Take Back Our Mouthpieces: A Return To Intelligent Conservatism

Take Back Our Mouthpieces: A Return To Intelligent Conservatism Image

I’ve been as guilty as any of them.  Eight years of Obama turned me into an angry conservative intent on slaying liberal dragons through tasteless methods and angry rants.  I might have been uncomfortable with the “libtard” language and while I never bought into ridiculous notions like the birther movement, I never shut it down either.

There is no denying that I’ve often been in the wrong with the approach that my platform has allowed me and watching some of my counterparts in conservative media echo much of what I often partook now makes me cringe- angry at myself that I didn’t have the foresight to see what this would lead to.

My motivation was to stir and activate conservatives.  And we did.  But the result from outlets like talk radio, conservative talking heads on tv, and social media created a lot of ideological anger without offering real life governing solutions.  And in doing so, we were setting ourselves up for a fall.  Our audiences echoed us.  Outraged and angry.  Ready to set fire to the building but forgetting we still live there.  Reacting to legitimate policy problems with nothing but anger based solely on ideology and ready to do anything to appease our emotions-even if it meant to cut off our nose to spite our face.

This inevitably paved the way for the new era of “conservatism.”  One that felt way too comfortable partnering up with bigotry, misogyny, racism.  Also, one that was heartrendingly accepting of moral relativism.  We sold all virtuous fortitude to scratch an itch created by eight years of Obama on one side and hawkish conservative profiteers on the other hand.  Profiteers who were “nobodies” without an outraged following.

Suddenly we were at a stand off.  Those of us who hadn’t forgotten who we are and what we stand for drew a line and refused to go with the herd.  The new Republican Golden Calf came in the form of a bloated, crude, and obvious (to us) conman intent on furthering his brand and feeding his narcissism.   One that was ideally suited to partner with this new acrimonious political landscape fueled largely by rants and tirades and very little with realistic and effective governing.

Lines were drawn and for many of us we saw clearly for the first time what had become of the conservative industry and we knew we had to make changes.  Personal changes in how we operated our individual platforms.  Legitimate righteous indignation looking for conservative political solutions had been replaced with fury.  And only fury.

Others saw floating coattails that they could attach themselves in their bids for more prestige, more power, more fame.  They saw the problem and I can assure you from many personal conversations that most knew that this new direction was dangerous, unsubstantive, and quite frankly, embarrassing… but the need for attention, ratings, and popularity can be addictive and frightening.  I’ve seen it destroy the integrity of people I once admired and deeply respected in conservative media circles.

And suddenly, the more crude, the more rude and obscene, the more shocking you were- the more applause you got, giving birth to some of the more famous pundit gutterbugs that we suffer from today.   Characters like Milo and Tomi Lahren, and a reintroduction to what became the newer lower bred alter egos that are now Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity, to name a few.

Milo and Tomi, both shock jocks who have risen to fame with bitter, shallow rants that strike at the heart of an angry electorate.  They have been successful in nailing some of our more emotional responses to certain issues and thus we allowed them to take over certain media platforms without understanding who they are and what they really stand for on pertinent issues like….oh, pedophilia and pederasty.

We mocked Obama for eight years for being a teleprompter president—and then these same people lauded a pretty young girl who brags she doesn’t read books, has been out of high school less time than I’ve owned my favorite pair of shoes, and can read an angry rant off of a… teleprompter, no less.  And thus handing the heady responsibility of a conservative spokesperson over to a woman-child who …like, totally, is just speaking “her truth”… not THE truth, her truth.  And that…like, totally, changes depending on the audience and what her applause meter is reading at the moment.  She’s a fame climber.  An opportunist who has used you, the conservative listeners who invested in her day after day as she constantly updated us on how many views her latest clip got, to climb for bigger and better mainstream audiences that do not include the cornerstones of constitutional conservative values.

We have lost the ability to have a reasonable discussion and respectful debate and have lowered our standards out of anger.  Hissy fits do not change hearts and influence minds.

Stop turning these shock jocks into political celebrities.  Stop putting them on pedestals and turning into fawning fan girls over their latest harangue.  Demand more out of those who claim to speak on behalf of conservatism.

