Chidike Okeem, a conservative Republican blogger in California, ponders the question: "Conservatism has been falsely presented as an ideology of severity, viciousness, and disdain for the disadvantaged, when it is an ideology of empowerment. Mitt Romney [with his controversial '47%' comment] was a great representative of the false brand of conservatism. Conservatism isn’t about belittling people; it is about making people understand that they have boundless power to control their destinies — which best occurs in the absence of an officious federal government. Conservatives believe that the best societies emerge when government isn’t permitted to stifle the ingeniousness of individuals. Poor people with dreams and ambitions should be natural conservative Republicans. If Republicans cannot articulate conservative ideas in an appealing way, the Democrats will keep winning by packaging their inferior political product in an appealing way."