A Strategy For Republican Victory in 2008
By: Lee Kent Hempfling
If the right strategy is used by the Republicans in this Presidential election, it will not matter which of the Democrat pretenders is offered.
It is important to know what the strategy cannot be.
1: It cannot be an embrace of the Democrats’ brand.
2: It cannot be an embrace of the Democrats’ agenda.
3: It cannot be an embrace of the Democrats’ talking points.
4: It cannot be a multitude of divisive issues.
5: It cannot be the Democrats’ division by class.
6: It cannot be a divided Republican effort.
The Democrat Brand: democrats, by the very nature of their party must appeal to various interest groups. That cannot be done by being specific. Thus, ‘Change’. Republicans who embrace the ‘change’ brand are not running for their election, they are running to enhance the Democrats’ brand.
The Democrat Agenda: democrats, by the very nature of their party must appeal to various interest groups. That cannot be done by addressing issues that matter to a nation, but only by issues that matter to those interest groups; finding issues that are common to them. Thus, ‘universal’ health-care, abortion and anti-national security positions. Each one, appealing to a small collection of radical elements.
The Democrat Talking Points: democrats, by the very nature of their party must appeal to various interest groups. That cannot be done by being specific. Talking points allow Democrats to offer various social ills, no matter how real they are or not, and offer solutions to them that always involve direct imposition. Thus, the solution to the ‘health care crisis’ (which does not exist) is single payer, government controlled health insurance. The solution to the ‘national security crisis’ (which does exist) is talking to the enemy, (which only makes the enemy equal.) The solution to the ‘economic crisis’ (which does not really exist, it is mostly reactionary problems from scared people who believe the ‘crisis’ line) is putting money in the hands of anyone who has not contributed to the funds in the past.
The Democrat Multiplicity of Issues: democrats, by the very nature of their party must appeal to various interest groups. That cannot be done by being specific. The issues they do embrace are those that tug at the emotional reaction of voters who want something for nothing, and they do it with clouds. Thus, ‘Change we can believe in’, ‘Hope’, and the ever elusive but always desired ‘I’m asking you to believe in yourself.’
The Democrat Division By Class: democrats, by the very nature of their party must appeal to various interest groups. That cannot be done by being specific. With Democrats, their base is wealthy power, but they want you to think their base is the poor and the deprived. They talk about the rich, as if being rich is a bad thing. They talk about the haves as if the have-nots are a preferred class. They talk about the minorities, as if being a minority should give one preference. They talk about gender, as if one’s gender means they should ignore their reasoning abilities. They pit the living against the unborn. They pit the poor against the rich. They pit those who want to love for peace, against those who want to fight for it.
Democrats Thrive on Division: democrats, by the very nature of their party must appeal to various interest groups. That cannot be done by being specific. As luck would have it, they are so divided, it is easy to bring them together, when their candidates appeal to the one thing all splinters of the Democratic party have in common: the appeal of government solving the ills they perceive are always someone else’s fault.
The right strategy must be:
1: Simple, single theme, and its own brand.
2: It must be an argument the Democrats can only counter by discounting, to their own peril.
3: It must be the single answer to every Democrat proposal.
4: It must be singular, understandable and able to become top of mind through little repetition.
5: And it must be applicable to every issue the Democrats raise.
6: The Republican party must be united.
Single Theme: just like the threat that faces the nation from abroad, this is not an election about the right and the left, it is an election about right and wrong. There are only two types of answers possible for every problem. The right answer and the wrong answer. There are many wrong answers. There is only one right answer.
Counter This: as Rudy Guiliani pointed out, there is right change and wrong change. Where Democrats cannot compete with Republicans is in the notion that there is a real ‘right’ and a real ‘wrong’. Democrats are about nuance, gray areas and exceptions. Republicans are about what is right. And that ‘right’ is not variable.
On The Issues:
The War On Terror: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to end a war. The wrong way is to pack up and leave. It is an admission of defeat and would be capitalized by the enemy exactly as it is. The right way is to defeat the enemy. No one is for war. No One! But those who are for country first, must prevail or the country will be last in the world. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of win or loose do you not understand?”
Medical Care: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to provide medical care for individuals. The wrong way is to dictate to individuals how they can acquire that care. The right way is to understand that personal medical care is the most personal issue a person can face, and that choice must remain with the individual in a many options as possible. The government can aid in the presentation of health care to individuals, but it cannot become part of the system without making that system socialist. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of there is nothing free in life, do you not understand?”
Taxes: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to fund the government’s essential services. The wrong way is to penalize ambition. The right way is to reward ambition. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of it’s the people’s money, do you not understand?”
Abortion: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to deal with a pregnancy. The wrong way is to blame the new child and kill him or her. The right way is to address the needs of the mother and the new child, where both live. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, do you not understand?”
Corruption in Government: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to conduct the people’s business. The wrong way, is to be controlled by outside influences, special interests and the corruption of money. The right way is to be entrusted by the voters and serve their interests. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of a government, by the people, for the people and of the people, do you not understand?”
Border Security: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to control the nation’s borders. The right way is to stop access of entry to those who are not legally entering. The wrong way is to encourage illegal entry. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of citizen’s rights do you not understand?”
