Sunday, December 02, 2012

INTERESTING: "The Main Problem With Republicans"

Dark Water Retreat:

The main problem with the Republicans is that they are perpetually uncool. Although some take comfort in the glow of self-righteousness and condemnation of those who are not worthy, the Republican Party has little to offer the citizens of the United States. Even the once strong point of having solid economic principles they purportedly endorse, this idea seems to be no-more as evidenced by the economic liberal choices of president they continue to select. I mean, really? McCain and Romney were planning to get the country back on sound economic ground? Instead of being economic stalwarts of fiscal responsibility, they seem to be socialist lite… That is, ”only half the socialist calories of the other brand!”

What they are doing is doubling down on is the social issues that piss people off. Republicans are on the wrong side of these issues and they represent a black eye that history will not remember fondly. Most voters don’t understand fiscal and economic policy. They just don’t. What they do understand is that they have a relative or friend that is gay. They do understand that they have a relative or friend that smokes an occasional joint. They do understand that they have a relative or friend that is an immigrant. They do not like watching family friendly entertainment all the time. People are turned off by the self-righteous holier-than-thou attitude that Republicans continue to put forth. While not considering the many fine people they are disenfranchising, the Republicans seem to be more than willing to water down sound financial principles of which everyone would benefit. We only have one shot in this world and if we are going to be labeled as ”sinners” we might as well (as said by Billy Joel): “we would rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints because the sinners are much more fun.”

We have our work cut out for us. As Trevor Loudon reminds us, the next four years are going to be disastrous unless Republicans stand for something basic, primitive and real: America.

• Diverting money from the military to social spending will be a huge part of the agenda. After all, a strong US military is the major block to world revolution.

• The push will be towards universal socialist healthcare and an economy wrecking Financial Transactions Tax.

• Ending poverty through massive re-distribution will be a big focus… capitalizing on the 50th anniversary of DSA founder Michael Harrington‘s famous book “The Other America,” which helped to launch Lyndon Johnson’s catastrophic and completely counter productive “War on Poverty” in the mid-1960s.

• Students will be manipulated with promises of loan forgiveness. There will be a huge push for immigration reform. DSA leader Eliseo Medina, a leader of the movement, has openly boasted that this will mean eight million more Democrat Party votes.

Until conservatives and Republicans realize that they are opposing a Marxist dominated party, they are destined to a series of defeats on the way to political oblivion... [Democrats are no longer] the party of Truman or Kennedy, but the party of Marx, Lenin, Alinsky and Gramsci.

...Republicans are no longer fighting old line Democrats. They are effectively battling D.S.A, the Communist Party and the labor unions. The Democrats are simply a front for the Marxists.

These people play dirty, and they play for keeps.

We're Americans. We don't give up. We don't give in to thugs. And we need leaders who won't give in either. Who will stand tall in the face of existential threats to this country.

We need Republicans who can speak eloquently about what the future holds under the collectivists in the Democrat Party, about the failures of big government, and about liberty. Liberty is cool. Liberty is inclusive. Liberty appeals to all ages, races, religions, colors and backgrounds.

We need Republicans who can give voice to liberty and who will politically offer no quarter to the progressives who seek to destroy this great land. That will appeal to the old and the young, the rich and the poor, women and men, and anyone else who dreams of a better future for themselves and subsequent generations.


Anonymous said...

Being educated has been seen as "uncool" for quiet some time. I have noticed it in the black community for quite some time too.

Trialdog said...

The key sentence from the article is : " Most voters don’t understand fiscal and economic policy. "
And you are correct, educating the electorate is crucial. However, I don't think any republican can do that. The flip side to the average fiscally and economically illiterate democrat is hatred of republicans. The democratic party cultivates hatred of republicans as enlightenment. It is cool to hate, mock and ridicule republicans and doing so shows the world you are enlightened. So a republican trying to educate a democrat about economic freedom and individual liberty is impossible.

