I’ll tell you what’s wrong with Conservatives

It’s been a fairly long day and just got to my hotel room near the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky airport. I spoke this evening at Miami (Ohio) University as invited by the Campus Republicans, part of the Young America’s Foundation speaker series.

A few weeks ago I spoke at Northwestern University. There was a good mix of students and adults from the local community this evening, even some folks had driven up from Kentucky. The topic was the future of conservatism and the economy.

I am often asked, what is wrong with conservatism? My response? Nothing.

What is wrong with conservatism is that it is not clearly articulated and delineated from progressive socialism, to the level of the effect upon the average American. As well, it is a matter of the image conveying the message.

Progressives package a losing message in an image that draws attention. It seems cool and exciting — Bill Clinton playing a saxophone on Arsenio Hall, Barack Obama and his iambic pentameter rhythmic empty rhetoric and large smile. We must understand that elections these days, especially at the national level, have two components: image and message.

Because we live in such a visual soundbite mentality America, we conservatives must win the image battle first. The conservative message is superior to the message of deception, dependency, despair, despondency, and desperation offered by liberal socialists.

It really comes down to strategic marketing and micro-targeting to every segment in America. No, I do not advocate the liberal method of “balkanizing” Americans into collectives which they pit against each other. I mean that conservatives must take their message as a means of policy inclusiveness across America.

We must boil down the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual sovereignty, free market principles, and strong national defense into positions relevant to every American. We must reignite a sense of pride in each person in order to destroy the burgeoning welfare nanny-state.

Failure to do so will mean more takers than givers and an electorate that will forever be skewed. An example of the progressive mindset was this evening during the Q&A portion when I was asked, “What would I do to close the expanding wealth gap?” My response is that I would do nothing. I would ensure that we developed economic and education policies that promoted equality of opportunity, not equality of outcomes.

I responded by using the metaphor of the President of Miami (OH) University seeking to promote policies to ensure every student got a “A” — clearly not his objective, but in liberal la-la land it would be. Social utopianism and egalitarianism never works, because God made us distinct individuals with our own respective abilities and talents.

However, the Marxist idiom of “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” had found its way into the core of American political philosophy, and it is antithetical to our fundamental Constitutional Republic.

That begs the question, why was it back in 2008, when then-Senator Barack Obama stated, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming America'” not a soul asked him what the heck did he mean?

Conservative principles are fundamental to what America has been and always shall be. When Obama stated, “We live in the greatest Nation the world has ever known, help me to change it” — change it to what? It did not matter what he was saying, everyone was mesmerized by the image.

Conservatives need a powerful mesmerizing image that is rooted in love of country — yes, similar to the impeccable image projected by a Ronald Reagan.

However, the critical ingredient is that this image must attract and expand the base of conservative believers, especially among our nation’s young people. When asked this evening what I thought was necessary for the GOP to win the young vote, my response was, listen to them, but never surrender core principles.

We don’t need more outreach. We don’t need a bigger tent. We need to build a principled policy platform that includes all Americans and offers a “dawn of a new America” instead of the second coming of the malaise of Jimmy Carter.

It was a great evening in Oxford, Ohio — yep, I spoke at a University in Oxford, right here in the good ol’ USA. These United States of America are looking for a restoration, a recommitment, a resurgence, a return to its fundamental values. We just need to make it happen. I will not give up on my country, nor my countrymen.

I will continue to sound the clarion call and alert all of you to the pitfalls of allowing the low information voters to turn us into subjects, not citizens. Tomorrow, onto Augusta Georgia.

