It’s been a month since the election…and as you can tell from the limited number of posts, I’m still kind of depressed about this (and overworked at work, but that’s another story). I’m still shell-shocked that people could be that stupid—even I, who believe the masses are idiots, can’t fully comprehend that people are so fucking stupid as to vote in a tyrant not once but twice. It baffles the mind. If you care about only what you can get you should have voted for the guy who would guarantee a higher chance at raises and better jobs: Romney. If you cared about other people you should have cared about the guy who would have done the most to improve the middle class: Mitt. If you care about character it would be the guy who personally does charity whenever he can: Willard Mitt Romney. Intelligence, that would be the guy who got his J.D. and MBA in the same 4 years: The Governor. Experience, class, vision, leadership, surrounding himself with qualified people. On every criteria you can come up with it’s a no brainer, but, but, but…
People are really fucking short sighted, envious and dumb.
But are we just powerless to do anything? Are we at the mercy of party leadership to pull us out of this tailspin the country has voted itself in (dear god that’s a depressing thought)? Luckily no. Unfortunately I’m not promising anything easy either.
So what can we as individuals do?
Well first I would like to turn back to the exit polls. Now looking at ethnicity or gender or even age is pointless because there is nothing we can do to change that. People are what they are. (Yes, age changes, but it’s not like we have any actual control over it).
Now education can change (complete shocker that Obama the no intelligence/no high school bracket and the no real world experience/postgraduate bracket) but unless you’re a parent most of us can’t really affect people’s education. If you are a parent, I might suggest that you state you’re not paying for any kind of college education unless they get a degree in the Math/Science area and thus have marketable skills (if they want to get a dual major and have a liberal art as well, well you can negotiate) but parents do not pay for Sociology degrees they are worthless and breed dumb liberals.
Next we turn to gender and marriage status. A lot of to do was made about women in this election, but as you see it wasn’t really women so much as single women. And I have seen conservative writers talk about how the single women pose a threat to liberty as they seem to look to the government for the security nets…but it if you look at the data single men are also pretty dumb. The conclusion I’m drawing here isn’t that women are liberal, it’s that single people on the whole are liberal and need to be stopped. (Yes, I as a bachelor, may not want to throw stones in a glass house, but I’m not as dumb as my fellow singles who voted for Barry…but if you are or know any single, intelligent, conservative, spiritually open women in the Phoenix area…well…my email address is posted…). Now does this mean we should all go out and get married without standards or relationships, that marriage is an end unto itself. No. One of the reasons we have a high divorce rate is that people don’t take the time to plan and make sure they’re making a right choice. So really unless you want to start playing matchmaker which some of us are more qualified than others (this would certainly not be a skill of mine).
And then we see that Obama did well with the non-religious crowd* and Romney did well with the religious crowd. Let me put these last two points in context. It doesn’t have as much to do with faith or companionship. For a lot of people it is an issue of safety. If you have a spouse, if you have an active church community you have someone you know you can fall back on if things go bad, if you don’t have these things, then the psychology of most people is to seek something you can fall back on: the government. Now I would rather people evolve and see themselves as their fallback (or at least maybe God) but if we’re going to get there we first have to have an economic system that allows people to take care of themselves (i.e. we need to get rid of liberals and progressives at every level).
So what does this have to do with religion? Well it means that if you’re a member of a church you need to encourage, push for, and if necessary demand, that your church be more active in the community—charity, public works and improvement projects, fundraisers not for the church but those honestly in need. This should have nothing to do with demonization or dogma. Only about helping the community and strengthening the bonds of community.
If you’re not in a church, say a New Ager, it couldn’t hurt to find a non-pushy church out there and see if they would like help with those charity projects.
If you’re in a church that does do these kinds of charity projects then see if you can invite people you know to help, don’t proselytize, don’t make it about belief, only about helping others. (Also may I suggest making your charity functions known to the local middle and high schools—students, especially college bound students, are more and more looking for community service on their resumes—and let them know their parents are invited as well).
This has nothing to do with dogma, it has to with a core tenet in every religion I can think of, charity, community, compassion.
Show people that government isn’t the only source that they can fall back on. Look at it this way, the way people talk about others often shows how they themselves think. I call it the “I am the world” fallacy, and I’m guilty of it myself sometimes, we all are. We tend to make assumptions about the way people act based on our own habits and thoughts. Conservatives naturally tend to think that the government isn’t needed because we ourselves are more generous and just assume everybody does the right thing. Liberals assume others are avaricious, cruel, irrationally selfish, and miserly not because they’re saints and know everyone else is stingy, but because they themselves are not compassionate at their heart—they fear they will have no one to fall back on because in their heart of heart they know they won’t help other either. (Liberals give to charity less than conservatives and they volunteer a hell of a lot less than conservatives, see Who Really Cares by Arthur C. Brooks).
