The narrative game has begun. One of the major memes we can expect to hear now that the GOP lost the presidential race is that “extremism” is to blame. Many of us know that it was absurd to label Mitt Romney “extreme” on anything. Even those on the other side willing to concede this point will say something like “the GOP is being held hostage by the extreme right” and “the Tea Party is to blame for the GOP defeat.” This is all, of course, complete nonsense, but many Republicans will buy it.
I honestly don’t know if it is possible to isolate and eliminate the factors that are ultimately responsible for Barack Obama’s reelection and Mitt Romney’s crushing defeat last night. What I do know is this: in 2004, President Bush was said to have won primarily because of a surge of evangelical voters who stormed the polls to defeat gay marriage initiatives in key swing states. Last night, voters approved gay marriage in three states and defeated two GOP Senate candidates because of remarks they made to the media about rape and abortion. Neither “extremism” in general or the “Tea Party” is to blame; commentators have been quick to point out that Akin was not a Tea Party choice and that perfectly moderate Republicans such as Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin went down in defeat last night.
I don’t know if Romney’s defeat was avoidable, but Akin’s and Mourdock’s were. It is even possible that their defeats were connected, with voters rejecting the GOP as such as opposed to Romney the man due to the statements these men made. In any case, something must be done about it. I have made clear in the past that I don’t think either of these men, from a rational, sane, just and moral point of view said anything wrong. But that is simply not what we are discussing here. A significant majority of people, I am sorry to say, are moral imbeciles, cowards and hypocrites, and even many who are not are easily misled by the leftist media, which intentionally sets out to portray Christians and conservatives in the absolute worst possible light. They also have the right to vote, and political power at the moment depends upon, at the very least, not saying things that will raise their ire.
At the same time, if we refuse to publicly defend our values, even when they transgress against the dominant cultural paradigms of our age, then we have no justification for an independent existence. We may as well give up and join the collective of mindless sexual barbarism, moral illiteracy and limitless entitlements. The way we remain loyal to our values while remaining politically competitive is discipline.
It is impossible to deny that the Democratic Party enjoys a demographic advantage. The groups in this country who believe that the government exists to take from the productive and redistribute to the unproductive are growing steadily, while the groups in this country who believe that governments exist to secure natural rights, including private property and the fruits of one’s labor, are either shrinking or not growing at comparable rates. If demographics were the only thing that mattered, the Democrats would become the only national party with the GOP limited to the local governments of various regions.
But demography is not the only thing that matters. Historically, small groups of men have been able to dominate larger groups of men, politically, martially, economically, etc. by simply being more disciplined than their foes. Whether we’re talking about platoons of Redcoats or Bolshevik party cells, iron discipline is what transforms a small and comparatively weak group of men into an unbeatable fighting force. It could accomplish the same for the GOP as well even as its numbers shrink.
Now that we know what the leftist line of attack is, namely to get GOP candidates to say controversial things that will stoke the anger of certain key demographics and motivate them to vote, it ought to be preventable. Anyone seeking a nomination from the Tea Party or from the GOP itself ought to be instructed in the basic fundamentals of defending traditional values to an extremely hostile press that is actively trying to destroy them. We will never be able to speak honestly about our values without alienating and offending some people; this is unavoidable. But with clarity and consistency in our speech, the reasonableness of our positions can shine through, our enemies can be put to shame, and the nervous voter who is spooked by anything that sounds too scary can remain placid.
Imperfect candidates will always be nominated and the potential for electorally-destructive gaffes will always be present. Not everyone can be smooth, affable, and articulate. I understand this. But they can at least be informed and prepared, knowing full well that every media appearance they make is a venture into hostile territory and that they ought to be prepared for attacks both direct and subtle. Preparation in this regard ought to be fairly easy to accomplish, taking into account all of the variables in the local races. Perhaps it is not so much what ought to be said, but what ought not be said, that should be drilled into the heads of GOP candidates. I leave the details for others to work out.
But if the level of party discipline does not increase in proportion to the shrinkage of the demographic base, then GOP will truly be finished. Mob rule and the desire for free stuff will completely overwhelm our constitutional republic. They won significant victories last night.