by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
Whittle: I would abolish the word “Tea Party” and stop using the word “conservative”!
Bill Whittle brought the house down motivating conservative activists and bloggers at the closing joint general assembly of Right Online/Defending the American Dream Summit at the Loews Pacific Bay Resort in Orlando Florida, Saturday afternoon. His advice: stop talking about conservatism!
Whittle in his remarks echoed the late great blogger king Andrew Brietbart who said that politics is downstream from pop culture and if you don’t win over the culture then you won’t win the generation when it comes to politics.
“If we can’t tell a story that the next generation can relate to then we’ve lost and we might as well give up and go home,” said Whittle. “We don’t deserve to win another election ever again!”
The battle over the minds of the youth and of advancing conservatism, Whittle pointed out comes down to three simple principles, Freedom, Property Rights, Virtue.
But you can’t talk about those things, Whittle explained, because the generation has been so torn down by mainstream pop culture that the youth will just blow you off.
“They think when you talk about virtue your telling them they can’t have sex until they’re 70 or something,” joked Whittle.
Instead of using the words like freedom, property rights and virtue, Whittle encouraged conservatives to substitute words that make more sense to the audience. “We should tell people, don’t tell me what to do, leave me alone; don’t take my stuff; and don’t be a jerk!” Said Whittle, “I would ban the word ‘Tea Party’, ban the word ‘conservative!’”
To young people Whittle said, “I would tell the college kids, ‘we are members of the rebel alliance, (a reference to Sci Fi legend Star Wars) and we will always be outnumbered and always outgunned and if you wanna join we have a meeting in room 102 at 4:30!”
Whittle spoke for a little over 21 minutes to over a thousand motivated conservative activists and bloggers at a joint session in the hotel ball room at the Royal Pacific Hotel. He ended with an epic rant comparing modern day conservatives to rebels in the Star Wars Rebel Alliance and encouraged the audience to entice the young people of America’s next generation through iconic story telling. Whittle does video blogging online at PJTV.com; he has his own video blog called Afterburner; and participates in PJTV’s Trifecta broadcast with colleagues Stephen Green and Scott Ott. Watch his comments on You Tube here.
The Right Online conference and the Defending the American Dream Summit are annual events sponsored by Americans For Prosperity. Other speakers at the general assemblies included media personalities like Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, and Twitchy founder and Tea Party Darling Michelle Malkin among others. The events took place over two days Friday and Saturday. Participants partied Friday night at Universal Studios Orlando at the Marvel Comics section with music, booze and free rides.