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Messages from Three Conservatives: 1. Ann Coulter

November 18th, 2013 - 11:00 am

I spent much of this past weekend in Florida at the Restoration Weekend hosted by David Horowitz’s Freedom Center. I had a chance to listen and talk to many of the bright lights of conservatism, young and old and in-between. Three of them in particular had messages I think worth passing on beyond the confines of the event:  Ann Coulter, Pat Caddell and Lee Habeeb. I’ll give each a brief post.

First, Ann.

A story by Russian writer Nikolai Gogol called The Overcoat was so influential that Dostoevsky remarked that all Russian writers who followed “come out of Gogol’s overcoat.” Similarly I always feel that all hot conservative commentator-babes come out of Ann’s mini-skirt (though perhaps that’s not the most elegant way to put it). For my money, she’s still one of the smartest and the best of our warrior women. In fact, much of what she says is so sensible and down-to-earth that her flash style — the savage wit, the uncompromising rhetoric, the glamourous looks — sometimes obscures the simple clarity of her thinking. No one is right a hundred percent of the time, but she’s always incisive, practical and incredibly well-informed. I’m looking forward to reading her new book Never Trust A Liberal Over 3 — Especially a Republican.

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This coming from the woman who thinks Christie is the second coming. You are out of your mind if you think that electing liberal republicans to replace liberal democrats is going to solve anything.

"We need to acquire enough votes to dismantle it and create something better." That statement alone says more about the establishment than any democrat ever could. "We" DO NOT need to replace obamacare with anything. The leviathan needs to die. That's it. Repeal, and leave us alone. Get your grubby meat hooks off of our lives.

Unity??? Now you establishment types want unity?? After the war that YOU declared on conservatives? NO CHANCE! Primary and purge. We conservatives will never again fall for the establishment's "give us your vote today, and we'll gladly defend the constitution on Tuesday" promises. You have ZERO credibility with the conservative base. NONE. The establishment has had decades to stand for liberty and defend our heritage. They have done nothing but fail, capitulate and collaborate. The war is still on.
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Does that include Diana West, author of American Betrayal?
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Unity? Unity is what got us No Child Left Behind. Unity is what got us Medicare Part D. If had 'unity' we would have had Amnesty in 2008.

'Unity' means shutting up and letting liberal Republicans go along with whatever the Democrats want to do. No Thanks.
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I'm sorry, but "good enough" is NOT good enough. When "good enough" becomes the standard, we get John McCain as "our" candidate for President and we all know what a disaster that was. You see, the Democrats lie, cheat and steal...anything to "win." They LOVE to see a John McCain "Republican" come along because they understand that they can easily pick the pockets of anyone who graduated at the very bottom of his Anapolis class, who prides himself on his only legislative accomplishment--McCain/Feingold, which was a slam-dunk WIN for the Democrats....not to mention patently UNconstitutional.
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You will never get me to sit out an election. Field a solid conservative and I'll help the campaign, donate dollars and dance in the street for votes. Field an establishment RINO and I'll hold my nose and vote. Field a dead dog and I will vote for it rather than have a Socialist/"Progressive"/Democrat/Leftist. Til the day I die.
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"We need to acquire enough votes to dismantle it and create something better."

And better is, other then representing dark purple areas where they are the best that can be done, excluding RINOS from national office, and from a substantive voice in national policy.

"Therefore, it’s time to stop the tea party primaries against good-enough Republicans. Stop the feuds on principle that cost us practical victories."

Nothing is less practical than thinking business as usual for the last 80 years can continue. No Republican farther to the left than the most conservative one who can win is good enough--220 trillion in unfunded liabilities and the time draws close when Math arrives in full measure. There is nothing more radical and stupid than continuing the Taft wing of the party's surrender to FDR.

"Acquire enough votes in the House and Senate to make the presidency redundant, and stop these useless leftist fools from doing us more harm."

Getting to 66 in 2016 is an unlikely enough goal that it is no basis for strategy. That's actually foolish and I doubt Coulter said anything like that. If she did, she's not as bright as you think she is.

"Every penny spent on internecine warfare is money taken away from defeating our destructive opposition."

If the party will not nominate people who can make political promises to undo the mistakes of the last 80 years, where these promises are plausibly irrevocable--if the party is not dedicated to doing enough good to be worth the effort--then it isn't worth my support.

I should then do other things which are worthwhile.
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"if the party is not dedicated to doing enough good to be worth the effort--then it isn't worth my support."
which means your vote actually helped obama
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Sorry Klaven, the GOP does not represent me. I will stand with principled conservatives like Cruz and Lee. Moreover, as a Texan, I will help remove Senator Cornyn if given the chance. Stovall has already declared to run against Cornyn in the primaries. I will vote for him to remove the RINO that turned on Cruz and helped secure funding for Obamacare. And that's just the way it is. If the Republicans want my vote back they will have to earn it.
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Oh dear me. Restoration Weekend, eh? Of what exactly, shattered reputations and self-esteem gone wobbly?

The quondam A-list -- 'bright lights of conservatism', my ass -- is now sounding all tired and clapped out. The reason's simple enough: earning respect isn't a one-time event like losing your virginity. You have to keep at it, but the A-list didn't: they got soft and flabby and self-important instead, and got it all wrong one time too many.

