Bold Colors is an unabashed new political news, opinion, information, analysis, commentary, and discussion center with a boldly conservative bent. “Pale pastels” are not this site’s ethos, but rather “bold colors”, as the late, great President Ronald Reagan coined it.
Reagan was speaking to a group at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting in the mid-70s, when Republicans and conservatives were out of the White House. Not winning elections. Not capturing the imaginations or the hearts, minds, or even the receptive ear of the people. And the reflexive response from some Republicans and those who called themselves conservatives was to move leftward, and away from the sound social and economic principles — conservative principles — which would move America in the right direction.
I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party” – when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.
Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?
Let our banner proclaim our belief in a free market as the greatest provider for the people.
Let us explore ways to ward off socialism, not by increasing government’s coercive power, but by increasing participation by the people in the ownership of our industrial machine.
It is time to reassert our principles and raise them to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.”
Reagan’s words paid off. Following his lead, Republicans — and conservatives — began to speak like conservatives. Boldly expressing their ideas. Conservative ideas. Plainly, not in pale pastels, bravely, not sugar-coated or watered-down with liberal, progressive-speak.
He repeated this bold colors theme at the 1976 Republican National Convention, when Reagan said in a rousing speech:
“There are cynics who say that a party platform is something that no one bothers to read and it doesn’t very often amount to much.
“Whether it is different this time than it has ever been before, I believe the Republican Party has a platform that is a banner of bold, unmistakable colors, with no pastel shades.”
And he won the presidency by a landslide. Republicans won. They won over the left, right, and center. Literally. Conservatives won. Heartily. And then they won again. Americans loved what they heard.
His words are as important now as they were then. Conservatives win when they are conservatives. They lose when they are attempt to be mushy “moderates”, kowtowing to the liberal, progressive left for votes. Voters can smell a rat. They can detect a politician bereft of solid ideas, ideals, principles, and leadership.
And voters know, as the bold, colorful, conservative writer Ann Coulter once wrote:
“The swing voters—I like to refer to them as the idiot voters because they don’t have set philosophical principles. You’re either a liberal or you’re a conservative if you have an IQ above a toaster.”
Surveys show that most Americans identify themselves as conservatives — in numbers twice as high as those who identify themselves as liberals. So speaking or writing in bold colors is a proven winner — and an imperative — for conservative victory. But even liberals and independents will vote for conservatives who speak with conviction in true, blue, conservative tones, because this is what appeals to Americans. Life, to paraphrase the great Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, is conservative.
This site will help further the goal of the great Ronald Regan and help return conservatives to the proven winning strategy of speaking and writing in bold colors, and encouraging the Republican party to stick to its conservative home. The ultimate goal is to ward off progressives and their drive to big government and liberal-left social policy, and socialist economic policy. And to enlighten all people as to the solid, proven values and principles of conservatism and traditional America — as it was founded, and as it was established by the founding fathers — in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution. And that means electing solid conservatives in what should be their natural home — the Republican Party.
As Ronald Regan also said back in 1975:
“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.”
He was right then. He is right now. We’re right with him.