If Republicans Want to Win, They Must Stop Talking about Capitalism

One of the simplest rhetorical truths is that the side that defines the vocabulary of a debate wins the debate.  Yet, amazingly, we still see experienced conservative politicians with access to advanced polling operations and an array of advisors use the Lexicon of the Left.  And this election cycle is no exception. I could almost cringe when I hear -- as I did repeatedly during Monday's South Carolina GOP debate -- Republicans talk about "capitalism."  "I believe in capitalism..."  "Barack Obama doesn't believe in capitalism..."  Capitalism this and capitalism that -- look at me with my plump wallet, walking stick, and tony top hat.  Oh, it's not that I don't believe in free enterprise; it's that we shouldn't use words that conjure up sentiments akin to the preceding rhyme. And polls inform that this is precisely what "capitalism" does.  For example, Pew Research Center reports, "[s]lightly more than half (52%) react positively to the word...(Read Full Article)

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