“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Movement conservatives have never had a completely harmonious relationship with the Republican Party. It sometimes seems as if the darkest moments come … before a major RINO concession. The phrase “Grand Old Spending Party” epitomizes well the lack of focus and endemic dysfunction that resulted in independents abandoning the right in 2006 and 2008. Our chronic debt mongering so alienated swing voters that they embraced Barack Obama — a pig in a poke — believing that even a Democrat would be more prudent as our president.
Ah, not only were they wrong, they were John Edwards wrong. Their confusion was understandable given President George W. Bush’s habit of tossing around non-sequiturs like “[w]e have a responsibility that when somebody hurts, government has got to move” and the equally appalling, “I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system.”
These nuggets of socialism clashed resoundingly with our basic conservative vision even though there is no denying that President Bush was a meritorious commander-in-chief. He admirably protected the citizenry in a time of serious peril even though the deficits his administration incurred were discombobulating.
In the future, our politicians must defend the nation with vigor while simultaneously proving to the electorate that Bush’s fiscal profligacy was an aberration. Rejuvenating our brand though will not be easy.
The “state controlled” media intentionally attempts to sow division within our ranks. They reflexively elevate the importance of any vain masochist among us who would rather undermine his own people than fight those who long to control us.
In fact, the stance that our representatives have taken since Obama’s inauguration inspires, and “in a dark, cold winter” it warmed the cockles of every free American’s heart. Their heroic efforts represent a pleasant departure from the pusillanimous practices of the past.
Hopefully, Republican ringleaders will learn from recent history and internalize the lesson that the political left — as opposed to conservative ideas and initiatives — are the real enemy and one that must be defeated.
Thanks to President Obama’s biography along with his unsavory band of associates, most conservatives are aware of the left’s dishonest methods. Rules for Radicals outlines them in great detail.
Saul Alinsky’s diabolical book — which, astonishingly, actually thanked “the very first radical,” Lucifer, at its outset — is treasured by our opposition and some words on page 128 clarify why the left has duped the right numerous times over the years.
Alinsky posits that his pupils should “make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.” Fairness and honesty are primary values for conservatives. Democrats are cognizant of this eventuality and routinely appeal to our superior moral sense as a means to accumulate more power.
The “power sharing” fiasco of 2001 was a perfect example of their manipulative ways along with the docility of some of our allies. At the time, the Senate was split 50-50 along partisan lines but the chamber was still effectively Republican due to Vice President Cheney wielding the tie-breaking vote.
For reasons that only “the gimp” in the film Pulp Fiction could comprehend, the Republicans surrendered to the requests of our adversaries. They duly created a bedlam in “the living symbol of our union of states” thereafter by having co-chairs for its respective committees.
This sabotaged President Bush’s agenda, which was a moronic enough result, but the total futility of their approach only became apparent a few months later after a traitor from Vermont named Jim Jeffords defected. This then gave the Democrats a clear cut voting majority in the Senate.
Learn from these events. To say that our political rivals are Machiavellian and cynical is a gigantic understatement. There is no honor among leftists. They have been laboring to undermine and implode our nation since the 1960s and the actions of the Obama administration indicate that “the reckoning” leftists intend for America is well underway.
Rep. Anthony Weiner’s obscene and buffoonish display in February on the House floor showcases that theirs is always the politics of bad faith. All conservatives — particularly public servants — are advised to treat progressives with the type of wariness usually reserved for drug addicts looking to score a “loan.”
Allow me to reference a phrase often articulated by our great helmsman. Fellow conservatives, “let me be clear!” We must do nothing for the Democrats under any circumstances. They seek to turn our capital into Harare west.
Forget about “reaching across the aisle.” Let us never appease the pseudo-liberals again. If they whine or become sanctimonious in response, we can follow another Alinsky edict and make them feel at home via ridicule.
Given the Democratic Party’s toxic nature, the main job of our legislators in the future is to devote themselves to reversing the advance of the uber-state while simultaneously toiling to erode the standing of America’s fifth column in the eyes of the people.
A former history teacher of mine used to say that “the majority becomes the minority and the minority becomes the majority.” He was absolutely correct, but the Democrats refuse to acknowledge this truth.
As of late, many have published delusional creative fiction celebrating our demise, but even within the emotionally turbid expanses of your average leftists’ cranium a two year holiday from significance does not equate with “permanent defeat.”
When we find ourselves once again running the House of Representatives, let us make our return memorable.
Mark Levin observed in his Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto that, when in charge, Republicans often adhere to a statist “glide path” and fail to constrict or amend the Leviathan’s expansion.
This is a state of affairs we must remedy. Victory is opportunity and never a justification to disarm. Instead of treating the left as our equals let us emulate General Anthony McAuliffe. When asked for “honorable surrender” during the Battle of the Bulge he replied with a single word: “Nuts.”
One of the countless prevarications that the left disseminates regarding the right is that we fail to offer any alternatives. While this is total hogwash, I will proffer up a few of my own below for the benefit of any malefactors who accidentally come across this article.
- Institute a federal hiring freeze.
- Institute a federal pay freeze.
- Abolish the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Transportation, and Education. Revenues from the latter can be fully redistributed to the states (who actually might know how to spend it properly).
- De-unionize all federal employees.
- Reduce the size of the Internal Revenue Service to no more than 500 paid employees at any one time.
- Privatize the ramshackle United States Post Office.
- Cut Amtrak loose.
- Outlaw earmarks and pork from federal legislation.
- Privatize Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and every other quasi-government budgetary cancer.
- Propose a public vow for members of Congress that they will never go along with annual expenditures surpassing actual tax receipts.
Well, that’s just a start, but if the Democrats are in need of more guidance they can always consult with 40 percent of the citizenry who will be happy to provide it.
From here on out, conservatives must fight the left with every bit of energy they have. Our country and our personal liberties are too important to be sacrificed at the altars of political correctness and socialism.
In the words of the Holy 40th: America is a “shining city upon a hill” and “a magnet for all who must have freedom.” It is up to the right to preserve the United States as we alone appreciate the nation’s exceptional qualities.
Conservatism is only antidote for the Democrats’ venom. We must also ensure that the new batch of paladins we send to Washington, D.C., in 2011 actually represent our values and ideals.
Yes, certainly the Christs, Snowes, and Voinovichs will always be among us, but we must compensate for these weaklings by presenting the electorate with a compelling choice in November.
Once the next Congress is sworn in, reinvigorated Republican politicians should eschew parlor games. Instead, they should personify the words “no surrender” and initiate the type of change that we believe in.