Congratulations, pundits. The battleground you've created is clear enough to many of us.
The choices:
constitutional convention;
lipstick on GOP pig;
3rd party;
secession;
schism;
civil war.
...workable combinations of two or more aren't plausible (though diversions are). All choices are bad, but so be it. Mark Levin's constitutional route is very difficult. The status quo won't hold in any circumstances. Reincarnation of GOP? -- at minimum, flat-line time for dead wood and hod-carriers. Goofy cheerleading won't cut it, so don't even think about it.

Memo to huddled pundits on B- and C-lists: Time to stop stroking each other and speak for yourselves -- if you have it in you. Or will it just be blah-blah as usual?
You'll make good speed bumps.
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Aye. Pardon me if I no longer take Ivies and reformed Commies as the source of our solutions.
Neither have any experience of actual Americans. That is why they can even consider that Obama is, indeed not a commie plot, and the elections that elected the little richard* were fair and square.
It just proves how stupid all of America has become, thanks to Hahvud, Yale, and Princeton. I won't even mention Brown or Columbia.
I never thought I'd ever see the day when I began to feel that Lyndon Larouche might have been more right than not.
God help us.
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I think Coulter is partly right. Where do we have a platform that Conservatives can rally around? What are the proper functions of the Federal and State governments? Sure, we can scream that the Constitution already outlines them, but that went out the window a long time ago. The Federal government violates the Constitution daily. We need a platform with common sense solutions to our problems, like:

Taxes: The power to tax is the power to regulate. Ideally, we should repeal the 16th Amendment, but in the absence of that, we should have the Fair tax or the Flat tax or whatever. Bonus: If we abolish the 16th Amendment, we can automatically abolish the IRS!

Weapons: The Federal government should have power to regulate which weapons are imported and exported, but should have no power to regulate firearms within the borders of the US. This is a power that should be reserved for the States individually.

Spying: We need to put some teeth into the law regarding domestic spying. If prescribed procedures are not followed after "mistakenly" gathering intelligence, there should be prison time involved. The power to spy on our own people needs to be seriously dialed back.

Et cetera. We need a platform of specific goals for Conservatives to gather around.
What suggestions would you all make for this platform?
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If you find the Constitution problematical, you are no conservative.
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Did I say that the Constitution was problematical? Don't think so. What I AM saying is that Ann has a point. Conservatives are very principled people (not a problem), but sometimes we tend to eat our own kind, usually for disagreeing with us on minor topics, or even one or two major topics, where we end up splitting the vote and getting Democrats in. It's lousy strategy. Even Reagan said that if somebody agrees with you on 80% of your principles, you should vote for him.

On top of that, Conservatives tend to be very bright, but we don't tend to be very palatable for swing voters, many of whom haven't done the analysis we have. So BASING YOUR PLATFORM ON THE CONSTITUTION, it's a great idea to have a platform that the politically naive can understand in simple terms. If you think that we can win anything simply by shouting about the Constitution, you're out of your mind.

In other words, try relating to people instead of shouting at them. You'll change more minds that way.
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If you hadn't noticed, the GOP establishment is targeting Tea Partiers.
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I'm an Ann Coulter hyper-fan. But she's wrong on the stop-the-tea-party-assault-on-good-enough-candidates business.

When there is an electable alternative, clean house. Good-enoughs should only be tolerated when there is no clearly viable alternative. The problem is two-fold: First, there are genuinely destructive forces within the GOP that are every bit as threatening as Obama's crowd, only worse because they are "respectable" "republican" "conservatives", which means they have the added poison of stealth.

Our battle is against the political class, not (merely) the Democratic party. Bad as they are, Obama's bad policies are not our worst threats. Worse is the fabric of Western Civilization that is decaying under Obama but just as likely to decay under certain very popular Republican figures who simply refuse to acknowledge that it is happening.

And ... who is to say "good enough". To many Grover Norquist is a conservative hero. But he subverts the West, entirely consumed as either a useful idiot or a fellow traveller with Stealth-Jihad Islamists in our midst. Chris Christy is dangerous on exactly the same count, not to mention his hard statist reflexes and dalliances with the dark side. I personally fear the stealth subverters of conservatism and liberty than those doing it overtly.

Does Ann regard herself as the arbiter of "good enough"? How'd her endorsement of Mitt (a pretty good case in point) work out? And Mitt was not nearly the stealth subversion thread some of the other front-runners appear to be.

Has Ann never heard the words of wisdom ... "Never trust a liberal -- especially a Republican" ... Oh yeah. She put that on her book. Now for her to live up to it.
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If watching the Senate scum confirm Eric Holder, a person whose criminal aspects were plain to see, but to the blind, didn't put some anti RINO starch in your undies, there is no hope.
The man engineered the Marc Rich pardon. He should be in jail for that, alone. He broke all kinds of rules. He should have never been considered He certainly should have never been appointed.
What were they thinking?
They just weren't. It would have interfered with the darkie president, and they were sweet on him
Whoever's side they thought they were on, it wasn't mine.
Enemies get to become prisoners.
Traitors should be shot.
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I'm sorry. Vote for McCain you'd get a self-confessed Progressive Teddy R- it is his ilk that makes Obama and future Obamas possible. Make the Dems be 'moderates' for a change. Why is the shoe never of the other foot? Luv Anne but if the Tea Party hadn't come around the Repubs would still be nibbling around the edges and Obama and his ilk would continue to run the table.
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