Dear Next Generation Patriot,
If Bill Ayers…err…Barack Obama could “write” his memoir at the ripe old age of 43, then surely I can drop some knowledge on the next generation even though I’m only 41.
Don’t let my age fool you. For the past 10 years I’ve been intimately involved in politics at a local, state, and federal level—everything from county elections to presidential ones. This has helped me to build an impressive list of contacts around the country. Both household names you know, and movers and shakers behind the scenes you don’t. Along the way I’ve seen, and committed, many mistakes. That’s one of the reasons why I wrote Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again. It’s a compilation of everything I’ve seen work, and everything I’ve seen fail.
I don't claim to know everything, and have altered my views on several things over the years because of maturity, life experience, etc. while never changing my core convictions. When I started out, I was a GOP shill and that didn't work. Then I tried supporting every so-called Christian Conservative (tribalism) and that didn't work. Then I went scorched earth for a while and that didn't work. None of these worked for the same reason. They were all reactionary.
In politics, it’s not always who’s the most right or who’s the most moral that wins. It’s always who’s on offense and being the most proactive that wins.
Too often we spend too little time on tactics and too much time on the nuance of our principles, and then we wonder why we’re ineffective. You’re not always losing because a collapsing culture is turning against your righteous cause. Sometimes you’re losing because you have no idea how to advance your cause, no matter how righteous it is.
Others focus too much on the tactical side and almost not at all on their principles, and then become sell-outs to the process. To them it’s all about winning for winning’s sake. They’re more concerned with personalities than issues. They essentially become slappies for political parties or the candidates. A truly dreadful existence.
Take it from me, because I’ve been both of these guys, they’re both wrong.
Steve Deace's nationally-syndicated radio show airs coast-to-coast each weeknight from 9-Midnight eastern, including many of the Salem Radio Network's top conservative talk stations in markets like New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Minneapolis. His radio program has been featured in major media such as Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Weekly Standard, and National Review among others. In 2013 he wrote the second-most shared column of the year for USA Today, defending "Duck Dynasty" and traditional American values. In addition to being a contributor for Town Hall.com, Deace is also a columnist for The Washington Times. He is also the author of the new book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, which includes a foreword by David Limbaugh and is endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders. You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.