But if we get people who might not usually attend church to come to charity events we can show them that people do care for people and that we don’t need government to care for us…and maybe we can even show them there is personal joy in compassion and charity. Trust me, a person who does charity out of the joy it brings them never votes liberal, liberals give out of guilt not joy.
So get your church (or any other group that has the resources) involved in the community (if you’re not doing at least 3 events a month, it’s not enough), invite people to come just for the charity aspect, and watch their belief that the government is the only one looking out for them disappear (also with more human contact and larger social circles we might fix that single problem listed above).
Also this process will help destroy that one thing that Obama did well in “He cares about people like me.”
Charity and a strong community teach us that we are capable of caring for people who aren’t like ourselves.
But that can’t be all we have to do. Liberals have done a great job with controlling the media. News, movies, TV shows, you name it there are liberal messages. But we cannot give in on this.
So there are a few things we can do. The first is that we can try to pull their funding. Here at the Conservative New Ager we’re going after that Goebbels style propaganda wing MSNBC. We encourage people to write to their advertisers and pull their ads. It works. If a company just gets a hundred letters asking them to make sure the shows they are advertising on are only reporting the truth, they will either pull the ads or they will use the power their money buys them to get results. We have already heard from P&G and UPS.
The next thing is that we need to expose people to the truth. I would recommend everyone use all the social media they have to expose their friends to the truth. Now you don’t have to repost a thousand articles every day, but don’t be afraid to share something for fear of losing a friend. For everyone you lose you’ll likely help push a two or three that much closer to the truth. (And if you’re like me you don’t have many liberal friends left anyway, it’s the middle we’re trying to win, not the ones beyond hope).
Also if you get a real newspaper (there aren’t many left: The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times…if it uses AP articles don’t bother) take it to work and leave it in the break room every day. It can only help expose people to the truth.
But on that note we need to share the media that is conservative we need to focus on the stuff that isn’t the news and isn’t explicitly political. Liberals have tried to infect every book, every movie, every show with liberal messages and just habituate people into thinking in liberal terms. The problem is that most good literature is more conservative in its themes. Self sufficiency, rational thought, ethical behavior, connection to God. These subtle themes are in literature everywhere, even when it’s written by artists who are liberal themselves. George Orwell was a socialist, but 1984 and Animal Farm are scathing critiques of the very state Orwell would likely have supported. Given time, the truth will out, as a conservative writer once put it. What conservatives make the mistake of doing is trying to give people Atlas Shrugged and Ann Coulter and Thomas Sowell. It doesn’t matter that we enjoy those, those books only preach to the choir. If someone isn’t open to those ideas, if they’ve been indoctrinated to think conservatives are evil, Rand was psychotic, Coulter is vicious and Sowell is an Uncle Tom, it doesn’t matter if the facts are there, their emotional reaction to those works will prevent them from seeing the facts.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t share books and TV shows with friends, family, acquaintances. I’m sure we know lots of people who are not conservative but if they were introduced to those ideas the logic and reason of it would come out. That is why I am putting together a list of books, movies and TV shows that depict the conservative themes and that we agree with, without being explicitly conservative. The Individual, reason, ethical behavior, long term thinking, the truth. These are things that bring people close to conservatism. I would take a look at this list (and keep coming back as I hope to keep adding to it). Lend these works out to people who you think might be open to them. Give them as gifts for any holiday and any excuse you can. And then discuss them with the person after they’ve read or watched it (never give out something you’re not familiar with already! You don’t want to get caught where they make some silly liberal interpretation and don’t have a comeback for it). It seems silly but ideas have power, and once they’re in a person’s mind they spread not just to affecting the other ideas of that mind but in the way they behave to others and the way they influence the ideas of others. And if they get more conservative in their thoughts introduce them to the more explicitly conservative works…but don’t start with those, they’ll just shut people down.
Finally it’s the old stand-bys. Write a blog or letters to editors. Donate to organizations that promote your beliefs (right now I would focus on Heritage and Freedomwork because they do not seem overly obsessed with the social issues which are dragging this party down and giving the left too many easy targets), volunteer for campaigns, get involved. We have four years where we can do next to nothing to save the economy or well being of our allies across the sea. Nothing. We have this idiot tyrant in charge and he will wreck the place as much as he can through a combination of stupidity and malice. Focusing too much on that will be somewhat fruitless for us as individuals—but as individuals we do have the power to influence those around us and help bring them to our side.
*Also Obama did exceedingly well with people who aren’t not affiliated with any religion but are spiritual you know, the kind of people the Republicans and Reincarnation was written specifically for. If you know some of these people, could it hurt to give them a copy?