Going back over my old posts, I found this one: Quick thoughts on 2016 election strategy. Now that we have a presumptive nominee, it’s worth going back for a second look. Here’s a couple of key passages from it:
President Reagan’s famous question to the American voter was: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”
Along those same lines, for this next election I suggest this question: “Are you freer that you were eight years ago?”
As for the security plank in the platform; let it stand, but not alone. It must stand along one for libertarian agenda. Our security will come through our strength and our willingness to support our allies in the war on terror. It will come when energy can no longer be used as a weapon against us, the Ukrainians, or any of our friends in Europe. As Rick Perry recently put it: “If energy is to be used as a weapon, America is going to have the largest arsenal.” Security is necessary, even critical, but only as a means to an end, that end being greater liberty for all Americans.
Everyone assumes that the campaign will go very negative, very quickly. Really, it’s a forgone conclusion. Hopefully the Republican campaign machine will at least occasionally come up for air and relay a positive message, or at least a less-negative one. Hillary’s myriad faults are well-known, and will be even more so during the course of the campaign. We have to present a positive alternative. What if the public knew as well as Hillary’s faults, conservative virtues?
- A smaller regulatory state will mean greater economic freedom and more jobs.
- An end to “crony capitalism” will mean that businesses must be fiscally fit. Those with poor ideas and bad products will not survive. Those with good ideas and products that the public wants will thrive.
- Those on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder won’t have to worry about companies hiring illegal aliens and dragging down wages.
- Our military hardware will no longer be in a state of disrepair. This will serve as a force multiplier and make us stronger.
- Healthcare will work for the consumer, and the consumer will decide what coverage they will pay for. The healthy young will be able to save for their future healthcare needs.
- The politics of division will come to an end. Americans will no longer be pitted against each other along social, racial, and other lines for the sake of gaining votes.
- The nomination of conservative Supreme Court justices will ensure that our rights as Americans will be upheld for one more generation, and won’t be subject to the whims of politicians.
There will be no shortage negative of ads and personal attacks in the coming months. Conservatism has so much more to offer America than that. Americans were meant to be free, not subject to the short-term needs of the powerful few, and not be made to trade liberty for an illusion of security. The statism, the control over our lives that the Democrats offer can and must be countered by the freedom that comes by returning to the principles that founded this country. The party that stands for these things needs to spend some time and effort letting the rest of the country know.