By Felix Veritas
The presidential nominating process is over (supposedly). National campaigns begin in earnest soon, and Democrats aren’t wasting time going to their old playbook. The Left’s charges of GOP racism, environmental destruction, and hate for the elderly/poor/infirmed pour like so much summer-storm rain.
Predictably, conservative officials and pundits demur under the deluge…barely popping a symbolic umbrella to keep dry. And they wonder why voters still gravitate to Donald Trump.
The spinelessness and moral weakness plaguing conservative mouthpieces and GOP leaders – the traits spawning Trump’s popularity – still fester. Democrats sling the worst personal insults and accusations at Republicans, yet not one peep from the Right about “inappropriate tone” (save that for attacking their own).
It’s time we followed 1980 Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks’ advice.
Most remember the 1980 Miracle on Ice victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. Brooks’ strategy to beat the Soviets – who won more than 40 straight international hockey games before losing to Brooks’ U.S. squad – is advice the GOP should follow hereafter and forevermore.
“You don’t defend them,” Brooks said of the Soviet juggernaut. “You ATTACK them. You take their game and you SHOVE it right back in their face. The team that’s finally willing to do this is the team that has a chance to put them (the Soviets) down.”
Reince Priebus, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Tucker Carlson, Bill Kristol…he’s talking to you. And every one of your contemporaries. Even though Coach Brooks died in 2003, his prescient words are relevant today.
When liberal policies – not conservative – are responsible for increasing minority poverty but Democrats cry out for more of the same, why don’t we call out liberals as racist?
When liberal policies – not conservative – create more inner-city crime, disproportionately impacting minorities but Democrats plead for more of the same, why don’t we call out liberals as racist?
When liberal policies – not conservative – cause urban schools to crumble and produce minority ‘graduates’ who can’t read beyond a 4th-grade level but Democrats grandstand for more of the same, why don’t we call out liberals as racist?
Democrat leaders in Washington DC aren’t stupid. They know their policies hurt the very people they claim to defend. But they need their slum plantations fully-populated. They need their slaves dependent.
Yet Republicans say nothing, benignly taking insults that should rightly be directed at their source. Worse, our most vulnerable and needy citizens struggle without a voice defending them.
Follow Herb Brooks’ advice, GOP leaders. Attack. America needs it now. Desperately.
Throw the Democrats’ game right back in their face, and start exposing them for what they really are. Poor Americans who continue voting Democrats into office need to know the truth about who they are electing, at least at the national level. The media certainly isn’t going to tell the story.
The question is, do national Republicans possess the backbone required to fight according to the Democrats’ accepted Rules of Engagement? To this point, the answer is “no”.
If Trump’s success changes that; if his popularity reconstitutes the GOP’s moral courage and conservative leaders embrace the fight at hand, then Trump’s role – whether he is the nominee or not – is a success.
If not, then we can thank the DC GOP elite for what Hillary Clinton and her Supreme Court do to The Late Great United States for the next quarter century.
This is the next installment in our series of contributions by a mysterious denizen of Mobile, Alabama, named “Felix Veritas.” I promise that I am not Felix and Felix is not I. In fact, there will surely be times when I disagree with Felix — as I do, in this case, with his identification of Bill Kristol as part of the problem. (Kristol consistently takes far more arrows for far more conservative causes than he ever gets credit for.) Anyway, Felix is very thoughtful and a terrific auto-didact, with a great sense for “the big questions” of culture and politics. I am delighted to have his contributions to this site. Please be on the lookout for more, in the coming months. — Quin