Archive for November 5th, 2008

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An Inspiring Essay in Troubled Times

November 5, 2008

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter crafted this wonderful piece for the spectator:

Welcome to “Republican Rock Bottom.”

Possessed of no vision, no principle, no purpose, and no appeal, we deserved our fate.

Now, seize freedom!

Finally, we are divorced from self-deceits. Dead is the self-indulgent imbecility of “re-branding” — as if the Republican Party was a corporate product to be repackaged, not a transformational political movement to be led. Despite what the media will tell you, and what so-called “conservative leaders” will discuss ad nauseam during “secret” meetings, this situation is not a crisis. It is an opportunity. Today, we are as the Great Emancipator proclaimed during another time of national trial: unbound by the tired dogmas of the past; and free to think and act anew.

First, we must not mindlessly mimic the momentarily triumphant Left. Sleek, detached, media savvy non-entities posing as existentially anguished leaders are neither in our nature nor our future. We are not teeny-bopper, pop-star politicians or the ideological dinosaurs of wealth redistribution.

At heart, we Republicans are flesh and blood and backbone, the proud servants of people. If we re-orient our vision, renew our purpose, and reaffirm our principles, the times will demand us — not as we were, but as we must be!

While our party has pretended otherwise, this is no ordinary time. It is a transformative time in the life of our free republic. The economic, social, and political turmoil of rapid globalization has created chaos and, thereby, fertile fields for the Left. As Russell Kirk warned in The American Cause during the Industrial Age:

What really creates discontent in the modern age, as in all ages, is confusion and uncertainty. People turn to radical doctrines not necessarily when they are poor, but when they are emotionally and intellectually distraught. When faith in their world is shaken; when old rulers and old forms of government disappear; when profound economic changes alter their modes of livelihood; when the expectation of private and public change becomes greater than the expectation of private and public continuity; when even the family seems imperiled; when people can no longer live as their ancestors lived before them, but wander bewildered in new ways — then the radical agitator, of one persuasion or another, has a fertile field to cultivate.

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Why is there a Republican Party? We exist to keep America the greatest nation on earth.

What is the Republican Party’s vision of America’s present and future? We believe America simultaneously faces and must transcend four transformational, generational challenges.

Specifically, Republicans see the historical parallels between the Greatest Generation and our Global Generation.

America’s Greatest Generation surmounted a quartet of transformational challenges: economic, social, and political upheavals; a world war against an evil; the Soviet Union’s rise as a strategic threat and rival model of governance; and the moral struggle for equal civil rights.

Today, America’s Global Generation must also transcend a quartet of transformational challenges born of our interconnected world: economic, social and political upheavals; a global war against an evil enemy; Communist China’s rise as a strategic threat and rival model of governance; and moral relativism’s erosion of our nation’s foundational, self-evident truths.

What are the Republican Party’s principles that will be employed to meet and surmount these challenges? We have five enduring principles:

1.    Our liberty is from God not the government.
2.    Our sovereignty rests in our souls not the soil.
3.    Our security is through strength not surrender.
4.    Our prosperity is from the private sector not the public sector.
5.    Our truths are self-evident not relative.

What are the Republican Party’s goals? We will advance liberty, preserve tradition, and achieve constructive change for Americans in this trying time.

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Time for New Leadership

November 5, 2008

It is time for new leadership. McConnell, Blunt and even Boehner have led us to two straight losing cycles in Congress. They are not doing a good job. 

TBV endorses Eric Cantor (R-VA), the fundraising machine from south of DC to take the lead in the House which we understand he already plans to do.

Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor

For the Senate, we hope to have John Cornyn (R-TX) as minority leader. He is a strong and forceful voice for conservatism and can lead us out of the wilderness.

John Cornyn

John Cornyn

Lastly, we recommend Michael Steele (Mr. “Drill Baby Drill”) for RNC Chair. He is a presence and can articulate conservatism of the Newt kind. There is a case to be made for Fred Thompson, who would make a great minority party chair, but his hey day is behind him. We need an energy guy and Michael Steele is that guy.

Michael Steele

Michael Steele

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Happy First Day After Election, PE-BHO

November 5, 2008

Israel launches attacks in Gaza

Hamas fires rockets towards Israel

Iran holds detained US student in torture prison

Russia to place missiles on EU border

The happiest man in America today is not President-elect BHO, but lame duck President Bush. W. is probably riding a segway doing a victory lap around the White House so happy to be out

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How to Survive the National Hangover

November 5, 2008

Dan McLaughlin at Redstate posts on how to survive the national hangover. Most important is that we need to get in gear for 2010. Those House and Senate races begin today. Conservatives, start running for city council, mayor, state assembly, state house.  We need to build a grassroots base of good conservatives and get these weak ones out.  If you are in state house or have enough money, start campaigning for your district’s house seat tomorrow after you dry your handkerchief of the tears.

(1) Oppose Obama, Not America: The absolute wrong way to react to life in the minority is … well, what we saw from too many people on the Left the past 8 years: calling everyone from the President on down to individual soldiers and Marines war criminals, parroting the propaganda of our enemies, exposing classified national security secrets on the front pages of the newspapers, and generally doing whatever possible to stymie the national defense and convince the nation and the world that America is the bad guy. We’re better than that. When Obama fails to act to defend America and its interests and allies, or violates the basic common-sense principles of national security and foreign policy, we will of course be unsparing in our criticism. But we should not emulate the Left; indeed, the day may even come when Obama needs defending from the Left for doing what needs to be done, and we certainly want to encourage him to take actions that provoke that reaction.

