At a town-hall-style meeting recently, Jeb Bush said, "You can't beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don't like it, but they have it and we have to be respectful and mindful of that. So our ideas need to be forward looking and relevant. I felt like there was a lot of nostalgia and the good old days in the [Republican] messaging. I mean, it's great, but it doesn't draw people toward your cause."
I don't understand what is not forward thinking and relevant about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. What is it about the conservative message that is not forward thinking? Lower taxes is not forward thinking? Being pro-life is not forward thinking? Having a strong military and strong national security is not forward thinking? I would also like to know who in the last election had nostalgia for the Reagan era or the "good old days." If anything, McCain moved as close to the middle as he could and that is why he lost. I don't believe that people remember or evoke Reagan because they wish to go back. On the contrary, it is a desire to move forward, but with the right principals.
I didn't realize that conservatives or the Republican party has nothing to beat the other side with. According to Jeb Bush, they have something, and like it or not, we need to learn from them if we want to win an election. I am sorry, but the something that the Democrats have are the same old things they have always had. Higher taxes, national health care, downsized military, restricted practices for our national security, the fairness doctrine, and abortion on demand. The only thing the Democrats had this past election was a nominee that was good at reading a teleprompter and saying a lot about nothing.
These politicians, who are part of the National Council for New America, are traveling around on a listening tour because they believe the Republican Party needs to listen and win the hearts and minds of suburban women, Latinos, and African Americans. They want to reach out to where the Republican Party has failed in the past. There is a big difference between listening to people talk to understand the everyday American and taking what was said to fit what you think the country needs. It is so basic to me. Stand up for the principals that have and will continue to make this country successful. Life, lower taxes, strong national defense and security, and free enterprise.
If you want to attract people to the Republican Party, instead of putting these political suits in front of the camera, put the people you want to attract front and center. Get the stay-at-home mom to say why she believes in the principals of the Republican Party. Get the Latino small business owner to speak about their success and show that you can be Latino, successful, and a Republican. Show the African American who has found success in this country and let them speak their mind on why we need to stick to profound principals laid out in our Constitution. Find the woman who is pro-life and not because she wants to outlaw abortion, but rather educate girls on why they should think carefully before getting themselves in a situation where abortion is an option. These are the people that will attract others. These are the people that everyday Americans will relate to. Then maybe a candidate will come forward that understands it is not about copying Democrats or forgetting the past, but standing firm on what makes this country great that inspires people. That is what Reagan did. So inspiration based on core conservative principals is not looking or living in the past, it is success for the future.