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Conservatives need to stand up, speak up, and drive the narrative

I’m tired of the left driving the narrative this election cycle.  We have anemic economic growth, over 8 percent unemployment, little to no job growth with a bleak outlook, no budget for three years, Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank financial reform laws destroying our healthcare and economic systems, over $5 trillion more on the national credit card, the loss of our triple AAA credit rating, failed green energy companies at the taxpayer’s expense, a massive tax increase (Obamacare) on the American people, the fast and furious scandal leading to the Attorney General of the United States being held in contempt, the FED monetizing our debt and devaluing our dollar leading to inflation, the doubling of gas prices since 2009, and a President running roughshod over the rule of law and our constitution.  All these very serious problems we face as a nation; our very future hangs in the balance and the left wants us to shift our focus towards the tax returns for the past 10 years of Mitt Romney.   How has this ridiculous narrative that should insult the intelligence of most Americans, hijacked the real debate we should be having over the issues that will impact our children and grandchildren?

This is how ridiculous it has gotten.  Yesterday Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) proposed legislation that would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns from the past 10 years.  Not only would they be required to release their returns but they would also have to disclose any overseas investments; those evil Swiss bank accounts.  Rep. Sander Levin said Romney should “set the example” for future candidates and release his returns. But then he said the law must be changed so release of tax information is not at the discretion of candidates.  So where exactly do they get this so call legislative power to create such a law?  The last I checked the constitution is very clear about the requirements that a candidate must meet to be eligible to run for President of the United States. I don’t recall anything about having to release their tax returns for even one year.

Article II, section I of the constitution states:  No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.   So it would actually make more sense to craft a bill that would require potential candidates to show their birth certificate to prove they are a natural born citizen and provide confirmation of their age.  To add eligibility requirements for candidates to release their tax returns and disclose overseas investments would require an amendment.  Well it would require an amendment if we actually followed the constitutional process to change the constitution.  We don’t do that anymore, our elected representatives make it up as they go and pass bills without any regard to our constitution.  My point is this insane narrative is being pushed forward by a united Democratic front with little or no resistance from the right.  Where is the right?  Why aren’t conservatives as united in defending Romney as the Democrats are in attacking him?

This is a perfect example of how the right lets the narrative slip through their fingers even though everything I stated in the first paragraph of this article is factual and is the reality many Americans live with each day.  The left has become skilled at shifting the focus away from the facts and towards their narrative.  They are emotional thugs and agitators who will lie and cheat their way to a win.  They use emotional appeal and class warfare to pretend they’re the defenders of the down trodden.  They count on emotion because when people are in an emotional state their judgment tends to be clouded.  They employ a “get the rich” tactic, tapping into the raw emotions of envy and jealously.  They say and do whatever it takes to advance their narrative and for the most part get very little resistance from the right.   Remember when President Bush was hammered by the left day in and day out not matter what he did.  I remember how frustrated I was that he didn’t fight back.  Instead he became a punching bag for the left that propelled them to retake the House in 2006 and the Senate and Presidency in 2008.  This cannot happen again.  The right must start pushing back and standing on principle.  When truth is our shield nothing can penetrate it.

We need a united conservative front at all levels.  From bloggers to elected representatives, we need to stand on principle and stop being punching bags for the left.  If they use emotional appeal, we use reason and logic with the same conviction.  If they lie then we expose them for the liars they are, because only through lies can they advance their narrative.  We must be united so we can wrestle the narrative back and remind people just how bad things have been under the Democrats watch.  As bad as things are now they can become a great deal worse if Obama is reelected.  People need to be reminded of all the above facts day in and day out.  They need to see through the political theater the Democrats are putting on in an attempt to shift their focus from the things that really matter.  And lastly we need to show how the narrative of “hating the rich” is the antithesis of everything America is supposed to be about.

