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Temper Tantrums and Calling People Hitler? A Winning Political Strategy?

Posted by V the K at 6:53 pm - January 30, 2017.
Filed under: Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

Democrats have vowed to filibuster Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee if it is anyone other than Lockstep Leftist Merrick Garland, who would have cemented the left-wing majority of Democrat dreams. (Hat Tip RSG). They are also dragging their feet on Trump’s cabinet nominations. This is the political equivalent of a two-year-old throwing herself on the floor at WalMart and screaming until she’s red in the face because Mom said she couldn’t have a Barbie doll.

In playing these childish political games, Democrats in the US House and Senate are behaving much like Wisconsin Democrats did under Governor Scott Walker. Remember when a bunch of them left the state to deny the senate the necessary quorum to pass a budget? Remember their failed attempt to recall Scott Walker?  Remember how they tried to run a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice off the bench and replace him with a Democrat hack? And, of course, they compared Walker to Hitler.

I can’t help but wonder if the childish antics and tantrums of Wisconsin Democrats are one of the reasons Wisconsin went red this time around, and why Ron Johnson handily re-won his senate seat against leftist darling Russ Feingold? Not only that, solid Republican majorities have been elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature.

One of the reasons Donald Trump is president may be because of the decision made by Democrats in the first term of George W. Bush’s presidency to go scorched Earth. George W. Bush was a pretty moderate Republican, who prided himself on “reaching across the aisle” (Republican codespeak for “giving Democrats whatever they want.”) He let Ted Kennedy author the No Child Left Behind law. He created a new Medicare Prescription Drug entitlement. He pushed for amnesty for millions of undocumented Democrat voters, and, on his watch, was more likely to prosecute Border Patrol Agents than illegal immigrants. On conservative initiatives like supplementing social security with private investment accounts, or opening Alaskan wastelands to oil exploration, he folded faster than Superman on laundry day.

Did Democrats cut him any credit for this? No, they compared him to Hitler and fantasized about assassinating him.

Likewise, Mitt Romney, was a very moderate Republican; moderate enough to be elected governor of Massachusetts and sign the first draft of Obamacare into law. He was also pro-gun control and a Global Warming True Believer.  Did it matter? Nope, he was still Hitler.  And they said he wanted to put women into binders and outlaw tampons.

Democrats created this no-win scenario where Republicans would never advance any conservative ideas, and would get called Hitler no matter how much they appeased the left. If it any wonder that Republicans voters finally said, “Screw it, we’re gonna give them Trump.” And now that Democrat Media organs are making the Trump-Hitler comparison … the only people who are impressed are the same people who said that Bush was Hitler and Romney was Hitler. We get it. Every Republican is Hitler. Whatever.

Now that Democrats are embracing childish temper tantrums as their party’s signature move, the question is whether the rest of the country is going to go along with it? Or whether enough sensible people will tire of their antics and shift to the right, as happened in Wisconsin.

Trump Team Targeting Major Budget Cuts

Posted by V the K at 9:49 am - January 19, 2017.
Filed under: Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

Donald Trump’s budget team is said to be considering major, significant cuts to the bloated, gigantic Federal Leviathan built up by Bush and Obama.

Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.

At the Department of Justice, the blueprint calls for eliminating the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants and the Legal Services Corporation and for reducing funding for its Civil Rights and its Environment and Natural Resources divisions.

At the Department of Energy, it would roll back funding for nuclear physics and advanced scientific computing research to 2008 levels, eliminate the Office of Electricity, eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and scrap the Office of Fossil Energy, which focuses on technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Under the State Department’s jurisdiction, funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are candidates for elimination.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized, while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.

I’m gonna see a doctor if my response to this article lasts more than four hours.

The Twilight of Bush-Republicanism

Posted by V the K at 9:42 am - January 19, 2017.
Filed under: Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

Please don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish GHWB any ill, like all decent Americans, I wish him a speedy and thorough recovery and many happy years left on Earth. However, the symbolism of Bush 41 being possibly on his death bed as Trump takes office is so strong I’m surprised Peggy Noonan hasn’t written four columns about it.