Phaedo said...

I sense the frustration underlying this essay, and I share it. I do not share its optimism.

Liberty is cool. Liberty is inclusive. Liberty appeals to all ages, races, religions, colors and backgrounds.

Time was, I would have agreed with the premise that liberty sells, but November's message suggests that may no longer be true. In fact, there is a long history in America of opposition to liberty. That opposition has always been associated with socialism/statism, and it takes on two forms. There is the fear of other peoples' liberty on the part of those who would control others, and there is also the fear of one's own liberty and the responsibility that goes with it. Listen carefully to the words of our political class and you will discover both forms. In the run-up to the Civil War a prominent lawyer, writer and social thinker, George Fitzhugh of Virginia summed up these views, saying "Liberty is an evil which government is intended to correct."

I don't mean to seem unduly pessimistic, but I wonder if America has not already tipped toward statism. If we may be at or very close to a point from which we can never go back. I had been among those conservatives who believed that Obama would be soundly defeated; it was a function of denial and misplaced faith in the American people.

These people play dirty, and they play for keeps.

That's really important to understand. I don't think any useful change in Washington can begin until Republicans stop "waging peace" against Democrats, and recognize that their Marxist opponents are enemies. When we have lost battle after battle after battle, it might worth considering that somebody may be at war with us. I think of it this way: if one has a neighbor who poisons his well, puts sugar in his gas tank, steals from him, lies to him and intimidates and slanders him, it may be time to get serious.

We can and will fight this war, but whether we can win it is less certain, I think, than it would have been only four years ago, during which time the Left has expanded and consolidated its power. A realistic assessment of our resources is not encouraging: we have lost control of the American narrative, which is hugely important, most of our political power has been usurped and we are out-manned and outgunned. What we do have is the Tea Party and its allies, and the ability and, I think, the will carefully to orchestrate among groups of states coordinated resistance to the federal government under the Tenth Amendment. And there's always going Galt.

Reliapundit said...




THE "COOL" LEFT-WING - why it got that way (and what must be done about it!)
Because their aim is to take over society, for decades, the Left has cultivated "coolness".

The Left has used every mass media tool and trick in the book to make youths associate left-wing policies with "coolness".

It's cool to be subversive, anti-establishment, pacifist, "green", anti-American, anti-Puritanical, anti-Founding Fathers, anti-nuclear - anti-"nuclear FAMILY", anti-religion, anti-"big business", anti-talk radio, anti-hunting, anti-NASCAR - and so on.

The Left's desire to be associated with young, attractive and popular ACTORS and MUSICIANS -- (not the sharpest folks or most educated folks in the world, GENERALLY!) -- is a clever marketing TRICK.

And the Left uses the converse, too - caricaturing people on the right as dumb oafs: SNL's depiction of Palin, the entertainment industry's and MSM's depiction of Dubya, and Reagan before that.

The point being to reinforce the idea that leftness is smartness/chicness/COOLNESS and rightness is dumbness/oafishness.

The truth is the left-wing ideas have NOT helped humanity ANYWHERE as well as right-wing ideas have: China had 40 years of Mao-ness and it was an awful impoverished era; it only took 2 decades of A LITTLE rightness (a little free market capitalism) for China to go from starving poverty to fat affluence; 300 MILLION people were lifted pout of poverty by "right-wing" policies. Comparing North and South Korea leads to the same conclusion. Ditto East/commie Europe (from 1945-1989) and Western Europe. And everywhere else you want to compare: freer more 'right-wing" societies offer their people better living standards, longer healthier lives - AND MORE LIBERTY - it's a win-win-win! ((No coincidence here: prosperity is a by-product of liberty!)

All the chic and cool tools and toys of the modern world are the products of right-wing policies: compare Soviet cars to Detroit's of the same era; commies cars sucked; Detroit's were cool --- (and as bad as Detroit's were, they were better than Moscow's!).

I think the way out of this is manifold:


Zilla said...

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