Weekly Musing 8-2-15
Days until the 2015 election: 100. Days until the 2016 election: 471.
Rafael Cruz Swings Through Michigan
In two campaign stops Friday, Rafael Cruz warned against what will happen if conservative voters split in next year’s primaries and side with multiple candidates.
“If we have a mushy moderate like Jeb Bush, we will lose in 2016 and Hillary Clinton will destroy this country,” Rafael Cruz said. “So we need to unify. We need to stand shoulder-to-shoulder together.”
Rafael Cruz also argued his son is more electable than other candidates vying for the GOP’s most conservative primary voters, noting the $52 million Ted Cruz has raised since launching his White House bid in March.
Why Does The Republican Party Exist?
Why does the Republican Party exist? What is its purpose as a political entity – to what end do its members work to elect their fellow Republicans? What are its priorities? Whose interests does it serve? Why is this political party still around so long after its primary motivations for creation – the defense of the Union and the end of slavery – were achieved? The Democratic Party exists to serve its clients – but the Republican Party’s justification is more ethereal. Is it just an arbitrary entity seeking a universal negative, designed to push back against Democratic policies and demand they be more something (efficient) or less something else (expensive)? Or does it have actual principles and priorities it seeks to make a reality?
The Republican Party’s voters and supporters certainly seem to have such beliefs. But they rarely seem to make it through the process of synthesis that turns such beliefs into actual policy priorities. Being a negative force is not nothing, and blocking bad policy is worthwhile. But when given the opportunity to put good policy into place, or to take steps to make such policy more feasible in the future, where is the Republican Party to be found?
Is the GOP on the Brink of Civil War?
Senator Ted Cruz voiced the unhappiness of many Republican conservatives when he took to the floor of the Senate last Friday and in a rare intraparty broadside accused GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell of lying. Veteran Republican senators quickly rallied to McConnell’s defense.
Was it the shot fired at Fort Sumter that signals the real start of a GOP civil war?
…Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republican voters agreed with Cruz recently when he responded to Jeb Bush’s comment about the need for Americans to work harder by saying: “The problem is not that Americans aren’t working hard enough. It is that the Washington cartel of career politicians, special interests and lobbyists have rigged the game against them.” [Just 38% of Republicans agreed with Bush.]
Most Republican voters have long felt this way, saying in surveys for years that their congressional representatives are out of touch with the party’s base. Only 24% of Likely GOP Voters now believe Republicans in Congress have done a good job representing their party’s values. Democrats, by contrast, are much happier with their representation in Washington, D.C.
NEW Mobile App for Parties & Candidates
We launched it…finally a new mobile app to help parties and candidates keep in touch with their members.
Our apps are native meaning they use the full power of smart mobile devices to provide rich features such as video, navigation, customized alerts linked to specific content, events calendaring, conventions, ballot registration and voting, breaking news, donations, blogs, instant polls and surveys and more.
And they are fully customizable. So check out one or all of the first four live apps up this week. Just go to your app store on either a Apple, Android or Windows phone and search for:
Tea Party Nation
NYS Conservative Party
Lisa Posthumus Lyons
Follow the progress of Right Mobile and the various new parties and candidates that launch their own apps on Facebook at; https://www.facebook.com/rightmobileUS/
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Hillary Clinton: As honest and trustworthy as Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton has a problem. In a new Quinnipiac University national poll, more than one in three voters say that the most important trait they are looking for in a 2016 candidate is being “honest and trustworthy.” Almost six in ten of those polled said that Hillary Clinton lacks those two traits.
Clinton’s problems with the honest/trustworthy question is not new. As I wrote back in April:
There’s a widespread belief in her capability to do the job she is running for. There’s also widespread distrust in her personally. People admire her but don’t know if she’s honest.
How I Realized I’m A Conservative
Although I grew up in a union household and surrounded by progressive peers, I kept noticing liberal policies sound good but actually reinforce poor choices. It dawned on me: I’m a conservative.
In the late 1970s, I went to an experimental high school. Most of the students were some form of nature-loving hippie. Not the raw, shocking, and rude kind of the true hippie era, more of the granola-eating, yogurt-making, calico-and-work-boot-wearing kind, but still dabbling in some risky sex and drugs.
These hippies were mostly the children of wealthy progressive parents who had purchased immense Roland Park mansions with their trust funds and who raised their children by the most progressive paradigms. Most of the rest were rock-n-roll drug addicts. A few of us, children of working-class parents attending the school on scholarship, were a little closer to normal. I came from an educated working-class family, and am daughter of a public-school teacher.
I remember some of the students sitting around one afternoon talking about the beauty of Native Americans and their respect for nature, recounting that, when the natives killed an animal, they first prayed to thank gods, ancestors, or perhaps the animal itself. My schoolmates talked about how the natives honored the animal they had killed by using every part, wasting none: the meat for food, the skin for clothes, the bones for tools and jewelry, the sinew for bindings and cords, and the hooves for rattles and bells. I could feel the awe this inspired in my fellow classmates. They felt enlightened, that a truth was revealed.
GOP DIGITAL GURU argues the party is behind : “TV-ing the Web”: The GOP’s coming problem is more than ethnic diversity
Republican campaigns, institutions, and advocacy groups are doing a great job of “tv-ing the internet”, while missing the key differences in the style, substance, and type of content that needs to be created for younger audiences. When a voter has a choice to watch a video of a cat-playing DJ, a YouTube celebrity’s audience inspired morning show, or a :30 second television ad about entitlement spending, which one do you think they will watch in today’s world of choice? They have a choice. They are choosing.
The party should begin changing its content creation strategy and looking towards building and growing creative talent that understand the need for unique content. Content that is on message and fits with our party’s brand, but that breaks through the clutter. Content that is created for these unique digital verticals. Content that is authentic. Content that is sticky enough to hold a voters attention without always needing paid media behind it. Would anyone less than 40 share a traditional Republican television ad with their friends? No. Republicans cannot simply stick a few television ads on YouTube and check a box. We are doing it wrong.
This map shows the US really has 11 separate ‘nations’ with entirely different cultures
In his fourth book, “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America,” award-winning author Colin Woodard identifies 11 distinct cultures that have historically divided the US.
“The country has been arguing about a lot of fundamental things lately including state roles and individual liberty,” Woodard, a Maine native who won the 2012 George Polk Award for investigative reporting, told Business Insider.
“[But] in order to have any productive conversation on these issues,” he added, “you need to know where you come from. Once you know where you are coming from it will help move the conversation forward.”
Here’s how Woodard describes each nation:
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