The Bush Brand of Republicanism has dominated the GOP ever since 1989, when Bush 41 took office and almost immediately began repudiating everything Ronald Reagan had accomplished. “Bushism” could be characterized as using ‘conservative’ as a brand for electioneering, and occasionally paying lip-service to social conservatism and fiscal responsibility. In practice, it meant continuing to expand the Federal Government, deficit spending, and expensive-but-indecisive foreign wars. The Bush Style of Republican politics was a tacit acceptance that liberal Democrats and the media were the natural owners and operators of Washington DC, and Republicans should consider themselves temporary, unwelcome guests and defer to their hosts as much as possible.

Bush 41 gave us the largest tax increase in history up to that point, foreign interventions in Panama and Kuwait, the Americans with Disabilities Act (well-intended, but a massive regulatory burden) and David Souter on the Supreme Court.

Bush 43 gave up a minor, temporary tax cut (that left tax rates higher than his father had raised them), monstrously expensive but ultimately indecisive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a massive influx of illegal immigrants, massive increases in domestic spending, No Child Left Behind, McCain-Feingold, Sarbanes-Oxley, the TSA, the Incandescent Lightbulb ban, a doubling of the National Debt, the Prescription Drug Entitlement, and John Roberts on the Supreme Court.

In the Obama years, Bushism has meant that Republican majorities in the House and Senate verbally attack the progressive policies of the Obama administration, occasionally pass meaningless symbolic votes against them…. but at the end of the day fully fund every initiative even ones like ‘Exectuve Amnesty’ that they claim to oppose.

We don’t know that President Trump will bring, but he has already made it clear, he’s not going to just play nice with the Democrat Media Complex that seeks only to destroy him. He has appointed General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense and put Jeff Sessions in as Attorney General. He has nominated an advocate for school-choice as Secretary of Education, and a skeptic of Global Warming Hysteria as head of the EPA. He is rumored to be considering repealing as many as 100 of Obama’s Executive Orders upon taking office, and ordering his agency heads to pursue 20% budget cuts. And he really does intend to get serious about stopping illegal immigration.

It is impossible to imagine Jeb Bush doing any of this.

Trump and Cruz Are the Real RINOs

An interesting thing is happening. The senator that Donald Trump spent weeks vilifying as “Lyin’ Ted” has become one of the strongest and most forceful defenders of his administration as the President-Elect’s cabinet choices face confirmation hearings. Here is what he said in support of Attorney-General nominee.

“Senator Sessions believes in the foundational idea that we are governed by objectively knowable, written rules, and that we should not be subject to the interpretive whims of unelected, power-hungry bureaucrats. Sessions will instill this belief at the Department of Justice.”

“The fact that this is controversial tells you all you need to know about the sorry intellectual state of our country’s elites, especially in the legal academy and federal bureaucracies.”

Not just a strong endorsement, but also a strong restatement of conservative principles. And an “in your face” to the outgoing administration, which has subverted immigration laws, the constitutional separation of powers, and generally treated the rule of law as an obstacle its political agenda.

Good going, Ted. Love you, Man.

Meanwhile, John McCain is undermining the Republican president-elect by passing on opposition research apparently sourced from 4Chan (from a firm with links to Planned Parenthood) containing salacious rumors to the FBI and offering an imprimatur of bipartisanship to Democrat Conspiracy Theories about Russia “hacking the election.” Marco Rubio went on the attack against the president-elect’s nominee for Secretary of State for not labeling the leader of a country the incoming administration will have to work with a war criminal. (Kind of baffled why so many people want to start a war with Russia, these days, but that’s the vibe.)

The thing is, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are both outsiders. Donald Trump is a populist, who ran under the Republican label perhaps because the Republican primary process isn’t rigged against outsiders to the degree that the Democrat primaries are. Ted Cruz is a conservative, not just a Republican who runs as one and then becomes a JV Democrat while in office. During the primaries, it was tough to decide which one the party establishment hated more.

John McCain and Marco Rubio represent the real Republican Party; a party that has refused every opportunity it has been given to reform and reduce Government, a party unwilling to stand up to their Democrat “friends,” a party cowed by a media complex that despises them and disloyal to the base that elects them. Trump and Cruz may wear the label of this party, but they are not really part of it.

