But I’ve also been saying that the GOP needs to get off the social issues. If this columnist is right, then I’m wrong on the SoCon issues.
Maybe it’s just because I live in such a Blue state (CA), but I can’t see the social issues as important as anything else, let alone everything else. But it’s been pointed out to me that the younger population is swinging anti-abortion… I just wish the GOP nationally would take the social issues off the feds and put them on the states where they belong (abortion and homosexuality are NOT among the enumerated powers and are not the business of a limited, Constitutional government – they are 10th Amendment issues). But maybe I’m the one out of step; maybe if they did that evangelical base would just stay home….
I am a bit surprised he doesn’t mention RTW (and here). It has been a glacial issue, but seems to be speeding up, and that works both ways… as it creeps in our direction vast pots of cash will just begin to dry up for the DNC and, with them, Dem election chances. (And it will be just as glacial going back the other way – if it ever does.) Over the long haul I think this is where the GOP needs to put their money, both for the immediate (relatively speaking) issue of RTW, but also to rid the nation of teacher unions and the stupid stupid people that belong to them (Worst SATs, “dregs” of the university population, “laughingstock” of the academic majors – all quotes from a former Dean of the Boston College School of Education). Get to RTW and teacher unions, too, begin to vanish – and that is the largest pool of (laundered taxpayer’s) cash that heads to the DNC right now; without the teacher unions, the current iteration of the Democrat Party simply cannot win.
(This is what the RTW fights are about, BTW, they are NOT about helping workers. Schools in working class (Democrat voter) neighborhoods are among the worst, employment is way down under Progs, ESPECIALLY among minority workers / Democrat voters from CA to Detroit to the USA under Prog Dems; Dems don’t care about people, Black, Brown, Yellow, White or other, they only care about power.)
That, and the RNC needs to make a strategic push on big business to put time and effort into school board elections rather than H1B visas. If business ever again wants an educated workforce – and educated consumers with the wealth & leisure time to buy their goods & services – they need to grasp that working at the local level against unionized teachers, against School of Education barrier to entry for teachers, against tenure – all local contract issues, is the only way to get there – and STAY there.
My son’s an AP/Honors/4.0+ Junior (and lacrosse player) in a top-5% High School in a burb of Los Angeles. He’s also an intelligent kid who is well-read in history. Every day he comes home from AP US History with another story of a History teacher with no ability to draw logical conclusions from history if those conclusions are counter to his liberal ideology. It is funny only because even my son can dissect this teacher’s arguments without raising a sweat. But what about the other kids? What about the kids who won’t / don’t challenge a teacher, who aren’t well-read, who don’t have parents with a deep understanding of history, logic and reason able to argue these issues intelligently? THOSE kids become Dem voters. Some very good friends have a daughter who left for Columbia conservative – and came home a liberal. If we don’t grasp that it is teaching that needs fixing – back to reading, writing, history and math, and away from ahistorical lib propaganda, then the rest pales in comparative value to regaining our freedom and liberty from the Progs.
The Left recognized this in the 1960s and put a full-court press into imprisoning K-12 and universities to their ahistorical, poverty-inducing ideology. THIS is why we would up with a president who would have been laughed out of any serious political convention as recently as one generation ago. If the Conservatives do not put a similar, long-term push into taking-back education, all else may be for naught.
Conservatives often complain that business only looks at short-term results, quarterly reports, etc., and should be looking at the long haul. I’d say the GOP needs to look in the mirror and start acting on that regarding education. The longer we leave education in the hands of propagandizing idiots, and the longer we don’t address the core education issue of Schools of Education and Teacher Unions, the longer we’ll be sliding downhill rather than returning to that Shining City.