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Most Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

October 17th, 2013 - 2:18 pm
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Attitude readjustment time

They’re out there. After “Call me Ishmael,” perhaps the greatest opening sentence to an American novel, ever. The saga of McMurphy, the not-quite-sane man in an nuthouse full of lunatics, as told by Chief Broom — the lone sane inmate, who just pretends he’s crazy — is one of the underrated classics of American literature, a book so brilliantly conceived and perfectly executed that it makes the reader shake his head in wonder.

We’ve all seen the movie, of course, the 1975 Milos Forman film that made Jack Nicholson  a star, and we know how Black Jack’s one-man war against the State — in the form of the evil Nurse Ratched — ends (see above). Here’s how the Chief describes McMurphy’s neutering in the book:

Put on those things like headphones, crown of silver thorns over the graphite at his temples. They try to hush his singing with a piece of rubber hose for him to bite on.

“‘Mage with thoothing lan-o-lin.’”

Twist some dials, and the machine trembles, two robot arms pick up soldering irons and hunch down on him. He gives me the wink and speaks to me, muffled, tells me something, says something to me around that rubber hose just as those irons get close enough to the silver on his temples — light arcs across, stiffens him, bridges him up off the table till nothing is down but his wrists and ankles and out around that crimped black rubber hose a sound like hooeee! and he’s frosted over completely with sparks.

And out the window the sparrows drop smoking off the wire.

After yesterday’s “budget-crisis” sellout, the sparrows falling off the wire are us; the Surrender Caucus in Congress has seen to that, voluntarily subjecting themselves to the same Obamacare treatment that McMurphy fought so gallantly against. How else to interpret this gloat from Big Nurse himself, Chuck Schumer?

“I’ve talked to Mitch about this — I think the whole Republican Senate is different now,” Schumer said on Morning Joe on Thursday. “I don’t think Ted Cruz will recover so quickly. . . . I think the Tea Party and Ted Cruz have peaked.”

The New York Democrat said the tea-party members have now alienated their Republican colleagues as well as the general public after the shutdown. “I think you’re going to see a more mainstream, conservative Republican party,” he added.

I bet we will.  More right after the page break.

Schumer said, “I think you’re going to see a more mainstream, conservative Republican party.” As I just wrote over at NRO:

That’s true — if by a “more mainstream” Republican party Schumer means “more like the Democrats.” After all, we’re all one big happy family in Senate Comity land, and now that the polls have spoken, we’d best start acting like it. And enjoying spectacles like this.

So let’s review yesterday’s famous victory: Conservatives won nothing, were soundly defeated by members of their own party — including the speaker — and (in the middle of a debate over the country’s parlous financial condition) managed to take the unfolding fiscal catastrophe and assault on personal freedom known as Obamacare off the the top of the news cycle and make it lead instead with their own ineptitude and fecklessness.

There is no good way to spin this, except for the Right either to win this GOP civil war, form a new party (which would be out of power forever, especially with the media poised to strangle it in its cradle), or welcome their new transformationalist overlords. Any way you look at it, it’s going to be ugly. But until conservatives understand what this breed of Democrats knows in its bones — that in the zero-sum game of modern American politics, the only way to win is by winning — ugly is what we’re going to get.

But at least we all have a moment of clarity. The GOP is not, in any meaningful sense, a conservative, first-principles, Constitutionalist party — and unless it’s subsumed by the Tea Party, it never will be. Rather, it’s content to be the lesser half of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party as long as it can collect some of the pork scraps from underneath the table of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government. No wonder they keep losing — they like it.

Still, we all know how this movie ends, don’t we? With them, still out there.

The end

The doctor won’t see you now.

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Everyone here (including Walsh) is offering up either excuses or laments for the state of the GOP. For YEARS this party has been heading towards this train wreck and we're acting as though it came out of the blue.
The moment (long before the actual voting) the candidates come out with their political blather and posturing, we roll our eyes and roll over and go back to sleep. We accept that the McCains and the McConnells and the Lindsey Grahams are going to win. It becomes a fait accompli. Every party seems to have its own losers. The problem is that we continue to re-elect ours. Over and over and over. When we get a viable competitor in an import ant race such as McCain versus Hayworth in Arizona, we blow them off.
Sure, we don't know how Hayworth would have voted, but we damn well know how McCain will vote every time. We also know that McConnell will use the taxpayers' funds as a re-election kitty by getting appropriations for his pork projects. These people are entrenched because WE entrench them.
Every time we fear our "illustrious leaders" are going to lose their positions of leadership on some committee we accept our fate. And they game us every day.
I say, take a hard look at their histories and back their primary challengers. We don't need to continue with this farce and then moan about how they rolled over on us. My old man used to say "you run with losers, you become a loser". To paraphrase him I'd say: "You elect losers, you're a loser".
That's what the Republican party has become, a bunch of losers. And by extension, so are we.
How many of us here snarked at Cruz or Mike Lee or Louis Gohmert and others because they were bound to fail? Well, we set them up to fail. Every damn time. Now we're in for it and all we can do is twitter about how miserable our lot is. Well, yes it is. But we can start repairing it THIS year by giving these SOBs primary challengers. Yeah, it's gonna take money. But it's also going to take emotional and verbal support. Just as David Thompson says "guilt tripping our politically indifferent relatives and friends".
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Consensus, bereft of sound principle, is the way of the lemming ... and leads to the same end.

The GOP Establishment has again proven that they are part of the lemming parade.
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I've been saying for years that fiscal conservatives need to ditch the GOP and form a new political party based on some fundamental fiscal reality...we can't continue to spend money we don't have. It's that simple. The GOP in DC has "gone along to get along" for so long, they are part and parcel of the problem and not any part of the solution.

This started under Bush w/"Pork Busters", and blossomed under Obama with the Tea Party movement...a movement that so terified Obama, he sicked the IRS on it to try and snuff it out. It didn't go away, and I firmly believe that it will only grow stronger in the next election cycle.

In 2014, as ObamaCare, debt and the deficit come front and center, its time for the Tea Party Movement to solidify, and to become a full blown political party. Tea Party isn't a good party name, but it will do for now....
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I can understand moderate repubs wanting different tactics. What I cannot understand or tolerate is when they accept and even repeat themselves the false dem/MSM narrative that the tea party is 100% to blame for the shutdown, when the truth is the main blame is the Reid/Obama no compromise stance. Remember that before the shutdown ever started, the house had already compromised on defunding, and was merely asking for a 1yr delay, an eminently sensible proposal given the horrible state of the obamacare website. They even made it clear they would negotiate for less if Reid/Obama were willing to give them anything. It was the Reid/Obama no negotiations with terrorists stand, not house extremism or intransigence, that caused the shutdown.
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Mitt Romney, having convinced, with the assistance of Heritage Foundation, a legislature AND voting populace ready to institute universal healthcare to instead support a more market oriented choice was the PERFECT candidate for President. I'm just sorry that too few saw that so we ended up here today.
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One interesting fact. While it was extremely costly for taxpayers, possibly so costly as to not be worth it, Romneycare, unlike Obamacare, actually did achieve its goal. It did cover most uninsured, and it did it without screwing up the health care plans of everybody who was already covered, and generally happy with the health care they had. The biggest problem with obamacare is not just being overly costly to taxpayers, and not helping the uninsured as much as claimed, but that it is also screwing up the rest of the health care system, and screwing up people who were already covered with plans they liked, and now facing losing those plans and being forced into obamacare.
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Ill give this Tea Party some more time. But Im looking to start organizing my racial-ethnic group politically, so that I may have some representation in this new system of government....instead of just being railroaded continuously by all Others who are organized already.

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Don't fall into the dem trap of organizing and dividing along racial lines. That is the source of much of the evil today. Organize as an American.
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So the defeat is attributed to the "surrender caucus." Nonsense on stilts.

IF that's the excuse for the failed strategy of "shut down at any costs." then it's pretty lame. The strategy failed because it could not win. If *every* Republican stood behind the strategy, it would still have failed - and at a far greater cost to the conservative project than it actually caused.

I challenge those who believe Republicans should have kept on going to explain how they would have won anything, other than feeling smug and good for "standing on principle!"
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You may have a point that the dems were so determined to shut down the gov that repubs had to cave eventually to reopen it. I DO challenge the claim I think you are making that the shutdown was the fault of repubs and the tea party, instead of mainly the fault of the Reid/Obama no compromise caucus.
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Oftentimes 'standing on principle' is all you have. When you kick that aside you have nothing. Trouble is the current republican party is bereft of principle - and still have nothing.

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It is, and has been, clear that the Republican establishment's core purpose is to keep and enhance its own benefits. It has little interest in the country nor little interest in making significant changes. "Things are fine just the way they are, thank you very much."

We cannot change the people who are there. We can only replace them.
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Go to Wiki, look up the word "Demarchy". Demarchy is far superior to elective democracy as it provides a truely accurate representation of the entire country. Under Demarchy there are no elections. Representatives are selected by lottery from among ALL citizens who volunteer to serve. The Greeks of Classical Athens a couple of thousand years ago learned the hard way that elective democracy resulted in a government that became increasingly a "tool" of the upper class. The same thing happened in the Roman Republic. Only Demarchy can truly represent the entire people. Of course if you want a government that "favors" only the most privileged, then an elective democracy or republic will do this.
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That is precisely why our founders did not set up a democracy, but a Republic. The demise of our Republic probably started with the 17th amendment, when Senators started being directly elected instead of being appointed representatives accountable to the constituents of their state. States (the people) lost much if their power when the govt. centralized. The death knell started when congress and presidents no longer felt compelled to abide by the constitution, and the press/media decided to let them.
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Right about the 17th Amendment: it has created at-large (= accountable to no one) congressmen with 6 yer terms. Needs to be repealed.

Re the TParty, the way forward at present is to forget about organizing an actual party (way too much overhead) and instead target the worst establishment Republicans. We've seen how much trouble and fear a few principled men and women can create. Taking over the R party from the Progressives who've stolen it is the mission.
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Glad someone has pointed this fact out. What the elders want is to go along, get along and stay in office.

At some point, they and yes much of their base, decided that the Democrats were on the right side of the trade, so really just wanted to establish a condominium to keep some minority stake in the system.

Combine that fact with their money base actually is a bunch of rent seekers dependent on overly complex regulation to keep a competitive advantage, you have a formula for stagnation. Niall Ferguson is very good on this subject.
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One suggestion might be that no one can serve more than one term in office. No one is allowed to make a career of being a Representative or Senator or President.
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So what you're really saying, though you don't know it, is that you'd like to be governed by a combination of Executive Branch appointees and SMEs and Congressional staffers and lobbyists, because they'd be the only people in government who'd know where the light switches and restrooms in government offices are.
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I would give them 12 yrs, in house or senate total. Maybe 14 if they run for senate having been in house for 8 yrs. So basically nobody could run for the house if they had been in congress 12+ yrs, and nobody could run for the senate if they had been in congress for more than 8 yrs. That is enough to make room for more people who had made their living in the private sector for awhile, instead of being in congress their whole lives. The first 2 yrs should be plenty of time to learn where everything is. The problem is after about 10 yrs they also learn where the lobbyists are and how to milk them. That is what we have to stop.
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Some form of term limits is necessary. These were never supposed to be career jobs, or cash cows. Serving was supposed to be an honor. In fact, politicians were meant to be paid very little so there would be no incentive for them to hang on.
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The franchise was never supposed to be unlimited either; the only qualification to vote is over 18 and fog a mirror, and you can cheat on that. The more the franchise has been expanded, the lower the quality of elected officials has become. If thirty or forty years ago, I'd awakened from a coma and somebody had told me we had a half-black open communist as President, my response would have been, "So, we lost the war?" I would have only expected to hear that were I laying dying in the rubble.
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How about simply requiring that you need to provide an income tax return proving you paid some income tax to vote. That would at least restrict it to people capable enough to hold a job and who have contributed to gov through taxes.
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I don't mind the half black part, dont fall into the dem trap of categorizing people because of race. But I do mind the communist part though, and that is why I oppose Obama, because of his leftist policies.
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Term limits, indeed...absolutely necessary.
Does anybody remember the anti-Franklin Roosevelt election slogan,"No Third Term!" .....no? ...I thought not.

Well, I remember that (am 82) and I well remember the photos of him with those gaunt sunken eyes.

Talk about enlarged Government....that New Deal, indeed.

Skip ahead now to 2012 and this wretched second term, mercifully the last, of this faux chameleon Obama, and ponder the makeup of the electorate who put him there.....for this second term....young, under-educated, ill-educated, and of doubtful English proficiency and all they're a-lookin' for is more of this "cool" entitlements-thing, man.

Right now were witnessing the badder aspects of Democracy....nearly mob rule.

We're hoist on our own petard in respect to "inclusiveness", "affirmative actions", and "multi-culturalism" resulting in enclaves.

The previous immigration waves of the 19th and early 20th centuries were actually rather tightly controlled with TB inspections...individually...at the likes of Ellis Island. Now, they slip across the Rio Grande as desperate refugees or are trucked in, packed in 18' trailers like sardines.

Past immigrants lived in their little Italy's for a while, then their children learned English and ....wait for it.....actually assimilated.

We've none of that right now. [....and, I haven't even mentioned our Muslim Problem......go to "Jihad watch" for that subject.] Not really off topic at all.

The Democrat party of the 1960's has won out. We've actually got a Third World born-and-raised, Muslim indoctrinated, guy with an enormous chip on his shoulder. Calls himself "Black", eliminating the maternal side of his conception.

We Conservatives can never recover now, as the demographics have radically [punning opportunity] changed so that Conservatives are now the new Minority in the United States.
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Let's hear it for Captain Ahab! Ishmael is his more timid double. See http://clarespark.com/2010/06/12/preface-to-second-edition-of-hunting-captain-ahab/. Otherwise, I agree with Walsh that the opening sentence, indeed the entire first paragraph is sublime. Today anniversary of English publication of MD.
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I have had it with that party and don't care to support them anymore, even if it means giving Democrats full reign to plummet this country into oblivion. One of the best things we could do is let them get credit for the decline!

But first ... I want to send them a message and I set up a facebook event for those of us still registered as Republicans to change that registration before this Nov 5th to something else! https://www.facebook.com/events/662686763770949
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Cut your own throat- don't include mine
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In other words, when the going gets rough, give up.

Sad.
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Signing on as a Republican is not a suicide pact. Get a grip. The Republicans came from the carcass of the Whig party.
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You don't need to sign up as a repub, just keep on fighting with the tea party, and voting for tea party candidates. Given enough primaries we can turn out the worst of the rhinos.
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I think Mr. Walsh has it right. Reading the comments, I think people need to realize the tea party is a minority faction in a minority party. We'll have more fiscally responsible government when the electorate wants it and it doesn't want it yet. '

I think most Congressmen are there to get rich and/or to feel important and they will get rich. The federal government spends > $T3.5/year. You have to expect a lot of corruption with a government like that. To get rich in politics, it's better to be a Democrat - they control the schools, universities, Wall Street, Hollywood and most of the media corporations (well all but one).

But if your home is in a Red, Republican district, you need to run as a Republican and you can still get your share of the swag. The only way to shrink the government and reduce the corruption is to become the dominant faction in the republican party. That won't happen quickly absent a crisis. When the next financial crisis comes, there may be an opportunity. I think honest Republicans need to be positioned as the party against the welfare state and crony capitalism. We need our own Nigel Farage - except a 3rd party is a loser in our electoral system.
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Stop with the Nigel Farage bit already. In a Parliamentary system a third party can emerge and over time become dominant. Not so in our winner-take-all system.
You want a more Constitutionally representative Party? Commit to the long, hard slog of taking the Republican Party over from within.
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Weren't the Republicans a group who left the Whigs, eventually taking over to become the second party? A third party is very viable, especially if the 60% of both dems and republicans saying they want one is accurate. I think a good splinter group could come to major prominence within a short time period and win even the presidency.
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The dems and republicans who want a third party want *very different* third parties. The dems want one that is overtly socialist. The republicans want one that is more conservative.

Neither would do anything other than harm the party *closest* to their ideology.
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There are many examples of minority parties that come together to form governments throughout the world - the UK and Israel come to mind and there are others - Germany. Those are all a parliamentary system but I don't see that having a republic would hinder many parties from coming together to form coalitions.

Our republic was obviously set up to favor a two party system but there is nothing to stop anyone from forming a third fourth or fifth party. I think it would be entertaining to have multi-party politics playing out in this country. It certainly would be an improvement over the one party rule we are headed for - and damned near there. Very dangerous IMO.

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And both of those parties need harming not feeding.
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OK, so McConnell lived up to the worst of the porking tradition; when the house is burning, keep warm. As I've said here from the beginning, there never was even the slightest sign of a plan, of an endgame that could win. To the extent that there was anything resembling a strategy played out, it was the wrong one; you can't out-nice or out-give Democrats; they simply won't let you do anything good if they can help it and if you still manage to do something good, they'll take credit for it.

The Senate Republicans had ZERO tools in their toolbox. The House Republicans had one small, not necessarily effective tool in theirs, holding the furloughed federal employees' pay hostage. Against the combined might of the White House, the Senate, and the media, the House tried to play the "it isn't us shutting down the government" game with their . The House Republicans had NO legal tools to use to bring the WH and Senate Democrats to heel, so the only recourse they had was the very limited force they had available to them to make the shutdown actually hurt somebody important to the Democrats.

I said from the outset that Sen. Cruz had brewed up this sh*tstorm so he needed to bare his breast to the storm. If this was merely an exercise in self-interest and self-aggrandizement in the eyes of the self-annointed "true conservative" base, Cruz was probably successful and can take his place alongside Sarah Palin in the "true conservative" pantheon. If Cruz really did think that by force of will and persuasion he could get a win out of this, he really, really, really isn't ready for prime time.

The reality is that the Cruz/Tea Party faction never even had the votes in the House. They cowed the easily cowed Boehner into that rule change to prevent a discharge petition. Had they not, I'm certain the Democrats could have rather easily found enough Republicans to vote with them to force the "clean CR" and "clean debt ceiling" resolutions out to a House vote and pass them. We really weren't that far from having a new Democrat Speaker with a Democrat-Republican coaltion majority, because the vote count would have been the same as for a discharge petition.

So, the Republicans have once again been made fools of and all they got for it was McConnell's airport funding, and maybe Cruz got a warm feeling from being on Megyn's new show. You can beat Alinskyite tactics, but it takes sollid political support, sound, detailed planning, and actual malice towards the opponent; you must be prepared to hurt them and, if necessary, their constituents. The Republicans, even had they been united never showed the slightest evidence of a plan and really had almost no means by which to hurt the Democrats. About the only tool I saw in the Republican toolkit was holding the furloughed employees' pay hostage to try to take advantage of the schism in organized labor that seems to be developing, but even that was little more than a forlorn hope. If your only plan is to hope the enemy hurts himself, you really don't have much of a plan. On the other hand, the Administration had all sorts of means to hurt the Republicans and they used them pretty well. I know there was a lot of "true conservative" self-congratulation about the rally to take down the "barrycades" and similar actions but there really were at most a few tens of thousands there and only political junkies and fulltime FOX watchers even know about the whole thing. The vast bulk of the res publica only knows that the Republicans tried to shutdown the government, failed, and once again the Dear Leader, Comrade Obama, won. Heckuva job, Ted.
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Well said. I would add that without those being called RINOs now we would have universal healthcare. It was their insistence and standing strong that converted enough red state/conservative Democrats to at least result in a more market oriented approach when the Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress AND the Presidency. Dontcha think Obama might have a strong motivation toward getting those very GOP leaders out of office?
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go away, no one is listening to people like you anymore.
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Yep, you're busy building that Party that might elect somebody from a few districts in the rural South and the Intermountain West.
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Gotta love those RINO's.

Well at least you do.

Lets see if a RINO can win in 2016.

Whoever that RINO is I WILL NOT be voting for them.


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The tea party repubulicans FOUGHT, they didnt wait until the stars had all aligned for them, they fought and lost. But in doing so they got Obama to reveal himself and (hopefully) alienate the families of WW2 vets, firshermen in florida, tourists in yellow stone and mt rushmore, families of children in cancer clinical trials and many more . The mask slipped. Yes there was no grand plan, and republicans could have done things better, BUT it was better than doing nothing and waiting for a miracle . It was a start and having some experience we should do better next time . The republican party used to be completely funded by big bussiness and chamber of commerce types . They are still running the party but they aren't the ones who organize and get the voters out . If the tea party can fund campaigns they can drive the big money RINOs, like McCain and Graham out and replace them with actual conservatives. Take the party over. It wont be easy or quick but it is possible. The alternative is "burn it down". If the federal government grows much more the dollar will lose its reserve status, massive inflation will occurs as dollars flood back from overseas (where they are no longer needed for international trade), and civil unrest will be almost inevitable. Perhaps we should work for a tea party takeover, but prepare for (and not be terrified of ) government collapse.
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Yeah, right. We can hope that what was revealed will help.

But Republicans have to remember that the media and popular culture is strongly against us. Get out of our information bubble (which is really painful) and see what most folks are seeing, and you'll understand why that revelation didn't even register with most people - what registered is the falsehood that the Republicans were totally responsible for a damaging shutdown of government.

I record NBC news and occasionally watch it just to know what pap is being fed to the lower information votes. It's sobering. In this environment, if you don't understand the propaganda battlefield, you will do foolish things and think they worked.

They didn't. This shutdown was clearly damaging to those of us who want to defeat the progressives.
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"It was a start and having some experience we should do better next time ."

Those of us with any memory have experience from the Gingrich-Clinton confrontations. Those of us who've been in government in states with unionized public employees know the government shutdown playbook like the backs of our hands from strike contingency planning. The modern Democrat Party takes most of its strategy and tactics from public employee unions and most of it is lockstep Saul Alinsky.

You cannot reason with them, you cannot bargain with them; you have to be able and willing to hurt them. If you can't tellingly hurt them and force them to accept your position, your choices are dance with them as necessary to maintain stasis until you acquire the power to hurt them or acquiesce to them. If they know you have the power to hurt them, they'll try to dance with you to keep you from using that power, so you must be prepared to use it even in the face of public and media disapproval, or at least what looks and sounds like public and media disapproval because they'll always have the support of the media and the louder parts of the public. You have to hurt their constituents and supporters, the little people, because you really can't hurt a paid apparatchik or an officeholder from a deep Blue district; you have to hurt the people they represent. You never start a fight over little stuff because a fight over little stuff with lefties is just as nasty as a fight over big stuff, so in for a penny is in for a pound. And remember, when the enemy is in range, so are you. i wouldn't be a bit surprised to learn that the EBT shutdown the other day was either a test run or a warning shot. So there, that's a crash course; give a copy to somebody in Congress.
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"So, the Republicans have once again been made fools of and all they got for it was McConnell's airport funding".

I think you are wrong, Art. What the Republicans got was a national media acceptance and reporting that the Republicans stood against Obamacare. Without that admission, most voters would have no idea. I think they actually perceive that Obamacare was passed by both parties. The media was forced to focus on Obamacare and the Republican position as the reason for the shutdown. I think most voters have no idea that Obamacare is strictly a Democrat-inspired system. Without the shutdown, that would have been hushed up, especially in view of the present exchange fiascos of selecting a new policy under the individual mandate. Let's wait until the elections in 2014, when voters will know that costs did not fall by $2500, you can't keep your doctor or your existing insurance policy, and that the Republicans shut down the government in their interests.
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You can't win a battle with the ethically and morally challenged unless you uncover the mask for the useful idiots ....history tells us we will be completely 'transformed' into the totalitarian state by then. To postmodern democrats the lie is so sweet coming from the lips of the chosen one, that the only way to get the message through is as you say, thru the hurt of their constituency. Unfortunately the blame the opposition meme has and will continue to work as long as the propaganda arm is in place. None of this is by accident - shutdown, EBT , firing of generals etcetera etcetera ....it will get ugly
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Thanks for your brutal honesty in the enemy we all face.
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