We should avoid sloganism

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As the Democratic party flounders, there’s a new fragrance in the air. Nubile flesh is growing on the once withered corpse of the GOP. The smell of rot diminishes. However, the Republicans, somewhat bolstered by the Tea Party, must beware.

Though I am intrigued by much of what the Tea Party supposedly represents, I’m apprehensive. I fear the movement may turn into something akin to the Green Bay Packer’s Cheesehead fanatics. That is, a caricature of a potent force.

Even the name–Tea Party–seems vulnerable to being painted as clownish, dumb and trivial. Ryming slogans, bumper stickers and coffee mugs will only add to a liberal weapons’ cache, already packing the firepower of Sarah Palin. To fall prey to sloganism will only empower the John Stewarts of the world.

I would encourage people who are sympathetic to the Tea Party cause to remain pragmatic and research facts before making sweeping statements. Avoid hyperbole, as the value of less government spending and greater fiscal responsibility seems to have enough value prima facie.

While the Tea Party is critical too of Republicans, it does attract those who would call themselves Reagan Republicans. Most of the Tea Partyers , I think, would state that they are merely resorting to a classic conservatism. The GOP should listen, lest they fall prey to exactly what is happening with the Democrats, who squandered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by failing to have a workable plan in place when the country revolted against the perceived failings of the previous administration. The Republicans need to take this seriously. They need a real leader, a real plan, and a real vision of where America is ready and willing to go.

2 thoughts on “We should avoid sloganism

    Amos Volante said:
    February 19, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Not to ignore the main body of your post, which is well articulated and accurate, but yes:

    The Reagan Republicans, AKA: Reagan Democrats (like my grandfather, conservative democrat and Reagan voter) are an absolutely critical group, BUT:

    Appealing to them is difficult. Our president is in office by using Reagan’s campaign techniques.

    If the Tea Party is to master these techniques it must not divide the Reagan group.

    Also, any group that wants to achieve anything must distance itself from Sarah Palin. Aligning with her is disaster.

    magus71 responded:
    February 19, 2010 at 5:43 am

    “Also, any group that wants to achieve anything must distance itself from Sarah Palin. Aligning with her is disaster.”

    The left merely did to her what they did to Bush.

    The results that Obama is getting will be enough for Americans to give him te boot. Recent CNN polls show that over 50% of people want someone else in the Whitehouse.

    Next please.

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