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Where are all the loud and avowed Conservative artists and how do we support them? The question really comes from a lament by a friend of mine that people might not be supporting Conservative artists as they do those who seem to loudly proclaim their Liberal ideals.
Take some of the more popular musical artists over the past 20-30 years. I’m sure some of us have been to concerts where at some point the great music stops and the tirades start regarding the latest political issue of the day. Sting did this in the late 80’s at a concert I was at. I wanted to yell, “shut up and sing!” I wasn’t there to hear his rant on why he thought Conservatives are simply the doormen at the Gates of Hell, I was there to hear him sing.
So maybe I shouldn’t have been there, but I liked his music, so I went.
I think this helps illuminate the main question: Where are the Conservative artists out there and what can we do to support them? After all, they seem to speak for many more Americans than do the Liberal artists who’s cause du jour has nothing to do with making America a better place to live and work. Just look at the rise of conservatism on social media, the Internet and through large events such as the Tea Party movement. There’s a groundswell of conservatism going on out there that can’t be ignored.
I came across one such artist recently who, in my own opinion, seems to have captured the sense of the rising anger in America: a righteous indignation over the principles and morals of a depraved Liberal society that believes people who work hard for what they have ought to be stripped of what they’ve earned so those who’ve sat on the proverbial couch and ate from the Liberal tray of chips can have more chips because somehow it’s not right to require them to work for a living so they can buy their own food, health care, houses and other things.
A visit to http://www.joedanmedia.com/ doesn’t take one long to discover that the Liberal mindset is one worthy of scorn, ridicule and contempt, if not simply an ideal who’s only worth is to spur laughter. It’s this mindset that has helped plunge the American economy into a massive recession. Certainly the similar Liberal policies that have plagued Europe for decades is the reason why the economy of Greece collapsed recently, and will likely be the cause of America’s ultimate collapse in the very near future if we can’t wrestle away the control of Congress from those who’s spending-spree attitude is nothing short of evil.
Many of these short video spots — the shortest is a 39-second spot that decries the desire of Liberals to confer US citizenship rights to terrorists captured on the battlefield, rather than dish out the appropriate punishment via our military — call attention to the utter degradation of America under Liberal rule. The site’s owner, Joe Dan Gorman, simply uses the statements of and facts surrounding those Liberal politicians who’s sole purpose is to remake America into their own fiefdom where the controlling authority is not democratic but authoritarian.
Such video messages can be very powerful if done right. Consider the “Daisy Girl” television ad, which ran one time on Sept. 7, 1964 during the NBC Movie. The advertisement was very likely the reason why Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater lost in a 44-state landslide to incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson. It certainly helped cement the Liberal mindset that Goldwater was an extremist who would destroy America, when a careful study of his ideas suggests that had he succeeded, the Vietnam War might not have drug on for another decade like it did.
While it’s easy to agree with television producer and former Nixon campaign consultant Roger Ailes when he said: “Television is no gimmick, and nobody will ever be elected to major office again without presenting themselves well on it,” I find myself somewhat agreeing, if somewhat nostalgically, with Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, who in 1956, said: “The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal is the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.”
Nevertheless, mass media being what it is, especially today, means that candidates will continue to be defined by sound bytes and notable video spots, whether on television in the form of slick commercials, or on the Internet via YouTube or some other yet-to-be-invented medium. Personally, I think the Internet is the future of political advertising and marketing.
That’s why I like what I see coming out of the Conservative movement in America, and why I think that these talented media artists need to be supported, financially and otherwise, for their efforts. Folks with a flair for media or the ingenuity to capitalize on social media and other forms of Internet media are taking advantage of the Internet in ways that will forever change the political marketing landscape in America. I just wish I had a great idea for how to create the business model that turns this passion into profit. I’m hopeful that this change will be good as the stranglehold that the mainstream television networks have had on American politics for decades is forever broken, dismantled and defunded.