Illegals In The Nation: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to deal with millions of illegals who have disregarded the nation’s sovereignty by entering illegally. One wrong way, is to round them all up and kick them out, it does nothing but cost a great deal and abruptly disrupts the industries that employ them and the communities that rely on them. Another wrong way is to leave them where they are, forgetting what they did. The right way is to penalize them for the form of entry, and require them to leave the country and return the right way. The right way is also to prohibit the employment of illegals and penalize those who refuse. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of the rule of law, do you not understand?”
Education: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to address the educational needs of the nation’s youth. The wrong way is to require the monopoly of government control. The right way is to consider the needs of the children first, and provide the means for parents to decide the type, form and method of their children’s education. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of parental control, do you not understand?”
Second Amendment Rights: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to guarantee the survival of this nation. The wrong way is to declare that the second amendment grants militias the right to keep and bear arms. The right way is to declare the second amendment grants individuals the right to keep and bear arms. Militias are controlled by politicians. Individuals are only controlled by what makes them the most involved. If the Supreme Court rules that the second amendment is referencing militias and not individuals it will have granted to the constitution what the constitution cannot contain: the right of the state over the right of the individual. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of â€˜from my cold dead hands’, do you not understand?”
Veterans: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to honor the nation’s warriors. The wrong way is to treat them after their tour of duty as if they had never placed country before self. The right way is to show a grateful nation’s most honorable gesture, and repay their selflessness. Veterans should receive medical care from their preferred provider. Veterans should receive preference in employment in government positions. Employers should receive tax incentive to hire veterans. The families of Veteran’s who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their nation, should be treated as the Veteran is treated with the same respect and grateful appreciation of the nation. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of country above self, do you not understand?”
Earmarks and Pork Barrel Spending: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to spend the people’s money. The wrong way is to slip in projects that have not been given the light of public discourse. The right way is to require a public vote on every expenditure of the people’s money. No earmark not voted on by elected representatives and passed by majority vote should ever be permitted to be executed. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of get your hand out of the cookie jar, do you not understand?”
The States: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to apply the Constitution of this nation. The wrong way is for the federal government to usurp the powers granted to the states when that is prohibited by the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” California cannot in anyway be prohibited by imposing regulations that exceed those of the federal government in curtailing greenhouse gases. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of Republican form of government, do you not understand?”
The Environment: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to address the quality of the planet’s environment. The wrong way is to scream crisis and impose restrictions on growth, economy and quality of life. The right way is to strive for a zero impact. That can only be done by incentive that is world wide, but it can be capitalized in this nation as an opportunity to reaching that goal. We all desire to breath clean air. We all desire to retain the quality of our family’s physical inheritance. Seeking to reduce green house gases by creating innovation and jobs is not admission of man made global warming. It is capitalism at its best. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of chicken little was a fairy tale, do you not understand?”
Quality of Life: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to determine the importance of quality of life. The wrong way is to allow any person, relative or not, the power to determine whether any quality of life is worth living. The right way is to accept that the right to life, from which our prohibition of homicide is derived, is paramount and life is life, regardless of a subjective judgment of quality. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of life, do you not understand?”
Religious Freedom: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to interpret the First amendment to the Constitution. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The amendment does not permit the government, in any way, to prohibit religion, or the manner or means in which any person may exercise their personal religion. “…or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The use of public property to peaceable assemble, even if it is for the purposes of exercising a religion must be restored. The wrong way, is to prohibit displays of religious symbols, the Ten Commandments and religious holiday celebrations from public property. The right way is to embrace the rights guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of the Constitution is the foundation of this nation, do you not understand?”
Energy Policy: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to provide for the nation’s energy needs. The wrong way is to jump on the available technology bandwagon. The right way, is to invest in new technologies and allow the marketplace to determine which technology will prevail. If it was good enough for VHS versus Beta, it is good enough for energy. In the short term, we must begin building nuclear power plants, increase research into solar and geo-thermal energies and before committing to the over-use of our nation’s farms, we must consider the consequence of bio-fuels to the food supply. A technology that is not yet popular may prove to be the solution. Embracing bio-fuels now, will only serve to dampen research into non food-supply threatening technologies. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of less, is not more, do you not understand?”
Military vs. Domestic: There is a right way and there is a wrong way to address the needs of a nation under siege from radical enemies. The wrong way is to confuse the use of funds for military protection with the use of funds for domestic intervention. Democrats love to mix apples and oranges. Republicans must catch them every time and turn the topic to what is right and what is wrong. Spending money in the war on terror, is not relational to spending money for new first responder radios. Spending money to defend the nation is not at all relational to spending money to educate children. They are different topics, both of which are important to the nation. “Mrs. Clinton, what part of logic in context, do you not understand?”
On The General Election:
Everything said today will be heard in the general election. Count on it. Every ratings driven, egotistical radio talk show superstar that utters disparaging words against a potential nominee will have those words featured in a Democrat campaign television ad. The use of those words will be the sole responsibility of the talk show host. I hope they are held accountable for them.
The Republican’s first President, and one of our nation’s best: Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”
Slavery ended, and civil rights began as a Republican action.
The Republican party MUST follow Lincoln’s advice: “The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.”
George W. Bush has stood by that advice. Republicans must stand up to accept the mantle of continuing to fight for what is right and condemn what is wrong. The only way to do that, is to retain the White House and recover the congress in 2008 through a united party, a common goal, and a single, simple theme.
“Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”
– Abraham Lincoln February 27, 1860 – Cooper Union Address
About the Author: Lee Kent Hempfling is a human who writes books and articles about humans and other creations. Books and articles are available free at http://www.enticy.org, and http://www.countryaboveself.com .