Karl Rove won two Presidential Elections for Republican George Bush.
It wasn’t the messaging… it wasn’t a “Big Idea”… and It certainly was not Free-Market Capitalism.
It was gaming the numbers.
He has promoted, and continues to promote, the exact same tactics.
Is it any wonder that the general public has no idea what the difference is between the two parties… because what difference does it make? And, the similarities confuse the best of us. If both parties are indeed on the Same Ship and all Mr. Rove was able to do is move the cargo around to get the ship to list slightly to the right then what are we talking about here?
Mr. Rove is a smart man. This can be said of many political strategists.
But Mr. Rove has built his reputation on gaming the system… not leading with universal principles unifying the population.
It is time we move on from this type of politics, and this type of strategy.
Mr. Rove would have you believe that no election could ever be won trying to explain why Freedom and Liberty of the Individual combined with Free-Market Capitalism is the exact Ideology the Nation Must Embrace. So don’t bother trying. Just keep paying him and his protégés to play the numbers.
I’m not ignorant… I understand that value of such an approach. But these people must fill a secondary role, not the primary one. In fact, they should be asked to return to the dark back room from whence they came.
With the advent of a 24-hour news cycle and the constant search for educated voices to comment on current political trends people like Karl Rove have become the “rock stars” of Politics. This must change.
It is time to return to explaining clearly the differences between the governing philosophies. If this Great Experiment in Self Governing is to be saved then we must promote those voices who can Simply, Powerfully and Directly explain to the public what the country was founded on. We must explain, explain, explain what Capitalism actually is… not what Leftists want you to think it is. We must repeat, repeat, repeat what it means to be Free and why that necessitates a profoundly smaller and far more limited Government. It is exactly that redundancy, redundancy, redundancy which will save this country.
Karl Rove is welcome to join the above effort… I would have Cigars and Bourbon waiting for him in the little room at the back of the office.
Meanwhile the only folks I would have in front of the camera’s are those whose foundation is firmly planted in Fiscally Conservative, Constitutionally Originalist and Libertarian Principles.
Being “Taxed Enough Already” was, and still is, a very easy concept to understand. It unifies us… even those who don’t pay taxes.
It’s time to Think about what we Think… not just how we can manipulate the numbers in order to win.
Mr. Rove and his consultant class have had their day. Cheers to them.
Now we need to raise a Pint to Enlightenment.