We have promoted the young adult author Andrew Klavan here before. After the election, he wrote a must read essay for City Journal that all conservatives need to read and understand. Quit complaining about what happened last Tuesday and start doing something about it. In the essay, Klavan discusses the three areas that we must focus our “long game” on.
Life is short, said Hippocrates, but art is long. There is a practical corollary to that great truth: elections are won and lost in the politics of the moment, but it’s the culture that makes the nation.
In the aftermath of President Obama’s victory, conservative political thinkers will have to ask themselves some hard questions. How much of our defeat was due to strategy and how much to structure? How can we reach out to struggling workers without sacrificing our commitment to free enterprise and individual liberty? How can we speak to single women without losing voters committed to family values and the lives of the unborn? How can we welcome the children of illegal immigrants without compromising our belief in the rule of law?