—Hillary Clinton, speaking for EMILY's List, an organization dedicated to electing women Democrats.
Would I like to see a woman President? Yes—just as I liked the idea of a non-white President. But Hillary is following much more than a “one of these, not one of those” kind of guy. She’s following a community organizer. She’s following a zealot. Put simply, she’s following an advocate.
Advocacy is focused activism for selected groups. It builds nothing; nor does it create. Redistributing what has already been built, advocacy picks favorites while preaching agenda. You choose an advocate to be your lawyer, not everyone’s leader. You choose an advocate to get your way.
Leadership is a loving parent baking an apple pie. Advocacy is screaming kids fighting over pieces:
“Mommy! Timmy took the biggest piece!”
“I did not! Becky’s only saying that because she’s a racist!”
“Nu-uh! We’re the same color! Timmy’s a sexist!”
“Am not! I respect everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious views, or gender orientation! Becky’s just a stupidhead!”
“Mommy! Timmy called me a stupidhead! He’s disrespecting my cultural heritage!”
“Cultural heritage? You’re six! I’m eight! I know a thing or two about unfair hiring practices, young lady! RESPECT YOUR ELDERS!!”
“MOMMY! TIMMY PULLED THE AGE CARD AGAIN! MOMMYYYYYYYY!!!”
Our Advocate In Chief
Americans are tired of warring factions pushing their way, and Hillary’s statements promise more of the same. Hence, the right messaging could ruin her, thanks to Obama’s oversteps. Look at what we’ve endured:
- Obama’s IRS and EPA targeted rightwing businesses and organizations.
- Pro-lifers are forced to fund personal medical choices they oppose.
- The Justice Department treats every white-on-black crime as cause for full investigations, while black-on-white crimes are handled at the local level—if at all.
- Keystone was vetoed strictly out of environmentalist agenda, so American jobs were lost.
- Laws against illegal immigration are almost completely ignored.
- Putin—for whom no American voted—gets “flexibility.” Republicans get vetoes.
Do Americans see all this? No, not all. And yet, I believe they know this administration favors some demographics over others—acting as advocates, rather than leaders. This makes Hillary’s words (and underlying campaign theme) a BIG liability, should we exploit it.
Exposing Advocacy: Some Steps
Advocacy hampers leftwing candidates, provided we know what to say:
1. Draw a clear line between what we can’t choose (our race, gender, etc.) and what we can. For instance, let’s say our candidate is a man:
This may sound strange, but Democrats want us yelling and complaining. Why? Because yelling makes us sound like people demanding their way, not offering a better way. Creating an aura of pettiness against pettiness, we lose the high ground. Americans tune us out. For a good example of offering liberty more than demanding it, listen to Ted Cruz.
3. DON’T advocate our own agenda:
For instance, as a Rightwing, Evangelical Christian, I have many biases and preferences. But if I advocate making my views into everyone’s laws, I clear the Left of guilt for pressing their agenda. This is a tactical error. It’s also something Jesus didn’t do.
Rather than help opponents by forcing my agenda, I embarrass them for pushing theirs:
• Start by establishing yourself as the good guy:
Substituting advocacy for leadership, Obama has dug a deep hole—and Hillary is falling in. Advocacy is screaming kids. Annoying people, it neither protects America nor creates jobs. Advocacy divides us. And yet, it will all go unnoticed if we merely yell about it or push our own advocacy instead. Looming ahead are 19 months until the next election; there’s plenty of time. So let’s get to work…
…and do it with a smile.
Beneath Democrats is a thinning sheet of ice, needing only a crack to send them plunging to the depths below. Trust me on this. Exasperated with divisive agendas, Americans long for fresh messaging:
“I don’t want to fundamentally transform you—you’re not some experiment in my lab.”
“I don’t want my preferences to be your laws.”
And after 8 years of Obama’s way, our way is about to make a comeback.