Mike Huckabee News
Jul 29 2013
Theories as to the problems in the Republican Party are as numerous as the suspects in an old B&W Perry Mason show. We hear it’s because they won’t support Obamacare or gun control or immigration reform or gay marriage or abortion. But the problem with Republicans is not that they refuse to move farther left and become calorie-free Democrats. It’s that they’ve forgotten to respect and reach out to the people who really make this country work – and here’s a hint: it’s not the guys in the big corner offices.
My wife and I were at Fenway Park recently, and I was watching the peanut and hot dog vendors, carrying heavy loads up and down the steps in the heat. When I see them, I see what makes America great: people working hard for a living, so that one day, they can be the ones in the seats. People who work with their hands have a gift. I can’t fix a car or an air conditioner, and the people who can are valuable. Republicans need to communicate why big government and high taxes hurt the guys who are building the skyscraper, not just the guy who owns it. They need to explain why educational choice gives the kids of working single moms the same opportunities as kids going to the finest private schools. They need to make it clear what the Democrats’ energy policies are costing them at the gas pumps and in their electric bills.
I grew up having a lot more in common with the people working in the kitchen than those sitting at the head table. If Republicans can explain to the wait staff at the GOP fundraisers how conservative policies will help them, then they won’t have to worry so much about the people who paid $10,000 a plate. Don’t begrudge the underemployed family food stamps, and then justify bailouts for AIG, Goldman Sachs and GM. The GOP’s problem isn’t that it’s too conservative. It’s convincing the masses and the majority that they aren’t invisible.