Let’s have a return to thoughtful and intelligent conservatism.  One that we can be proud of and doesn’t consist entirely of bombastic tirades and blustering diatribes.  Constitutional conservatism deserves a responsible deliberation – one that compels and inspires dialogue and long-term change that doesn’t snap back in angry response in four years.  One that emboldens the thinkers instead of the reactors.  One that offers a thoughtful alternative instead of a muttering “snowflake!” response.  Believe it or not, many on the other side of the aisle are good people with a different viewpoint.  And many times they’ve never even been exposed to what conservatives believe on a policy by policy viewpoint.

We’ve destroyed opportunities to effect conservative change in so many circles, not because we don’t have a valuable message that will resonate if delivered properly, but because we’ve given the mouthpieces over to some of the loudest and least thoughtful among us.  Take them back.   How about a little less Howard Stern and a lot more William Buckley?

*Follow Brittany Pounders on Facebook here and on Twitter @LibertyBritt.

About The Author: Brittany Pounders is a conservative political commentator, blogger, and freelancer. She is a frequent guest columnist for The Toronto Sun, and can be heard through many different radio and media outlets such as The Blaze Radio Network, The Chris Salcedo Show, The Ed Dean Radio Show, has appeared on The Glenn Beck Show and regularly on cable news channels, including NewsmaxTv, One America News Network, America Trends, and the Fox News with Neil Cavuto. She resides in Texas with her husband and is raising three of the finest little people in the world. Follow her on… Facebook or @LibertyBritt

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  • Jetsz

    Way to go, Brittany. Spot on.

  • Kevin Guy

    Ms. Pounders – I came across your article thru a link in a Salon article. I live in San Francisco, and pretty much fulfill every stereotype that entails (liberal, atheist, vegetarian, hate guns, straight, but i love my LGBTQ friends and family, ardent environmentalist, very suspicious of capitalism, yadda yadda). But on top of all that, i am a patriot and i dearly love this country. I believe it is the greatest and most noble experiment ever proposed in human history. I doubt we agree much on policy positions, but this article spoke to my heart.. that it, that this grand experiment can only realize its true potential when it is grounded in tolerance, an underpinning of mutual respect, and the will to work through our differences via rational discourse. Its something that so many are clearly struggling with mightily on all points of the political spectrum. Anyway, i didnt come here to grandstand, i came here to sincerely thank you for this article. Yes, i like it for calling out the hysterical, opportunist likes of Tomi and Milo. But your point is bigger than that, and i appreciate it and respect it in a huge way. I dont agree with much of WF Buckley’s ideas, but the idea that he would sit in a chair on Firing Line, on TV, across from the likes of Noam Chomsky and Muhammad Ali and everyone would have a relatively reasonably dialogue seems sadly ancient now. Before i ramble further, thank you for writing this. Takes guts and conviction in this climate. Good day to you.

  • Rockon

    i agree with this article, except for the following statement…

    “One that felt way too comfortable partnering up with bigotry, misogyny, racism.”

    I have seen no evidence of this. I can see how dumbing down any political ideology could draw it closer to such things, but make that point instead of an accusatory claim that cannot be backed with substantial evidence.

  • Marla Hughes

    You go girl!

  • GinaRD

    I only hope it’s not too late.

  • Hypatia of Portland

    I am, perhaps, the unlikeliest of conservatives. I’m black, a woman, and queer as the day is long. I’m married to another woman and, obviously, am pro gay rights, pro gay marriage, and pro choice. But I’m a conservative nevertheless because I’m a patriot in the sense that my parents taught me (so my patriotism is very mid-20th century). I believe in hard work and being a good neighbor. I believe prejudice is when someone looks at me, hard worker, good provider, involved with our church, mentoring younger women in my industry (software) and then decides that despite all of that, I *must* be a less worthy sort of person because I’m black or a lesbian.

    I started calling myself a conservative again after the election of Trump and, actually, in spite of his election. I’m a conservative because I believe in marriage equality. Being married has made me a better human being and it has made my wife a better person as well. We are planning on having a child, hoping to find out next week that she’s pregnant, and look forward to raising our child in the church we attend. I am a veteran and am proud to say that I am the daughter, sister and mother of veterans. I believe in open military service because I believe that we send some of our best kids into the military and some of those kids are, like me, queer as the day is long and want to serve our nation, like I did.