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GhostWriter
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I fear the low information voters outnumber everyone else. Pride in and related to independence of self has slowly been eroded away by more and more government. Morale drops to all time lows when the American dream can be snatched away from you whenever you hit hard times. I’m not talking about housing loans. I’m talking about property you or your family worked hard to own but cant keep up with the ever increasing property taxes. With your own property you can plant and supplement your diet but if you cant even own property you are as helpless as a… Read more »
mercurydeb
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Good point, ghostwriter!! Re-instate pride in all of our fellows & gals, the kind of pride that comes from learning, training, and working to support themselves & their families! We need not farm our own land if we can learn, although my heart is with the family farmer who has all but disappeared in the last 40 yrs! We need to learn to care for others, yes, LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS, helping one another at all times! We need farmers, nurses, teachers, faith leaders, and representatives of our ideas to go to D.C. to vote for our IDEALS We need lawyers… Read more »
Lesa Fields
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Oxford (OH)! Them’s my neck of the woods :p! That’s only 30 minutes north of Cincy. (Cincinnati, OH) Wish I would’ve known you were gonna be there. Is this “End of Obama” BS real? It’s been shown way too much and to think that it ain’t coming true is very frustrating. It seems like scandals are exposed weekly if not daily…I don’t know wen it will stop. What happened, are they black-mailing the govt so that no one will speak? Something has GOT to be going on. All I know is that wen it seems like God isn’t there…He’s workin… Read more »
William Kenneth Wright
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William Kenneth Wright

should have seen cspan why the commitee held hearing bout presidental powers it was good good points were made bout it

Ricky Giove
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Great speech! When is the convention?
You’ve got my vote already!

James Jordan
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That’s a brilliant speech but let’s be honest, as a nation we’ve reached that point of no return.

mercurydeb
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I disagree! I feel we need to do what Allen West has said, educate and re-educate…make our children aware that the nation they live in was bought & paid for with the blood of the Patriots, and remains FREE, even in the face of a socalist/communist prime leader who has pulled the wool over some peoples eyes. Remind people where they come from and how we got there, remind them that freedom lies NOT in lawless liberalism, but in adhering to the laws given us by the Framers of this country, of the Constitution! Re-educate these same people so that… Read more »
William Kenneth Wright
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William Kenneth Wright
As a vet I would follow Mr.west he will protect his soldiers like he will protect our values. what I have seen from the 60s to now, is a shame to our Country where People still see us as a beacon of Freedom, yet we have people who are tearing us down, as a Vet i might be of service, but I still hold my oath which does not expire, I think we need to re-educate. alot of people becoming into adulthood have had one to many timeouts, why I am glad senator Trey Gowdy is from my county. why… Read more »
GumpForrestGump
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No matter how far down the rabbit hole we go, we can always go back unless Christ returns. All we need to do is stop being petty and fighting all the wrong fights. When my kids were growing up my wife would remind me not to jump on every little thing my kids did wrong by saying, “Remember to pick your battles, hun…” That’s what we need to start doing. We need to figure out what they’re doing before they’re doing it and pick our battles. The only way we can lose is if we give up. People don’t REALLY… Read more »
HaVoK308
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Excellent article Colonel. Well done!

Evil Conservative Patriot
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Evil Conservative Patriot
I would add that we are merely fighting the same intellectual battle that has been fought for an age. We need not only cite the Founders and Framers, but whom they cited from Cicero to Montesquieu. One of my favorite quotes from Montesquieu is, recapitulated; there are only two types of poor people: those that are a product of their servitude and those that are a product of their liberty, the latter have the greatest potential. Full quote, “There are two sorts of poor peoples: some are made so by the harshness of the government, and these people are capable… Read more »
thebiglechowski
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are you really trying to say that the rich don’t exploit the poor?

Evil Conservative Patriot
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Evil Conservative Patriot
Let the fun begin (from so little springs forth so much): 1st) How are you defining “poor” and “rich”? Is it by net income, gross income, asset valuation, et cetera? The great thing about this type of ambiguous language is that it allows the reader to conjure up their own varying definition of “rich” and “poor”, and it segregates the reader into certain arbitrary classes. A great example of this comes from a relatively recent, Nov.-Dec. 2011, Gallup poll (http://bit.ly/galluprich), which found that “18% [of Americans] would consider themselves rich if they made less than $60,000 a year. On the… Read more »
thebiglechowski
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So essentially you are trying to circumvent the question – which you did not answer – by saying that people are not rich or poor but its relative? 1) Someone is poor when they can’t afford basic necessities in life. Sure you can say someone who has a big family is rich in spirit but we’re not talking about colloquial language. Someone is poor when they have very little means at their disposal. This typically results in desperation and exploitation by individuals and corporations who use the poor for manual labor. 2) for every example of someone who’s poor becoming… Read more »
Evil Conservative Patriot
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Below is a dissection and dismantling of your language in a very explicit manner. First, there was nothing about my position that “essentially…tr[ied] to circumvent the question.” There was nothing to circumvent to begin with, for as I showed in section 1 & 2 of my response above (which you apparently need to re-read), your language, quite plainly, is very ambiguous and vague. Furthermore, due to the ambiguous, vague, and even arbitrary nature of your language, it is wholly necessary for you to quantify it; which was my readily apparent objective especially governing that I asked, “How are you defining… Read more »
Daryl Watson
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thank you well said and you shut up thebiglechowski

