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The Turning Point

September 25th, 2013 - 7:57 pm
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Marx: The god that failed.

Something similar is happening right now to the GOP — although this being the Republicans, the fighting is symbolic and not visceral. But the hatred is. It speaks well of Senator Cruz that, even before his stunt, he was widely loathed by the PBFP establishment, whose cowardly members couldn’t wait to knife him, anonymously, to Chris Wallace of Fox News. But happening it is. Earlier today, over at NRO, I posted some bullets points regarding how I think things stand on the right side of the aisle at this moment. Some excerpts:

  • After his disgraceful attacks on Cruz, including his reach-across-the-aisle, dog-in-the-manger response today, this should be the end of Senator John McCain as a voice of influence in the Republican Party. Ditto his mini-me, Senator Lindsey Graham. Indeed, the entire Old Guard of business-as-usual “comity” fans passeth. When you care more about what the other side thinks, it’s probably time either to switch teams or step down.
  • There is new leadership in the GOP, whether the party wants to admit it or not: Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions, and the others who stepped into the breach to spell the senator from Texas.
  • The Cruz faction in the Senate, and its allies in the House (whose leadership is now up for grabs), must now press their advantage. The louder the Democrats squawk, the more they are wounded; the one thing they’ve long feared is a direct assault on their core beliefs as translated into actions, and the deleterious effects of Obamacare, just now being felt by the population, are the most vivid proof of the failure of Progressivism that conservatives could wish for.
  • Win or lose, the battle is now joined: First the struggle for the GOP and then the battle for control of Congress and the presidency. Cruz just struck at the kings he could reach — the Republican “leadership” — and has most likely dealt them a fatal blow. Now the Tea Party hordes must back him up by eliminating his opponents (who tend to be geriatrics, and thus “leaders” by longevity rather than talent or commitment) through the primary process wherever possible. If he can carry off this coup, he and Senator Paul will very quickly find themselves elevated from back-benchers to commanders.

Finally, this:

  • Any party that cannot successfully sell freedom and personal liberty doesn’t deserve power. The trick will be to explain — by word and deed — that the Democrats’ Manichean choice (Big Brother or the orphanage) is a false one, that less can be more, and that the restoration of a Republic of self-reliant citizens will benefit all Americans — not simply the government class and its clients.

And this is the key. I’ve been out of the country for the past several months, so I’m just now catching up to my good friend Mark Levin’s wonderful new book, The Liberty Amendments, which strikes at the heart of the great divide in our current political system: the gradual and deliberate corruption of the Constitution at the hands of the “progressives” and the concomitant reduction of personal liberty and individual aspiration in the name of a Marxist “collective good.” (It speaks well of the dishonest genius of the Left that crude, mid-19th century atheism can be successfully repackaged as quasi -Christian do-gooderism and practically no one the wiser.) Here we are, more than 20 years after the complete collapse of Marxism-Leninism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and we’re still having the same argument.

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I see Ted Cruz as quite possibly equatable to Jimmy Doolittle.

"The Doolittle Raid is viewed by historians as a major morale-building victory for the United States. Although the damage done to Japanese war industry was minor, the raid showed the Japanese that their homeland was vulnerable to air attack, and forced them to withdraw several front-line fighter units from Pacific war zones for homeland defense. More significantly, Japanese commanders considered the raid deeply embarrassing, and their attempt to close the perceived gap in their Pacific defense perimeter led directly to the decisive American victory during the Battle of Midway in June 1942."
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Nice. The Steve Schmidts are everywhere. They pretty much run Israel too. There is an inexhaustible supply of these creatures - slick, supine, slack and somnolent. They rise from the ground like the dawn vapors in the spring. Yet, they must have found Ponce de Leon's youth fountain, because they are, in politics, immortal. Their presence drives decent men and women into political exiles.

Good for Sen. Cruz and good for Michael Walsh.
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It seems that the Democrats in their unmitigated arrogance ALWAYS consider themselves the rightful holders of power and that any Republican President or legislative majority are usurpers and only a temporary aberration. Republicans are thus the enemy and must be destroyed.

The old guard Republicans apparently also think the Democrats are the legitimate governing party and thus see it as their responsibility to "reach across the aisle" and "work with" their colleagues.

The conduct of Tom Daschle and Nancy Pelosi during the Bush administration and Harry Reid now makes it clear that they harbor no such ideas. The only time they intend to "reach across the aisle" to the Republicans is to throw a hand grenade in their direction.

I, and I believe a good many others, voted for the candidates we did because we wanted them to oppose the ideas of the Democrats not to "reach across the aisle".

Ted Cruz believes that conservatives have a legitimate claim to power. We are lucky to have him.

You can't win if you don't think like a winner.

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Schmidt should know that without Palin, McShame would have been embarrassed at the polls. I would not have voted at all if not for Sarah Palin.
Get rid of the French Republicans, and let us get back to the real Conservative party.
43 weeks ago
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Ted Cruz went over the heads of the senile Old Guard Republicans and took his act straight to the people. And it worked like a charm. Those politicians who have been in Washington for decades have amassed huge personal fortunes at the expense of the taxpayers, and much of it was unethical or illegal. Then along came Obama with his horde of evil minions, and they started digging up dirt on the geezers. Now the old pharts have been compromised, and they will eagerly grovel at the feet of Obama to prevent damaging information about themselves from being made public. That's why the Old Guard Republicans can't get anything accomplished. That's just one reason why they should be gotten rid of in the next election. Primary them out. All of them. In both parties. Get those corrupt geriatrics out of our way so we can start repairing our country.
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Michael Walsh writes: "Here we are, more than 20 years after the complete collapse of Marxism-Leninism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and we’re still having the same argument."

And there's the crux of the problem; Marxism-Leninism did NOT collapse; it took over the USA from within. Nearly all colleges are at least somewhat Marxist, and many explicitly so. Our pResident is a Marxist, as are a substantial number of the Congress. Half the states are Marxist-governed, or at least influenced, and many of the political class figure that they can "use" the Marxists to get elected and THEN become conservative - but to quote Rocky the Flying Squirrel, "THAT trick NEVER works!"

It'll be a longer and more painful road back than you realize - and it may not be possible at all. I see civil war as certainly possible, and a nuclear war with Iran as equally possible. Perhaps 1/3 chance of civil war, a 1/3 chance of war with Iran, and a 1/3 chance of restoring America.

I don't like those odds. And we don't have a Churchill to lead us to victory over Barack Chamberlain. Nor do we have an America to rescue us when Churchill falters.
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John McCain, Lindsay Graham, et al delenda est.
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Fœnerabis ego susceptor meus ad te causam!
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Ps 58:10 ? (nkjv says it clearest)
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My suspicion is that establishment types like Obamacare because they see it as a non-controversial wedge issue guaranteed to get their voters to the polls. Now they don't have to make statements on things like immigration or gay marriage or abortion. All they have to do is campaign against Obamacare and walk a fine line in Congress between fighting it and never quite getting rid of it. Then, they come out campaigning against it and all of us dutifully vote for them get rid of it.

If they actually think we'll do that forever, how dumb do they think we are, and how dumb are we?
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Pretty dumb.

You don't think the "lo-fo's" exist by accident, do you ?

The only comfort at this point I can see is in Hosea 8:7.
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"How a political party cannot sell Freedom and Liberty and Leave Me Alone to a formerly free people is beyond me..."

Unlike ObamaCrapCare, this has plenty of buyers.
43 weeks ago
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I just finished reading a book called "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. It was written a long time ago, but it describes America's current political situation to a tee. And this book is a fantasy/satire about an old demon teaching a young demon how to mess with Humanity. Check it out, and you will understand what "fundamental transformation" actually means. And you won't like it at all.
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If you enjoyed that, you might also enjoy my book, Rules for Radical Conservatives, written under the name "David Kahane." It's a guide to fighting the Left as written by a "leftist," in much the same way that Screwtape is "written" by a devil. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Radical-Conservatives-Beating-ebook/dp/B0036S4DMO/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=
43 weeks ago
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Go Ted, go! Ted go, go Ted. There goes Ted, Ted goes there. Ted, Ted, everywhere. Go Ted, go Ted, Ted go, go.

Thx Mr. Geisel (you crazy leftist)! Long after your death you can make those in power look like fools.
43 weeks ago
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Michael Walsh is spot on - today's Republican party is to the Democrats what Fascist Italy was to Nazi Germany. And if you recall your history, the allies first had to defeat Fascist Italy BEFORE we could defeat the Nazi's (Germany's National SOCIALIST Party).

More and more of us Republican party precinct committeemen are now refusing to donate money or time to the party and instead are turning our support to specific individual conservative candidates across the country. We won't destroy the Republican party, we'll simply take it from the collaborators just as the communists took the Democrat party from our grandparents.

Three cheers for Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Jeff Sessions, Mike Lee, Sarah Palin and the rest of the new leadership. It is rally time and always remember - if you compromise with evil you get evil - no more compromise!
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The power of one man, memorable. A kind of John Galt moment. Savor it !
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