A recent poll from Rasmussen shows that Democrats might be barking up the wrong tree with their “war on women” propaganda. Liberal politicians have been harping on this imaginary war for more than a year, accusing the GOP of promoting legislation that would set women back to the stone ages. According to the new poll, however, not too many people are buying it. Only 22% of likely voters said they believed the “war on women” rhetoric while 59% saw the terminology for what it was: political hype. 24%, as usual, have no idea what’s going on.
From the start, it’s been obvious what this campaign was about. Liberals have mastered the art of reframing the conversation. They managed to turn “pro-abortion” into “pro-choice,” they successfully turned “anti-gay marriage” into “anti-gay,” and they’ve had limited success in turning “anti-Constitution” into “pro gun control.” The war on women has not been quite as penetrating, it appears, though we’ll have to see whether that signals a change in direction.
For decades, liberals have made victimization the theme of their party. Everyone in the country other than straight white men are oppressed. This dangerous, anti-freedom philosophy has informed their policies, painted their rhetoric, and changed the country for the worse. The more minority groups believe they are facing an impossible situation, the more they’ll depend on Democrats to even the playing field through legislation. The more they lean on this dependency, the stronger the party grows.
Republicans have often been dragged down into the mud, refusing to stand on principles as old as the nation itself. After fighting a battle for a while, they just give up. Whatever else their strengths, the GOP has been abysmal when it comes to turning the tide of public opinion. It’s no wonder why. Democrats have the entire Hollywood establishment at their beck and call, news outlets that color each story with liberal bias, and a firmly-entrenched reputation for being the party of conscience.
In reality, Democrat policies have been a nightmare for minorities. Without even realizing it, women, gays, blacks, and Hispanics have become drones of the system, unable to succeed without the help of the federal government. Is this what being an American is all about? Doesn’t anyone still believe in personal responsibility, liberty, and an individual’s ability to go as far as their work will take them?
It would be overly optimistic to think that this poll reveals a country waking up to Democrat trickery. More likely, the Dems simply botched this campaign well enough to turn voters off. To truly change hearts and minds, the GOP needs to put a real conservative message back into the mainstream. This is already happening with some of the brightest potential 2016 candidates, but until someone comes along with the intelligence, charm, and charisma of a Ronald Reagan, it’s going to be an uphill battle.
It’s a battle that can and must be won, though. No less than the future of the country hangs in the balance.