One of the worst things about being a member of the party out of political power is that everyone is telling you how to regain political power. "Do nothing. Change Everything. Don't change this. Change that. Compromise your ideology here but not there. Don't compromise." The theories are unending and the directives are too conflicting and too numerous to count.
I am being a bit hypocritical complaining about all of this and then adding to the pile but I'm here to warn against a short sided approach.
Sidebar: When conservatives want to gain cred with the base they will cite Ronald Reagan. I am no exception (and my name is Reagan so I can do it with extra pizzaz).
Ronald Reagan's famous "A Time for Choosing" speech was given in 1964. A full 16 years before he would be elected President of the United States. Reagan understood that politics was a long game.
Don't just take Reagan's word for it. Take a look at the left. Liberals have been slowly advancing their agenda since at least the late 90s and started at the local government level, testing and perfecting their rhetoric and policy to make it palatable to the American public.
We have talent but Conservatives and Republicans are leaderless. We have been ever since 2008. Conservatives across the country are looking for a way back to power and they're looking in the wrong places. One of the biggest examples for me is Uber.
Some savvy operatives within the national Republican Party decided that car-sharers’ frustrations with politicians’ attempts to block Uber could make them more receptive to the GOP’s long, principled opposition to efficiency-sapping regulations, overweening regulators and general bureaucratic meddling.
Read the whole article on Forbes titled "'Uber Republicans': Can GOP Tap Into Millennials' Frustrations?”. The bottom line is that Republicans see a perfect opportunity to tap into support from young people by championing what they love about the free market while defending it from big government.
It's a good idea. Conservatives should go to bat for Uber, numerous companies like them, and the free market policies that make what they do possible. However, we cannot expect this to save the Republican party or Conservatism.
To fully understand my point I recommend listening to the center-right podcast Coffee & Markets. In the episode Millennials and Political Consumerism Andrew Quinn explains how Uber and political consumerism can't save the GOP.
Politics isn't a get rich quick scheme. Reagan knew that and we need to know it too. It's time to stop reading "10 Ways to Always Win at Politics". It's time to start the hard work of changing the game.