Opinion by AAABTonto:
Apparently, there is no antidote for the mind-consuming disease of denial. This moderate, beltway, Republican mindset continues to fester in the skulls of the elitist GOP. Determined to defy reality, they continue to wage war on their own constituents–turgid with the ever-repeated mantra, “… we must move beyond Reagan-era nostalgia … move to the center … compromise …” Except that these erudite, egghead Republicans have already employed these strategies and come up empty every time. I know what! Do it again!
The latest installment comes from Michael Gerson in his opinion piece at the Washington Post, “The Republican Party needs a reality check.” The article is yet another demonstration of clown-car antics in which Gerson parrots the tired, never-has-worked strategy abandoning one’s core beliefs and “moving to the center” in order to mollify contemporary societal evolution (devolution in my opinion) and get with the modern times. Gerson says the Republican success rides on two elements:
A Republican recovery in presidential politics will depend on two factors. First, candidates will need to do more than rebrand existing policy approaches or translate them into Spanish. Some serious rethinking is necessary, particularly on economic matters. In our Commentary essay, we raise ideas such as ending corporate welfare, breaking up the mega-banks, improving the treatment of families in the tax code, and encouraging economic mobility through education reform and improved job training. Whatever form Republican proposals eventually take, they must move beyond Reagan-era nostalgia.
Second, Republican primary voters, party activists and party leaders have a choice to make, ruthlessly clarified by recent events. They can take the path of Democrats in 1988, doubling down on a faltering ideology. Or they can follow the model of Democrats in 1992 and their own party in 2000, giving their nominee the leeway needed to oppose outworn or extreme ideas and to produce an agenda relevant to our time.
Puke … here we go again. Gerson says it’s time to “…oppose outworn or extreme ideas and to produce an agenda relevant to our time.” What elements of the GOP’s platform are extreme? Can someone pa-lease tell me? Let’s see … Republicans have tried to compromise and they always get burned, they’ve reached across the aisle dozens of times only to withdraw a bloodied stump, they (at least their conservative constituents) want a balanced budget, strong defense, immigration reform, tax reform, adherence to the Constitution and sensible regulation of business and industry. Where is the extreme in any part of that?
Tell me, Mr. Gerson, what agenda is relevant to our time? Entitlement mindsets? Free phones? Free contraception? Amnesty? Taxing and spending till we are all bleeding from our posteriors? What moderate compromise is it that will save the GOP’s bacon?
Now, there is a divide in the GOP; that is a fact. That division is the difference between the moderate RINO mindset, like Gerson’s and the orthodox conservative mindset, like the Tea Party sect of the GOP. Reagan’s policies were successful, effective and fortuitous—it isn’t debatable. I lived the Reagan era and the Republican Party didn’t like Reagan then, but he was popular with the people and defeated the GOP’s stellar preference, Gerald Ford, in the primaries and won the nomination. Then George Bush succeeded Reagan with his “kinder gentler America.” There began the slide to where we are now, because the beltway, country club, moderate Republicans have always shunned orthodox conservatives and the diluted Reagan’s success with their pacifistic compromise. They are embarrassed to stand on moral principle. Then they gave us a slew of oh-so-successful presidential candidates to include: Bob Dole, John McCain and most recently Mitt Romney.
They have never learned the lessons Reagan tried to teach them and Karl Rove is proof of this fact! Rove made a big mistake shaking his fist at the conservative, Tea Party block of the Republican Party with his plan to promote less-radically conservative candidates via his super PAC. They carried all of the water for the Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections and this is the love Karl Rove shows them? They are not the enemy, Karl. They aren’t the enemy, Mr. Gerson.
Reagan Warned Us About Obama
“We don’t want to become a party in which a handful of political bosses gather up money from billionaires in order to destroy the candidates which they don’t like,” Gingrich said.
“I think this a very dangerous model,” he said. “The fact is we lost nine U.S. Senate races we could have won. There is some very deep rethinking we need to do as a party, but it isn’t gathering up money by Washington consultants to handpick the people they think should be in the U.S. Senate.”
YOU are your own problem, Mr. Rove and Mr. Gerson. The Tea Party didn’t fail you–you failed them.
While you stand by and point fingers at “radical” Constitutional conservatives, a real radical, Marxist, megalomaniac is loose in the White House wreaking havoc on our economy, our rule of law, the Constitution and foreign policy.
Then we have the “experts,” who always know exactly what someone else ought to do–except that these glittering jewels of stupidity are never right. In an article at the Daily Beast, by David Frum about David Frum:
Not only did Frum say that such a candidate will be elected, Frum said that such a shift in the party is inevitable: “The sheer competitive dynamic of the two party system will force the Republicans to retool,” Frum said. “It’s just a matter of time.” He went on to say that the Republican presidential candidate in 2024 will undoubtedly be “pro-gay marriage,” “pro-environment,”and “pro-gun control.” Frum views his role in this process of change as being the one who could potentially speed it up, so that the Republicans “modernize” their positions before 2024.
How the hell did we jump to 2024? Is Obama going to remain a monarch until then? What did I miss? Where do these biased pawns of the Democrat Party find the authority to prescribe what actions are “inevitable” for another party to take? I view Frum’s “role in this process” as that of a food stain on an apron that catches the dribblings of idiots! Give me oxygen …
The Democrats, Progressives and Liberals constantly accuse conservatives of “imposing their morality” on the rest of the country. Conservatives are not imposing a damn thing on anyone! All conservatives want is to uphold the Constitution, the rule of law and not to be taxed into oblivion by a delusional, Marxist visionary! Don’t you think you could find some common ground with them, Mr. Rove, Mr. Gerson? Perhaps you and your moderate counterparts should seek political therapy for your infection of “RINO Syndrome” at Hillsdale College?
“Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
The following video is filled with voluminous common sense:
Dr. Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College – A return to Constitutional governance
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”
– Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 4, September 11, 1777
Mark Levin interviews Larry Arnn
“Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society. “
– John Adams, Novanglus Letters, 1774