And that raises another point. While these potential new Republican Red voters support policies that strengthen marriage and family as the social and economic bulwarks of society, candidates who “stay positive” alone -- another pricey piece of “expert” advice -- aren’t making them vote in droves. Conservatives must learn to override Democratic and media efforts to suppress these crucial votes.
How? They call us “narrow-minded” (liberal for God-fearing), “mean-spirited” (the liberal term for fiscally responsible), “racist” (liberal for love of country) and other names. This suppresses the Republican vote. Yes, continue to offer the positive policies that support marriage and the middle-income families. But make sure these same potential voters understand that without their votes, without their urging friends to vote, marriage, the American way, not to mention God, fiscal responsibility and country, are absolutely doomed. “Scare” tactics? No, it’s called reality. It’s not your fault reality is scary.
In sum, overriding mass voter suppression among married, middle-income Americans is your political challenge -- and reward.
Only 37 percent of Virginia’s eligible voters made their will known this week. Just think if all of the middle-income and married voters among the 63 percent who stayed home actually voted.
Conservative victory in the bag.
(Diana West’s new book is “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character” from St. Martin’s Press. She blogs at dianawest.net, and she can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @diana_west_.)