What is the best way for conservatives to combat the left’s influence over American culture? The answer is simple: we need to expose their faults.
In the second part of this series, we discussed the importance of choosing our battles wisely — focusing on the issue where conservative ideas can win. However, when we are debating these matters, we need to do so in a way that inflicts the most damage on the left’s arguments. We must exploit the left’s weaknesses by focusing on the shortcomings of their reasoning and showcasing more egregious behaviors.
The left masterfully couches its agenda in ways that make it appear more palatable to Americans. Democrats have wrapped their destructive policies in a facade of compassion and tolerance. If we are going to gain the upper hand in the culture war, we must continuously show people the truth behind their radical ideas. Whenever possible, we must demonstrate how their approach causes more harm than good.
The left’s constant emphasis on victimhood is an example of how their narratives cause destruction. They have manipulated significant numbers of minority communities into voting for the Democratic Party by persuading them that they are victims who cannot exist without relying on the government.
By portraying minorities as helpless victims who are subject to the constant oppression of white subjugation, Democrats have positioned themselves as political messiahs who provide for the needs of the tyrannized. Of course, they do this through implementing policies that keep people in poverty rather than helping them achieve success. Instead of working to lower crime, they vilify law enforcement and discourage minorities from taking responsibility for the condition of their communities.
Conservatives must put forth a concerted effort to demonstrate how democratic policies have ravaged many inner-city communities. Many minorities mistakenly believe that Democrats are the people who care about their quality of life. We need to show them how the left’s approach is primarily responsible for the tragic plight of many minorities. Instead of sitting back and allowing the left to disseminate their message of victimhood we should show minorities that they can achieve success if they focus more on their individual value.
Media bias also provides another example of the left using tactics to alienate voters. Over the past two years, the establishment media has gone into overdrive in their efforts to promote leftist narratives and propaganda while criticizing conservatives. Since Donald Trump was elected as president, the media has promulgated nothing less than a smear campaign against him.
The so-called MSM strategy is hurting the left for a few reasons. First, they tend to overreact to any news story involving the president. It seems that each time President Trump sneezes, the media loses their minds. Even when the president does something that is worthy of criticism, the left takes their “outrage” so far that it discredits their position. Remember when Trump posted a funny meme that depicted him body slamming a man with the CNN logo superimposed on his head? When the president posted the meme, the members of the media lost their collective minds. Here are some of the headlines they published:
The Washington Post: “Trump appears to promote violence against CNN with tweet”
The New York Times: “Independent Press Is Under Siege as Freedom Rings”
The Independent: “Don’t laugh at Donald Trump sharing that CNN wrestling video: at its core it is violent, frightening and wrong”
The Huffington Post: “Trump Marks Independence Day Weekend With Fantasy About Beating Up Journalists”
Yes, that’s right. The media accused the president of inciting violence against members of the press. But that’s not the worst part. CNN responded by finding the person who created the meme and essentially blackmailing him. While the president’s tweet was silly, it was not a call to violence. Conservatives need to denounce the elite media for their excessive reactions.
Finally, the left’s disdain for the first amendment is another flaw conservatives must expose. Their penchant for using violence to silence opposing voices should be showcased to the American public as much as possible. In part two of this series, we discussed that the majority of the United States’ population believes our freedom of expression should be protected. This means that if they recognize and understand the many ways in which the left tries to limit free speech, they will be less likely to support them.
The left attacks the first amendment in two ways: by using physical force to shut down conservative events and by using arguments that portray right-wing speech “hate speech” that should be prohibited. The violence that the hard left engages in is more visible to the American public and conservatives should highlight it. However, we must also focus on the subtle ways the left attempts to undermine our right to free speech.
By using the idea of “hate speech,” the left is trying to convince people that conservatives should not be allowed to express their views. The New York Times recently published an article that put forth the idea that some speech should be considered forms of violence. The author of the article claimed to have scientific evidence that “abusive speech” could have the same impact as an actual assault. Of course, her claims are easily debunked, but these are the types of arguments we must consistently expose.
Winning more victories in the culture war will not be easy. The left has worked hard to earn their place in the culture — conservatives must be willing to work harder and smarter. We must stop believing that the left is invincible. Their losses last year show that their ideas can be defeated if the American public recognizes their flaws. If we are going to maintain a greater position of influence, we have to keep fighting to make our voices heard. The issue isn’t whether we can win these battles — the issue is whether we are willing to do what it takes to claim victory.