thebiglechowski
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No, i will not shut up. That’s exactly what oppressive people say, and I live in a free country with free speech. You are definitely welcome to disagree but you don’t have to be rude.

Evil Conservative Patriot
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Thanks Daryl, and thebig you misread his statement. While I would agree with you his statement would have been fascistic if he had stated, “Now, you shut up thebig” or “Shut up thebig.” However, his statement was in reference to me – that is, he was providing me with additional accolades for my well-written response.

MONTY47
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THANK YOU!!!

Obie Nicolanti
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Well said Colonel but how do we pull programs like Common
Core that impress the minds of our youth to go against our Conservative
ideals? It’s hard enough to sway an
adult with the limited liberal mindset; trying to convince our youth that the
progressive liberal hype they’ve been fed all thru their education goes against
the country will be near impossible.

Frankly Bored
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In the words of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: Teach your children well.

mitch
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yeah crosby he loved reagan

bill
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with child psychology….I found that college age voters and young adults don’t like us older guys telling them ANYTHING about politics. remember when we knew it all?? ha! if you want to reach the younger voters, let them speak their piece…then counter act in a way that lets them think they won the debate. BUT implant that conservative seed. other than that…we need some free crap to give away!

Chief11
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The difference between this progressive and the other progressives is the fact that America is not important to him. His Kenyan roots are much stronger for him. His parents, grandparents, and mentor’s were all progressive communists and America is too big for progs and Obama feels he is the one to bring her down, and he will do it, if we don’t stop him soon. Students of America, please open your eyes and disregard what you have been taught in progressive schools before it is too late. Colonel West, Great speach!

Vince Fox
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As President Reagan once said… “the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism”.

The only problem with conservatism is that very few display or adhere to it’s values. The Republican party, once known as the “conservative party”, is filled largely with Progressives and Moderates.

mercurydeb
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we all deserve representation and we all have one vote, well, most of us!

Ronald W. Jones
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“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in
nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of
honor and good sense” – Winston Churchill

fbowman
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2 words – Ben Carson

thebiglechowski
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the first problem with your stand on conservatism is that you feel that there is nothing wrong with it. By stating that there is no room for improvement in the system of thought and values, you are essentially cutting off advancement of those values and principle to include changing world views and evolving demographics. The problem with the message is that it’s more anti-liberal than it is pro-conservative, and too many conservatives are downright condescending to liberals, who they ultimate hope to ‘turn’ despite hyperbolic labeling. Also, it’s very difficult to invoke conservative ideas without also invoking god or christianity.… Read more »
Duude
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So they should be liberals so they can be downright condescending of conservatives, blast Christian values and celebrate the dissolution of all morality just to gain votes? Yeah, that’s cool.

thebiglechowski
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wow, you totally missed the point. I didn’t say any of those things. way to be constructive.

Duude
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I fully agree it comes down to a more superior marketing campaign of the message. Liberals are far better prepared with their control over most universities and secondary education in the nation. They spend countless years indoctrinating our youth. They also have a huge advantage with countless progressives in the press willing to cover up progressive missteps, lies, and deception while still attacking their political opponents with horribly partisan stories posing as “news”. What progressives have done is perfect what Stalin could only do at the end of a gun barrel.

