What does Conservative mean to you? The GOP’s message deficit


WASHINGTON, June 8, 2014 –  Are your fiscal conservative views the same as someone who is a religious conservative?

The priorities are different for all types of conservatives. The banner the Conservative tags falls under is not so much a philosophy as an attitude. There is no single set of policies that are universally regarded as conservative.

The meaning of conservatism depends on what is considered traditional in a given place and time. Thus, conservatives from different parts of the world uphold their respective traditions and may disagree on a wide range of issues.

Who among us is a perfect human being? Better yet, who can spin it to their advantage that “they – not you” are the truest of true conservatives?  You can try to spin it however you want, he did this, or she didn’t do that. She voted against that, he voted for that.

An all time favorite is “He or She is the closest thing we have to a true conservative” Really?

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The content of your character speaks volumes about who you truly are. Where do your motives lie and what is your driving force? It doesn’t make your fight any more “conservative” than the next person claiming it.

Are you a birther? Pro-Lifer? Gun clinger? Bible toter? Does it really have to come to blows on what is the most important?  So, Joe Conservative doesn’t jump on the birther bandwagon, you throw him under the bus.

You have a degree in Constitutional Law and now you’re the self proclaimed “think tank” for every representative in the United States. Your presidential candidate wasn’t chosen and now you’re on a personal mission to lash out at anyone who speaks against them running again in 2016?’

The hate never ends. It is live and in our faces. The democrats never change their message. We Conservatives have too many chiefs , too many banners, too many self-appointed know it all’s.  Too many personal agendas and not enough people to stand together and take back our Republic.

The fight for our beloved Conservatism is vital to preserve our country for the next generation. But to do that, Conservatives need to recognize the my conservatism may not be exactly yours. GOP politicans need to recognize, before they speak, that what the stand to say, and that is picked up by news and social media, many not be the message that best represents an undefined Conservative message.

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And defining that message – the overall position of the GOP that does not pit one patriot against another – needs to be an immediate goal for the GOP. Say what you will about the Democrats, but you don’t find them arguing over social issues like Marriage Equality, immigration, and abortion.

They don’t have one politican, like Todd Akin, standing up with their personal social viewspoints that become viral sound bytes of derision for the party.

Our main goal is the same. We have to stop the counter-productivity and gear up for the remainder of the 2014 elections and the next presidential election in 2016.  No one is asking you to give up your personal stand, but there is too much at stake for things to continue down the road in opposite directions. Be the grown up.

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Stand up for the party, speak for the GOP and stop waterboarding the message. But first that message needs to be defined. Because if we don’t know ourselves, how can we battle our opponent?

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear for the result of a hundred battles.  If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer defeat.  If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. – Sun Tzu

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  • Sandra Goetz

    Great article! love it!

  • Bren Pool Vignaroli

    You made some really good points in this article Tanya…some food for thought for all of us to remember!

  • just me

    More truer words cannot be told!

    • richard

      bs read my post

  • Conservative_Utopia

    “So, Joe Conservative doesn’t jump on the birther bandwagon, you throw him under the bus.”
    SO TRUE! Too many conservatives are set on alienating each other on the specific issues, instead of working together to move the country back towards self-governance. Rule of law and powers back to the states whenever possible. It’s just that simple.

  • cweat

    We also don’t present a viable option to someone that is looking for a more positive difference, the people that may finally be considering jumping parties.

    • richard

      Yes we do. It is called personal freedom and individual responsibility conservatives are the defenders of the constitution, wake up before every freedom is lost. The idiots of the democratic communist party want to take away our 1st amendment right to free speech. You will only be able to say what you want to at 7am while taking a dump ALONE in your bathroom. Better wtfu and realize what is actually taking place. It is scary when you realize that a public high school education isn’t equivalent to a 3rd grade private school education. 88% of the indoctrinated public school students only know one thing, vote for the donkey to get free trinkets.

      • cweat

        I woke up long ago Richard. I understand your point and don’t disagree at all but mine is that with the party scattered to the winds we are not winning elections and making things happen as they should. When we are having these problems it doesn’t exactly make someone want to join our cause.

  • turbomama

    Most excellent article!!! “Be the grown up”…..LOVE IT!!!!!

  • acmaurer

    The reason we have so many disagreements is that we ARE the party of ideas. We don’t have

    too many chiefs or too many banners. But we do have too many self-appointed know it all’s!

    • I should have been a tad more specific with that statement. Within the conservative circles it was a horrid affair leading up to the primaries. I have never seen so much hate within those circles as I did at the time. This was not so much aimed at the leadership, but more so at those who I watched tear each other from limb to limb over candidates. It was incredibly hard to stomach.

  • richard

    Baloney, the Democratic Communist Party candidates will take a stance and when the wind blows the wrong way they cave. Look at our current pos potus and our ex Secretary of State Killary Clinton the Butcher of Benghazi. See what they said about marriage being between a man and a woman. Then in order to gain ground politically they flip flop and no one calls them out. They are nothing but unprincipled liars who will change their beliefs at the drop of a hat. Sorry Tonya but if you did just a tad of research you would find that this my child is the truth, search for it, it is easy to find. What is amazing is that uneducated fools will never seek truth and then we have individuals that have an ability to find truth but instead spew ignorance such as this article. WAKE UP AMERICA DO NOT ALLOW THESE IDIOTS TO CONFUSE YOU. A vote for a democrat is a vote for the destruction of personal freedoms.

    • Bren Pool Vignaroli

      Richard..calm down just a tad. We are all on the same page, but with your tirade here, you just made Tanya’s point even more valid then you realize. I suggest you go back up to the top of this page and read the article one more time…with an OPEN MIND. Breathe it in…her article rings true. YOU “my child”… need to step down off your high horse, take a breath and try again. Seriously, your anger is so intense…that the point you are TRYING to make..is lost in your jibber jabber of insults. Try again….I’m waiting with baited breath. I know you can do it!! Make us all proud Richard!

      • Sandra Goetz

        Amen Bren!!!

      • richard

        I stand by my eloquent comment Bren. Hiding behind innuendo serves no purpose. Maybe if more conservatives felt s compassionate about the platform the fools would have gotten off their duffs and we would not have had two terms of a traitorous fool at the helm of this once great country’s destiny. Now take the bait out of your mouth and go catch dinner. Just make sure you vote conservative.

        • Bren Pool Vignaroli

          Richard…eloquent isn’t quite the word I would use…but whatever. For your information, I always vote conservative and I don’t take anyone’s bait..including yours. You need to turn your anger towards the liberals and stop trying to beat up on your own party. That just doesn’t cut the mustard like you seem to think it does.

  • richard

    I see you refused to post my refute of this ludicrous argument. POSER.

    • Richard, discus is unmanned. After a few posts on the same article it throws them into moderation on their own. Please know we do not “refuse” posts.