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Roger L. Simon

The Principal Enemy

December 30th, 2013 - 9:32 pm

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Back in the seventies when I was a lefty and under the sway, like the new mayor of the city of New York, of various Central and South American marxists, we used to speak of “el enemigo principal,” the principal enemy. In fact, there was a rather graphic (and well made) Bolivian movie of that name by leftwing director Jorge Sanjines. (Clip here.)

Not surprisingly in those days the principal enemies of Sanjines’ film were los yanquis and their dreaded CIA — a bit of a cliché, one must admit, but the idea of having a principal enemy in itself is not bad, if you know who it really is. Identifying your enemy can make you more effective, whoever you are.

And, whether they know it or not, Republicans, conservatives, libertarians, center-right folks, all those who favor smaller government and increased freedom, do have a principal enemy. But, surprisingly, it’s no longer Barack Obama. He is over. He was already a lame duck when Obamacare plucked most of his remaining feathers. The damage he can do may still be serious, but most of it will be reparable.

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"It’s a war between those who favor cutting government by seventy percent versus those who favor cutting it by fifty or sixty, ignoring those who want to expand it by a hundred."

You're wrong..... They ALL want to expand it. The last 50 years of progressivism's march "forward" and conservatism's capitulation has proven this.
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I am not aware of any conservatives who stayed home. Maybe you are. My friends who historically had voted third party saw the obvious, held their nose, and voted for the awful choice, Romney.

No, the problem was not conservatives staying home. It was a very weak moderate candidate who had sold ObamaCare in his home state and refused to run an aggressive campaign promoting freedom and the benefits of limited government. A candidate who refused to tell the American people who his opponent was, instead always calling him a nice guy. It was a fallout from eight years of Bush with a Republican Congress which grew government like crazy and did not represent conservative policies but rather big government. The distinction is now gone, with both parties being for centralized government not bound by the Constitution. The Republican Party has abandoned its base and no longer promotes what was its main message. That failure to be honest and serious about its difference with Democrats is what has caused it to fail. This is the result of Republicans in leadership choosing power and money over principles and philosophy.
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The principal enemy of conservatives is not a Democrat. The enemy of conservatives is the Republican leadership which insists on never fighting to defeat the Democrats. Conservatives could easily defeat Hillary, except that they will be told not to engage in a real fight with her by the likes of John Boehner, John McCain, Karl Rove, John Sununu. These luminaries will mock anyone who wants conservative ideas to actually win. These brilliant people will assert that to beat Hillary, Republicans must embrace illegal aliens and legalize their crime, must embrace the new definitions of marriage, must accept trillion dollar annual deficits as compassionate. These Republicans will say Hillary can only be beaten by choosing a candidate who gets along with Democrats and is not a fighter.

The enemy of conservatives is not a Democrat. The enemy is us, because we continue to associate with Republicans who actually like what Hillary does.
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14 weeks ago
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Hillary is going to win because the 19th amendment has foretold it.
Since 1928 the business of governance has diminished to a chicken in every pot, the new deal, the new Camelot, the great society, compassionate conservatism, a thousand points of light and now Moronocare. (Soon illegals embraced).
Anything other than "Social Investments" from this state of affairs is a hallucination.
Rescind the 19th amendment and begin the business of sheer governance, once again.
14 weeks ago
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Hillary Clinton will never be president and probably not the Democratic nominee. She's NOT inevitable. She wasn't in '07, '08 and won't be in '16. You ask me Dems are more anxious for an Elizabeth Warren campaign. Not that I want her in the White House God forbid, just tired of the Hillary "inevitability".
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I just don't have a lot of faith that Hillary is bound to be a serious contender in 2016, as she was readily toppled by the upstart Obama in 2008. I am girding my loins for the next upstart the small c's have in mind to carry on their agenda beyond Obama's second term. Meantime, Pub voters had better be wearing their voting boots & not planning on sitting this next presidential election out (unless of course, they wish to see more of the same far leftist agenda we have been treated to for the past 5 years).
14 weeks ago
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Therefore, the crucial election is 2014, not 2016.

