A Lesson for Republicans from Canada

It’s called not fighting and thus not winning the information war…here’s David Solway writing at American Thinker:

On the similarities between Canada’s Conservative party and the GOP, I have previously argued that the latter must not repeat the mistakes of the former if it wishes to succeed in November 2016. As I explained, the Conservatives lost the recent Canadian election at least in part because they failed to stick by their central principles, attempting to cater to the voting bloc of the opposition parties by soft-pedaling or even abandoning basic policy decisions or by camouflaging their fundamental ethos so as not, they calculated, to alienate the electorate. The result was predictably twofold: in manifesting as Liberal lite the party made no inroads among a skeptical population and simultaneously lost many of its long-standing supporters, in total dropping 67 of its previous 166 seats.

When a party begins to shed its own constituents by aping the agenda of its competitors or by failing to reframe its image, it has effectively sealed its fate. Greg Richards points out in a cogent article for American Thinker that “The ascendancy of liberalism in America is the cause of the silence of Republicans in Congress since they won the House in 2010. One would think that a solid majority in the electoral body closest to the people would provide a platform for advancing the Republican case. But no.” The Republican establishment is “unwilling to challenge the liberal world view, [which] controls the debate in the public space… Republicans have had neither the skill nor the intestinal fortitude — the courage — to operate outside the culturally dominant liberal paradigm.”

The fact remains: if a political organization begins to function as an enabler for the other side, practicing a sort of tactical pentimento in order to hide or modify its fundamental tenets and defining assumptions, it succeeds merely in channeling the doctrines of its political opponents. Its defeat is assured. An astute political party will stand by its basic axioms and confidently, even flamboyantly, assert them in the public domain. It must absolutely avoid laboring to become something it is not.

Poor optics, bad messaging, playing by the opposition’s rules, and lamely surrendering to the culture rather than striving with Breitbartian resolve to “change the narrative” all contributed to Canada’s Conservative Party’s shellacking in 2015. The GOP will likely follow suit in 2016 unless they get their act together, put an end to in-house sniping, crank up the old mojo, and figure out how to behave like true-red Republicans.

Read more: American Thinker

Image credit: Logo of the Conservative Party of Canada/Wikipedia.