Boehner is wrong. Republicans don’t need to be more sensitive. They need to be sensible and stop saying stupid things. No more slip ups. Infrequent as they are, each and every stupid remark brings the wrath of the media down on our heads while the real damage being done is either turned into a victory for the Obama camp or ignored entirely. Do we need to draw up a cheat sheet so candidates behind microphones next year know when to either shut up or change the topic? That and a few basic biology lessons would go a long way to fixing a sensitivity problem the party bought into because Democrats keep complaining about it.
Will Republicans offend with the truth?
There are a lot of falsehoods going around about how this country works and what matters, so Republicans can also offend by just telling the truth. Those who don’t like unpleasant facts won’t vote for GOP candidates, anyway. Should midterm campaigners feel free to offend instead of trying to appeal to everyone and risk alienating their conservative base? If party members spoke a few truths like these even the most outraged liberals might understand, deep down, that there was wisdom in their words.
Truths sure to offend.
Rights have become contrived excuses to pass laws we don’t need. Being American entitles you to a handful of basic protections. That’s it. Rights don’t guarantee a meal ticket, a job, an income, support from the government, or privileges no one else enjoys. For example, LGBT workers are in the headlines because exposing your sexual preference suddenly means Americans need more rights. Democrats pushing new antidiscrimination laws surely understand that employees worth keeping know what not to bring to the workplace. That’s what made Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell such a great policy.
If Hispanics couldn’t vote, neither Hispanics nor immigration reform would matter. Just don’t tell illegal immigrants. They think Democrats and the president care about them.
Unions, not teachers, are what matters. Teachers would not be on a pedestal without union clout. They would just be public employees, many of whom make out a lot better than Arne Duncan would ever admit. Doctors save lives, but you don’t hear the same rhapsodizing about doctors. Instead, Obamacare is making medicine an increasingly risky career choice.
No one in government cares about your health coverage unless you are poor, which means you deserve a handout you may not get. Obamacare was about the public option, the public option failed, and now we have government health care for poor people that won’t work if states say no to expanding Medicaid.
Inequality is a fact of life we should get used to. No matter how much we spend we aren’t going to make it go away. Besides, we need inequality. It keeps the well off in line by giving them something to fear and gives Democrats a reason to spend.
There is no American dream. No American promise. No bargain with the middle class. Obama is making it all up. The government does not exist to help you and more important, is only interested in what you can do for it. That’s what happens when you ignore a few basic principles like government existing at the whim of the governed. Big government takes over.
Obama’s social spending agenda means that the middle class and middle class wannabes are most useful right where they are. That’s where they are going to stay.
When we talk about gun control we don’t focus on the residents of neighborhoods we keep dumping grant and public assistance money into. We sensationalize occasional headline-worthy shootings and turn them into a national epidemic. If you want to know where the real epidemic is, read one of the newspapers from President Obama’s hometown at the end of a weekend after the bodies have been counted.
Democrats and the media turned women into special interests so they could pull in a few more votes by accusing Republicans of being insensitive. Isn’t relegating such a large part of America’s population to minority status for your own gain a little insensitive, too?