American Thinker was nice enough to publish my latest piece about the GOP and its “betrayal” of conservative rock stars like Governor Palin.
While wasting their time on studies about how to capture the youth vote and engaging in nonsense tactics of affirmative action at the RNC, they miss what’s standing right in front of them.
As if running moderate Republicans in two consecutive national elections (and losing) wasn’t enough, some of the GOP’s latest attempts to find their inner coolness have been successful only at one thing: letting the left and their pals in the media dictate the direction of the Republican Party.
Fairly recently, we were informed of top-level RNC employees putting forth an initiative to hand out mid-level positions to various minorities. This was pointed out by a longtime D.C. insider, who talked about it in an article published at The Hill. Not only are the D.C. experts implementing ultra-affirmative-action measures to prove that they can “reach out,” but none of them (white guys in suits) seems willing to put his own top-level positions on the chopping block for the sake of the cause. This gives the left a double-talking point. It projects hopelessness for liberty and equal opportunity based on merit, and the RNC is now just as guilty as the left is of wanting to micromanage from the top.
Even more recent, a study was conducted by the College Republican National Committee (CRNC). Its focus was on the youth vote, and it sought to answer why Romney failed to capture it. This was important to them, since conservatives like Reagan mysteriously did just fine with the youth vote. I was sorry to see that no part of their study, however, focused on the simplicity of Reagan’s conservative message. Reagan enjoyed being a rebel where the establishment was concerned and, even more so, was not afraid of annoying the left. Causing a ruckus for the right cause usually excites young voters who love a fight with the establishment. Nevertheless, the GOP wants to continue compromising — an art that has us with a pointless debt-ceiling limit with “trillion” as its measuring unit.
Surely the GOP’s biggest rock star in the Senate, Cruz is reluctant to jump on board with policies which have proven to fail in the past. Despite being a Harvard grad, he aligns himself with the same common sense that warns the rest of us of repeating such policies. He opposes amnesty (currently being dressed up as something else). He opposes “compromise” on a budget that the rest of us know will lead to another debt-ceiling increase. As such, he’s winning the ire of John McCain and Susan Collins, not to mention writers on the left furious that he won’t “respect his elders,” suggesting he’s “rude” and that he “doesn’t get the Senate.”
Senators Cruz and Paul, however, can hardly be mentioned without thinking of Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. As Senator Cruz himself has said, she “jumped in early” and supported candidates like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and others who are fighting to “reach out” effectively.
Isn’t it interesting how Bill Clinton can show up on Arsenio Hall’s program playing a saxophone — or Obama can dance with Ellen — and be praised for it? Yet when Sarah Palin shows up on Dancing With the Stars or puts out a family-friendly reality show celebrating Alaska’s greatness, fellow GOP talking heads refer to her as a “Kardashian.” By using the media’s insatiable love for ratings, Palin has been able to show up on the Today Show, knock out Katie Couric accordingly, and leave her co-hosts speechless as she publicly rooted for more constitutionally conservative candidates in an election year. In going outside her comfort zone, she used huge platforms to spread the message of conservatism.
Scaling down that platform recently, Palin gave a speech to a graduating class in a small Washington town. There, she presented each graduate with a dollar bill, had them all stand up to find it under their seats and said: “you’ve got to get off your butt to make a buck.” This is a message likely to stick with these graduates for years to come.
You can read the entire piece here.