.

There is a difference, in my opinion, of talking to a group of people about their specific issues and explaining how the candidate’s ideology and vision for government will help them…

…and going to a group and specifically addressing an issue and saying how if they elect you, you will fix their problem(s).

The latter is identity politics, the former is treating the people as adults who deserve to be talked up to, not talked down to.

For example, the Democrats go to Black groups and try to express how they understand all their problems and if they vote for the Democrat, they will fix their problems. A true leader would go to the Black groups and talk in terms of an ideology, a vision for them to succeed and talk about how he/she believes that by taking on this ideology, that will help them succeed. He won’t promise to fix their problems, he won’t pretend he understands their struggle and he won’t race bait. He will talk with them as adults, as equals and explain how his vision and his ideology is helpful to them in succeeding.

The same thing can be done with the younger generation. Instead of talking down to their ignorance and taking political advantage of that, talk to them as adults, explain how their passion is inspiring and how they need to have a thirst for learning and getting informed and staying engaged in the political process. Encourage them to learn about history, to learn about this great country, to learn about ideology and individualism and just everything about this country that makes it great.

This is why I enjoy listening to Rush Limbaugh so much, because he treats his listeners as adults and challenges them to think. Challenges them to improve themselves and to learn and to get informed and to get engaged in politics. We need leaders like that in government as well.

But we will not get that if people just accept the status quo and say “eh, all politicians suck, we just need to keep electing the lesser of two evils…” Politicians know that that is the attitude of most voters and they take full advantage of that. It needs to stop. But the only way it will stop is if We, the People, make it happen.

Michael in MI on January 20, 2008 at 3:01 PM

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January 20, 2008 , 5:14PM - Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Conservatism

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