Another Black Friday dawns in America, and the consumerist chaos that this day is famous for takes over across the country. Millions of bargain hunting shoppers sacrificed sleep, comfort, and even their sanity to buy gifts for as little as possible, chasing the biggest deals with the feverish enthusiasm of an opening day game hunter. Billions of dollars will flow from the pockets of Americans of all political stripes in exchange for toys, electronics, appliances, clothes, etc. in an spasm of mass consumption, whittling down the list of things they were thankful just one day before.
On a better note, millions in bills and loose coins will find their way into red kettles next to a someone braving the elements and the crowds to ring a bell, as the Salvation Army sees the bulk of its charitable donations that it needs to do good. This proves that our nation is still one of good and decent people for whom the most desperate among us remain in our hearts and minds. It is upon this firm foundation that our nation was founded, and it is upon this same foundation she will be revived.
Imagine for a moment, however, if the amount of investment in time, energy, and money was directed at outlets of political philosophy. What would the political megaphone of Rush Limbaugh party loyalism be like? What about Mark Levin’s megaphone of constitutional philosophy? Or Ann Coulter’s megaphone of nationalist thuggery? For many Conservatives for whom the most recent election remains a sore spot, consider the myriad powerful voices who led America principles to the political gallows of electoral expediency.
Those in the pundit class, like Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, and Laura Ingraham, have made millions feeding the Republicans and moderates their own brand of right wing political relativism. While they seemed to be on our side, how many of our hard earned dollars poured into their coffers, feeding their media empires and amplifying their voices to the masses? What did we get in return? The 2016 elections.
Only through clear eyed hindsight, do the one to one connections between who we gave voice to and this election become obvious. We got precisely what we paid for. No more. No less.
While it’s comfortable to blame the established syndicate of opinion shapers and makers, the blame is not theirs alone. We are to blame. The results of this election lie squarely on our shoulders as well, and if we want different results in the future, we must change our consumption behaviors as Conservatives. First, this means that we must stop contributing to the vile nationalist jingoistic muck that fills the airways coming from the established pundit class. There’s no better way to do this than to simply turn them off. Without us, they are nothing.
Second, we must find new sources political philosophy dedicated to broadcasting Liberty and Principle to fill the void. If you’re going to wait for the pundits to start doing what they have not done after they have won, then you’re part of the problem, not the solution. Reality dictates a one-two punch that leopards can’t change their spots and society pays attention to those what others are paying attention to. Just stand in the middle of a sidewalk looking up on a busy street, and notice just how many people will look up as well.
It’s just how we’re wired. If we want more people paying attention to those who promote core conservative messages, then we need only pay attention to those core conservative messages. It’s really that simple. Imagine what America would look like if “Liberty is For The Win” were a household name, consumed daily by millions of American voters of every stripe. Now, dare to imagine what an election would look like in that kind of country?
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