    Over the last three or four years, I’ve realized that my overarching value set is pretty conservative. I’m not an evangelical Christian and don’t see myself ever returning to that worldview. But my views toward work, fairness, equality, what is important in life, and what it means to be an American are all pretty conservative. I have no appetite for overthrowing capitalism. I have all the appetite in the world for providing the means for people to play in the capitalist arena and keep a roof over their heads and offer the promise of a future.

    I still have liberal friends. My wife still calls herself a liberal. And Ms Pounders is right, there are good people on the other side. We just have to learn to talk to one another again as Americans.

  • Servelan

    When I see people like CharlesHouston talk about opposing [everything, because that’s pretty much what Republicans did to Obama] being not enough, as a patriotic liberal, I’d like to know why there’s no mention of talking to us. It’s not enough to talk among yourselves, folks, you aren’t the only people in the room.

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  • CharlesHouston

    As a conservative, a patriot, a Christian, a 27 year veteran of the USAF… Ms Pounders is spot on here.

    I did not vote for President Obama and shuddered when he had programs like his Stimulus. The economy recovered mostly in spite of him. He made a lot mistakes in the foreign policy/military field – his Red Line in Syria comes to mind.

    As Ms Pounders show us – just opposing something is NOT enough. We need to have plans that work better than the ones we oppose. Donald boasted and bragged about how his plans were going to be so much better but never had plans at all.

    This useless wall and infrastructure program is much worse than the Obama stimulus – he had a plan that we could debate. Donald has nothing. Donald’s plans are to spend freely and hope that something happens – we know that his boast about Mexico paying for a wall is nonsense. I am a financial conservative and know that Donald’s free spending will drive up the debt enormously – we can’t pay for a trillion dollar infrastructure program by cutting some silly art program.

    I fear that the party of Lincoln has become the party of Steve Bannon – a self described Leninist. I fought against the heirs of Lenin, Marx, Engels, Stalin, etc for decades and am not willing to hand over this country to people who idolize them.

    People that I used to admire have shown that they are not Christian at all – they are Philistines. They lust for power and willingly trade decency for power.

  • Kim H. Carrell

    Please. You didn’t suffer one single disadvantage or detriment under Obama. Not one damn thing changed for you other than you, in your insular white privilege world, having to deal with a black man as President. And you don’t have the courage or the honesty to admit that.
    As far as your mourning the loss of “real” conservative voices is concerned – just how thick are you? After decades of Limbaugh and his bastard offspring having free reign to spout lies in order to gin up as much hate as possible, you brought this on yourselves. Enjoy dealing with monsters you created. The rest of us – who still believe in our country – are going to fight to fix what your monsters don’t burn down.

    • Hugh Mannity

      Thanks for the smile with your diatribe of drivel. I thought Obama was 1/2 white, so, she, and the rest of America, suffered under a white president just as much, right? Oops! And the fact that you support the destruction he brought to this country speaks volumes of your disdain for both America and the freedoms it brings (with emphasis on freedoms).

      As far as “Limbaugh and his bastard offspring having free reign to spout lies”, people like you often toss out those comments while not only being unable to point to any specific things Limbaugh, or Levin for instance, have said, you simultaneously ignore the constant bombardment of “mainstream media” hitting us with proven lies.

      So, continue to cry, complain, and insult. Coming after the end of a good article that was factual and honest, your attacks simply show that @libertybritt was right in what she wrote and you can’t stand it that your losses continue unabated as more people wake up to the reality of the dead end that is liberalism.

      Have a nice day.

      • Susan Eaton

        Lets face it: conservatives are all fake christians who “pretend” to follow God’s teachings but in reality, they are bigoted hacks who spend more time telling other people how to live, than actually living “Christian” lives themselves. I agree with the tone of this article but you sir a fucking idiot!

        • dianeInFV

          ^^^ there you go, that’s exactly the attitude that caused the left to lose a tremendous amount of seats, both federal and state, over the past 8 years – and the Presidential election.

          • edgyone

            I don’t even care anymore. You people can vote to let corporationa poison everything since the pain will mostly be felt in the fly over states where you suckers live it won’t affect my life. I’ll still live in a nice part of elitist rich America you despise because most of you can’t afford to live there.

          • Hugh Mannity

            ROFL OK Daddy Warbucks. You are THE MAN!