 

We Can Only Hope

President Trump’s To-Do List

 

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The New First Family of America — I think Melania makes a much more fetching first lady than Bill would have.

President-Elect Trump has already released his 100 Day Action Plan, and I don’t think I disagree with anything on that list. As his administration moves forward beyond the hundred days, it would be nice to see him focus on necessary themes and priorities throughout his first term.

1. Trump campaigned on shutting down illegal immigration, so he better follow through. Building the wall is not a total solution, but physical security barriers at our vulnerable southwestern border are a necessary element of any security plan, as are vigorous prosecutions for people engaged in human trafficking. But he also needs to crack down on people who illegally overstay visas and on businesses that hire illegal workers. Massive fines and jail should do the trick. Seeing the entire board of the JW Marriott corporation frog-marched out of their corporate headquarters would be quite a sight.

2. Another priority, Attorney General Chris Christie should go after corruption in DC hammer-and-tongs. Seeing congressmen, senators, lobbyists, and Federal bureaucrats indicted would be as therapeutic as when Iceland arrested and jailed the corrupt bankers that tanked its economy.

3. American business needs regulatory reform even more than tax reform. A Task Force should be put to work immediately on identifying red tape that is an obstacle to economic growth while providing little or no tangible benefit. The guy I wish were president thinks this should be a top administration priority, especially after Obama’s eight year spree of over-regulation, cronyism, and micromanagement.

4. I’m willing to cut Trump some slack on the first year deficit because there’s going to be a lot of budgetary momentum and carryover from the free-spending, borrow-and-spend Obama years.  I think once Trump examines the Federal Leviathan, he will find tremendous opportunities to cut bloat and waste. This would be an excellent project for Vice President Pence to focus his attention on.

5. You know what also might be a good idea? Some voting reform to overcome the massive, institutionalized vote-fraud that the Democrat Party propagates. Because, someday, it might be nice to have another Republican president.

Also, he should go back to correctly calculating and accurately reporting the unemployment rate, instead of fudging the numbers for the last eight years as Obama has done. Even if this hurts his public image, it would be a welcome step toward transparency and honesty.

Accomplishing this relatively short list of things would go a long way toward his promise to Make America Great Again (TM)

Is Generation Zed Less Stupid Than the Millennials?

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The hippie-dip social juicebox wanking of the Millennials is maybe… *maybe*… not rubbing off on their little brothers and sisters.

People now in their mid-teens are much more cautious about drugs, transgender rights and same-sex marriage, and are even sceptical of tattoos than those a few years older than them.

59% of young people responding to the survey said their opinions on same-sex marriage, transgender rights and marijuana was either “conservative” or “moderate” – a drastic swing from Millennials and members of “Generation X”, more than 80% of whom said their opinion was either “quite liberal” or “very liberal”:

Unfortunately, if they are in their mid-teens, it means they still have 4 – 8 years of indoctrination ahead of them via the Leftist–controlled education system.

Republican Establishment Turns Its Back on Conservative Senate Candidate

Posted by V the K at 8:07 am - July 1, 2016.
Filed under: Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

Congratulations to Daryl Glenn, a conservative African-American who won the GOP Colorado primary for Senate.

The GOP reaction: The NRSC has decided not to provide funding for his campaign. Glenn beat Republican Establishment’s preferred candidate, and Glenn openly supports the removal of McConnell from Leadership.

Republicans just nominated a candidate who says Donald Trump is a ‘patriot,’ thinks Ted Cruz should be the next Supreme Court justice, and believes the real problem with Washington is that there is too much bipartisanship between Republicans and Democrats.

That was the description provided by Glenn’s Democrat opponent. It’s intended as an attack, but it sounds right to me. Our country’s $20 Trillion National Debt is a monument to bipartisan cooperation.

 

Standing Up to the Lesbian Gay Bullies and Totalitarians Motivates Congressional Run

Hunter Baker is a university professor running a longshot campaign for the open congressional seat in the 8th District of Tennessee. He is very clear-eyed about his challenges. In explaining why he chose to run, a lot of it has to do with the gay left’s bullying, anti-American behavior. He cites the hate campaigns against Brendan Eich, Atlanta Fie Chief Kelvin Cochran, Christian florists and bakers, and the left’s all-out-war on Religious Freedom in general as his motivation.

When Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A affirmed traditional marriage, a media storm followed. Mayors of Boston and Chicago said the company shouldn’t be allowed to do business in their cities. But instead of leaving Chick-fil-A vulnerable, millions of people rallied to its support. A huge show of solidarity and the company’s simple dignity changed the story.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker tried to silence pastors in the city by issuing subpoenas demanding they turn over their sermons so they could be examined for any mention of a controversial local equal rights ordinance. The response was overwhelming against such a move. Parker backed down.

These two examples show we can stand up to those who demand conformity to the corporate/DC/Hollywood party line. We deserve to have rights of faith and conscience protected. But every time a Republican office holder runs scared, the task becomes that much harder. We need people in office who are able to offer a simple, reasoned defense of religious liberty.

I wish him well. Without him and people like him, the future is going to look like a pair of Birkenstocks tramping on a human face forever.

What Republicans Should Say, But Won’t, About Obama’s SCOTUS Nominee

Posted by V the K at 6:18 pm - March 16, 2016.
Filed under: Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

Providing a reason for doing what you do is, in politics, almost as important for doing the thing. Instead of their lame, inside-baseball rationale of “we just don’t confirm Supreme Court Justices in an election year, here’s how Republicans should clarify their opposition to Obama’s Supreme Court nominee:

We cannot, and will not, confirm any Justice to the Supreme Court whose vote would imperil important Constitutional Rights such as the Right to Bear Arms and the Right to Practice Religion.

This would clarify why Obama’s nominees need to be opposed in a manner that reaffirms commitment to Constitutional Principles and resonates with key constituencies of the Republican base.

But, instead, they will probably just stick with that “We’re not going to confirm anyone in an election year” thing that makes them look like a bunch of yammering, out-of-touch, politicians.

The MFM Are Wrong; Last Week Was Not a Good Week for Republicans

Posted by V the K at 7:43 pm - June 29, 2015.
Filed under: Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

The Media/Establishment consensus seems to be that losing two major issues at the Supreme Court (Obamacare and Gay Marriage) was actually *good* for Republicans. If the SCOTUS had held Obamacare to the actual language of the law and struck down the subsidies, Republicans would have quickly restored them; all the while trying to pretend that they weren’t really saving Obamacare. Gay marriage is now “off the table,” the “know-betters” tell us, and this is also good for Republicans.

No, it isn’t. Here’s why.

Imagine there were two restaurants in town, the Democrat Bistro and Cafe Republican. Imagine that the two restaurants were basically the same, except that Cafe Republican serves red meat and Democrat Bistro removed it from their menu back in the 90′s and has become increasingly vegetarian ever since. Cafe Republican has been told for years it needs to stop serving meat to be competitive with the Democrat Bistro. In fact, the Yelp reviews for Cafe Republican are filled with bad reviews, mostly from customers of the Democrat Bistro, most of them attacking Cafe Republican for serving red meat.

So, finally, Cafe Republican relents and takes meat (i.e. Social Conservatism) off the menu. And they won’t replace it with anything else, they’re just taking it off the menu.

If you were customer at Cafe Republican and meat was your main reason for eating there, why would you keep eating there?

And suppose Cafe Republican kept promising you that they would replace the meat on its menu with something you would like just as much, but instead they just copied stuff off the Democrat Bistro menu; claiming it was necessary to bring in Democrat Bistro customers.

If you were a customer at the Democrat Bistro, why would you switch to Cafe Republican?

Is the metaphor obvious enough?

The GOP has a very discouraged base because their Senate and House majorities have done little but advance the Democrat agenda; fully funding Obamacare, fully funding Executive Amnesty, confirming all of Obama’s appointments, and granting Obama unlimited trade authority. A Democrat Congress would have done exactly the same thing.

Further, the social conservative segment of the base may well decide “why bother?” It’s bad enough fighting for a lost cause; but when a former ally becomes neutral, there’s no point in being on their team.

So, social conservatives abandon the GOP. The GOP thinks this isn’t a problem because they’ll be replaced with moderates and maybe some Democrats. So far, in the northeast and California, it hasn’t worked out that way.

