Sure sometimes I pretend to understand the last election.
But I really don’t.
Some of the best and brightest minds have in the last few days admitted as much, putting me at least in some pretty great company. Take for example Newt Gingrich saying this on Nov 12th six days after the election.
“But if you had said to me three weeks ago that Mitt Romney would get fewer votes than John McCain [in 2008] — and it looks like he will be 2 million fewer — I would have been dumbfounded.”
Then there is George Will saying the following about some things conservatives need to do, about immigration, same sex marriage and legalized marijuana.
“And one who tilts toward the libertarian side of the Republican Party’s fusion of social and laissez-faire conservatism. Most voters already favor less punitive immigration policies than the ones angrily advocated by clenched-fist Republicans unwilling to acknowledge that immigrating — risking uncertainty for personal and family betterment — is an entrepreneurial act. The speed with which civil unions and same-sex marriage have become debatable topics and even mainstream policies is astonishing. As is conservatives’ failure to recognize this: They need not endorse such policies but neither need they despise those, such as young people, who favor them. And it is strange for conservatives to turn a stony face toward any reconsideration of drug policies, particularly concerning marijuana, which confirm conservatism’s warnings about government persistence in the teeth of evidence.”
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Even Dick Morris admitted his mistakes this way.
The key reason for my bum prediction is that I mistakenly believed that the 2008 surge in black, Latino, and young voter turnout would recede in 2012 to “normal” levels. Didn’t happen. These high levels of minority and young voter participation are here to stay; and, with them, a permanent reshaping of our nation’s politics.
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The list goes on of the respected prognosticators on the Right who predicted a Republican/Conservative landslide. They were mistaken, so was I.
What then are we to do? Simply put we need to convince people to vote for our candidate. If you read the above closely and read the links, one thing should be clear. We need to be more accepting of those who believe differently than we do. If you really want to study up on the real difference between Liberals and Conservatives read Thomas Sowell’s book A Conflict of Visions.
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If we think our beliefs are true and because of that we will not bend on the ways in which we implement them then we are no different in the liberal idea that man is born perfect and we only have to pass the right laws to attain perfection. Mr. Sowell says a Conservative believes in the imperfection of man/woman and passes laws to protect the majority and minority from abuses of unlimited power enshrined in a government run by imperfect humans.
We need good candidates of course who understand this along with ourselves, the lowly and unwashed masses of Republican/Conservatives at the grass roots level. With that in mind, with that as our controlling adjuster for our attitude we will have better luck trying to convince other voters that we have the best answers to their problems. The best way to do this is as always through our actions. Let our deeds be fair and honest and they will do the talking for us -- one person at a time. Then when the time draws nearer we can find a candidate that echoes what we say, not one that we have to “bring along”. If we are lucky we will find a candidate that is a real standard bearer, a real leader that will bring us along. Someone that through their actions teaches the right of our values, and not just by demagoguery but by their actions, persuades others of the justness and common sense of our cause.
If our beliefs are just then we need not belittle anyone, but uplift them.
People will understand this on their own.
So to answer the question in the title of who's right -- yup you guessed it -- We The People.
Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative.