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Thanks to the American Right, a Truly New Kind of Politics

For those of you who don’t remember after eight years, this is what loyal opposition looks like.

And it also draws a very stark line between what it means to be on the political Left in America and on the Political Right. Witness:

THEN
A Republican president leads two broad international coalitions to liberate 50,000,000 Muslims in a far-away place from tyranny and despotism. In so doing, he works diligently to thwart terrorism on our own shores and in our own homeland. The Left’s reaction? To call him a war criminal, to demean him, to mock him, to call him a liar and a murderer and a torturer, too insular to consider any other type than simple cowboy diplomacy. To level the completely insensible incongruity of describing him simultaneously an evil genius and a world-class ignoramus.

NOW
A Democrat president, without the consultation of any allies, authorizes unilateral shots fired on citizens of a foreign country to save the life of a brave captain whose peril represents equal parts bravery (to even attempt escape) and selflessness (to offer himself to free his ship, crew, and cargo of charity food for starving Africans). The Right’s reaction? Praise and applause (albeit, from many quarters qualified and muted).

After eight years of continual vilification of a personality rather than policies, it is tremendously gratifying to see, for a change (YES! CHANGE!) a loyal opposition whose politics actually DO end at the water’s edge (and on it, too).

I join with my freedom and America loving conservatives today in congratulating President Obama on a cool hand and a job well done.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot) from HQ

Andrew Sullivan’s Anti-Tea Party Tantrum(s)

In the days leading up to (or just after) his “Road to Damascus” moment on February 24, 2004, Andrew Sullivan described himself as doubly disenchanted with the GOP.  It was not just the then-President’s social conservatism (e. g., support of the Federal Marriage Amendment), Andrew also lambasted Republicans Republicans for failing to hold the line on domestic spending.

Given his then-opposition to ever increasing levels of federal spending, you’d think Andrew would welcome a movement protesting the spending policies of Bush’s successor.  I mean, it seems Obama is playing poker with the former president using our tax dollars as chips, “I’ll see your spending and raise you 10 trillion.”

Now, Andrew, recalling his past principles, tries to cover for himself while faulting the rallies (which is what all the “cool” left-wing bloggers are doing these days):

As a fiscal conservative who actually believed in those principles when the Republicans were in power, I guess I should be happy at this phenomenon. And I would be if it had any intellectual honesty, any positive proposals, and any recognizable point. What it looks like to me is some kind of amorphous, generalized rage on the part of those who were used to running the country and now don’t feel part of the culture at all. But the only word for that is: tantrum.

(H/t: Legal Insurrection.)

Um, Andrew, trying to figure out that first sentence there because it may be key to defining those who faulted Bush for his spending, yet now fault those criticizing Obama for his.  So, you believed in fiscal conservatism when Republicans were in power?  But, now that they’re out of power, you’ve changed your mind?

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Does NYTimes Columnist Fear Martian Invasion?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 6:15 pm - April 13, 2009.
Filed under: American Self-Hatred,Liberals,Media Bias

Max Boot takes New York Times columnist Roger Cohen* to task for faulting the Bush Adminstration’s relationship to Iran by constrasting it with alliance with the Soviets during World War II:

The reason that the U.S. allied with Russia in 1942 was that, notwithstanding the evils of its communist regime, the two countries faced a common existential threat in Nazi Germany. As soon as that threat disappeared, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. became mired in a decades-long Cold War. What common threat does Cohen imagine would bind the U.S. and Iran together? A Martian invasion?

So eager are some on the left to fault the Bush Administration’s foreign policy that they excuse despotic regimes merely because they’re anti-American and forget the context of the historical references they make.

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*In Cohen’s Op-ed, he notes (with apparent delight) that Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, referred to former Vice President Cheney “Darth Vader” twice in their interview.  Instead of finding pleasure in such a remark, a true advocate of international organizations would find it troubling that the head of such an agency would use the standard slur of the left to describe a past official of a democracy.  This shows a clear bias on behalf of ElBaradei and should concern those who wish his agency to prevent nations like Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Wonder if ElBaradei has equally harsh words for world leaders, current and former, like Iran’s leader who have advocated the death of nations and the murder of innocence civilians.

Fake Gay Conservatives in Our Comments Section

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:18 pm - April 13, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Liberals

In the very title of my post yesterday celebrating the rescue of Captain Phillips and the elimination and capture of his captors, I lauded the operation as the President’s “first military success.”  In the body of the post, I offered the Democrat kudos, praised him on his success, said he “got this one right.”  I gave him credit for ordering the rescue plan (which given what I have since learned may have been overgenerous praise).

And yet despite all that praise, one of our readers, Bill, calling himself a “gay conservative,” said in the comments that I had given “him only the most grudging credit for having ‘signed off’ on the rescue.”  Grudging credit?  I commended the Democratic incumbent at least four times (five if you count the title).  I guess ol’ Bill just missed what he didn’t want to read so he could more easily smear me.

The more I thought about his comment, the more I recalled Andrew Breitbart’s Op-Ed on how some on the left use the comments section of conservative blogs to discredit us:

Read the comment sections of right-leaning blogs, news sites and social forums, and the evidence is there in ugly abundance. Internet hooligans are spewing their talking points to thwart the dissent of the newly-out-of-power. . . .
Uninvited Democratic activists are on a mission to demoralize the enemy – us. They want to ensure that President Obama is not subject to the same coordinated, facts-be-damned, multimedia takedown they employed over eight long years to destroy the presidency – and the humanity – of George W. Bush.

