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From the Interviews of David Horowitz: September 8, 2009

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Posted on September 8 2009 12:49 am
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HE: One focus of your book is countering the predictable demonization of conservative politicians by the left-wing establishment.

Horowitz: To solve it, take away the target. My advice to Republicans is, You have to go over the heads of the media, because the media hate us. You have to do something that in one stroke makes it difficult for them to say, “These people don’t care about black people, they don’t care about Hispanics, they don’t care about poor people.” In their minds, we won’t spend a dime on them, so you have to spend money, too. That’s important. It has to be a really big program to get over the heads of the media to convince people that Republicans will actually violate their principles in order to help people.

It’s like when Bill Clinton breaks the budget cap to put money into schools. Republicans say, “Gotcha! You broke the budget cap.” No. By breaking the budget cap, he shows how important it is to help the kids. The education bill that I got Rep. Jim Rogan [R.-Calif.] to do is like a hundred billion dollars, and it’s targeted at kids, in Title I schools: 12 million black and Hispanic kids getting $6,800-a-year scholarships, which is what we pay to educate them in the public schools. For conservatives, we made it locally controlled, and we made the school and the kid accountable.

To me, if we had a package like that, it would just blow the Democrats out of the water. If they attacked our policies as policies for the rich, we could say, no, here’s a program for 12 million black and Hispanic kids. , If you’re a pure conservative, you think we shouldn’t be spending any federal money on education. But hey, that’s not gonna happen. Not in all our lifetimes.

So, I’m urging conservatives to be somewhat pragmatic. They have to understand that the desire of people to be taken care of is so deep-seated, there’s always going to be a huge constituency for the nanny state, and what we have to do is be a little Machiavellian, a little clever, about it.

I had a Democratic consultant who’s had second thoughts come to me and say, “David, you guys, you want to eliminate the Department of Education, so what do you do? You go and you say, ‘Let’s cut the budget of the Department of Education.’ What does the voter hear? ‘They want to cut education.’ You cannot explain it, you don’t have the opportunity to explain to the American people what you’re doing.”

— Interview with Human Events about The Art of Political War

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