Why John Boehner’s Surrender On DHS Funding Is The Beginning Of The End Of His Speakership

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Hat/Tip to Doug Ross @ Journal.

 

It’s high time for Johnny to go!

As largely expected, House Speaker John Boehner has surrendered on trying to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty through DHS. The Hill reports that Speaker Boehner is planning a vote today to pass a “clean” DHS bill that keeps President Obama’s executive amnesty intact.

Much like the bill to temporarily fund DHS, Speaker Boehner will likely be forced to rely on Democrat votes to pass a clean bill. Boehner’s allies will also likely use House Rule 22, which would make a “clean” DHS bill a “privileged resolution” and which allow it to bypass normal House procedure and come directly to the floor. Either way would require a coalition of centrist Republicans and Democrats to approve it.

Now rumors are starting to fly that conservatives may try to launch a coup against Speaker Boehner in response to this vote. After all, when Boehner was pushing passage of the “CRominbus” bill at the end of the year, he promised conservatives that he would fight against Obama’s executive amnesty with the new Congress. Now, we saw the results of that fight and conservatives are moving to the point where they have had enough of Speaker Boehner.

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Now, do I think that Speaker Boehner will be deposed in the short term? No and there are many reasons why it won’t happen. First of all, there is no credible alternative to Speaker Boehner at this time. The chariman of the new House Freedom Caucus, which is a grouping of very conservative and libertarian Republicans, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) hasruled out a challenge to Speaker Boehner over a clean DHS bill.

If a challenge is launched, it will be launched by another very conservative member of the GOP caucus. The most likely result is a replay of what happened in January, which is a conservative alternative or two to Boehner makes a move, but garners very little support from within the GOP caucus.

While I do expect Speaker Boehner to survive in the short term, I don’t anticipate him to last past this term. I was at CPAC this past week and to say that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are not popular among conservative activists is probably the understatement of the century. Both men are unpopular among conservatives. Neither man addressed CPAC because they were afraid of the reaction from the crowd.

In the next Congress, I expect one of three things to happen: Democrats take control, Boehner decides not to run again and calls it a career, or Boehner is defeated by a credible opponent with a plan to oust him that isn’t thrown together at the last minute. Boehner at this point has burned too many conservatives with his promises to “fight another day” and once that other day arrives, it turns into a massive surrender and defeat. As Scott calls the Republican leadership, Charlie Brown Republicans, because they consistently lose political battles with Democrats.

Either way, Boehner’s days as speaker are likely numbered. He has simply burned too many bridges with conservatives at this point and eventually, that will pressure his caucus.

If Boehner wants to survive, he needs to engage conservatives both in his caucus and conservative activists. At this point, conservatives see him as the enemy at worst and inept at best. That’s not healthy for the Republican Party and the conservative movement in the long run.

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Stand Up Comedy, Complete Denial, Or Just Your Normal, Average Lying Politician?

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  • He’s not “establishment”
    • Even though he’s punishing all GOP House members who voted against him, or who don’t tow the party line
  • He’s a Conservative
    • Even though he pushed the Cromnibus through and has done NOTHING to defund ObamaCare
  • He’s not spineless
    • Even though he won’t stand up to Obama and is afraid to shut down the government to defund ObamaCare

So there you have it, he’s a tough-as-nails Conservative who isn’t afraid of Obama and the Democrats, pays no attention to public opinion polls and isn’t afraid to shut down the government.

Wait, what?

Okay, story time is over here at CH 2.0.

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An Open Letter to the GOP Establishment

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As the policies and actions of the Obama Administration have become increasingly recognized as destructive, the Republican Party establishment may believe that they have “default” support among Conservative and Independents for the upcoming election cycle.  I would urge you to examine this more closely.  As you may have noticed, the approval ratings for Republicans are still quite low.  There are multiple reasons for this beyond the fact that the left and the media are against Republicans.

I believe that these low ratings are due to the Party’s abandoning of Conservative principals.  After George W. Bush was elected, government continued to grow in both size and scope.  Government interference in the free market continued, and government programs continued to flourish and grow in influence.  Far too many establishment Republican Congressmen and Senators; who ran on platforms of small government and fiscal responsibility while on the campaign trail, spent like drunken sailors when they arrived in Washington.  The people, and particularly the Party base, watched these developments with a growing disgust.  It is the opinion of many that establishment Republican candidates run on Conservative issues to win elections, and then disregard those ideas upon assuming office.  The people have grown tired of this, leading to, in my opinion, the losses in 2006 and 2008.  When too many Republican office holders abandoned to core concepts of the Party, the voters did not support them.

Fast forwarding to now; when we see actual Conservatives, like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul being insulted and castigated for adhering to Conservative principals, we are angered.  Also, when we hear that Karl Rove is going to fund-raise and organize efforts to move against Tea Party members, we are infuriated.   In governing, there has been little more than a GOP establishment capitulation to the President.  Why wouldn’t President Obama petulantly stand up to any proposal that you make?  You cave in at every turn!  He has no fear of you-he probably sees all of you as “easy marks,” and laughs at the very idea of you having a spine! Yet, you expect us to dutifully tap the button and vote for any weak candidate you put on the ticket?  Simply put, one cannot energize an alienated base.  And we sirs, are thoroughly alienated.  As long as this state of affairs continues, the base will be suspicious.  Your empty promises are now falling on deaf ears.

What we want is to have our elected officials actually act upon what they promised during their campaigns.  We want government to shrink, not just grow more slowly.  I, myself, have made the comparison that the recent choices between Democrats and Republicans is the choice between socialism, and “socialism-lite.”  Please hear this: There is no way to do big government in a “Conservative way.”  The two are mutually exclusive.  In fact, they are the antithesis of each other.   We want Republicans, not “Republicrats!”  We want a set of men and women that will lead, not shy away from tackling the bureaucracy, or the Democrats and their client groups.  We want people that will make the case for eliminating government programs that have not worked, nor ever will.  We want people that will stand up to the leftist media, and make their message heard.  We want people that will talk to the people as they were grown men and women, not sheepish children that require herding.  And, we want leaders that will listen to us, not the talking heads in the media, not the pressure groups that are bussed in to intimidate them, and not the advisers that recommend that they “moderate” their message.  When the Party supports and promotes moderate candidates, the base sees this as another indication that the party is out of touch with, if not dismissive of, traditional Conservative ideals.

Then, the party is failing to exploit weaknesses in the liberal base.  African Americans are suffering disproportionately under Obama, and questioning their allegiances.  But, is the party of Lincoln doing anything about that?  No, not at all; there is no effort being made.  We actually have a chance to make a real difference to millions of our fellow citizens, but the establishment will just abandon them, just as they have for decades.  Hispanics would be good Conservatives, if they ever heard a real message about the economic opportunity that we offer, but there is nothing on that front either.  Not only are you alienating the base, you aren’t trying to bring more into the fold.  You seem dead set on political suicide.

There is a rumbling in the base.  More than just the discontent that I was part of at the end of the last administration, this includes people leaving the Party, and supporting third party candidates.  There are many Republicans that are pledging to not vote for an establishment candidate, and will vote for a third party Conservative, even if it means losing an election.  There are third parties cropping up, and existing ones are gaining members.  People are angry, and will cling to their ideals.  In case you have not noticed, multiple polls have indicated that the people are moving to the right, particularly Independents.  The Republican Party can be part of this movement, or it can be left by the wayside.  As we have said from the beginning, our fight is not about race or party, it is about ideas.  Will this nation be free, or will it be a socialist state?

I would kindly remind you to review the origins of the Party.  What happened when the Whigs decided to stand in the way of history?  You are currently in the position to make the same decision for the Republicans.  Will you stand for the ideas of the founders, or will the Republican Party go the way of the Whigs?  The choice is yours.  We will be watching and evaluating the Party’s performance in this regard.

As for me, I will stand with my fellow Conservatives, for Conservative ideas.  The party banner under which I stand is not as important as the ideas themselves.  You might continue to provoke and disregard us, but you will do so at your own political risk.

The choice is yours.