R Sava
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@thebiglechowski – No, the message is not “anti-liberal”, that is what the liberals twist it to be. Anything that is seen as disagreeing with liberalism is either “racism” or “bigotry”. We do not have “accept” other “religious views” or “morals”. Morals are absolute, they are not wavering. We accept that there are other religious views, we would be going against our religious to say that they are correct. We believe there is only one way to heaven, just as they do. Ask a Muslim to accept that Christianity has to be acknowledged. (Good luck with that.) Ask an atheist to… Read more »
thebiglechowski
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Yes many conservatives and conservative messages are anti-liberal. On that same coin anyone seen as disagreeing with conservatism is labeled a ‘marxist’ or ‘communist’. Both sides do play this game. You don’t have to accept others’ religious views either (don’t understand your use of quotes there..), but this is about trying to attract people to your party, which you are not going to do if you are condemning them to hell for not believing in your faith. You are automatically excluding a vast number a people. You may think they are un-fit for your party because of it, but then… Read more »
Ted R. Weiland
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Allen West: “I am often asked, what is wrong with conservatism? My response? Nothing.” Well said, PROVIDED, when you use the word “conservatism,” you’re using it in the same fashion Yahweh, God of the Bible, uses it–the ONLY ONE who has the authority to decide between good and evil, right and left, and liberal and conservative: “In politics, everything revolves around the positioning of right, left, and center. You’re either rightwing, leftwing, or a centrist. Politicians and non-politicians alike employ all three terms as if there’s a consensus on the parameters for those designations. Even if this were true, who… Read more »
Shirley
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Your 1st paragraph sums it up perfectly!

jimwilson81
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He is right. I remember a joke about socialism that went like this: A socialist progressive would see a large beautiful house and would say, “No should live like this! We should tear it down!” A conservative capitalist would see the same house and says, ” Wow, what a great house. Everyone should live like this. Let us build more for everyone.”

thebiglechowski
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so you’re suggesting everyone get free housing? isn’t that socialism?

jimwilson81
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I never said it was free. Who do you think I am, Obama? 🙂

thebiglechowski
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so you want to build large beautiful houses for people that can’t afford them?

jimwilson81
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The idea is everybody should be able to live comfortably in a nice house and not to struggle for every little thing, which is what Obama wants. We don’t need handouts from the government, which Obama also wants, but when people need help, they can get without a bureaucrat holding things up. It is one thing if the government wants to help, it is another to have us all living in projects as described in Agenda 21.

jimhobson
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Not what he said.

thebiglechowski
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he said everyone. Does that not include people who couldn’t afford it.

jimhobson
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Everyone aspires to live better

elizabeth greeley
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Oh Wow! so well said. Thanks for making me smile!!

jimwilson81
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You’re welcome

Tonethousand
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What is wrong with conservatism? A constitution based on a pragmatic, libertine ideology too obtuse for a self-absorbed populace with the collective memory of a goldfish, maybe? If you can fix that, your on to something. Sarcasm aside, fixing image and message is a start, and has been bandied-about for awhile now, but good-luck selling that tactic to the belt-way Republicans running the party.

jack ward
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Well said Col. West. In order for conservatism to thrive and survive we’ve got to get the message out to all. And our republican representatives in congress must do the same. The youth of the country have been brainwashed for so long in our public schools that it will take a great effort to convince them that smaller government, lower taxes, responsibility for one’ own livelihood, is the way to go. In the meantime, thanks for all that you do.

Vlad99
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Now go try to win an election.

jimshaw54
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If you will help, maybe a conservatives can, and maybe Allen West can. But it will take many people working together. Because the Democrats have the main-stream media in their pocket right now, it will take a grass-roots movement for someone like Allen West to win. If the picture is actually of you, it will take people like you to give someone like Allen West, or some other conservative a chance to win. African Americans voted for Obama by about 94%, and usually vote Democrat, even though their personal values often are not those of the Democratic party.
Vlad99
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Unfortunatelly today’s conservatism doesn’t stand for anything. Allen West skin color cannot change that.

Vlad99
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If nothing was really wrong why do you get asked that question so often?