        • Hugh Mannity

          Bless your heart, you were unable to rebut anything I said, so you got mad, had a hissy fit, called me names and insulted Christians. You poor thing.

          Love ya!

      • edgyone

        Name one Obama policy that you “personally suffered” and one

        • Hugh Mannity

          1. There are more people on government assistance under Obama than at any time in our history. That hurts all of us in the form of an additional debt burden.

          2. Obamacare. Couldn’t keep my plan, and an inferior plan is now more than 3x the cost.

          3. Record unemployment. In fact, it is so bad, that they had to change how they count the unemployed so that after a certain period of time, people are no longer counted! This hurts all of us, as it impacts the ability for me to make money and feed my family as fewer people have less disposable income. Obama’s labor participation rate is pathetic.

          4. Deficit of 74% of GDP. Thanks to his policies, we will never stop paying debt.

          5. Speaking of GDP, Obama’s RGDP is 4th lowest EVER! He didn’t even beat the great depression!

          6. Investments. Treasury’s were down to less than .05% – MAJOR impact on all of us.

          The list goes on and on. However, the mere fact that you pretend YOU are not impacted by any of this just proves that you’re not being truthful. In fact, all of us, for generations, are being, and will be, impacted by the terrible policies of Obama.

          • edgyone

            None of the things you rattled off were done by Obama. Like I suspected there is not a single thing that directly impacted you negati

          • Hugh Mannity

            Wow. I literally gave you government statistics for his terms in office and you denied them. Had I known you were just a troll account I would not have wasted my time.

          • edgyone

            There is no way Obama could be responsible for every trend you cite. For example, the number of people on government assistance is higher now because people on social security are counted, there is also a correlated trend in aging there. So if statistics are going to be used out of context to make a point then they really don’t matter.

          • Hugh Mannity

            Great, since you want to touch on only that statistic, lets do it. Lets remove social security. Lets talk about SNAP only. This is from their website at https://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap

            You can see that JUST for SNAP, there is a increase under Obama of 60%. And, FYI, our population grew by 5.8% in that same time period.

            So, as you can see, according to the government, you’re wrong, and your snarky comments just made you look even more stupid.

            Date Households Individuals
            Oct 2007 12,147,478 27,007,059
            Apr 2008 12,641,595 27,967,760
            Oct 2008 13,900,815 30,841,790
            Apr 2009 15,269,505 33,524,074
            Oct 2009 17,253,466 37,672,818
            Apr 2010 18,696,485 40,430,679
            Oct 2010 20,183,177 43,201,052
            Apr 2011 21,071,176 44,647,781
            Oct 2011 21,973,808 46,236,164
            Apr 2012 22,212,770 46,274,631
            Oct 2012 22,943,816 47,551,829
            Apr 2013 23,039,007 47,548,577
            Oct 2013 23,053,620 47,415,754
            Apr 2014 22,663,868 46,514,290
            Oct 2014 22,783,765 46,500,623
            Apr 2015 22,394,544 45,438,791
            Oct 2015 22,388,684 45,368,265
            Apr 2016 21,425,555 43,570,377

          • edgyone

            How can you blame Obama for that? He made no new programs, the recession started in 2007, and lastep up until recently. Also, no jobs bills were allowed to pass because the republicunts were dead set on obstruction of everything. So, no infrastructure spending, no tax reforms, nothing. We’ll see how your orange president does and if you will be better off in four years.

          • Hugh Mannity

            And again you prove yourself to be an idiot.

            1) I did not vote for Trump, I do not support him, he is a liberal.

            2) If Obama is not responsible for all of the statistics I cited during his 8 years as POTUS, why did we even have him. By your own admission, he was useless.

            3) The Democrats had a full majority for 2 years to pass ANYTHING they wanted to. There was nothing Republicans could have done. Again, by your own admission, they did not do anything positive, but you blame it on Republicans since you’re too much of a coward to accept responsibility for our failed party and policies.

            In short, I have continued to cite government statistics proving that Obama and the Democrats spent 8 years destroying America. You, on the other hand, can only say it’s not Obama’s fault even though he was in power and cry like a child.

            You have maintained the stance of a typical leftist, letting anyone who views this see your idiocy and childishness, and for that, I thank you.

