Rachel Alexander is the editor of the badly misnamed website Intellectual Conservative and she writes a profoundly absurd column for the Christian Post that is filled with so many inane claims that one hardly knows where to begin. But let’s start with the first two paragraphs, wherein she expresses shock that the popularity of a reality TV show hasn’t resulted in landslide victories for Republicans.
Americans appear to have begun entering a more conservative phase, reflected in part by the popularity of the family-oriented, God-loving TV show Duck Dynasty. Although it is not a big expensive production, just a reality show, it has become the second most popular show on cable TV.
Yet this isn’t translating into changes in Americans’ politics or their government. Americans are still voting for Democrats, accepting socially liberal positions and expanding government.
Imagine that. How completely shocking that must be to an “intellectual conservative.”
The average American now owes $52,878.60 in federal debt. If each American was forced to pay their share of the debt now, you can guarantee the vast majority would start voting for Republicans.
Why? Most of that debt was accumulated under Republicans, not Democrats. Republicans talk about “smaller government” and fiscal responsibility. They talk about it a lot. But when in power, they do the opposite. Federal debt rose 189% under Reagan (and his proposed budgets were actually larger than those passed by Congress), 55% under the first President Bush (in only one term), 37% under Clinton, 86% under Bush and, through 2011, 35% under Obama. Republicans are worse than Democrats when it comes to the deficit and the federal debt and it’s been that way for a long time.
And then back to her obsession with Duck Dynasty:
The left is also winning the culture war. While Americans deep down prefer shows like Duck Dynasty, they’re allowing the left to win on social issues.
Alexander seems to have this bizarre idea that just because some small percentage of the country (it gets about 12 million viewers a week, less than 4% of the population) likes to watch the hijinks of a quasi-real example of the Beverly Hillbillies does not mean they share their political views. I don’t know why this seems so difficult for this “intellectual conservative” to grasp.
Conservatism is too cerebral for many Americans. Consequently, the right has to try twice as hard as the left to gain support for its policies. This means working smarter too, by using methods that are effective like emotional arguments. Although it may feel foreign to most on the right to use an emotional argument about something that is not terribly worthy of emotion, to continue down the same old path that no longer works is slowly making the Republican Party a minority. Republicans need to quit lamenting over the backwards fact that the most intelligent party is not the most successful.
The mind boggles. No, the Republican party would never use shallow appeals to emotion — *cough cough* flag burning, pictures of aborted fetuses, Lee Greenwood songs, gays are icky. Because they’re just so gosh darn smart. I think my eyes just rolled to Beijing and back.