If Conservatives want to win more elections they must play a different game than their Progressive opponents. Red meat rallies and attacks on Progressive ideologies, institutions or leaders will only be turned around and used against them. When conservatives go after Progressives, it becomes hate speech, or it is somehow inciting violence; or it’s racist or homophobic or misogynistic. In the end it becomes a threat to Democracy.
On the other hand, when Progressives start calling out Conservatives; it’s filtered as main-stream news, fodder for talk shows, a skit on SNL or receives a tweet storm of approval. We just need to accept that Progressive criticism of those on the Right is mostly considered accurate, constructive, relevant and moral. But that’s not how it works in the other direction.
Conservatives are forced to play a different game. Essentially offer positive solutions to the problems most people are facing without blaming, shaming or finger-pointing at those mostly responsible for the problems in the first place. Better yet take some responsibility for the problems and apologize. Seriously, just say you’re sorry.
The playing field is not level. Don’t feed the narrative. Play nice and don’t make it personal. The other side has already made up their minds about you…don’t keep reminding them.