Ace catches up?

Ace of Spades is a great blogger. I’m a fan. Although perhaps he hasn’t been as cynical about our two-party system, all this time, as I’ve been. He may be changing his mind. See his recent piece, titled Jay Cost: The Republican Party Is Not Your Friend. Ace begins:

I have long argued against a third-party split and the Nightmare Option of simply conceding the country to the liberals for 20 disastrous years.

I am no longer confident in such arguments.

At some point — and that point is coming soon and hard — the Republican Party must be treated as what it is, a second enemy party dominated by corporate liberalism. [sic; meaning leftism]

He gives his reasons, which you can go read. I’m not sure I agree with Ace’s conclusion:

I am not only ready, but eager to ditch the corporate class — and, frankly, the wealthiest 1% generally, which largely supports liberal policies — and begin taking a very, very agnostic view on whether or not their taxes should be raised until it hurts.

And then, once it does hurt, and they are begging relief, we can…insist that corporate interests serve the conservative agenda, rather than, as it has been forever, that the conservative agenda be made a slave to corporate interests.

First, I don’t think the libertarian-conservative movement can control the situation so finely as that, anytime soon. Ace may just be fantasizing.

Second, I’m all in favor of rejecting corporate leftism (let’s have no bailouts!); but we must always be ready to lower taxes, on moral principle. High taxation is theft; it just happens to be legal theft (since the government is doing it). It’s wrong. Doing the right thing should be a person’s first response in life, not a bargaining chip. Thus, lowering government spending and taxes should be our basic position; even automatic.

Your thoughts?

Proof: Republicans Don’t Give a Damn About You

Not because you’re gay; don’t be a frickin’ drama queen. No, Republicans don’t give a damn about you if you’re in the middle class, if you’re in the working class, or if you care about fiscally responsible Government.

John Boehner and the GOP leadership will not go to the wall to protect your jobs and income from illegal immigrant labor; they claim they don’t want to risk “shutting down the Government.” But they will totally go to the wall, and risk shutting down the Government, to protect corporate welfare for big bankers.

The provision would no longer require that big banks separate trades in financial derivatives from traditional bank accounts, which are backed by the government through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The derivatives played a key role in the financial collapse.

The Provision is strongly opposed by extreme-left Democrats, led by Democrat Elizabeth Warren. But, just because Democrats hate it doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea for taxpayers to be backing up the risky investments of multibillion dollar megabanks.

(Also, I am open to Jeff slapping me upside the head and telling me I got this wrong.)

It’s just telling whom Republicans will fight for, and whom they won’t.

Aftermath of Emperor Barack’s immigration move?

First off, we here at GayPatriot are in favor of legal immigrants and controlled, legal immigration from other countries. We simply oppose *illegal* immigration because of the importance of border security in the age of terrorism; and because it’s illegal. The people who have done it began their American journey by consciously breaking America’s laws.

As President Obama unilaterally suspended deportations of certain illegal aliens in 2012, and then last week expanded it to millions more, he has made clear what his priorities are not:

  • Enforcing the law, as passed by previous Congresses and signed by previous Presidents: Not a priority.
  • Defending U.S. borders: Not a priority. (Has Obama seriously tried to improve border security? Of course not.)
  • Following the Constitution: Not a priority.
  • Saving taxpayer money: Not a priority.
  • Being true to his own previous statements and promises: Not a priority. Per link above, “In a Telemundo interview in September 2013, for example, Obama said that if he were to broaden the exception he made in 2012…’then essentially, I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally.’”
  • Racial and/or human sensitivity: Not a priority. Obama publicly reduced the people affected by his order to their supposed roles as people “who pick our fruit and make our beds.” (Guess he never makes his own bed, or cleans his own home? I do.)

Any of the first three points above – and certainly, all of the first three together – are violations of the President’s oath of office and grounds for impeachment. But let’s face it: as V has suggested, impeachment will never happen.

I blame the media because this is what you get, when a biased media covers for an egotistical President relentlessly: Hubris. Lawlessness. Government that is willfully, impeachably unconstitutional. With no accountability.

