Advice from the media by Tom Reynolds
Since last week’s election, the media has been full of…advice…on what Republicans should do to win the next election. Some might say that Republicans taking advice from the media is like Custer taking advice from the Indians.
The most repeated advice is for candidates to distance oneself from Donald Trump. Over 74 million people voted for Trump and he continues to draw overflow crowds to his rallies but the left- wing media says that he is political poison. This is much like the advice Yogi Berra gave when he said, “Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.”
The same media has tried to explain away why gun purchases have been setting new records. Rarely mentioned as a reason to buy a gun are the riots which enveloped major cities most of last year. But that’s understandable since that same media labelled them “peaceful protests”: why would someone need a gun to defend themselves against peaceful protestors? If there was arson, looting and murders, that would cause people to want to arm themselves, but not peaceful protests. Could voters have been turned off by Democrat mayors and governors not being willing to protect lives and property?
And the “Defund the police” movement has hasn’t done very well in elections for reasons similar to the above. Democrats believe citizens don’t need police or guns to defend themselves against peaceful protestors. (But it wasn’t unnoticed that those same politicians increased their personal protection, at the same time, since their lives are more valuable than ours.) Apparently, someone was not peacefully protesting in Kenosha since Gaige Grosskruetz, who was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse during the Kenosha “peaceful protests”, is suing city and county officials in Kenosha for illegally deputizing a “roving militia” of “white nationalist vigilantes”. When in doubt, cry racism, even if you are white.
But the racism tactic is the property of the Democrat Party so the media can’t recommend that Republicans charge racism. Labelling the party of the KKK, segregation and Jim Crow laws as racists just wouldn’t do.
Let’s suggest another overall tactic that is responsible for the “Red Wave” that seems to have swept over the country last week. Could that wave have been due to the actions of the Democrat Party and had nothing to do with Republicans?
Remember when the first 100 days of a President’s administration were a benchmark of a President’s success. Did any Democrats campaign on the successes of the Biden / Harris administration during the 280 days prior to the election?
Could inflation have had something to do with the election results? Biden and his administration say inflation is only transitory and it is expected to slow down…next Fall. And besides, they tout, if you subtract fuel and food, it isn’t bad. (Just stay home and don’t eat until next Fall and you won’t notice it.)
For defenders of the 2nd Amendment, Biden nominated David Chipman to be the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Why should 2A defenders not trust someone being paid by the anti-2A Gifford Foundation to head the agency controlling guns? And 2A defenders might have noticed that anti-2A Merrick Garland is the Attorney General; but he wasn’t really a threat to 2A since he was spending his time investigating parents at school board meetings as domestic terrorists. Perhaps Biden will revert to “Beto” O’Rourke as a gun czar to save his gun control dreams.
Speaking of parents, it probably didn’t help that the unsuccessful Democrat gubernatorial candidate in Virginia said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach”. If politicians want to brainwash children with Critical Race Theory (CRT), how dare parents try to stand in their way. Democrat candidates apparently believe that telling children that they and their parents are racists based solely on their skin color would be well received. Of course, Democrats claim they aren’t teaching CRT but don’t want it banned. Because banning would keep them from not teaching it?
Perhaps voters remembered the Chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff saying "I've read Mao Zedong. I've read Karl Marx. I've read Lenin. That doesn't make me a communist.” Apparently, reading Clausewitz or Sun Tzu doesn’t make one a general, either. If instead of spending his time during the military’s “stand down to study institutional racism”, perhaps he should have used that time to study…oh I don’t know…maybe…the plans for withdrawing from Afghanistan. Would that have changed voters’ perception of the Biden administration’s competence?
Voters may also have been concerned about the potential lack of goods in stores. A major backlog in the port of Los Angeles created negative publicity just before the election. Joe Biden didn’t help by implementing policies that dockworkers work longer hours unloading ships, when the core problem was a lack of trucks to move the cargo, once it was unloaded. (The trucks are in short supply because of California’s environmental laws, but those are sacred texts to the left so they can’t be touched.) Then, Joe wanted to fine the ships for not unloading their cargo, as if it was their fault to be stacked up 100 deep waiting to be unloaded.
We could mention the crises at the southern border but, not to worry, Kamala Harris is taking charge. Actually, she took charge back in the Spring, in case you didn’t notice.
And did anyone notice that the Secretary of Transportation took two months off as the supply crises deepened? Was that job listed as essential during the China Virus shutdown?
Could all of the above have led to the spanking that Democrats got on election day? If it did, the Democrats believe their problem was not doing enough so, instead of changing tactics, they are doubling down. Which leaves Republicans in the position of just letting it happen or fighting a losing battle and letting it happen.