GOP: Learn to Communicate!

MH900335572 (1)The Democrats are skillful when it comes to their use of words. They no longer promote themselves as Liberals or Socialists or Communists.  Now they promote themselves as Progressives – as the Progressive Party – as the Forward (futuristic) Party. The Welfare State under today’s Democrats has become a concerned Society. Our Representative Republic is now a Democracy, (which it isn’t.) Dems use positive words, even if inaccurately, if it furthers their power and electability – if it perpetuates a positive image in the eyes of an uninformed electorate.
 
The Republicans on the other hand keep droning out the same less attractive language. Although “Conservative” has a positive connotation to traditional Republicans, who are already on our side, it is perceived as less favorable in the eyes of many Independents and many uninformed voters.

Instead of promoting Conservativism, we should consider promoting the traditional American-Way – or the traditional American Prosperity Machine. Instead of describing our government as a Democracy, which it is not; we should be talking about our Representative Republic. Instead of promoting Capitalism – we should be promoting Constitutional Free-Enterprise. We should be talking about producers versus takers.  Instead of talking about the rich, we should be talking about the successful, the job creators, the economic leaders. Instead of talking about Obama’s Entitlement Society – we should be calling it what it is: Obama’s Welfare State.
 
Continuous, persistent repetition of the same effective words by the Republican American-Way Party, the American-Way Tea Party, and the Conservative American-Way Party – would make a great difference in the future prospects of the Republican American-Way Party. 

Additionally, the leaders of the Republican Party in Congress should periodically hold joint press conferences to extol Republican principles and positions; and to answer President Obama’s ruthless criticism of Republicans in Congress; and to refute Obama’s deceptive representations of Republican positions?
 
Obama’s last press conference was atrocious. He says Republicans want to destroy Social Security and aid to the poor. These are out-and-out fabrications – lies.  Obama lies with ruthless abandon, and the media fail to call him out on it.  Worse yet, the Republican leadership allows Obama to get away with it.
 
Obama stands up for an hour in front of America’s press corps and berates his Republican opposition – depicting them as irresponsible, uncaring, favoring the rich and powerful, etc. – while expounding on the merits of his position.  And the Republican response, if at all, is feeble at best: a brief statement by the House Speaker; a short speech from the Senate podium by the minority leader.
 
Republicans are politicking in the past. This is the age of mass media and instant communications. It’s time to orchestrate a 21st-century approach; an effective response to the stream of false accusations by Obama and his daily spokesman; a clear statement of Republican principles, values, causes and positions.
 
Why can’t the Republican leadership hold weekly press conferences?  Why can’t they establish a Republican press spokesman to conduct daily briefings – to counter the one-sided distortions provided by Jay Carney?
 
Quite frankly, the Republican Party is so feeble in this day and age that I find myself wondering why I support such a frail and apparently leaderless organization.  Time for the GOP to reverse this trend and to respond with energy, enthusiasm and courage.

About the author: William Pauwels

William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.

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