In the days following the election I have slowly drifted toward the “hell no” camp with regards to this artificial concept of “national unity.” I have written here and on comments on other blogs that Congressional Republicans should grow a huge pair of brass balls and afford the Democrats no Cover for their legislation.
This forces Conservative Democrats to either fall in line with their party, or to vote their consciences and/or constituencies and buck Pelosi’s line. By voting present on moderate bills introduced by Dems, Repubs would be able to afford them merely tacit approval for their policies. Collegiality and bipartisanship must be banished for a while: Congressional Republicans need to hold the line against the sweeping leftism that the Obama-Reid-Pelosi machine will hoist. When it comes time for the election, these vipers will give us no credit on bills we were bipartisan about and try to call us out on the bills we apparently “obstruct,” even though they have a majority in both houses. By denying them our votes, we will be able to place the blame squarely on their necks.
I have written about this at length on my previous post, the guerilla Congress.
Today I entered a discussion with Bill Quick. He cites Markos Moulitsas’ inital days, makes a short summary of Kos’ rise to prominence, and then asks us: “What lessons do you think we might learn from the origins of Daily Kos, and the man and the vision behind it? I expect to be somewhat argumentative in the comments here, and I warn you, I will not be charitable to commenters who bleat, ‘Well, if we have to be like Kos in order to win, then I’m not interested in winning.'”
The discussion at the thread thus linked is very animated, very impassioned, and sometimes I find a little difficult to find elsewhere. While Conservative luminaries squabble over message, folks like Quick and myself, though in disagreement over a few things, took some time to agree on tactics and strategy.
Let me discuss the difficulties I raised, Quick’s response, and a few extension conclusions:
First, a hostile MSM, in which I intimated that Zombie Reagan would have a hard time in this climate. Quick’s answer is right: Living Reagan had a harder time back then. Ruffini, PJM, et.al. are working hard on that effort. Alternative media channels are stronger in this country now more than ever.
Second: that our elected politicians are spineless cowards. Quick responds by citing a local politican and concludes: “Both parties were – and are – full of this sort of trash, and have been as long as I’ve been alive. It is part of the playing field, and we are not really going to change that. Politicians will always, for the most part, be second-raters motivated by cheap power rushes more than anything else.” Indeed, and in fact the cornerstone of what I want to see from Congressional Republicans requires so much discipline and party loyalty that, while nigh unenforcable, would be nigh impossible to expect out of an appeal to self-interest.
Third: the lack of creative professionals on the Right, and the fact that what we have are subpar. This is more a cultural question to which I didn’t get a response, but I think that, at least for me, it is very very important. The Creative Industry is extremely liberal. It has in its arsenal amazing talents in marketing, photography, graphic design, public relations, and communications control. Nothing proves this more than the contrast between Obama’s logo versus that of John McCain’s. We may be able to cobble together a message, but the delivery is also important. Where, oh where, are the skilled designers and creatives? There are so few of us and I count myself among the subpar.
I move on to point out the command structure of the Obama campaign. When I mentioned the authoritarian nature of the Left, I was alluding to its propensity for relying on strong leadership voices around which they can herd. A commenter on Quick’s post stated how we on the Right are far less prone to groupthink. We like to argue around each other too much, “in front of the children,” probably because we might think that the best laid-out argument is what would be a measure of our intelligence. FOLKS, THIS IS NOT ATHENS. While oratory is quite pleasant, we need to realize that the Left is waging a war against our liberties and principles. We need to admit that the TheoCon wing of the Republicans have done the same (more on this later.)
If we on the Right value individual liberties, in a way, the online tactics will reflect this ideal. I want to see local bloggers demonizing their Democrat overlords:
On the grassroots level local bloggers on the Right need to be committed to discrediting their local Democrats: afford them no credit, stay silent in their “good moments” and bang the drum in their bad. Use the truth as the biggest weapon, but also shape the truth against them.
The locus for all this would be a site like RedState, or another activist site. We need to give these people a voice, exposure, and community. It doesn’t have to be an echo chamber, but we also need to afford these local activists a modicum of benefit of the doubt.
In order to win in 2010, first we need to identify ourselves, then nurture our own. More to come.