Every few days, we receive communications from people in or interested in the party asking why we don’t go on the offensive more often against Donald Trump, the GOP, or even the Democrats. They say a constant state of attack is what’s necessary to get attention for the party and they point to other campaigns, parties, and movements as examples.
We will not be following those examples. That’s not to say that we are passive by any means. Since the formation of the party, we chose to take the highest road possible in all situations. Before it sounds like we’re tooting our righteous horns, we’re not so naive to think that we won’t get mud thrown at us, nor are we precluded from fighting on the other parties’ lower levels. Our “high road” is as strategic as it is honorable. We realize that if we attack every move by our opponents, we lose credibility. On the other hand, if we stay honest and remain focused on our goals of defending freedoms and reducing the size of the federal government, our perspectives will hold more weight.
This is why we will be the first to cheer when a Republican (yes, even Donald Trump) does something good. For example, the Tweet below and a dissenting response to it was what prompted this article in the first place:
If he stays true to his reputations of promoting small-government fiscal responsibility, this could be a great pick. https://t.co/6SNJHt7DEq
— Federalist Party (@Federalists_USA) December 18, 2016
It was a double-whammy of a post. First, we Tweeted something positive about a Donald Trump pick. To make it more egregious, we Tweeted the New York Times. This drew a negative response, but it’s important that we call it like it is. If all we do is spew continuous negative rhetoric about Trump or the other parties, we have no credibility to call them out when they really are doing the wrong things.
The following post is only effective if we’re shooting straight and staying true to our goals:
We realize that this strategy isn’t shared by most. The GOP will never say anything nice about the Democrats. The Democrats will never say anything nice about the Libertarians. The Libertarians will never… you get the point. We even see it in conservative movements and smaller political parties. It’s as if they feel compelled to always attack their opponents, even when their opponents make moves that are helpful to America.
Currently, our stance as a party is very similar to this stance that I posted on another site:
Republicans, Democrats, and every other political party (including ours) will do some good and some bad. Individual politicians will do the same. Our goal is to maximize the amount of good that we do. It starts with our actions and words, but it also includes our willingness to be honest about the actions and words of others.
We will highlight good things that other parties do so that we’re able to stay consistent with our goals rather than maintaining the purely political stance that everyone else seems to want to employ. It may not be the most popular methodology for political party communication, but it’s the one we adopted for better of for worse. We believe it’s definitely for the better.
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