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November 6, 2008

Time to regroup, rethink, restate

The election of Barack Obama has been an impetus for me to become more involved in politics. Even if it is just more political blogging and more notes to Congress and the President.

I think all Conservatives should consider the following:

1. Name calling does NOT make your case in the political sphere. Civility need not be lost forever just because it disappeared among the left during the past 8 years.

2. Attack the message, not the messenger. I think perhaps Fisking should come back into popular blogging when it comes to statements from the President Elect or his supporters.

3. Be factual. Be logical.

4. It's way past time to start talking to minorities about how Conservatism is better for everyone than Liberalism.
Most Latino and African American people I know are fairly religions and many are pro-life. If we can get them to help us in the fight to stop the so-called "Freedom of Choice Act".

5. Write letters to the editors of Newspapers. Write to CNN, FOX, MSNBC.

6. Guard against anything that will take away our Bill of Rights.

I'm sure there are more things. Please feel free to make suggestions

Posted by Beth at November 6, 2008 7:34 AM

Comments

I agree with almost all of this, and I do think it is time for more civility among people of different beliefs. The last 8 years have been terrible for the national rhetoric, and I think most of this can be blamed on national politicians who air grievances in the public forum, and 24-hour news networks which spew bile all day long.

Now, I'm not a fan of Fox News, and I disagree with much of their right-leaning ideology, but it is the screaming heads that put forth so many half-truths that really depresses me. Sean Hannity, in particular is, I believe, a destructively divisive anchor-head. On the left-side, I think that MSNBC has gone too far by letting people like Olbermann have free reign with his mouth. His lack of civility astounds me as a liberal-minded person.

As a nation, we need to turn off our televisions and start talking to our neighbors, especially those whose views are different than ours, so we can all reach some common ground.

As a reformed, former conservative, I would also like to see the Republican Party return to their original strengths of being focused on fiscal conservatism, small government and personal responsibility/freedom. The party, which I used to love and vote with, has become a party of in-fighting, unnecessary and expensive wars, the largest increase in government and spending ever, and focused more on social issues that should be left to the states.

For conservatives who are opposed to gay marriage, you should be happy not only because the marriage issue in CA was voted down, but that it was also done at the state level, and decided by voters, not judges, and especially no the federal government.

I think the only way the Republicans will woo the Hispanic population is by focusing on economic issues, not social ones. Most immigrants come here because they want to work hard and achieve more personal freedoms, not because they want to ban abortions. Even if someone is religious and anti-choice, they can see that the Republican Party has become filled with politicians who are more focused on themselves and on destroying our freedoms than they are on actually shrinking the government and reining in spending.

I hope that the next 4 years will be one of marked increases in bipartisanship. After having to listen to the terrible things spewing from the mouths of Palin and Libby Dole over the last few months as well as from Pelosi over the last two years, I hope that the parties can find some common ground.

Posted by: junks at November 6, 2008 11:07 AM

I would note, as well, that the Right destroyed the rhetoric during the Clinton years.

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at November 6, 2008 11:45 AM