OCALA, Fla., March 1, 2014 – Figuring out what women want has long been a puzzle for men. For the Republican Party, however, it has become something closer to a nightmare.
Women play a growing role not just in electoral politics, but in political activism and punditry. They have earned and taken a great deal of attention in politics. This has left the GOP at a challenging crossroads. It is confronted with either satisfying its fundamentalist Christian voting bloc, or acquiescing to the demands of late-period feminists.
In this situation, little ground is left for voices of moderation.
Many people believe that conservatives are attempting to erode women’s rights — that they’re engaged in a “war on women.” What should conservatives do to increase their share of the women’s vote?
“I doubt they can do much,” says John Derbyshire. “Women are just like that. One thing we might try would be putting some alpha males up front, instead of mealy-mouthed cringing betas. Conservative strategists should all study the Chateau Heartiste blog, though without telling anyone they are doing so.”
Dr. Paul Gottfried, who also writes for Communities Digital News, is an outspoken conservative who recently retired from Elizabethtown College. His observations of the human condition have generated both accolades and animosity. Having befriended such figures as Richard Nixon and Herbert Marcuse, Gottfried’s views are not always easy to pin down.
“On social questions,” Gottfried says, “I shall confess to being an unqualified reactionary, but here too I look back nostalgically to the Democratic Party of my youth (which naturally I hated back then), which was the party of ethnic Catholics and Southern white Protestants.
“Although the Democrats then were in the pocket of the labor unions and already in transition to the collection of lifestyles radicals and government employees they’ve become in the last 40 years, on ‘family issues’ they were still solidly conservative. It was the Northeastern Republicans, not the labor-union Democrats, who were the social progressives when I was growing up.”
Looking beyond hot-button social issues, is there a serious chance that movement conservatives will split from the GOP during the years ahead?
“They already have,” Derbyshire claims. “Barack Obama won the 2012 presidential election because Mitt Romney had little appeal to conservatives, so they stayed home. Romney lost Iowa, for crying out loud. By six percentage points!
“That’s a passive kind of ‘split from,’ I’ll grant. A better candidate might have done better. Will movement conservatives actually break off and form a party, contesting elections against GOP candidates? I don’t see it. The corporatist lobbies that fund the GOP need to be put in their place, but that can only be done from within.
“Resistance to Cultural Marxism is already feeble enough. Splitting conservatives off from the corporate shills would further enfeeble it. If Churchill could join with Stalin to fight Hitler, there must be some way conservatives can work with Chamber of Commerce suits to break the Cultural Marxist stranglehold.”
Gottfried “fully understand(s) all the obstacles the kind of party [he is] advocating would face from the media, educational establishment, and the managerial state. Yet a party that could both resist PC and govern is conceivable if the GOP is willing to change some of its allies.
“Republicans must become less the party of the Bush family and more the advocate of the Florida Panhandle. It should leave Wall Stree to the Democrats, where it’s moving on social issues in any case.”