Growing up and living in a blue state, it’s not easy being a conservative. Quite honestly, it’s hard to break out of the protective shell surrounding for those of us who don’t like to be strictly emotional when it comes to politics and the economy.
Harold Witkov has an article posted at American Thinker where he considers the occasional embarrassment of being a conservative. He thinks the issue is our preoccupation with being liked and American television programing. My emphasis added.
Politically speaking, I am a conservative whereas my wife is often on a different page. When we got into the car, she more or less let me have it. She told me how embarrassed she was that Rush Limbaugh’s picture and name kept popping up on the screen and that our technicians probably thought we were some kind of racists.
Of course I was quick to dispel her fears with, “They probably didn’t even notice,” and, “Why would you think that?” The problem was, although I did not fess up to it, I had shared some of the same uneasy feelings that she did.
This caused me to do much reflection and I believe I now understand my uneasiness and perhaps the root problem of the entire conservative movement: America’s preoccupation with television and the human desire to be liked.
Let me explain. Conservatism is in trouble, not because liberalism is better for the nation, but because conservatism does not play well on the much watched television news, which is short on substance yet high on passive thinking imagery. Just as one picture is worth ten thousand words, a carefully narrated television image can be worth a million votes. Read more…
So what can we do? First of all, I think I become a better advocate for conservatism when I stay informed on the issue and become comfortable with analogies and history. I’m not combative with my approach, and frequently find debaters – whether in person or online – change the subject or leave the conversation when I make my point well.
Of course I have a desire to be liked, but I’m not going to bend my personal beliefs just so people will say nice things about me behind my back.
On a macro scale, let’s see how well President Obama does getting other countries to like us. That was a big part of the last campaign; other countries don’t like us so we must be doing something totally wrong.
How far will we go – individually and as a country – to be liked?
Note: Have not had much time to blog this week, but will try to post during the next 36 hours or so – will be traveling Thursday through Sunday. – Steve