Michael Ramirez Essay: Polling the 2024 Election 09-10-23
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By Michael Ramirez, September 10, 2023
A reader recently asked me if I had changed. He implied that I had become a liberal because I had targeted Trump. I thought my response was worth sharing with you. There are some things I have written before, but I think for the upcoming election, they are worth repeating.
I told him to take a look at my cartoons again. There are literally hundreds of anti-Biden Administration, anti-progressive, and anti-wokeism cartoons for every one Trump cartoon.
I told him the cartoons are focused on issues, not personalities.
I used to joke with one of my dear friends, a Republican governor, that I would stop doing cartoons against his policies if he stopped doing things I disagreed with.
I am still the same constitutional conservative, free-market capitalist I have always been. I will always follow principles and defend the truth, even at the risk of being unpopular. I have a 40-year-plus record of supporting constitutional conservatism and free-market capitalism, and I have never deviated from that.
I have not changed one iota.
Unfortunately, the Republican Party has navigated away from our founding principles towards a shallow conspiratorial populism and away from success at the ballot box.
These are challenging times, I know, but it is during these challenging times when core principles become important.
Some readers have called me a R.I.N.O... I freely admit it. I am a Republican In Name Only.
I am not tied to any party. I am tied to conservative principles. I support those who will preserve our liberty, defend our Constitution, and preserve the fabric of America.
The Republican party has traditionally been the best vehicle to do that, but that is changing. You see, you have to WIN to implement your ideas.
My job is to defend liberty, the constitution, conservatism, free market economics and not to be popular. I get paid to read, research, and find the truth, not to buttress some argument. The truth matters. If you cannot substantiate your point of view, then you have no business trying to influence others to do the same.
Far too many pundits are already using social media to reinforce conspiratorial nonsense for fame, fortune, and a following. I choose not to be one of them. They have abused your trust for their gain.
Social media is a breeding ground for nonsense and uninformed acquiescence. I can’t tell you how much garbage is passed around, circulated, and recirculated without people checking to see if any of it is actually based on factual information.
The media shares some blame for this by corrupting content with a political agenda rather than being an objective witness to events. So, it is important during these times to closely examine everything carefully and objectively and remove the static and social media echo chamber that accompanies it.
AMERICA WANTS CONSERVATISM
The shame is that America is ready for a conservative revolution on the scale of the Reagan years, one that will last for 20-30 years.
Biden is the best thing to happen to the GOP since Lincoln. He has shown that progressive policies are a disaster. But this is being undermined by Trump and the GOP looking backward instead of forward.
America needs a true conservative.
AMERICA NEEDS A REAGAN NOT A TRUMP.
Republicans should be selling a constitutional platform instead of nutty conspiracy theories…
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Links of interest:
Twilight Of The Democrats — Gutentag, Woodhouse & Shellenberger, Public
Latest Polls —Real Clear Polls
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