Conervative musician Brock Lawley got an opportunity to perform at CPAC 2014 and said one of the more important things I heard on day 2. “Politics is way downstream of popular culture and we conservatives have got get more involved and take back some of that ground from the left.” He could not be more right.
Conservatives Must Engage the Popular Media.
This was the basic point of several CPAC guests who spoke on conservatives in popular media. Led by Fred Thompson and Dinesh D’Souza, the speakers focused on how conservatives could become more effective in winning the culture “war” raging in Hollywood.
Popular media – music, TV and movies – have long been a bastion of liberalism, and that has led to conservatives having difficulty reaching younger Americans.
Former Senator Fred Thompson said that conservatives need to focus on creating media (and art) that have both substance and influence. Conservatives need to also understand that cultural issues are at the root of our other problems – you cant have most of our kids born out of wedlock and not have education problems; you can’t have kids raised without discipline and expect them to be good in class or on the streets.
We are trying to solve symptoms of problems without actually solving the root issue.
So how do we win back culture? Conservatives need to give art more prominence in our value system. We’ve given over art to liberals… and it has played an important role in hurting our position in the culture “war.”
It’s time to get more involved. If we can get the culture engaged, then we can better sell our message to the uninformed voter. But one relies on the other – we can’t inform the uninformed voter without first connecting with them on a more basic level. That is what is so important about reengaging the culture.
Make sure to see Senator Thompson’s new movie, Persecuted. Supporting conservative art and culture is how we start taking back the media.
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