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Bryan Preston


June 11, 2014 - 6:58 am

The New York Times launches a smear at voters who chose to fire Rep. Eric Cantor last night.

David Wasserman, a House political analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said another, more local factor has to be acknowledged: Mr. Cantor, who dreamed of becoming the first Jewish speaker of the House, was culturally out of step with a redrawn district that was more rural, more gun-oriented and more conservative.

“Part of this plays into his religion,” Mr. Wasserman said. “You can’t ignore the elephant in the room.”

But in this case, there is no elephant in the room. Cantor had won SEVEN terms before his defeat to Brat. Seven.  His religion had come up. It wasn’t a factor. If anything, it was an asset.

The open-borders Wall Street Journal decided that the day after Brat knocked Cantor out is as good a day as any to drop its opposition research on him. You’ll be shocked to learn that Dave Brat, a college professor, has written things. Among the things he has written, a paper in which he says that a Hitler figure could rise to power again.

Crazy, right?

But it is the reference to Hitler’s Germany that is likely to turn heads during Mr. Brat’s first full day as a tea party star.

The full context of his second Holocaust prognostication comes in a section about how if Christian people “had the guts to spread the word,” government would not need to “backstop every action we take.”

He writes:

Capitalism is here to stay, and we need a church model that corresponds to that reality. Read Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s diagnosis of the weak modern Christian democratic man was spot on. Jesus was a great man. Jesus said he was the Son of God. Jesus made things happen. Jesus had faith. Jesus actually made people better. Then came the Christians. What happened? What went wrong? We appear to be a bit passive. Hitler came along, and he did not meet with unified resistance. I have the sinking feeling that it could all happen again, quite easily. The church should rise up higher than Nietzsche could see and prove him wrong. We should love our neighbor so much that we actually believe in right and wrong, and do something about it. If we all did the right thing and had the guts to spread the word, we would not need the government to backstop every action we take.

Pretty much everyone fears that another Hitler could rise to power somewhere. It’s a justified fear. Every single time a Republican wins the presidency, leftists go straight to the Hitler fears. That’s not justified. But we don’t see the open-borders Wall Street Journal vilifying them for that.

Guess what? According to his writings, Brat also distrusts concentrating power and violence in the hands of government. That’s such a radical thought that the American Founding Fathers agreed with it. They set up the Constitution’s checks and balances system so government would at least spend some its energy fighting with itself and not smacking down the people.

Give it up, WSJ. You lost last night. You lost big.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Government, George Washington said, is only power, and like fire can be a wonderful servant but also a horrible master. When a candidate for office says this, how many think better or worse about him, that he is a right wing nut or a courageous realist?

Only a fool would ignore history, and especially when a ruthless executive was no longer restrained by the other branches of government or by its founding documents. That is exactly how the monster Hitler came to full power. Our present elites are too close to that same lust for unrestrained power for my comfort.

Where I part company with "conservatives" is that all too often they love big government when it projects power in the way they approve of. Our common goal should be that government is so small that it only has the resources to attend to its enumerated powers and has no extra resources for social engineering or tyranny against any citizen.

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I'm about this close to dropping my 30 year subscription to the WSJ. I haven't read it today but maybe this is the last straw.
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Anyone surprised by this is not reading the battlefield well.

This response was as certain as the sunrise this morning.

Some people wanted to run away and hide from it. I certainly saw no articles or comments anticipating it. We have two choices and two choices only. Coalesce around a cohesive, coherent message...that this "wakeup call" delivered on the Republican doorstep.

Or shatter into a billion shards of glass...and die.

I don't know a thing about this obscure professor. What he stands for and against on a myriad of issues. We will soon find out. I hope he's a genuinely good man.
37 weeks ago
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It's their job to trash conservatives. It's how they get paid. If they have to make it up, they'll make it up.
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So if you write that you fear fascism can come, you're crazy, but if you write that the US is a fascist country, you're a Progressive thought leader. Gotcha.

If that means you're unqualified for office, no one who posts/comments at the Daily Kos, ThinkProgress, etc. can run for office.
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