Michael Reagan | May 16, 2014 | Townhall.com
Stop listening to so much conservative talk radio.
Take a break. Watch a cartoon. Go to a ballgame.
Do anything else for a while but think, talk or argue about politics.
Do what I do and listen to country music instead. I guarantee you won’t be so angry all the time.
That’s what I told a bunch of riled-up conservatives the other day when I ran into them at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
I think I really shocked them when I said I rarely listen to talk radio.
What? You don’t listen to Sean or Rush or Levin every day?
Nope. Nope. And nope. They’re all great radio guys, great conservatives.
But I used to work in conservative talk radio. I didn’t listen to talk radio every day then and still don’t for the same reason I bet most country musicians don’t listen to country radio.
Don’t get me wrong. Conservative talk radio is great. But all you hear are angry callers. The only people I hear enjoying themselves are the hosts.
But these days it can be dangerous for Republicans because all you hear is conservatives picking fights with each other over who they want to run for president in 2016.
It’s become a bitter internal Twitter debate between Tea Party conservatives, economic conservatives, social conservatives, libertarians, hawks, doves and who knows how many others.
Everybody else’s favorite conservative candidate for 2016 is branded as a loser, a part-time conservative, a pretender to the legacy of Ronald Reagan.
Rubio’s soft on immigration. Paul is a dove who supports moderates. Cruz is too rash and too radical to win.
The problem is too many conservatives are spending their days looking for the bad in each other instead of looking for the good. No wonder we have so many angry people in our party.
Remember what’s on my father’s gravestone? — “I know in my heart that man is good.”
That’s something conservative Republicans should keep in mind this fall and especially in 2016.
All this factional infighting and ideological hair-splitting is dangerous for the future of the GOP — if it has one after 2016.
Instead of knocking Rand Paul as an isolationist or a traitor to the Tea Party cause because he came out in support of a nominee picked by the party, give him a break.
And give him some credit for focusing on the most important prize at hand – putting the GOP back in charge of the U.S. Senate this fall.
The bottom line is we’re all conservatives. We’re not the enemy. The liberals are.
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So here we go. The only thing is he is preaching to conservatives, directing his dissatisfaction at them. Angry meet angry. Now I like Mike Reagan but come-on. Might as well tell conservatives to stop organizing and coalescing. And this, while the Left is organized to a soundbite. Make any sense?
Sure there are limits and factions, but when we see little or no action from the GOP establishment, any wonder why they are frustrated? Hello, we don’t do lockstep well. Yes, we have wide agreements but the primary season has a reason.
Goody goody gumdrops, conservatives get yet another lecture.
I often wonder what Ronnie would say? I seem to remember his convention speech for Goldwater and he sounded pretty frustrated and “angry”. Again he sounded angry when someone cut his mic. (both went over rather well, too) I suggest it is about how we channel frustration and anger that counts. Doing nothing is not an option for many of us.
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