Conservatives say Their Message Is Right but Their Messaging Is Wrong

4798A central message heard from many of the speakers at this weekend's National Review Summit, "The Future of Conservatism," was that conservatives do not need to change their message, but need to do a better job at communicating their message.

Debate on "What is Wrong With the Right?" with (L to R) Reihan Salam, John Podhoretz, Yuval Levin, Joe Scarborough, Ross Douthat, and Bill Kristol, at the National Review Institute 2013 Summit, "The Future of Conservatism," Jan. 26, 2013, Washington, D.C.
"I believe that conservative values, they're the right values. We don't need to change them, we need to change the way we message them," said Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah.

Former Congressman Artur Davis, who recently switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party, agreed that conservatives have done a poor job at communicating their message. Conservatives have been "better at talking to each other, than talking to people who are not like us," Davis said.

Some of the speakers argued that conservatives and Republicans have done a poor job at speaking to certain demographic groups. Hugh Hewitt, host of The Hugh Hewitt Radio Show, favored speaking to the concerns of Latinos in a debate with Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, on immigration reform. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat claimed that Republicans have done a poor job at speaking to the concerns of today's middle-class swing voters. Kellyanne Conway, president and CEO of The Polling Company, urged conservatives to better understand the variety of concerns of women voters, in a panel called, "Do Demographics Doom the Right?" And, Arthur Brooks, president of American Enterprise Institute, and Davis both emphasized how conservative policies help the poor.

There were many different ideas presented on how conservatives, Republicans in particular, should improve how they present their conservative views to the public. Several of the speakers complained about crony capitalism. Brooks, for instance, said that conservatives should not be pro-business, but pro-free enterprise. When businesses go to government for handouts, they undermine the free enterprise system.

The two biggest threats to liberty, Brooks said, are "statism and corporate cronyism, and they're the same thing."


Source: Christian Post | Napp Nazworth
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