One recent poll showed more voters now identify themselves as Independent than at any time in the past 75 years. Given their shameless pandering to Hispanics and other demographics they see rapidly increase, don’t expect the Democrats to overlook the potential impact of voters not affiliated with any party.
Independents are characteristically less informed and involved when it comes to politics (otherwise, they’d vote solidly conservative), so the left is able to repeat catchphrases in an attempt to sway the uncommitted center.
“The Republicans are waging a war on women,” they shout, knowing the unfounded accusation is actually all it takes to convince some who are not paying attention. I recently heard a caller during a popular national talk show ask the host whether Darrell Issa’s ongoing crusade against Eric Holder would turn off more moderate independents. By the way, this caller identified himself as a conservative!
We should never compromise our position to placate the phantom sensibilities of the Independent. Liberals claim standing up for conservative principals will turn off the center, but never suggest hardcore leftist positions will have a similar effect.
They try to back spineless pseudo-conservatives into a corner, giving them little option aside from caving on a key issue in order to attain the approval of the Independents. This is a frequent argument from the left, even though independents generally gravitate to the right.
Conservatives shouldn’t be surprised; liberals always come up with reasons they feel we should moderate our views “for our own good.” In reality, they know conservative principals appeal to the vast majority of Americans and they want to prevent another Ronald Reagan from cashing in on that advantage. Reagan understood and was able to verbalize why the right is right and why traditional values are traditional for a reason. Conservatives value unbridled opportunity for everyone and, as a result, everyone benefits.
Setting up the stage for November’s election, the left says, rightly so, that Independent voters will be a big determinant in what will inevitably be a much closer race than it should be. As a result, the GOP should be courting these voters, but not in the way the other side suggests. We will gain no support by betraying our core beliefs because, at this point, genuine conservative politicians are the only ones left with any core beliefs to begin with.
It would be a disservice to conservatives, independents and America for the right to portray itself as anything short of the pro-capitalism, pro-Constitution and pro-life alternative to the left. Let the center make an informed choice between two clearly defined options.
The problem liberals have with that scenario is they have a pretty good idea which side Independents would pick.
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