I'm conservative, not bitter.
I've learned this resonates with a lot of good, conservative people. Heck, it even resonates with some liberals. And maybe it even resonates with you.
But occasionally I get asked questions about this statement. Do I think conservatives are bitter? And if they are bitter, is that even a bad thing? Besides, don't conservatives have a 'right' to be bitter? And what does it mean to be 'bitter' anyway?
These are some of the questions I've heard. And so I want to take a moment to explain a little about what it means when I say, "conservative, not bitter."
Right off the bat, it's important to note that I'm a talk radio show host.
My job is to articulate ideas & concepts every single day on the radio. And on my website. And, yes, even on social media.
But because I'm a 'conservative talk show host,' many people automatically tune out the message because of a preconceived notion they have about talk radio.
What's that preconceived notion? Well, they think talk radio is angry. Hateful. Divisive. Even racist. Or bigoted. Or sexist. Or [fill in the blank]. You get what I mean.
Now here is the important point: I'm not suggesting this notion is correct, I'm simply acknowledging it exists.
Perhaps there are other talk radio hosts who have fueled this perception. I'll leave that up to you to decide. I simply want to communicate that my brand of talk radio doesn't fall in line with this preconceived notion.
So when I say, "Todd Huff Radio is the home of conservative, not bitter talk radio," I'm trying to earn an opportunity to be heard by those who have tuned out the conservative message.
And how can we influence our culture positively for conservatism if we aren't being heard by those we need to persuade?
The short answer is that we can't.
So I try to create a program each day that reflects our position: conservative, not bitter. Why? Because I want to advance the argument & advance the metaphorical football for conservatism.
Do we have fun? Yes. Do we make fun of liberals? Of course - but it’s always in good fun. Yes, I use exaggeration. Hyperbole. Metaphors. Parodies.
But I also mean what I say. And I would never violate the trust of my listeners, who along with our advertisers, are ultimately who make this program possible.
And as they say, "the proof is in the pudding."
It's easy for me to say my brand of talk radio is conservative, not bitter.
It's easy to claim it's different than other programs.
But the truth is, you can listen and determine for yourself if it hits the mark.
Talk radio can be entertaining without being hateful. It can be thought-provoking & challenging without alienating fair-minded listeners. But it has to be done with a deep respect for the audience and a strong reverence for the concept of Christian love for our fellow man. We can disagree without being disagreeable. And we can stand for our beliefs without trying to personally destroy our opponents.
I do believe it's imperative that we win this ideological civil war we are facing today in America. And the only way to do that is to persuade. Educate. Articulate.
And that can't be done by screaming. It simply can't.
So what does it mean to be 'not bitter?'
We deliberately chose the word 'bitter' in our tagline because it expresses a specific state of mind that I believe is counterproductive when trying to advance an ideology. It's not simply anger. It's deeper - and potentially paralyzing. Bitterness is associated with such things as intense animosity. Harshness. Cynicism. Rancor. Contempt. Intense unpleasantness.
One can be angry without being any of these things. In fact, this reminds me of the biblical command in Ephesians 4:26: “In your anger do not sin." There is a time when it's ok to be angry. I mean, if the foundations of this nation, the single greatest nation in the history of the world, are under assault, it's ok for that to anger us.
But what's not ok is that we lose our ability to influence. Communicate. Persuade.
What's not ok is when we use our anger to move into bitterness because we're not effective there. We're not engaged there. And we've accepted defeat when we get there.
And as I see it, so long as I have breath in my body, I'm still in the fight.
And so are you.
Conservative, not bitter.
Todd Huff is the conservative, not bitter host of the Todd Huff Radio Show, which airs LIVE weekdays at 6am EDT on Freedom 95 in Indianapolis and on his website, ToddHuffRadio.com.