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Filmer, a commenter on this post, writes:
Part of the reason it is a PR minefield is because we allow it to be. We play by their PC rules. How does that change until someone takes the first step to buck those rigged rules?
The “Magic Negro” guy was Saltsman, not Dawson.
I’ve heard this argument before Filmer — lots of our commenters say it. The basic point that we should be arguing “X” conservative principle, but we’re too afraid to because it’s not politically correct and the liberal establishment prohibits us. If only we could get a little braver, we could make these arguments, and do so in a way that will resonate with most Americans.
This is absurd. Does the person on welfare suddenly realize how terrible welfare is when you explain to him that the Constitution didn’t explicitly allow Congress to do this? Did black people suddenly repudiate Martin Luther King, Jr. when others criticized him for being a socialist?
Media, whether liberal or not, has become a world of identity politics and a need for bullet points. When conservatives respond to this by puffing on pipes and adjusting suspenders and bowties, they send the message that they are unwilling to modernize. You don’t get people on your side by being a fuddy-duddy, and you don’t bludgeon the other side by becoming a caricature of yourself. Of course principle should lead the way, but what battles should you fight? Picking your battles is a necessity in war — should everything be a Pickett’s charge?
UPDATE: Actually, come to think of it, it’s sort of like that old definition of insanity. When the battlefield changes, tactics need to change too. And sometimes, leadership needs changing too.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online