Well, as is evident now, if the “Vembrist” part of the blog title is to have continuing relevance, it’s going to have to refer to future Novembers down the road, assuming we can hold on to our Republic for that long. For now, given the handful of remaining opportunities we still have, we must hold on to that hope.

However, the attempt to recover from this through political action is futile. I think that Romesh Ponuru has the best explanation going for the failure of the Romney candidacy, namely the stain on the GOP name as being the party of just the rich and not the party of the principles of the Republic, along with the failure of will by that Party to correct that impression.

The overt assault on the market by the administration tended to lead to a focus on the case of entrepreneurs, which while this includes mostly small business starters was interpreted as Bain Capitol clients. Since this is not an image most people have of themselves, which is yet another symptom of the effect our economic decline is having on our psychology, this message did not resonate with many average working folks. Even though there are many more and more substantial collateral benefits to the masses of facilitating entrepreneurship accrues the board, like creating more real jobs and innovating new sustainable career paths for new families, the administration’s claim that “we tried that before and it didn’t work” (even though it did work for Kennedy, Reagan, and Clinton) was never really challenged by the campaign.

It’s too late to save November, but clearly to save future Novembers what we need to do is re-educate American adults about the contribution the Free Market ideals (as well as a strong national defense and the preservation of the old liberal arts) contribute to the Middle Class’s well-being.

During the 80’s, there was a return to more conservative principles in the ascendency of Ronald Reagan. But not so well known was that there was a Renaissance of educational writing for showing that conservativism was defensible and coherent world view based on critical thinking and reasonable risks. Works like “Wealth & Poverty” by George Gilder, “Capitalism & Freedom” by Milton Friedman, and “The Vision of the Anointed” by Thomas Sowell” were circulating and intellectually intriguing. I personally learned a lot in those days.

We need a similar thing today. Such a project runs afoul of the New Media as arguably the Internet facilitates lack of focus and lack of dialogue.

At any rate, it’s a necessary function that was systematically absent this time. With exception of works like “Liberal Fascism” by Jonah Goldberg and “Radical in Chief” by Stanley Kurtz, there has been an apparent systematic reluctance on the part of the GOP to engage in any Gramsci-like alternative schooling to promote the rationale for their agenda. The Romney campaigns allergic reaction to campaigning on ideas is the tip of the iceberg.

Which means unless we do this ourselves, this will not get done. So I’m going to try to get into the discipline of posting something that connects the philosophy of classical liberalism (conservativism) to the new setting of the Middle Class. More than money, we need to circulate ideas. Of course, this will by from a candidly classical Christian perspective but the audience will not be limited to other Christians.

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