After a disaster in voter turnout in the 2012 elections, Republicans, conservatives, libertarians and Tea Party activists are pointing fingers at each other and blaming each other as well as Romney for the outcome of the election.
Lot of the problems with this election center on identity politics but conservatives and Republicans should have taken a better layout of the political scene and realized a major problem with messaging. From day one, the Presidential campaign should have been a referendum on Obamacare, but with candidate Romney who refused to repudiate his Massachusetts Romneycare, he amounted to allowing a child molester to baby sit your kids.
From the very beginning, the Republican Party started destroying the most credible candidates including Herman Cain, Tim Pawlenty, and Newt Gingrich. Gary Johnson, a governor was slowly pushed off the stage. Ron Paul was let in to make Romney look moderate, but in the end, Ron Paul would fail too.
But even before the Republican establishment tried to anoint Romney, the messaging had gone awry a long time ago. I won’t name the conservatives sources which echoed a fatally flawed message but many conservatives were saying “Americans do not have a right to health care”. You cannot win an argument by telling Americans they do not have a right. Americans do have a right to health care but they don’t have the right to expect other people to pay for it. Americans have a right to buy health insurance across state lines, a right to by portable insurance which is not tied to their job, a right to tax exempt health insurance when they retired similar to when they were employed. These positive arguments simply were not made.
People respond to positive messaging and conservatives continued to get slammed by their own messaging even when the majority of Americans agreed with them. Remember all the talk about women voters? Wouldn’t it be nice to say to women, you have the right to contraceptives but not the right for someone else to pay for it? This message was totally missing. It is why Akin and Mourdock got stuck in an unrelenting negative drive down among women voters. Had this message been delivered correctly to voters, people would understand and the Republican messaging would have them taking over the US Senate.
Republicans and conservatives missed out on the public’s concern about health issues for many years. The proof is the many states which have legalized medical marijuana and other marijuana laws. I am not suggesting conservatives mellow out and smoke pot. However, with a huge Federal debt of 16 trillion dollars, it is stupid to spend money on Federal agents to arrest people in a state where people voted for medical marijuana to be legal.
By returning the marijuana issue back to the states, the US Federal government lessens the chance it will have to bail out the California State government. If California wants to legalize marijuana and tax it to solve it’s debt problems, let them go to pot (pun intended) instead of all American taxpayers. Also, we may find growing marijuana in the United States may solve some of our immigration problems and stabilize the country of Mexico.
Many people have suggested Republicans change their stance on immigration. However, I think this is absurd. The real problem is messaging. There are Spanish speakers who are American citizens and know English well, but they spend much of their time listening to television and radio in Spanish where left wing organizations put in their ads in Spanish attacking conservatives like Rush Limbaugh. There is no conservative organization putting out counter responses in Spanish. Therefore these American citizens hear very little from active conservatives.
There is one final point fiscal conservatives need to learn from libertarians. You cannot violate the laws of economics without consequences. Work which needs to be done will drift to the workers able to do it most efficiently. We will either be shipping work to Mexico to be done, or we can accept workers from Mexico in the US to get the work done. There is no way to avoid this immutable fact. This is the reality. Businesses who discover they have illegal immigrants should be able to sponsor such immigrants to become Americans without penalty to the business or the illegal immigrant. It will keep the factory moving, give us one more hardworking taxpaying American, and eliminate much government expense in deporting and deporting again, the same people.
Finally, the public needs to be told the facts about Social Security. We are taxing American labor at 15 percent, while other people are living 25 percent or more of their adult life on Social Security. When Hostess Foods closed their doors, many blame the unions but if labor was not taxed at 15 percent, the business may be still alive today. If the Social Security tax was cut, illegal immigration may also drop.
Eventually, this system will break. Left wing pundits like Paul Krugman keep saying no to austerity measures but the US Federal government is already practicing austerity through inflation. Nobody wants to see their government check be cut from $1,000 to $800. So government inflates the money supply so the same people get their $1,000 check only to find it can buy $800 worth of goods. Ron Paul understands this and so should all Republicans.
After such reforms, Republicans will still have to find ways to break the identity politics of the fascist political left but with such reforms will be better able to do so.