That message needs to get out now.
14 weeks ago
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I hope that there are women who read and contribute to this blog because you need to go to youtube and listen to any one of Clinton's six figure speeches. And I challenge you to use your full powers of concentration to determine what, if any, threads of coherency emerge from her "act." I found none. She does have a talent for speaking endlessly and not saying anything. And if you are a died in the wool Democrat I urge you re-evaluate your political views in the upcoming elections. Please don't vote for another Clinton. Your country will thank you.
15 weeks ago
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Don't want an amendment to prohibit political families, too specific. But it should become a tradition, where any political family should be suspect, no matter which party. For that reason, there is no way I am going to support Jeb Bush.
15 weeks ago
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We have a very sensible article, about how repubs should unify to fight the real enemy, so what are the top comments to this article, a bunch of whiners complaining how rhinos are the real enemy. They need to recognize we have multiple enemies, but you need to concentrate on the most dangerous ones first. Its like WW2, where Stalin and Hitler were both enemies, but Hitler was the most dangerous, so we knocked him off first, and then went after the USSR after that. Hillary and the dems are the most dangerous enemy. Once they have been defeated, we can then go after the lesser enemies, like rhinos.
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HILLARY ISN'T THE ENEMY. NOT RECOGNIZING WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS THE ENEMY:

What's important is recognizing that Obamacare, taxes, big government. strong defense and the economy are the only issues. And, then, recognizing that with a strong economy all the other issues become less important.

What's important is recognizing that social issues are losers. Enough already about abortion, gun control, gay marriage, women's rights and immigration.

What's important is winning in '14. And the only way to do that is not to repeat the mistakes of '12.
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I am with you except for gun control, which I believe is a winning issue for us, and an issue where the libertarian and conservative factions both agree, and so does most of the country. Otherwise though your standard is actually very sensible, and closely matched the original charters of most tea parties, which were neutral on most social issues. But you have it slightly off. The real key is to recognize the repub party really has 2 conservative factions, which must be unified to win, libertarians and social conservatives. The key is to emphasize issues where social conservatives and libertarians both agree, like fiscal and small gov policy, and when repubs do that, as in 2010, we win. This does not make the repub party into sellout rhinos, since most rhinos do not agree with libertarians or conservatives. But it does recognize that the real conservative litmus test issues are those where both conservatives and libertarians both agree, and to allow a big tent on other issues. But what we must not tolerate is people falsely posing as conservatives, strictly on social issues, while selling us out on fiscal policy, as happened during bush.
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richard40 -
Had my doubts about including a legal right as a social issue. But, as a New Yorker, I can't imagine guns ever being legal in NYC. So my compromise on the Second Amendment is to make guns a local and/or state issue. Of course, the correct answer is: "I stand with the Constitution."
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You forget that the Left went through the same thing--only it had a hundred year lead on the modern conservative/libertarian movement. They used to argue about what the best way to destroy bourgeois society and create a socialist state, and they ended with the credentialed elitist/ crony capitalist model of socialism, and seem to be happy with it. We will end up recognizing the primacy of the Declaration of Independence as our ideological beacon and try to form a society shorn of privilege. Coming to that conclusion will take some time.
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I mostly agree, but be careful how you use the word privilege, since is can perverted into anti rich socialist rhetoric. I suspect what you really mean is privilege conferred by favors from gov. But if somebody makes a ton of money honestly, honestly being defined by not cheating anybody, and not using special gov favoritism, and wants to pass it on to their kids, I have no problem with that at all. So you are right to oppose privilege conferred by gov favoritism, but should have no objection to privilege earned through honest labor or trade. So I would revise your statement to a society shorn of gov conferred privilege. This is also consistent with the founders, many of whom were both rich and privileged, but they earned their wealth, and did not get it by connections to the king or the nobility.
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