But speaking of the media, I must give some credit where it’s due. In the past, I’ve often noted that Jay Carney was Obama’s paid liar, and he probably still is, on some level. But even he admits that Obama is “literally” doing what he promised not to do. Also, credit the Washington Post for noticing how Obama’s pretense of innocence happens to be a lie.

So, what do you think Congressional Republicans will do with the illegal-immigration issue, from here? Up to now, GOP leaders have been soft on the issue of border security.

They’ve also been eager to be perceived (in the media, etc.) as pro-Latino. But I’m thinking that Obama just took all of that ground away from them: there is no possible way, now, that GOP leaders can ever be perceived as more pro-illegal immigrant or pro-Latino than Obama.

In that sense, Obama just took away any incentive that GOP leaders would have for compromising with him. I think that will blow up in Obama’s face. And I think he has just proven to the voters that Democrats truly don’t give a hoot about border security.(*)

NB: The first version of this post misquoted Obama slightly; the quote has been corrected.
(*) Again, because of its glaring absence from the Democrats’ real set of concerns.

Democrats Have to Convince Themselves They’re the Cool Kids

Posted by V the K at 4:32 pm - November 6, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

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The left — having the psyche of insecure teenage girls — have to constantly reassure each other that they’re the smartest, the prettiest, the youngest, and the coolest.

So, they are very much invested in the narrative that Republicans are all old, dumb, white (uncool) men.

In fairness, though, the GOP would be a lot better off without septuagenarians like Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Pat Roberts, and the barely animated corpse of That Cochran hobbling around the Senate.

And now for the bad news

It always feels good to see sanity prevail in an election, yes! And now for some honesty about what isn’t so good, in this election.

Unlike the Reagan wins of the 1980s, or the GOP’s 1994 “Contract with America” win, the 2014 GOP (as a national whole) neither provided nor sold to the voters a pro-freedom, government-cutting vision. The GOP skillfully profited from voter dissatisfaction with President Obama; and little more.

Racial guilt aside, the voters originally bought into Obama because he promised the Impossible Dream: a government which would be Big, but still somehow friendly and American (never mind that oppression is inherent to all Big Governments), and which would look out for them (never mind that socialism serves the elites, undermines the economy for ordinary people, and mathematically cannot provide benefits of much value to most people).

In this election six years later, the voters have repudiated Obama because he failed to deliver on the dream. He promised smooth, cool delivery of the dream. Instead, he gave a string of incompetent, messy disasters that even a corrupt media could not hide: such as the Gulf oil spill (BP’s actions had been approved by Obama regulators), Obamacare (with its expensive and oppressive mandates), Libya war, Benghazi, Syria war, ISIS, Ebola, and a moribund economy where the jobs are part-time, the taxes are higher, the U.S. national debt is doubled and only things that go up are the financial markets and the cost of living. The voters feel “lied to” and for that, they have now punished Obama.

In other words, the voters have not yet learned that the dream itself is impossible. The voters still want Friendly Fascism: a Big Government that somehow (1) works (or, in the famous saying, “makes the trains run on time”); while it (2) maintains a veneer of traditional American freedoms. It is impossible. But voters are hoping now that the GOP can help to correct Obama’s excesses and make the dream work.

The GOP, in this election in 2014, has done little to educate the voters on the dream’s utter impossibility – and thus, little to move America forward.

An Open Letter to the GOP

Posted by V the K at 12:14 pm - August 10, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

This is the way to respond to a fundraising letter from the Republican Nebbish Clique (RNC).

Since 2008, I have seen nothing that would make me support the Republican National Party, and much that disgusts me about you. People actively opposed to limiting government have leadership positions; those actively attempting to limit government are removed from leadership positions. When you had several chances to stop Obamacare cold, you have continually refused to take them. And don’t give me “1/2 of 1/3 of government.” The simple expedient of withholding unanimous consent during the “debate” over Obamacare would have ended it- no one was going to sit while 1800 pages were read so that a bunch of old men and women could hear them.

Any party of John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and John Cornyn is not a party with which I identify. Perhaps you can hit me up again when you have listened to the likes of Mike Lee, Pete Sessions, and Ted Cruz. Maybe I’ll be more willing to listen when you grow a spine, or testicles, or both. Until then, no, not one red cent.

Without Social Conservatism, What’s the Point of the Republican Party?

Posted by V the K at 9:07 pm - July 16, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Resolve & Rebuilding

You wouldn’t know it to read the histrionic protests of low-information voters, but Republicans have largely abandoned Social Conservatism in accordance with the advice given to them by the mainstream media and their well-paid political consultants. Republicans have paid lip-service to Right-to-Life, but done very little, at the national level, to advance a Pro-Life Agenda. (The Democrats, in contrast, have been aggressively advancing pro-abortion legislation, including a new effort to nullify all state-level abortion restrictions.)  And despite a series of scandals, Planned Parenthood still receives a generous taxpayer subsidy. The battle to save traditional marriage is lost.

And despite the national  GOP’s abandonment of Social Conservatism, the promised windfall of moderate voters who supposedly were just itching to vote Republican so long as they backed off on abortion, Teh Gheys, and the “Oogah-Boogah” Christianity stuff   has not materialized.  The social conservative wedge of the Republican base is demoralized, and perhaps that’s why so many stayed home in 2012.

But without social values, what does the Republican Party have to offer? It’s hard to answer ‘Fiscal Responsibility’ when the GOP leadership wrote President Obama a blank check to raise the debt ceiling and undid all of the domestic spending cuts in the sequester.  There is no real pushback on Obama’s Big Gigantic Government  Agenda. The House could defund Obama’s job-killing EPA regulations, but they don’t. They could defund his project to force an Affirmative Action housing plan on American neighborhoods, but they don’t. On Amnesty and Illegal Immigration, they largely embrace the same “Amnesty First/Security Later” Big Lie that Obama and the Democrats do.

Since abandoning Social Conservatism (in deed if not in word), the Republican Party has lost a key part of its identity.  One writer thinks the GOP should re-invent itself along populist, anti-corporatist lines. Given that Republicans are joined at the hip with Big Business interests represented by the US Chamber of Commerce, such a reinvention seems unlikely.

Having abandoned Pro-Family, Social Conservative values, the Republican Party has no clear theme, no clear vision of what it is or what it stands for. The Republicans have a slogan, “Growth and Opportunity” that’s as vapid and meaningless as “Hope and Change,” since they have no real policies or plan to advance even that vague agenda.

Oh, Hell Yes…

It will never happen in this debased Idiocracy of a country, but a man can always dream of a better world. [HT: Director Blue]

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Leftists: Still running amok

They’re still claiming that any opposition to leftism could only be motivated by racism. Here, Rep. Steve Israel (D) says it back-hand style:

Candy: Do you think your Republican colleagues are racist?

Israel: Not all of them, no. Of course not. But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism.

They’re still demanding that their failures be subsidized and bailed out. Here, a “green” solar company sues the government for only having dished it $250 million of taxpayer money, instead of millions more.

They’re still using highly questionable statistics to demagogue the issue of equal pay for men and women.

They’re still fighting their ‘war’ on Fox News, and failing – sometimes with hilarious results. The video shows Greta van Susteren cornering an aggressive Democrat into admitting that he lied about his resume.

They’re still racially divisive with amazing double standards. Here, a Democrat belittles her African-American GOP colleague for being only “half” black. Which, remember, happens to be what President Obama is.

They still have amazing double standards on the issues of Islam, free speech and women’s rights. Last week, leftists hit a triple (the wrong positions on all three) when Brandeis snubbed Ayaan Hirsi Ali after considering her for an honorary degree.

They’re still screeching “McCarthyism!” to deflect attention from their misconduct, as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) did last week, when questions arose over his own staff’s collusion with the dangerously out-of-control IRS.

UPDATE: At least there’s hope for Wisconsin:

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has had a good run lately. He signed a major tax relief package into law, his controversial budget reforms have put the state back in the black…A new poll from Wisconsin Public Radio suggests that voters are appreciative of the governor’s accomplishments. Walker leads Democrat Mary Burke by 16 points in the survey (56/40), with Walker’s approval rating soaring to just shy of 60 percent — an all-time high in the series. (President Obama’s job approval is underwater at 48/50 in the poll). Walker’s lead is fueled by a 19-point advantage among independents…