In a recent comment, bob, one of our most regular critics, chimes in with some good advice for conservatives:
rather than spending so much energy on criticizing your political opponents, perhaps you should begin developing more nuanced and thoughtful ideas on how to solve the nation’s problems. in case you haven’t noticed, we’re in quite the predicament these days.
if you want conservatives to remain relevant in our country’s discussion (i, as a liberal, want conservatives to remain relevant to our country’s discussion), you would be well advised to think about how to make things better instead of about how to find a way to put liberals down. i’m not saying you shouldn’t criticize the opposition; it’s just that the criticism should not overwhelm the discussion of ideas and your ideals.
Perhaps, I was particularly sensitive to this criticism because while I sketched out my plan for a needed economic stimulus, I have neglected to turn it into a post.
But, I wonder, as does one of our defenders if the:
implication of bob’s comment is that conservatives – and classical liberals – and you/us on the GP blog – somehow haven’t been making a good case on how to improve things. We/they have. It’s just that bob, and Democrats generally, choose to stay in ignorance of it.
I do hope bob is aware that many Republicans have put forward alternatives to the “stimulus.” And conservatives have articulated how they would improve things if they were in charge.
That said, I particularly appreciated bob’s last sentence, acknowledging that criticism has it’s place so long as it doesn’t overwhelm the discussion of ideas.Â But, as Camus wisely noted, sometimes opposition affirms a deeply held value or principle.
It’s important that we Republicans recall what we’re affirming when we oppose Obama’s initiatives, articulating those principles along with the opposition.Â And that we put forward alternatives to the president’s plans as many Republicans did during the “stimulus” debate.