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Before We Give Up, Could We At Least Try Selling Our Ideas?

Rock Strongo Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 7:26 AM
Yes, they are "warped stereotypes." Most conservatives don't want to deny women the right to tramp themselves out to their heart's content--we just don't feel that we should be financially responsible for the children that result from these dalliances, nor for the birth control that could have prevented them. Perhaps a tiny percentage believe that a rape victim should be required to carry the child to term, but that is not the dominant conservative belief. Some liberals believe that a child that survives an abortion should be left to die in a broom closet (in fact you've elected one President twice). Some people might call that position "extreme"--certainly no less extreme than the idea that an innocent fetus deserves a shot at life.
NewJAl Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 7:38 AM
I agree. I am rather libertarian, and feel as if people should suffer the hurts their stupid choices cause them, until the word gets around and other observant folks realize the stupidity of lousy choices. But I do not think I should get the bill, as I do not make those lousy choices.
That is not rocket science, folks.
We conservatives may never reach a consensus among ourselves as to the main factors that caused our election defeat, but surely we can agree that we must do a better job of selling our ideas.

Never mind, you say. The electorate has irreversibly become a taker class, and conservative ideas of self-reliance, personal responsibility and individual liberties will never appeal to a majority again, especially with demographics working against the GOP.

We must reject that, or we are as good as surrendering. To accept it, we are confessing our skepticism of the power of ideas, which itself is contrary to the conservative spirit.