by Brian Wilson: It
Made My Teeth Hurt
close friend who has the distinct pleasure [sic] of working
deep in the bowls of the Logic Free Zone (Washington, DC for the
First Time Reader), wrote to me with the following experience and
extrapolation. I believe his insight and observations would be of
interest to astute LRC readers.
"You cannot dissuade
a person from a position with reason and facts if reason and facts
did not determine the position in the first place."
The eternal hurdle of conservatism
in the minds of a large component of the electorate – perhaps even
a majority, we will learn in November – is that "it sounds
mean." I am constantly told that Leftists in general and Obama
in particular have the upper hand "because they sound nice,
like they care." I am now persuaded, after decades of ardent
resistance to the idea, that this analysis is both perceptive and
I am by no means a Romney
fan, he ranked eleventh among the ten GOP candidates for me, but
I believe that another term of this current communist cabal will
bring an end to the United States of America. I have made no secret
of my conclusion that this outcome is nearly inevitable, but I keep
hoping and praying that the nation will come to its senses, but
I do not see evidence of that hope coming to fruition. Sometimes
a brief experiential vignette brings further clarity to my thought.
Last Monday I was in the
waiting room of the car dealer service center biding my time until
the shuttle took me to work while the car was being repaired. The
television was on and it seemed like every advertisement was either
by Romney or Obama. The response of the rest of the patrons was
startling in its vehemence. When Romney was on the screen the virulent
hostility of every single person (except me) was palpable.
I was taken aback by the venomous hatred, and several of the observers
expressed out loud a desire to literally kill Romney themselves.
Why? Because, "He is going to take away our stuff!" An
Obama appearance was greeted with enthusiasm equal to the previous
hatred as these folks expressed an exhortation to "Protect
our boy so he can keep giving us our stuff."
When I mentioned this to
my wife and my adult daughters, sensible conservative pro-life Godly
women all, they concurred with the general thesis of this essay.
Conservatives "sound mean" and are falling farther
and farther behind when they try to make reasoned, factual arguments.
The vast majority of the electorate is immune to factual arguments,
they aver, because the world is now governed by rampant emotionalism,
and the Leftists are simply far more skilled at using irrational,
emotional manipulation.(Emphasis added) In my ladies’ assessments,
the GOP has to make emotional arguments to counter the Left and
connect with the electorate, and they (conservatives/GOP) are simply
incapable to doing so effectively.
Indeed, conservatism, with
its message of self responsibility, probity, temperance, hard work,
and virtue is a tough sell when the opposition is simply making
promises to give away more stuff to freeloaders, moochers, and looters.
Remember the apocryphal story, probably fictional but nevertheless
imbued with truth, of the election for third grade class president
when one candidate outlined and agenda while his opponent merely
promised free ice cream and more play time, thus winning in a landslide?
That is the electorate today. Future be damned, give me my ice cream!
While my ladies agreed with
the facts and rationality of Romney’s "47%" comments,
they were unanimous in thinking it lost the election for the Republicans
because the news media has been able to frame the issue so that
it "sounds" like Romney does not care. On the other hand
Obama "sounds" like he cares even though he is spewing
provable lies. Much of the electorate simply does not care about
facts or reason. When I see an unrepentant collectivist miscreant
essentially tied for the electorate’s affection, I have to agree.
In a factual, rational world he would have about 2% of the electorate
in his corner. Five generations after Antonio Gramsci formulated
the "march through the institutions" for the radical Left,
who can dispute the observation that the collectivists control every
meaningful institution critical to forming the thoughts, perceptions,
and attitudes of Western Civilization – schools, courts, churches,
media, popular culture? As I have said before, the upcoming election
is a not so much a judgment on Romney or Obama, it is a revelation
of us as a nation.
The Romney campaign reassures
us with the notion that its non-stop carpet bombing of campaign
commercials in October will change the outcome. I wish they were
right, but fear they are not. By that point the "imprinting"
will have already been complete, and the effect of the Left getting
into the public’s mind first with brilliantly propagandistic emotionally
charged advertisements, and the "persuasion" will be complete.
Combined with a 100:1 advantage in "news" media presentations
on behalf of DaWon, I wonder if the outcome is already predetermined.
Tea Party activists argue
that it’s all about "getting out the vote" and that is
in great part true. However, we forget the other side has a streak
of desperate passion working in its favor. All of those people in
the waiting room of the car dealer are desperate to "keep their
stuff" and they will crawl across glass to vote for "their
boy." We would like to think that people who work for a living
are highly motivated to toss out this malignant poseur, but we forget
that people who vote for a living are even more motivated to keep
their goodies coming.
If I am correct, it may be
that Matt Bracken and James Wesley, Rawles are optimists.
Prepare people, prepare.
The future is a chaotic place.
Wilson [send him mail],
nationally ignored talk show host and occasional LRC un-indicted
co-contributor, is currently annoying miniscule audiences in a number
of markets from his technically challenged studios safely outside
the dictatorship of Toledo. Brian may be endured from 3p–6p at www.wspd.com.
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