Nikki Haley spoke to the TurningPoint USA conference in Washington DC. Normally when Haley drops what the kids refer to as “truth bombs,” it’s on a foreign policy tip (see Nikki Haley Praises Israel After Palestinian Attack on Border and Nikki Haley Confronts Russian Ambassador Over Syrian Chemical Attack). Here, she wanted to talk about everyone’s new favorite pastime. Maybe even yours. If not yours, someone you know. Hint: he, or she, probably uses the word “libtard” unironically.
“Raise your hand if you’ve ever posted anything online to quote-unquote ‘own the libs.'”
“I know that it’s fun and that it can feel good, but step back and think about what you’re accomplishing when you do this — are you persuading anyone? Who are you persuading?”
“We’ve all been guilty of it at some point or another, but this kind of speech isn’t leadership — it’s the exact opposite.”
“Real leadership is about persuasion, it’s about movement, it’s bringing people around to your point of view. Not by shouting them down, but by showing them how it is in their best interest to see things the way you do.”
People are going to hate hearing this, but there’s more to life than scoring points on Twitter. Which is turning more and more into a toxic wasteland of sucktitude. “Owning” the libs is meaningless. Getting a few LOLs from internet trolls, who’re probably living large in their parents’ basement while being themselves rather large, isn’t a “victory.” DEFEATING the libs is an actual accomplishment. Defeating the left, not just laughing at their expense, is meaningful. Defeating them in elections. Defeating them in debates. Defeating them in the eyes of middle-of-the-road voters when they see our ideas are better.
Look it, “owning the libs” is fun. We get it. We make memes here. We make gifs. We enjoy rubbing the wrong in the face of the left. Like this meme:
But we try to have a purpose. In the case above, we wanted to expose the hypocrisy. Call out Hillary when the media wouldn’t. Hold the left accountable for their flagrant condescension toward the greater intelligence of Americans.
And then we have things like this: