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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Alive

October 2nd, 2013 - 5:12 pm
Please, sir, I want some more big government

Please, sir, I want some more big government

A couple of days into the so-called government shutdown and already some Republicans are scratching their heads and wondering why they’re losing the messaging war. After all, they have the facts — it’s Obama and his stooge, Harry Reid, who really want the shutdown and are determined to keep it going as long as possible — and the emotions (cancer kids being turned away from the NIH) on their side. Why, just today I heard the real face of the Democratic Party, Chuck Schumer, pointedly blaming House Speaker John Boehner, and loving every minute of it.

Conservatives are kidding themselves if they think, as some do, that the Voice of the People — making itself heard in such actions as the World War II veterans’ liberation of their monument in Washington yesterday and today, or a nebulous notion of “citizen journalism” — will be enough to force the Democrats to the reality side of the ledger. The recent history of the Tea Party — victorious in 2010, neutered (in part by Lois Lerner and her IRS) in 2012 — shows that. A disorganized, multi-headed movement is not a movement at all, but a rabble, a Children’s Crusade, and one that will end up the way the Children’s Crusade did back in 1212.

What the conservative cause needs now is a leader.

I have no idea who that leader might be. Now that civil war has broken out in the ranks of the GOP, the momentum is with the insurgents, so any leader, whoever he or she may be, is likely to come from the ranks of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Jeff Sessions, et al. It is, on the other hand, highly unlikely that he will step forth from the spear carriers who currently surround Boehner and Eric Cantor, but who will melt away like the Praetorian Guard after the assassination of the Emperor once Boehner is deposed. The banshee screech of a frightened and wounded Leftist establishment speaks volumes about who and what they fear — and they fear the Tea Party.

This time is different. What is at stake in this government shutdown forced by a radical Tea Party minority is nothing less than the principle upon which our democracy is based: majority rule. President Obama must not give in to this hostage taking — not just because Obamacare is at stake, but because the future of how we govern ourselves is at stake.

What we’re seeing here is how three structural changes that have been building in American politics have now, together, reached a tipping point — creating a world in which a small minority in Congress can not only hold up their own party but the whole government. And this is the really scary part: The lawmakers doing this can do so with high confidence that they personally will not be politically punished, and may, in fact, be rewarded. When extremists feel that insulated from playing by the traditional rules of our system, if we do not defend those rules — namely majority rule and the fact that if you don’t like a policy passed by Congress, signed by the president and affirmed by the Supreme Court then you have to go out and win an election to overturn it; you can’t just put a fiscal gun to the country’s head — then our democracy is imperiled.

No names, please, though — we’re the Tea Party. The marginalization of the Tea Party is the point of nearly everything I read on the left these days; they are the giant ogres out to devour democracy. I have very dear and old friends who are convinced Tea Party “terrorists” are undermining our political system, that Obamacare is “settled law” (the Left’s fondness for “settled” concepts is striking for the Party of Reality and Science, and binds them philosophically with Islam, for which everything was settled in the seventh century), and that zealots have seized control of the House.

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A lot depends on what you mean by "losing the messaging war." We should all understand by now that we are not going to win the messaging war in the main stream media. The media establishment is so in the tank for Obama that they would literally print that the sky is neon yellow if he said so. We should all also understand by now that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are hapless idiots who can not and will not lead. There is no way that they would win a messaging war.

However, the insurgents are currently winning the messaging war against the Republican Establishment, the Democratic Party, and even Mr. Obama. The pressure brought to bear by the government "slim down" has forced some errors. It has exposed the ineptitude and outright dishonesty of the current GOP leadership. John Cornyn has especially shown himself to be not only a coward but a liar. Harry Reid continues to stumble verbally with why he would not help a child struggling with cancer. And, Mr. Obama and his Barrycades are doing more to swing public opinion than either Boehner or McConnell.

An insurgent leader will emerge if conservative citizens demand change. If we lose our heart and accept business as usual, then the country is gone.
42 weeks ago
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Cruz is one of my Senators. He was elected specifically to oppose Obamacare and lead based on conservative economic and constitutional principles. He is doing precisely that, and should thus be commended.

He does not spew invective; he merely speaks the truth about the way the game has been played by the GOP establishment. That is, very poorly from a constitutional perspective. The invective was actually spewed by establishment folks initially, like McCain (remember "Wacko Birds" about using drone strikes domestically?). Cruz turned that invective comment against McCain by embracing it, ala Churchill.

Cruz has quickly become a leader because he is smart, articulate, facile, and photogenic enough, and because he does what he said he would do when running for office, representing the middle class conservative base.

If "moderation" and "compromise" are merely code words for surrender to further socialist drift, then I want none of either. At this stage of history, if we intend to save the Republic, any such accommodation must redirect any such shifts back in the direction of the original intent restrictions on government written in the Constitution in keeping with the principles of our Declaration of Independence.
42 weeks ago
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Basically, you're saying the Republican Party's base is destroying the Republican Party. Because that's where Ted Cruz's support derives...the base.

It's pretty plain the Republican establishment is embarrassed by its own base. And a Party without a base is...well, pretty much dead.

If the GOP is to survive, it needs new leadership. I'm not nominating Cruz for President quite yet, but he's a leader, and the GOP needs leaders in the conservative/libertarian mold who can rev up the troops and explain to independents why conservatives want to do what they wan to do.

We would fare far better that way, more so than we have with people like Boehner, Cantor, McConnell...or up-and-coming flavor-of-the-month big-government slightly-less-progressive-than-Democrats like Chris Christie.
42 weeks ago
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Where are the folks who endlessly voiced their political opinions in the debates just a few months ago? Where is the man who won the right to speak for Republicans in the campaign? Why are we hearing nothing from the people who are going to raise their hands the next time someone asks who's going to run? Who is running the Republican bureaucracy now that Steele has been shut up?
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
@artghost
I may have to reconsider my earlier reply. Maybe you aren't a RINO, but a really clever troll. Either way, you are part of the problem and have nothing to do with any solution.
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
You self-annointed "true conservatives" sure like to hurl that RINO and troll poo around, don't you? artghost has been here a long time. I have a good eye for trolls and a bad disposition towards calling them out and I've never seen the slightest indication that artghost is a troll. artghost has a distaste for political naifs who empower themselves to decide who is and is not eligible to be a "real" Republican or a "true" conservative, a distaste I share.
41 weeks ago
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Neither a troll or a RINO, I'm simply a conservative Republican who finds the anger of those in The Tea Party toward anyone who doesn't completely endorse their point of view disturbing. I've seen the left stir up passion and emotion to attain their political goals. They tilled the political ground with blind "Bush derangement" (helped by conservatives who turned on him) to clear the way for the destructive Obama administration. I'm old enough to know that there is no such thing as a perfect politician and looking for one is a fool's errand, just as destroying the Republican party in hopes of rebuilding a more perfect entity is an exercise in futility.
41 weeks ago
41 weeks ago Link To Comment
There you go again. Painting with such a broad brush you make no sense whatever.
Those in the Tea Party (what is that, anyway - can you tell me? I know of no "Tea Party." Who is the leader, where is the headquarters?) are "angry" at "anyone who doesn't completely endorse their point of view" is totaly absurd. But, then again, that's the type of comment I expect from a dyed in the wool progressive troll.
41 weeks ago
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Okay, so the Republican Party is undergoing an identity crisis.

To me, this is the money quote:

"Boehner’s real problem is that he belongs to the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party, and can’t understand why these pesky Tea Party types are trying to upset his applecart — nor does he particularly like having Schumer, Obama and the media hold his feet to the fire."

Guess what, Johnny -- your feet belong in the fire. Stop the "party uber alles" -- stop the hand-wringing between RINO and Tea Party -- sign off on a stop-gap spending measure and DO SOME STRATEGY.

We need essential services -- tailor a spending measure to that. Save the big fight against O'NightmareCare for a couple of months down the road. Plan for it. Attack it piece by piece. The market will help you. This "all or nothing" is a no-win game.

Sigh. .... Boehner isn't up to the job. I agree with all others scouring the countryside for a cogent leader. Failing that, can't we plot a tactical retreat?
42 weeks ago
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Brave words and true, unless one recalls that Ted Cruz and the Tea Party created this mess without a care in the world about how it would be resolved. While 1776 defiance against authority is to be admired it doesn't quite make the transition to the here and now. Dumping the responsibility for the epic miscalculation of Cruz and his followers onto the lap of John Boehner is ridiculous, absurd and grossly unfair. Cruz began this fight but he expects everyone else to finish it for him. Why can't Ted man up?
42 weeks ago
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I say recruit Bill Whittle!!!
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
In reading the day's comments regarding this issue something has came into clarity for me. Tea Party, you are being played by Obama and his minions in the government and media. With each strike against you, from the despicable IRS illegalities down to Obama's constant references to "extremists", your reaction is to become more emotional and more defensive about the causes that brought Tea Partiers together in the first place. The people you contemptuously call RINOs are a substitute for Obama and his lefty army, about which you can do nothing because - like it or not - they hold all the cards. Obama is pulling your strings.
42 weeks ago
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What the Conservatives need now is a long term sustained movement which makes it's profitable, well paid and prestigious to promote the Conservative Agenda in all of our institutions, and targeting institutions for retaking, especially our media and education systems.

Standing around and complaining as the Marxists march through our society, nation states, and ciivilization isnt gonna cut the mustard. Anti-Left discrimination iwth extreme prejudice is called for. These people are our avowed enemies who have declared their intention to deconstruct our order and impose theirs upon it.

42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
*Think smart and think out of the box*
They have the "army" (the press), thus we have to go with militia/guerrilla warfare, but they are not going to stop it or win.

Let the whole thing explode in Obomber hands: I never understood why some Reps wanted to postpone Obama-uncare. Let it go and let the crisis to ensue. What are you wanting-a crisis to appear during the next Rep. presidency? Likewise, if there's a way to make the whole student loan bubble explode, so be it.

Also, you know why Obomber still wants the army to stay "busy" in those so called "overseas operations"? Any guess? BECAUSE those armed battallions, coming home, and stayin in the homeland are the BIGGEST danger to dems, Obummah and its fascistic lackeys. Bring the troops home! There are some domestic tyrants to fight.

Finally, we are not assisting to a killing of the democracy. We are in the killing of a Republic, with its natural antidote-the Democracy. We need to STOP this democracy hype: A Republic is a system where principles rule (rule of law, remember?) thus the law is equally appliable for every-f**ng-body. No distinction is made between a senator and a salesman, no privileges. Dura lex sed lex.

Democracy is the rule of the numbers, thus in the last stages is a institutionalized mob rule, lead by the tyrant that convinced the biggest number of perverted people. The will promise and throw bread and circus to the mob and they will deliver (NOTE: the problem is not that they don't deliver, the problem is that they do). Then, slowly, the class divide between the rulers (elite or privileged) and the people becomes institutionalized (via votes and elections).

A Republic IS a solution: you can vote to chose a representative, nothing else. Your representative has his/hers hands tied by the law and the constitution. Popularity contests (elections) are not a blank check.

*Think according to history: the boldest move -is the congressen would have any balls, is to make a call for restitution of the constitutional order, bring trops home with THAT specific task and the actual rotten system be damned.

http://www.examiner.com/article/obamacare-can-be-defunded-without-senate-approval
42 weeks ago
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It's not quite that simple since the mulatto Mussolini has worked hard to gut the military leadership and install those unfit for combat into it's ranks. I'd guess that todays military will split into factions as did the military in 1860. Never the less, there are also millions of Oathkeepers who are former military and retain our allegiance to the Constitution and millions of gunowners among the people (who George Mason described as "the militia" and, as Washington said "“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” When the match is struck, whether the fascocommunists realize it or not, we've got them outnumbered. Semper Fi!
42 weeks ago
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You're an ass, sir. Calling TEA Party members "extremists" shows that you also do not care about the WILL OF THE PEOPLE. Most republicans (that are in trouble at home) are in that predicament because they abdicated their duties, primarily fighting obamacare, and have thrown in with the establishment sell-outs. The TEA Party members are doing their constituent's bidding. Get out of the Beltway and back into real America before you become even "stooopider" than you are now. IF the republicans cave on this fight they are finished as a political party...but, that's probably what you really want, right?

Remember BENGHAZI!
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
I assume you're referring to Thomas Friedman in the block quote above, and not me.
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
I stand corrected and sincerely apologize, Mr. Walsh
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
"You're an ass, sir."

I thought we were supposed to save that for Moran.
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
Government is a reflection of the governed, and vice versa.

As long as the dead end gang (that is what I call the legacy media, as you call them Michael, or what Sarah Palin called the "Lame Stream Media") continues to set the pace, they will have the inner track.

Is authentic truth too much for some to bear, because in all honesty, more authentic truth, from Americans, has to be shown for me to conclude that the best days of the US are in the future.

So, where to go? I suggest looking at C.S. Lewis, Mortimer Adler, Jack Maritain, Paul Tillich and Martin Buber.
42 weeks ago
42 weeks ago Link To Comment
Unless you take the fraud out of elections, the Conservatives will never win. They also need to be better organized and fight fire with fire. The Dems ferried busloads to local polling stations (sometimes more than 1 station). But the Dems were better at taking charge and getting people to vote. They also started getting their people in place in polling stations much sooner than the Right did. We have to take control of the process in 2014!! Not cheat....just organized.
42 weeks ago
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