How Republicans Can Win


A few years ago, David Horowitz and I sat down for lunch in Pico Kosher Deli, the best kosher deli in the known universe. I knew that David used to be a high-profile leftist who, somewhere along the line, reexamined his politics and his values and became a conservative.  When I asked David what made him lose faith in liberalism, David pulled a classic silent movie double take, almost spilling his matzo ball soup.

“I was not a liberal,” said David.

“Um, but I thought…”

“I was a communist.”

Indeed, David Horowitz was deep red, an activist who, tragically, came to see the radical left for what it was: ardent true believers who will not hesitate to break a few eggs in order to make an omelette. The broken egg, in David’s case, was Betty Van Patter, a bookkeeper who, on David’s recommendation, worked for the Black Panthers. When she discovered irregularities in the Panther books, she was murdered.

David knows that the party of John F. Kennedy is dead. It is now the party of socialist progressives, the party of Barack Hussein Obama. And unless Republicans understand that they are engaged in a life and death struggle cultural and political, America will decline and collapse into one-party, Democrat-Socialist rule.

Democrats will fight to the death to prevent poor parents from getting vouchers to provide their children with the same education that well-heeled Democratic legislators provide for theirs. This is a moral atrocity. This is an issue to get angry about and mobilize constituencies over. This is an issue that could drive a Gibraltar-size wedge through the Democratic base. But Republicans are too polite to do that.

This is merely the most obvious atrocity that Democrats are committing against America’s impoverished minorities. Subverting family structures through a misconceived welfare system, encouraging food stamp dependency, providing incentives to bring into this world massive numbers of children who have no prospect of a decent life just to earn a welfare dollar. These are the corrupt fruits of Democratic welfare policies which are spiraling out of control. Republicans criticize these programs as “wasteful.” They need to start attacking them as destructive, as attacks on the human beings who are ensnared by them.

The way for Republicans to show they care about minorities is to defend them against their oppressors and exploiters, which in every major inner city in America without exception are Democrats. Democrats run the welfare and public education systems; they have created the policies that ruin the lives of the recipients of their handouts. It’s time that Republicans started to hold Democrats to account; to put them on the defensive and take away the moral high ground, which they now occupy illegitimately. Government welfare is not just wasteful; it is destructive. The public school system in America’s inner cities is not merely ineffective; it is racist and criminal.

Please click Powerline to read David’s entire article.

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  1. Jeremayakovka
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    The Palins are and always will be more realistic and more moral role models for chronically poor, Black America than are the Obamas. But most GOP types don’t have a vision to communicate that. Jack Kemp, a self-described “bleeding heart conservative”, did. Can’t think of any others.

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  2. zahava
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    “Pico Kosher Deli, the best kosher deli in the known universe.”
    Have you like been to New Yawk????

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted February 12, 2013 at 5:35 am | Permalink


      Many, many New Yorkers have told me that Pico Kosher Deli is better than any New York deli. Next time you’re in LA, I’ll prove it to you:-)

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  3. Brianna
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    You know Horowitz?  Darn, I wish I could meet the guy.  Anyway, I wanted to point something out.  The article says:

    The way for Republicans to show they care about minorities is to defend them against their oppressors and exploiters, which in every major inner city in America without exception are Democrats.
    Only problem here is that in a lot of these cities, the Democrats running those cities and “oppressing and exploiting” those minorities are… minorities!  There are plenty of minorites in the political structures of major cities… the mayor of detroit is black, many cops in detroit and DC and other cities are black, many educators are black, etc. etc. 

    I’m not saying you’re wrong.  But that dynamic does add an extra twist to the problem.  How do you convince minorities that they’re being exploited by their fellow minorities when they’re used to viewing these people as allies in the fight for justice?

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  4. sennacherib
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I remember those times well. Everyone should take heart, for though it doesn’t seem so they are losing. They’re true power base (my generation) is starting to pass from the scene. Look how they are retreating in local and state politics, education (the rise of vouchers), the collapse of non public unions the list is long if you look. Their hegemony in culture is receding. The “news” has had to go all in to defend Obama and this progressive ideology and as a consequence is burning its’ credibility to the ground. Don’t get me wrong they are still formidable and this will probably take awhile, but they will lose.

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  5. K
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    That’s an excellent idea for Republicans. The teacher’s unions are already “all in” with the Democrats so there’s no penalty for going head to head with them.  Along those lines, I would suggest campaigning on how the Republican platform will make life better, in general, for everybody, instead of going negative about monster government. Improving the standard of living and reducing government size and control are two sides of the same coin, but the former is a far better platform than the latter.

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  6. Posted February 11, 2013 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Republicans are at a great handicap in criticizing the racist and destructive policies of the Democrats. They swim, like all the rest of us, in the sea of leftist opinion produced and disseminated by the news and entertainment media. The reaction to Dr Ben Carson’s Prayer Breakfast speech is a good indication of the sea of molasses that impedes any non-leftist opinion from acceptance.

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  7. Barry
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    It’s fine your friend changed his mind but there really has to be something wrong with a guy, on the order of mood swings, for an individual to swing left-to-right as Horowitz has done. NOt at all like beind an FDR Democrat or Reagan Republican. This goes to the heart of our educatinal system where serious and well educated people pass for smart. There is no corelation.

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  8. Posted February 11, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    There is an interesting correlation between major metropolitan areas and the control of the Democratic Party. As you point out, the Dems have controlled major cities for years: New York, Chicago, L.A., New Orleans, Philadelphia, etc. Minorities tend to gravitate toward metro areas for work and housing opportunities (ever since the Civil War). Unions work to control the labor market and education. Politicians control the government of the cities. Gangs work to control the criminal activities. It is the “new” slavery. It’s why gun control doesn’t work in major cities. It’s why the drug economy DOES work in major cities.  How else can an under-educated minority earn thousands of dollars a week? There aren’t many opportunities unless you can dunk like Michael Jordan or pass like Andrew Luck.

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    • Posted February 11, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      As a follow-up, Robert. I would be interested to see how the “Chicago Machine” affects the national Democratic political scene. Let’s face it — Hilary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, Rahm Emanual, Valerie Jarrett, et al. They all have Chicago ties!

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