Why Rove is Wrong

Karl Rove, et al., recently announced the formation of the so-called “Conservative Victory Fund”, with the stated goal of “helping the most conservative candidate who can win.” There has been a lot of debate on whether this is an anti-Tea Party group (it is), or whether it’s just a protection fund for establishment Republicans (a.k.a., “RINO’s”. It is.). Interesting points have also been made about poisoning the voter-well via the necessary infighting that will arise from such a group.
But here is the real reason that this group should be discouraged: because, by supporting “the most conservative candidate that can win”, they are substantively moving away from conservatism at all. Their goal is to win the votes of pseudo-liberals by promoting candidates with more psuedo-liberal ideas, rather than by promoting conservative ideas to make conservative candidates more appealing to the population at large. This means that, in every election cycle, the electorate will become increasingly pseudo-liberal by definition, and the candidates put forward will have to become more pseudo-liberal to appeal to them. Rove and his group are putting the idea of possible Republican Party victories above the values for which the Republican Party is supposed to exist.
The correct answer to America’s political and economic crises is neither lobbying groups (although they can work in the short term), nor this constant collapse of resistance to the pseudo-liberal ideological tyranny. The answer is, and always has been, the voters. American conservatives—hopefully by re-taking the Republican Party, but without them if we must—have to re-introduce the rest of the electorate to the value of human life. Uniting the Tea Party for fiscal conservatism is all well and good, but without a philosophical basis, “fiscal conservatism” is too easy to brand as “lack of compassion”. The message must be sent that the value of the individual is in the individual, and not in the State. We need to start acquiring media outlets to counter the vast pseudo-liberal movement in Hollywood and other places.
The bottom line is this: if we are truly concerned with the direction that our nation is going, rather than simply which team we are cheering for, then we should not be spending more money to elect LESS-conservative candidates. We should be spending money to educate the voters about conservative ideas.

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