So, the Packers are losing at the moment--what a shock. (Update: They won in the end!)
Here are my thoughts on the Democrats' misteps and what the Republicans need to do about it:
One team may fumble, but unless the other team scores during their
possession, it's meaningless. Conservatives need to press the advantage,
but I see the usual Republican/conservative ineptness.
enough for people to see that Obamacare is failing, they need to see
that any Obamacare-like plan will fail; that the failure is baked into
the very idea of a big government solution.
We need to press
home the point that hope for growth and prosperity is misdirected when
placed in the hands of the government. If you want growth and
prosperity, then you better hope for private enterprise and individuals
to provide it, and for the government to stand back and let them do it.
you want good schools and for the next generation to be educated and
able, then you need to rethink how the government is providing
free-but-abysmal education for all. The solution is not a top-down,
regimented and regulated government solution; but a bottom-up
percolation of ideas and experiments devised by individuals and
individuals schools and districts.
If you want good-quality,
affordable health insurance; then you shouldn't look for the government
to write thousands of pages of regulations in an attempt to wish such
insurance into being. People need to understand that it is the free
choices of 300 million Americans that will build a strong insurance
system--with each American looking for the best coverage for the best
price, each choosing to enter freely into a contract with an insurance
provider that meets their needs. Before Obamacare, government
regulations were preventing free choice and free markets from working in
the insurance market. Obamacare made it worse.
The choice the
Democrats present is a false one: either you have government, or you
have chaos and viciousness--it is only the government that can help,
only the government that can create peace. Conservatives need to press
home the point that the American people are fundamentally charitable and
kind. That we seek to help those who are truly unable to help
themselves; that we do want to help those who have fallen and need to
rebuild their lives; but that we do not want a blank check for every
whim a Congressman can dream up.
Not every problem can be solved.
Not every problem with a solution can be solved by group action.
Not every group action should be done by the government.
Not every government action should be done at the federal level.
Some things should be left to individuals, to private enterprise and charity, and to local and state governments.
Democrats have fumbled, but the ball is still on their side of the
50-yard-line--and the referees are all in their pocket; unless we drive
the ball back over to the other side of the field and really change the
way Americans think about what the government should and can do, we're
wasting our chance.