Note:  This is a heavy re-working of an earlier post

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Establishment GOP Vs Tea Party? Karl Rove Thinks so

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It seems that the establishment GOP, personified by Karl Rove, is declaring war on the Tea Party.  While we have know this ever since the Tea Party’s inception, it seems that the mask is coming off the RINO/Whig division of the party.  Breitbart has more…

The battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party has begun. On one side is the Tea Party. On the other side stand Karl Rove and his establishment team, posing as tacticians while quietly undermining conservatism.

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the “biggest donors in the Republican Party” have joined forces with Karl Rove and Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, to create the Conservative Victory Project. The Times reports that this new group will dedicate itself to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s effort to win control of the Senate.” The group points to candidates like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Richard Mourdock in Indiana as examples of Tea Party primary picks going sideways in major Senatorial battles.

The thing that jumps out more to me is that Rove and the regressive republicans are using the “Conservative” label.  That has angered me for some time now.  In my development as a politically aware person, I developed into a Conservative once I found that what I was taught in college and grad school did not at all translate into the real world.  In the last decade, especially after 2006, I finally put words to the sick sensation in my gut-that most “conservative” republicans were not Conservative at all.  They would talk a good game on the campaign trail, but govern like big government liberals when in office.

Did you notice that I referred to Rove and his ilk as Whigs?  If you don’t get the reference, look it up.

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Is it Time for Conservatives to Form a Third Party? Updated and Stickied!

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I have to admit that over the last several years, I have been torn about whether or not there is a need for Conservatives to leave the Republican party and either form a new third party, or join one of the small, already extant, Conservative parties. I have been on both sides of the fence, so to speak, and have been unable to come to a full decision. A recent comment on another post prompted me  to again consider the issue. I think it’s time we revisit this debate

First up, the “leave the Republicrats” side of the debate:

We are tired, as Conservatives, with the Republicans talking Conservative on election day, and then doing the following

  1. Growing the government
  2. Increasing spending
  3. NOT fighting to shrink government and regulation
  4. Backing down from the liberals on social issues

We believe that every election cycle, we are subjected to platitudes and empty promises, soon to be broken after the the polls close. We also believe that there is no “conservative way” to do big government. The two are mutually exclusive, and the very idea does not represent what a majority of rank and file Republicans believe. Research shows that they are overwhelmingly Conservative, and history shows that they not being served by the Republican Party.

The issue is that the core of the Republican Party is moderate. Moderates sit in positions of power, and either control and/or contribute large sums of money to the party. Consequently, moderates, at least at the national level, have far too much control. They are not likely to relinquish this control and seem to look at Conservatives with contempt. They compromise and cooperate with the Marxists on the left, and leave us betrayed and angry. They have failed us on so many occasions, there are many willing to leave the party altogether.  Still others have “dropped out” entirely, and are waiting for a party that will represent them.

Now, the Republicans in the Congress are poised to engage in “bi-partisanship.”  This, losoely translated, is “capitulate.”  Is this what we want?  Do we want a party of moderates that will capitulate to tax increases?  Do we wnat a party that will state that “ObamaCare is the law of he land?”  Do we want a party of Boehners, and Romney’s, or do we want a party of patriots the embrace freedom?

Then, we need to look at how the establishment Republicans treated the Tea Party, and their candidates.  How many were undermined, or passed over for committees of importance?  How many were not supported by the national party, only to go down in defeat?  Yes, the Tea Party forces were able to “primary” some establishment GOP candidates, but how many more people at the local and state level were defeated by unethical tactics, so the  RINO’s could retain power?

Conservatives do not want to have to chose between Demicans and Republicrats, or socialism, and “socialism lite.” We want a real Conservative choice, a party that will act like Conservatives AFTER the election. We want a party that will REALLY shrink the size and scope of government, and restore it to it’s constitutional limit.

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Now, for the “We must re-take the Republican Party” side:

Breaking away from the Republican Party plays into the hands of the left. With resistance to them split, they can ram whatever socialist legislation they want down our throats. We would not have the power to stop them.  We barely do now.  They will take over health care, regulate talk radio out of existence, regulate the Internet, raise taxes to impossibly high rates, create a debt that will enslave out children, pass environmental regulations that would kill American industry and jobs, and ruin this great nation, perhaps permanently.

