OK, I get it already. The Democrats won Tuesday's election, I won't say "fair and square" (I'm not convinced of that), but decisively.
And I realize that means we have to put up with watching the barbarians dancing on the battlements for a time, but if liberals think that one election loss means conservatives are going to throw out their values and just shut up and play along, they've got another thing coming.
Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan, who apparently is some sort of minor celebrity in the liberal kingdom, went on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" to spout off about what's wrong with conservatives after the election. His solution to the Republican Party's problems is that Fox News needs to be "demonized" and Rush Limbaugh needs to be disavowed:
"The first conservative who will be the future of that [Republican] party will be the one who says Rush Limbaugh does not speak for the Republican Party, he is a poison on the discourse. You see the media industrial complex on the right is so lucrative, they don’t want to lose him and it is now controlling a political party. That has to be severed, Fox News has to be demonized, has to be cut off."
In other words, the liberals are feeling their oats and think now is the time to recapture their media monopoly. (Expect legislation controlling conservative speech to be introduced very soon.)
Liberal "evangelical" Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and leader of the Red Letter Christian movement, is also full of opinions about what's wrong with conservatives today:
"The results of the presidential election showed how dramatically a very diverse America is changing; people are longing for a vision of the common good that includes everyone. As one commentator put it ‘the demographic time bomb’ has now been set off in American politics — and getting mostly white, male, and older voters is no longer enough to win elections, as the Romney campaign learned on Tuesday."
While Wallis is right to note the GOP's problem with attracting non-whites, it's not because of the conservative message, which was largely unaddressed by Romney in the campaign. The problem is that we have not been in charge of our own narrative.
Just by sheer numbers, liberal media outlets leave conservatives in the dust. Only on AM talk radio and the Internet do we have any significant presence, but even online, we're dwarfed by the Huffington Post, the liberal TV networks' sites and a whole train of drag-along leftist outlets like the Daily Kos. Fox News is the most-watched news network on TV, but it's only one somewhat-conservative voice in a marketplace where nearly every other single station is far to the left.
We also have to face the headwinds from the unrelentingly Marxist teachings going on in public education. Our religious leaders are largely kept quiet either through the notion that religion should not be involved in politics, or through the overt threat of IRS repercussions if it does.
We have not successfully penetrated the youth market or gotten into minority communities. The result is that most people only hear about conservatism through the filter of liberal news anchors, left-leaning comedians like John Stewart or hatemongers like Bill Maher. It's too much to expect most liberals to ever watch Fox News or listen to Rush Limbaugh, because they've already been told exactly what "those shows" are about, according to leftist ideology.
It hasn't helped anything, either, that the GOP leadership has been paying too much attention to liberal polls and been more worried about being popular than being leaders.
Because we haven't been able to control our own message, the media have been able to get away with lying about not only us, but about what's really going on in this country. That's why a majority of voters think everything's fine and getting better when businesses are laying off people by the hundreds since Tuesday's vote because of the costs imposed by Obamacare, something the media should have been telling people to expect for months. That's why David Petraeus "suddenly" had to resign after the election as head of the CIA, because the media have been covering for Obama for so long on the Benghazi story.
If conservatives want to take back the country, we need to start by doing what liberals have done for decades: infiltrate our own party and community organizations with an eye toward leadership positions, then leverage those positions to regain control of our own message. We need to infiltrate schools, media and political structures. Our primary focus has to be on informing the young and minorities who share our values but who don't yet know it.
It's always darkest before the dawn, as the saying goes. Let the barbarians dance on the walls and have their moment. This fight isn't over.