Now, Bill is not the first critic to call himself a gay conservative (or gay Republican) and proceed to lambaste us, usually, as in Bill’s case by misrepresenting what I actually said.

So, no, Bill, I don’t believe you.  I believe you only consider yourself a gay conservative when commenting on gay conservative blogs.  If you had been sincere in your criticism, you would have acknowledged the genuine (and perhaps overgenerous) praise I offered the president.  But, you’re not here to offer genuine criticism, you’re here on a different mission.

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Will Gay Marriage Neutrality Help GOP with Young Voters?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:43 pm - April 13, 2009.
Filed under: Gay Marriage,Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

There’s always a lot of good stuff on The Next Right about rebuilding the GOP.  I met two of the site’s primary bloggers, Patrick Ruffini and Jon Henke, in St. Paul last September and was impressed both with their knowledge of politics and their appreciation of new technologies.  I do hope RNC Chairman Michael Steele–or one of his top aides–checks their blog on a regular basis.

Ruffini had a good piece yesterday on the GOP potential to win back Silicon Valley.  Jon Henke takes some leftists to task for misrepresenting the tea party protests.

But, the piece of greatest particular interest to this blog was Kristen Soltis’s post on Young Voters, the GOP, and Gay Marriage.  She runs through the demographics showing that a majority of voters age 18-34 favor gay marriage in contrast to their elders and offers:

This is not to further imply that a change in position on gay marriage would mean droves of young voters signing up for the GOP. A number of other factors have to come into play, not the least of which is how important gay marriage is relative to other important political issues in the minds of these voters. . . .

Yet whether the Republican Party amends its actual policy stance on gay marriage or whether it simply makes efforts be more tolerant and inclusive of homosexuals generally, the Republican Party cannot ignore the vast differences in public opinion between young and old voters on the issue. This difference certainly presents a serious challenge to the party’s long-term ability to swell its ranks among young voters.

I don’t think the GOP need be pro-gay marriage to win the youth vote.  I do think it needs offer a vision of choice and opportunity to contrast the Democrats’ preference for government solutions and one-size-fits-all approaches.

That said, I think the best path for the party would be take a more neutral stand on gay marriage and favor a state-by-state approach, consistent with the federalist principles which once undergirded the GOP.

Given the libertarian leanings of young people, they represent the greatest potential source of “flippable” Obama voters.  And the numbers show that it won’t help the GOP to make ours the party opposing gay marriage.

Philadelphia Sports Fans Lose The Voice Of A Generation

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:38 pm - April 13, 2009.
Filed under: Movies/Film & TV,Sports

I am shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Philadelphia Phillies sportscaster and broadcast legend Harry Kalas.  It is fitting however that he died behind the sports microphone — doing what he loved.  What a great way to go.

His voice is known by anyone who followed the Phillies or saw numerous shows produced by NFL Films.  He also did sportscasting work for CBS Radio and Westwood One network.

For me, this is like the passing of a family friend.  He was like your favorite uncle who you watched baseball games with on TV.  Kalas’ voice was distinct, legendary and memorable; and he was an American classic.

If God has a baseball game scheduled today in Heaven, he has the best sportscaster to call the game with him now.

Rest In Peace, Harry.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

President Want to Halt “Rise of Privacy”

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 12:00 pm - April 13, 2009.
Filed under: Obama Watch

So he just said in his remarks at the Department of Transportation about the successful rescue in the Indian Ocean.

If George W. Bush had said this. . . .

“Tea Parties” & Their Critics

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:46 am - April 13, 2009.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left,Tea Party,We The People

Welcome Instapundit Readers!

It’s too early to determine the significance (and staying power) the tea party phenomenon of citizens across this great country organizing to protest the ever-increasing size of the federal government and the ever higher taxes the spending to pay for that government will require.

Personally, I think we’ve just seen the beginning of this movement which could reshape American politics, perhaps forcing Republicans to offer a new Contract with America to show their commitment to the principles which once guided our party.  At last count over 550 protests springing up across the country.

An the theme of these rallies is similar to those of protests and political movements throughout American history, going back to the first Tea Party 236 years ago and little uprising which ensued a few yeas later.  There have been numerous movements protesting the power of the federal government ever since, including most recently the Barry Goldwater campaign of 1964, Jimmy Carter’s run in 1976 (he ran on anti-Washington, D.C. message), Ronald Reagan’s bid in 1980 and even (to some degree) Barack Obama’s successful campaign for “change” last year.

So, why can’t some on the left accept that this as a legitimate phenomenon?  For them to deny the sincerity of the protesters would be similar to conservatives denying the sincerity of all those who protested the Iraq War.

Law Professor William Jacobson* finds that instead of understanding people’s legitimate opposition to the the president’s spendthrift spending proposals,

Liberal bloggers and media groups can’t get the Tea Party phenomenon out of their heads. It wasn’t supposed to be this way, to them. Ordinary people getting together to protest against the liberal establishment. There is a cognitive disconnect. There must be a plot; the vast right-wing conspiracy at work.

They rush to define a grassroots movement as a right-wing conspiracy.  Are they so narrow that they think energetic opposition to Obama must needs be the product of some nefarious plot cooked up in the bowels of FoxNews studios?

Dan Riehl contends that “The Left can’t quite figure out the script for the Tea Party movement because there isn’t one beyond what is being written as it grows.”  Maybe that’s why they’re so upset, demonizing that which they don’t understand.  I think what they fear is related to something else Dan brought up that “the Tea Party movement is currently on track to be the largest genuine grassroots movement America has seen since the Sixties.”

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