The fact is this; we need a well established and funded party hierarchy to achieve our goals. Starting a new party, even if successful, would take years to accomplish-years that we do not have.

Admittedly, The Republican party is not perfect – we have our internal struggles, but there IS a difference between the parties. Would Reagan have attempted to deceive the people with a single payer system that will eventually ration care and kill Americans? Would either Bush have coddled communist dictators, and undermined democracies in Central America? Would any Republican administration have gone overseas to apologize to the dictators of the world, while at the same time throwing Israel under the bus? Would any Republican administration support a Marxist redistribution scheme concocted in the name of “saving the Earth?” I think not.

We have to realize that even with 40% of the population defining themselves as Conservatives, it’s still not enough to win an election out right. Like it or not, we need the moderates. That being said, we need to remind them that we, as Conservatives, are in the majority. They need to realize that if they do not listen to us, we WILL eventually leave. We need to exert our influence over the party and make sure that the promises made in the campaign are translated into action. We also need to weed the RINO’s out of the party. They are worse than moderates, as they have shown a willingness to betray us anytime doing so would enhance their own personal position.   If they leave the party, that’s well and good.

If given the choice, capturing the Republican Party is the most expedient way to forward our agenda. Creating a new party out of thin air will take resources, and more importantly, time. We have neither of those in abundance, especially when confronted with Obama and his socialist agenda. The danger is simply too great.

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 That what I have read or heard from others, this covers some of the major points of this issue. This is a worthy debate to have at this time, especially as consequences of the President’s policies become increasingly apparent.  However, he and his allies will spin, lie, deny, and blame all of the negatives away.  At the same time, I believe we have to start looking to the future and how we can best take our ideals and put them into action. I’m still on the fence with this issue. A year ago, I was all for leaving the party. Now, the risk of failure and the possible consequences of said failure, are making me more cautious.  No matter what we do, failure is NOT an option.

Note:  This is a slightly revised post from 2009.  Surprisingly, not a lot needed updating.  The main issues remain.  The question is if we need to explore another option.  Also, with the site outage on Monday, I thought I’d leave this at the top of the page.  Hopefully, we can have a debate here.

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Conservatives Sabotaging Conservatism

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I took a few days off after our primary this past Tuesday to digest the results.  Two very conservative measures were voted down in what’s supposed to be one of the most conservative states in the union.  One measure provided an avenue for people to unshackle themselves from the bonds of property taxes while the other measure reinforced religious freedom on a state level.  Both measures had everything to do with conservatism; liberty and smaller government in our lives and both failed to pass by overwhelming margins.  I wasn’t surprised that both measures were voted down.  I saw it coming with all the money being poured into the anti measure campaign from largely progressive left groups.  The most disturbing part of all was that there were a large number of influential Republicans to include the governor who sided with these progressive groups in making sure both measures failed to pass.

Both groups worked together and successfully orchestrated a campaign of misinformation and outright lies scaring the voters into believing that all would be lost if they voted to support both measures.  Convincing them that property taxes were a good thing and the government being able to override their religious freedoms in regards to healthcare issues were ok.  The Republicans for their part sold a brand a conservatism that has very little to do with true conservatism.  They painted an image of those who supported such ideas as extreme; conservatives eating conservatives.  We didn’t need the left’s influence and money to sway the voter; there were plenty of phony conservatives who gladly carried the water for them.   But the real problem I see is the Republican establishment has managed to create this narrative that if you’re for liberty, if you’re for reestablishing the constitution as the law of the land, if you talk about the founders and unalienable rights beyond token talking points you are somehow extreme.

You are somehow extreme if you believe in limited government and less regulation.  You’re extreme if you believe in the free markets.  You’re extreme if you want to reform or eliminate unconstitutional entitlement programs.  You’re extreme if you want to end the FED and reestablish the gold standard.  You’re extreme if you want sound monetary policies.  You’re extreme if you go against the current climate in Washington D.C.  No matter what liberty loving position you take, you’re extreme and should be shunned in this brave new world where political mediocrity is the norm.  And this is exactly the mindset I discovered in many people when I was talking to them about both measures on the North Dakota ballot.

