Civilization in Crisis
Report by Betty Sakai
On May 7th to a gathering of about 300 people, Whittle presented in an entertaining, fast-paced, informative way, how to communicate with those who say they are liberal.
Very seldom does one encounter such an effective communicator as Bill Whittle. Spicing his talk with in-depth knowledge of pop-culture, he discussed messages the Left sends out to our youth, such phrases as “sharing is cool”, “wealth is unearned”, and “let us help you”. Weaving together history and a keen knowledge of the Constitution, Whittle astounded listeners with statements such as “Everyone—regardless of political affiliation--is a Conservative.” Providing specifics about the ineffectiveness of speech-giving or the handing out pamphlets. He suggested one might better communicate by learning to use pop-culture phrases such as “leave me alone”, and “don’t be such a control freak”. Relating a personal experience, he described talking to a group of college students who professed a belief in the redistribution of wealth, the giving “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”. He offered those in his audience with I-Phones the opportunity to collectively sell them in order to spread the wealth around among the less fortunate. No-one would do this. Conclusion -- they were all Conservatives. Other pop culture phrases he offered were “be virtuous”, “don’t be a jerk”, “don’t hit anybody,” “don’t take other people’s stuff”.
Marketing Conservatism, Whittle said the way to win elections is to refuse to compromise on principals, to demand that Moderates be Conservative, not the other way around. He suggested The Tea Party would have a larger membership if they would change their name to “The Rebel Alliance”. Then, he suggested, they refuse to explain the reason for the name change, thereby making it more attractive to youth. He also suggested that the GOP develop a more dynamic symbol than an elephant, and that the GOP leadership recognize that character (not money) is the decisive factor with voters. Recognizing the power of the internet, he suggested that the internet may be the one force that “big, slow, expensive, does not work” government cannot control. He encouraged Republicans to use Face-Book like Democrats do to network and contact others to get them out to vote.
Noting changes in government historically, from an agrarian society when the Constitution was written, to the industrial revolution, to the information age, Whittle touched on the importance of parallel systems to oppose government systems, such as home-schooling which often uses the knowledge of experts (retirees) to teach the students. He ended his presentation after fielding questions on gay marriage, abortion, and Benghazi and received a standing ovation.
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