Our founders wanted each of us to have an opportunity to be successful no matter where we were born on the social ladder.  It’s time we stop turning our backs on the opportunity our founders envisioned for each of us.  It’s time to advance a new narrative; one that is powered by liberty and freedom.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Steve Dennis July 19, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    Great post John! It really is frustrating the way the Democrats are able to change the subject and it is equally frustrating that the media is all to willing to help them along.
    The Democrats are ruthless, and Barack Obama may be the most ruthless among them, they will do or say anything to remain in power and that includes lying about their opponents. And the Republicans just don’t have that part in them, they seem to sit back and take it too much and it always hurts them in the end. Maybe it is time for the Republicans to become just as ruthless. (I’m not talking about lying here, but just in their overall attitude.) They need to become fighters.
    It has taken me awhile to come around to ROmney but I finally am because this is just too important an election and Obama must be defeated at all costs.
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    • John Carey July 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      Thanks Steve. The media is what it is. Just another obstacle we must overcome. I don’t have a problem with conservatives being just as ruthless as long as it’s with the truth. I’m really tired of the left getting a free pass and never being held accountable for their lies.
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  • LD Jackson July 19, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    The image you used for this post says it all. We will sure fail if we do not present a united front against the liberals.

    We are hampered by two things. First, the liberals care little about the Constitution and its guidance. Second, many conservatives do care about the Constitution and its guidance. We want to do things the way the law says to do them. The liberals want to ignore the law and just do what they want. There has to be a way to overcome that.
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    • John Carey July 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      The right can employ similar tactics and stay within the rule of law Larry. We can’t be so willing to let things like executive orders that actually create new laws go unchallenged. This is what the left does to the right all the time. If the right passes something the left can’t live with, the left does whatever is necessary to challenge it in the courts and in the arena of public opinion. What makes it so difficult for us is that fact that being an agitator does not come naturally for us. We pretty much are a live and let live group. The left is not. We play by the rules. The left does not. We need to fight fire with fire if we hope to win this ideological war.
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  • Infidel de Manahatta July 19, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    They are emotional thugs and agitators who will lie and cheat their way to a win

    The left: Our intellectual “superiors.” Dishonest, intellectually lazy bullies is more like it.
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  • Silverfiddle July 19, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    The left is doing a good job driving the narrative. Romney’s “undisclosed” overseas bank accounts are a fiction. He’s disclosed them all! And he paid taxes on the money he made overseas.

    This is populism playing to the ignorant MSLSD and Daily Kook crowd.
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    • John Carey July 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      It is indeed, but remember there are many independents who are on the fence and you know what they say. You tell a lie enough times and eventually people begin to believe the lie. This is what the left is doing with his tax returns and his time at Bain Capital. One of Romney’s strength was is time at Bain Capital. He had a very successful track record. So what does the left do…is attack the man’s strength, marginalize it, and make it appear that some kind of dirty dealings took place while he was there. The ignorant with only hear the talking points and not bother to peel back the layers of this deception.
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  • Bunkerville July 19, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    I suspect Obama will simply sign an Executive Order. Why not.
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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire July 19, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    In my opinion, John, they drive the narrative because the media is totally in the tank for the Democrats. It’s hard to get your narrative heard if the media won’t report it. The alternative media is doing what it can. Is it enough? I don’t know.
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    • John Carey July 19, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      I think we’re doing a heck of a job. The MSM is what it is Jim….lost. They are not longer the watchdogs. They are the foxes guarding the hen house. My belief is the reason we so much leftist crap today in the media is because left talk radio failed miserably. With the right getting their message out through talk radio the left needed to counter with something so they infiltrated and took of the major news networks. But as you can see even in that arena their viewership has sharply declined. This is why the left needs to lie about their agenda. If they were honest and truthful, they wouldn’t stand a chance with the American people.
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  • Teresa Rice July 19, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Excellent post, John! It looks like at least according to the latest CBS/NYTimes Poll that the Left’s tactics aren’t working. Looks like people are seeing right through the Left’s political chicanery. But, yes, the elected representatives need to get with it, start calling out Obama and his policies, the harm he has caused this nation, start promoting liberty and freedom, and defending and promoting Mitt Romney and his policies.
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