Andrew Breitbart on How to Combat Pop Culture Liberalism

March 16, 2009

This past Friday, Andrew Breitbart, a leader in online conservative media, appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher”.  As anyone who has watched 5 minutes of the show knows, it’s not exactly a welcome place for conservatives.  I watched the first 3 or 4 minutes on YouTube and had to turn it off in disgust from how Maher and his liberal guest were treating Mr. Breitbart (not that I was shocked or suprised by that).

Many people questioned Mr. Breitbart on why he would willingly appear on a show that has a unblemished track record of being hostile to conservatives and advised him to decline the invitation.  Today in the Washington Times, Mr. Breitbart explains why he didn’t heed the advice he recieved. 

Since the salad days of ABC’s “Politically Incorrect,” which minted countless right-wing pundits and best-selling authors, conservatives have rightly assessed the HBO version of the Maher show as R-rated and shockingly hostile to their worldview. So most opt out.

I totally see why. But I think that’s exactly the wrong strategy.

The problem with the withdrawal approach is that it cedes the popular culture debate to the other side. We figure talk radio, a certain cable news network and some independent Internet venues will allow for us to get our ideas out to the masses. Well, those few outlets are greatly outnumbered. They are also isolated and targeted for destruction by the activist left. The sitting president (using taxpayer money) is now leading the charge.

In my neighborhood at least, this strategy of avoiding engagement with the other side isn’t working out so well.

I happen to agree 100% with Mr. Breitbart’s analysis here.  Currently in this country, the default political worldview is that of liberals.  Conservatives and conservative-leaning media sources (FoxNews, talk radio, etc.) are labeled as racist, bigoted, homophobic, facist, and so on and so forth.  If you’ve ever talked to someone about Rush Limbaugh who’s never tuned in to his show, you know what I’m talking about.

My fiance was one of these people.  Not that she was a big left-wing liberal (she wasn’t very politically aware, period), but she had always had this image of Rush of being angry, racist, and hostile to any callers who disagreed with his opinions.  Don’t ask me how I did it, because I don’t remember, but I was able to get her to start listening to some of Rush’s show, and she was literally shocked.  She said to me “he is not at all what I thought”.  She now enjoys Rush’s show, his humor, and his overall personality and demeanor.  She says “he’s got this really pleasant tone and voice, and once you understand his sense of humor, his show is really entertaining”.

I think a lot of people who go out and vote are “default Democrats”.  They are the people who will always claim “I don’t really like politics”, yet are compelled to vote (and rightfully so) out of a sense of duty…and because Matt Damon, MTV, E!, P. Diddy, or whoever is telling them they should.  They don’t follow the issues, heck, as John Ziegler and countless polls have pointed out, most people don’t even know something as simple as which party is in the majority in the House or Senate.  The pop culture in this country is decidedly liberal, and if conservativism is to make a comeback in government, part of the resurgance is going to have to start by combatting this.  But how to go about it?

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DNC Chair Update: Former Aide to both Michael Steele and Newt Gingrich says Newt doesn’t want the GOP Chair

November 11, 2008

Today on my drive into work (yes, this is a covert work-posting), I caught Princella Smith on AM 560 WIND.  Miss Smith is currently the National Spokesperson for the Platform of the American People at American Solutions and a rising 24-year old star.  Her work history includes stints with both Michael Steele and Newt Gingrich.

During the interview, she was asked who she thought should be the new Chairperson of the GOP, Steele or Gingrich?  Smith answered that Newt Gingrich doesn’t want the job.  She said, “If 150 of the representatives came to him and said that they wanted him to do it, he would, but he doesn’t want the job.” (paraphrasing)

I’ll try and get a link up to the audio later in the day.


Moving forward…

November 5, 2008

Well, it was inevitable that half of us were going to be dissappointed after yesterday.  I just was hoping that I wouldn’t be part of that half  (ok, ok, it was 62.9M to 55.7M, not really half but close enough).

The real question that conservatives are faced with today, is how we move forward?  I’ve heard many suggestions, but the truth of the matter is, regardless of how people think we need to win this country back, none of it is going to happen without remaking the party into a true conservative movement.  We need younger people getting more involved in their local elections, we need to support current conservatives like Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, and a handful of other young politicians.

Furthermore, we need to establish how we are going to carry ourselves and react to the Obama administration.  Despite what you may hear some people say, I honestly believe we cannot react in the same way the left did to President Bush.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to “support” Obama and his decisions, but I will treat his position with the respect and courtesy that it deserves.  Something that the left never did with Bush.

For all of you out there reading this, I highly suggest you read Steve Den Beste’s piece today.  While I may disagree with a few of his predictions on what’s going to happen, I do think he’s got a good handle on how conservatives need to move forward.

The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in the world, but as national executives go his powers are actually quite restricted. Obama will become President, but he won’t be dictator or king, let alone deity. He still has to work with the House and the Senate, and he still has to live within Constitutional restrictions, and with a judiciary that he mostly didn’t appoint.

The main reason this will be a “coming of age” moment is that now Obama and the Democrats have to put up or shut up. Obama got elected by making himself a blank slate, with vapid promises about “hope” and “change” — but now he actually has to do something. Now he has to reveal his true agenda. And with the Democrats also having a majority in both chambers of Congress, now the Democrats really have to lead. And they’re not going to do a very good job of it. It’s going to be amusing to watch.

And the people who fell for the demagoguery will learn an invaluable lesson.