          • edgyone

            I was not the one name calling, obviously you are not interested in having a conversation on this because you are typical conservative idiot that distorts statistics by cherry picking data without looking at trend or context. You are a victim of the misinformation of talk radio and Rupert Murdock and are part of the sheeple the kock brothers need to make more profit at the expense of our health and environment.

          • Hugh Mannity

            ROFL I source my data from the government, and even provide links to you so you can check yourself. You have been unable to prove ANY of your claims, and unable to dispute ANY of the claims I cited and provided sourced data for. So, now you just say I’m not serious and I distort by cherry picking.

            Let me take you up on that. Choose any item I cited and then provide “non cherry picked” data to prove me wrong. Be sure to include a link to the source, like I did.

            I’m waiting for you to prove me wrong….

      • TypicalLiberal82

        Really? It took less than a minute to find lie after lie spoken by Limbaugh. . Do you actually research what they’re stating? Or, like Trump, just blindly believe whatever hate speech they spew?


        Here’s just some of the many lies from the ignorant, tasteless and quack, Rush Limbaugh. This one is my personal favorite.

        “President Barack Obama shut down NASA space flights and turned the agency “into a Muslim outreach department.”

        As for Mark Levin
        Incredibly, for all his talk about “fiscal responsibility,” Levin has no problem with corporate welfare. In Liberty and Tyranny

        You’ll never hear him talk about the hundreds of billions of tax dollars that the likes of Halliburton have collected in closed, no-bid corporate welfare over the years.Nor will you read a hear about how corporate America pays little tax (in fact, two-thirds of U.S. corporations pay zero federal tax these days). But Levin, as always, lies through his teeth and claims U.S. corporations face a crushing, heavy tax burden.

        One wonders what the Founding Fathers would have made of Levin. Although he claims to speak for their vision for America, I get the feeling that the likes of Thomas Jefferson would have been appalled at Levin. Jefferson, for example, rejected the divinity of Jesus Christ and famously wrote papers attacking the absurdities of the Bible. The Founding Fathers in fact were not Christian. But Levin, as always, lies through his teeth and claims that they were.

        And yet Levin, often hijacks the Founding Father’s views, stating they’d support the vast amount of shady, immoral and illegal actions the Bush administration conducted, starting with “The Program”, not to mention the $3 trillion War of Lies in Iraq. So much for George Washington’s warning to the young nation to never get involved in overseas military adventures.

        Bush, in fact, shredded the Constitution that Levin claims to support. During the Bush years, Levin fanatically supported Bush through all the outrages, from embracing torture as official state policy to warrantless wiretaps.

        The fact that these men boast about their unwavering support of the philosophy of the Founding Fathers is sickening and grotesque.

        • Hugh Mannity

          Exactly what one would expect from a leftist, a Google search without questioning the results.

          First, about Politifact, it’s very typical that you would go to that site. Its amazingly rare to find a leftist that actually does their own research right to the sources because, well, you couldn’t find the facts to support your case.

          For some reason, leftists still use that site even though its been repeatedly, time and again, proven to be wrong.

          Here’s a really simple example where they compared Bernie Sanders and Trump saying the same thing, but said Trump was Mostly False while Bernie was Mostly True.


          There are countless other examples, but then, like I said, since you have to resort to that site rather than your own research, I would not really expect anything better from you.

          Second, I am not, nor have I ever been, a fan of Trump. Your supposition simple continues to prove that you speak without actually having facts.

          Third, If you actually ever listened to Levin, you would know that he repeatedly blasts corporate welfare and crony capitalism. In fact he has pushed for years for closure of the Ex-Im Bank, the #1 source for corporate welfare. Oops!

          So, enjoy your failed socialist ideals, keep living with a desire to steal my money to pay for you to live, and watch as people like me continue to fight for our Constitution, our country, and our freedoms while people like you become fewer and fewer as more and more realize that living lies gets tiring after a while.

          Have a good day.

          • TypicalLiberal82

            Aww! Now it’s you that was unable to rebut my post and reverted to having a hissy fit. . Calm down little snowflake, everything will be fine. . .

          • Hugh Mannity

            And there you go again. I cited sources to irrefutably prove your “facts” as inaccurate and you call them a “hissy fit”. We both know you lost this debate and now look even less mature than before. No matter what you say at this point, it just proves you to be even smaller yet again. You are dismissed.