(2) No Chicken-Hawking: This is a corollary of #1: given his shaky draft history, Bill Clinton at times appeared afraid of criticism over deploying the military on grounds that he didn’t serve. We should never make Obama feel that he should blanch at defending the nation simply because he never wore the uniform (fortunately, on that score, Obama’s defining personality trait is hubris). We’ve had civilian leadership before, we’ll have it again.

(3) Don’t Question The Verdict: Was there voter fraud in yesterday’s election? Were there other shenanigans both legal and illegal? I’m sure there were, and others who follow those stories will no doubt be expanding on them in the weeks to come. Chronicling specific instances of misconduct is an important service – to expose the miscreants and their connections to the Obama campaign, to punish and deter and provide a basis for someday preventing a recurrence (although don’t expect the Obama era to see anything but massive resistance to taking even the most tepid steps against voter fraud). And likewise, of course, there is still plenty more to be examined in Obama’s fundraising, to say nothing of the untruths he told to get elected and the really shameful behavior of the media.

But fundamentally, he got more votes where it mattered and he won the race. Supporters of Gore and Kerry who refused to accept those realities in 2000 and 2004 ended up doing a lot of lasting damage to public confidence in our electoral system. The step of challenging the results of an election is a grave one not to be taken without serious evidence. Let’s not repeat their mistakes with conspiracy theories.

(4) Don’t Blame The Voters: Yes, it’s tempting to go off into the place where Democrats were fuming about “Jesusland” four years ago. And yes, Obama got a lot of votes for bad reasons or from vacuous people. Hey, there are a lot of stupid people in the world, and in America, and a fair number of them vote – they vote when we win, they vote when we lose. Winston Churchill was a great believer in democracy as the least-worst system of government, but he’s also the guy who once said that the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

For all that, it’s counterproductive to lose faith in the collective wisdom of the American voting public over the long term. Even when the public makes a mistake, it usually has a reason – and while electing Obama will be clearly shown over time to have been a mistake, the GOP also has some serious introspection to do about how we let things come to the point of giving the public a reason to do what it did. And we need to retain faith that rebuilding our party around the principles that have succeeded in the past, and adapting those principles for the world of the next decade, will win them back.

(5) Don’t Get Mad, Get Even: Yes, it’s a cliche, but unfocused rage goes bad places. There’s a lot of work to do to prepare the ground for the GOP to come back as it did in 1994, 1980, and 1966-68. The Left drew first blood on the Bush second term only a few weeks after the election, with the Bernard Kerik nomination. We’ll have a target-rich environment to work with as the kind of urban machine politics the Democrats have made famous comes to the White House, and we’ll have fun doing it.

(6) We Play For 2010, Not 2012: I’ll be writing up shortly my early thoughts about the GOP presidential field in 2012, and plenty of others will too. Do it, get it out of your system, come to the aid of the people who will make up future presidential fields, but whatever you do, don’t get into primary-season, my-gal/guy-or-the-highway mode again until we are through the 2010 elections. There will be a need in the party’s future for Palin and Jindal and Sanford and Huck and Mitt and all the rest; we’re all in this together.

(7) Prioritize: More on this later, but Obama and the Congressional Democrats are going to have a long list of issues they want to press, and we can’t stop all of them. The GOP needs to divide issues into four buckets:

  • a. Things we are prepared to go to the mat to stop
  • b. Things we want to force the Democrats to commit themselves to so we can take the dispute to the voters
  • c. Things, however modest, we actually think we can accomplish even with the Democrats in power
  • d. Things we want to propose as positive agenda items even knowing they’ll go nowhere, to lay out our own roadmap for the future.

(8) Watch Your Budget: We’re all going to have to prepare for tougher economic times, plus the burden of Obama’s tax hikes. Don’t overextend your own finances.

(9) Grow A Thick Hide and Get Your Taxes in Order: Joe Wurtzelbacher won’t be the last Obama critic to feel the weight of government intrusion for standing up to Obama. David Freddoso and Stanley Kurtz won’t be the last conservative journalists to have their investigations stonewalled and campaigns organized to drive them off the radio. And get used to being called a racist, as everyone who gets in Obama’s way is, sooner or later. Understand now that you will need to stomach all that and more, and you won’t get rattled.

(10) Buy More Life Insurance: Well, at least if, like me, you live or work in a city that’s a top terrorist target, and have roots too deep to leave. Our risk tolerance will have to go up.

(11) Pray: Well, this one speaks for itself. Pray especially for the unborn.

(12) Get On Living: Life is short and there’s more to it than politics. We’ll need committed activists, and as a whole our movement will need to be relentless – but thinking about politics too much is unhealthy, especially when you have a long wait ahead for any progress. For my part, starting tomorrow I’ll be back to doing more baseball blogging. Take a break whenever you need one, spend more time with your family. And teach your kids that every minute of life is worth it even when the world seems to have gone mad. Many generations before us have done so in tougher times than these.

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We’re Not Going Away

November 5, 2008

Want to know why?

  • Employee Free Choice Act
  • Fairness Doctrine
  • Freedom of Choice Act
  • Nationalization of health care
  • Estate tax increases
  • “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” (driver’s licenses for illegals)
  • Capital gains tax increases
  • Defense cuts
  • Liberal judicial appointments
  • Racial and ethnic preferences
  • Income tax increases
  • Bans on oil drilling
  • Global poverty tax/Kyoto
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    A quote to take to heart

    November 5, 2008

    “englightened statesmen will not always be at the helm” – James Madison, Federalist, No. 10

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    The Post-American World

    November 5, 2008

    Fareed Zakaria wrote of a post-American world where China, Brazil and Russia catch up with American dominance. It can now happen. In the next few days we will talk of ways to stop this from happening but the time may have come for the end of American dominance. We hope this is untrue and President-elect Numbnuts lied about everything he promised the liberals, but it is likely that we have now entered a post-American world. 

    Welcome to tomorrow.