Conservative Victimology: If you act like an oppressed minority, you will ultimately become one
No. I’m not wrong.
Jen, a friend, also confuses politics with media management a bit by lumping them together. My post said nothing about policy and nowhere have I suggested Conservatives cave on principle. One can reach out to a broader audience with a positive message without doing that. As far as the left hating us, or not, frankly I don’t care very much. But I didn’t say the Left, I said the media. And, yes, there is at least some difference remaining for now. As for conservativism growing up, I’ll address that below.
I disagree as well with Dan Riehl’s assessment that the left doesn’t hate us, and that conservatives need to grow up, because it’s flat-out wrong. That the media in this country is not doing their job, and they don’t care if you can see it, is correct, and I understand Dan’s interest in making conservatism a happy place to be again, but the friction outside the movement is what is causing all the flaming. Once there is a leader for the movement, people will settle down.
Jen’s post here: The GOP is split, but tolerance can mend it. | Jen Kuznicki.
At issue in my original post was the notion that a biased media was preventing conservatives from having a chance of winning. Note, I did not defend the media as fair and balanced, nor objective. I conceded that most journalists are liberal. But the notion that it is that alone keeping the right down is a myth that does nothing but provide fodder for the echo chamber.
The media despised Reagan and opposed him, just as it did Goldwater before him, who they all but destroyed. Here’s an old American Thinker item I dug up to substantiate that. But Reagan went over the heads of the mainstream media to the American people to win two national elections and leave office as one of the century’s most popular presidents. So, what has happened since then?
In fact, the mainstream media Reagan beat has actually gotten weaker. They were all that existed in Reagan’s day. As it currently stands, there’s cable, Fox News, most especially, several more Right-leaning newspapers and this huge amazing thing called the Internet that is capable of conveying all kinds of media to the vast majority of America’s population. As regards that population, as it by and large prefers lower taxes and is not fond of government bothering it, I would say it is still center-Right at heart.
My point is simple and it has nothing to do with the latest food fight over immigration reform, or any other policy dispute. Rather than create popular, positive forward-looking messaging to bring in much of that larger population capable of being wooed via the Net, a large portion of conservative media spends it’s time talking to itself and screaming about everything that it perceives as wrong.
I didn’t ‘politically evolve’ to reach this conclusion. I became very ill and was forced to take several steps back. Eventually, I became better enough to take a look back in and I’m simply opining on a lot of what I saw. A good deal of it looks like an angry, unproductive circle jerk. So, I found myself thinking, given that one man, Reagan, beat a media that was monolithic and much stronger three decades ago, the notion that the conservative movement – far more robust today, than in Reagn’s time – can’t find a way to beat them at their own game strikes me as bullshit.
In fact, given that the dynamics are so much more in our favor today, than they were thirty years ago – if you insist the media can’t be beaten, you must either be a defeatist, a professional victim, or simply a loser looking for a place to kvetch.
And none of that has to do with conservative policy, or positions.
I believe conservatism, libertarianism and just plain old center-Right thinking constitute a majority in America today. However, I also believe that if professional conservatives opt to always sound like an oppressed minority, it is the shortest path to becoming that very thing. And I’m not interested in traveling it these days because I want conservatism to win, not lose.
Finally, it’s not an all or nothing proposition. Certainly, there’s plenty of room for everyone and it’s always good to work up a good head of steam by looking at what we’re up against, calling it out and challenging it head on. But that’s chiefly an intra-movement proposition better known as infotainment.
My point is, that cannot be all we ever do, or the whole exercise becomes pointless to the point of being silly. It doesn’t lead anywhere – or at least nowhere very positive. If some people don’t like the words grow up, try mature. Conservative media, especially New Media, needs to mature if it wants to gain converts and ultimately help to win at the ballot box where it matters. And saying that is not ‘wrong,’ I believe it’s far from it, frankly.