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Big Tent Lie

The conversations in my life seem to be dominated by a few large categories: Religion, Politics, Financial Security, and Personal Security. And, in each of these areas I find a disturbing “Truism” creeping in.

The Truism is that we need to “more inclusive” or “tolerant” of divergent views. This concept is sometimes referred to as the “Big Tent” approach.

However, the consequences of each of these conversations are so large; it is difficult and dangerous to assume that all points of view are equally valid.

The Big Tent approach is most commonly discussed in the realm of Politics, and is particularly intense right now among “Republicans”, still reeling from back-to-back loses for the White House. Predictably, the media, “strategists”, and other gurus of politics are blaming the GOP for not embracing this minority group or that special-interest group. And so, the answer, universally, seems to be “if you are more attractive to this group, they will vote for you”. In other words, “Compromise”.

“Include this view into the platform, and include that view into the platform. We need a Bigger Tent”. The GOP’s problem is not that they do not have a “Bigger Tent”. The GOP’s problem is that they do not have a “Brighter Tent”. A Bigger Tent is defined as including all points of view, no matter how divergent. A Brighter Tent is defined as having a message that draws people under it.

Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No One comes to the Father, But through ME.” (John 14:6). That is not a message that is inclusive of all divergent views. Jesus would not agree that, “We all believe in the same god.”

Spending more and more on your Credit Cards will not bring you prosperity, no matter what the commercials promise. Hard work and savings are the only true path to Financial Security.

Believing that the Human Predator currently attacking you or your family is simply a “misunderstood youth, who did not receive the same opportunities”; and so, you should reason or talk your way to safety; will get you Killed.

No all view points are Valid. No matter how passionately held or repeated. All views have consequences, and the results of those consequences are how we define true success.

If the any political party wants to have a future in this country, they need to reestablish the narrative that will attract supporters.

The DNC has found a message of government support and largess. The GOP is unsure whether to copy this view or try something different. The results of this view will end up in larger deficits; less freedom and lower standards of living.

I would suggest the messages of: Personal Liberty, for yourself and your neighbors; Lower Taxes, which allow families to decide how/where/when/if to spend their money; Charity, it is not charity if given from coerced taxes;

For years the GOP has been trying the concept of having a “Big Tent”. And they have been consistently losing more voters. (Fewer people voted for Mitt Romney, than voted for John McCain). They will continue to faded to the history books until they realize; “They do not need a Bigger Tent; They need one with Brighter Colors and Broader Stripes that rallies people to it.”

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