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“We have always spoken out against the Left and it never works.” That’s what I’ve been told by my fellow Ricochettis for years, and my response is, really?
My disclaimer is that I’ve only been following politics for about the last 15 years, and rabidly for only five years, and the perception I have is that we’ve spent a lot of time complaining about the Left and their co-conspirators (known as the media). But when have people of the Right spoken out in a way that they’ve been heard? I have the impression that we’re residing in one giant conservative echo chamber where our protestations, condemnations, and statements of misery have been bouncing off each other as we bang our heads against the wall in frustration.
For a long time, I think our silence came from our belief that politeness was important, that we didn’t want to behave badly the way they did. I get that. I’m a pretty polite person myself, and even if I disagree with people, they may not even know I dislike them. But who were all the people who spoke out vehemently about conservative values and the Republican Party in a way that didn’t sound like boilerplate and just plain ordinary? Who attacked the Left for their lies and their failures? How did I miss it?
But please don’t tell me that conservatives have always spoken up or spoken out about injustice and the new and exciting ideas we offer, and that no one listened. That’s one of the reasons that Trump was elected; he was going to drain the whole Washington swamp. People finally wanted to vanquish the feckless people in Congress and the decaying bureaucracy.
We have to speak out now, and we need to find creative ways to reach the rest of the Silent Majority. They are out there, waiting for us to tell them the truth.
It’s never too late. But please don’t tell me that you’ve been doing it for years and that no one listened or paid attention.
So what are your suggestions to reach our friends and colleagues? I’m listening.