While I was home for Thanksgiving this year I talked to some friends of mine who aren't too into politics (at least not like most of the people in the WMU College Republicans) and I had an interesting talk. One person I talked to declared himself as a Democrat. When I asked why, his main arguements surrounded around the idea that Bush is stupid, Ann Coulter's a stupid blonde (even though he said he never read any of her stuff), and baseless attacks like that. He couldn't even name any of the core components of conservatism (less government, personal responsibility, etc.). The other person I talked to was a Republican. But this person couldn't say more to why that's the case than that they like George Bush. Now these are all pretty weak reasons to be on either side of the fence. All of this got me thinking. How often do we share the heart of conservatism with those around us? How often do we discuss what makes someone a conservative or a liberal? I don't think we do this very often.
I know this post is kind of random and all, but I have to admit, it has been something I've been really questioning. And I also think it's something that we need to concern ourselves with. If you want non-political TV for more than 20 minutes, you will probably hear someone make a joke about Bush being stupid. And I think that's driving a lot of public opinion about the Republican party. What should be driving public opinion about the Republican party is the true ideas of conservatism. So I guess consider this a call. Next time you run into someone who hates the Republican party, ask them why. If they say things like "Bush is an idiot and Cheney shot his friend" have them put that aside and talk about the ideas behind the Republican party. I think one mistake a lot of people out there make is they think Bush, Cheney, and those in DC are the Republican party. That's not true. I'm a part of the Republican party. The WMU College Republicans are part of the Republican party. Our conservative friends over at Michigan State are part of the Republican party. Without us, the people who do the majority of the voting in the party, there is no Republican party. So point out why you are a Republican. It's not about people, it's about ideas. And when you get people talking about ideas, I think they'll have a hard time finding problems with the party. And if they're a Republican but can't say why, tell the why you're a Republican. Now that we're done with an election, I can't think of a better use of our time until the next one comes around.