They felt that completely eliminating property taxes was an extreme position to take.  One person even said that measure two was being promoted by a bunch of right wing nut jobs.   They felt that voting for a measure that reinforced the rights of religious freedom on a state level was far too extreme.  I heard statements like, “Why do we even need additional measures at the state level when it’s already a right protected by the constitution?”  My answer was swift and simple, “because the constitution pertains to the things the federal government cannot do to you; this is at the state level.”  It didn’t matter.  The extremist picture was already painted by the establishment Republicans they trusted.  Even when I used words like leftist or progressive one person told me I sounded like one of those right wing extremists.  They said they instantly tuned me out when I used those “flag” words.  Even my own wife said it’s a bit of a turn off when she hears me use words like socialist or communist.

So apparently the new conservative narrative is that anyone who believes in liberty, free markets, limited government and reestablishing the constitution is far too extreme to be conservative.  They belong on the fringe edges of political ideology.  Their views should be viewed as dangerous to the current establishment and they should be discredited at every opportunity.  This is the new reality true conservatives live in; conservatives sabotaging conservatism.  It’s a problem that runs deeper than identifying someone as a RINO or being part of the Republican establishment.  It’s poisoning the waters of true conservatism and shifting the conversation to left.  It’s manipulating conservative voters to vote against conservative ideas by labeling the ideas as extreme.  At least we see it coming from the left.  We know the left wants big government and believes in big government solutions.  Those on the right embracing the same ideals are much more dangerous for conservatism because many are influential conservatives who are trusted by their conservative constituents.

Our toughest opposition to conservatism can be found with our own conservative leaders.  I know many true conservatives already know this.  The Tea Party movement is doing their part in trying to clean out some of these big government conservatives from the conservative ranks; but there is much work to do.  North Dakota’s ballot initiatives illustrate an example of conservatives not acting in a very conservative manner.  This needs to change and it starts at the grassroots level.  This means talking and listening to friends and neighbors about issues that impact them.  Steer away from the “flag” words that sound too political or to extreme.  The establishment has already prepped the battlefield by making it appear that our ideas about liberty and freedom are extreme, so we need to adjust our tactics.  We need to take a common sense approach when talking about our national debt and out of control spending.  We need to ask them if they manage their family budgets the same way the government is managing its budget.  We need to show them that embracing liberty is not only good from them and their children but how it’s good for America.  We need to not be afraid to talk about the serious problems we face.  I believe Americas are ready to address them.  It’s the politicians who are not.  These are a few ways we can adjust our tactics.  I have found that they do work.  The less political you sound, the more they will tune into what you are trying to say.  And that in my opinion is a recipe for success.  That’s how you win over the hearts and minds of conservatives and diminish the hold the establishment has on the movement.  Let me know what you think.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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Letter to Mr. Establishment

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Dear Mr. Establishment,

For too long we have been dancing out of step.  For years you have stared into our eyes and told us what we wanted to hear, but then unapologetically stepped on our toes and took inappropriate advances.  You’re drunk, clumsy, arrogant and jealous.  If we ever dared look for a different dance partner – someone who knew our style, who could keep up and respect us, you would just bully him out of the dance hall.

Well, there’s a new tune playing and our toes will take no more abuse.  You, like most high school jocks, have become fat, lazy, and impotent.  You continues to revel in the memory of who you were and expect us to adore you in the same way today as we did then.  The problem is that nobody cares now about what you did in the 4th quarter in 1982.  What have you done for us lately?

I’ll tell you what you’ve done – you’ve flirted with Ms. Liberal.  You’re constantly staring and you’re dallying around the punch bowl hoping to get her a drink.  When we talk to you, you don’t listen but give empty responses while gazing at her from afar.  You long to be on her side of the room and try to lead the dance in that direction.  She draws you in over and over with her cheap tricks only to abandon you in embarrassment.  Still, you’re fascinated by the vixen and return knowing you can always come back to us.

Well, the gig is over.  There’s a new guy in town who knows how to treat us and knows how to follow through.  He won’t abandon, but will stand firm by our side.  He knows how to lead and knows all of the best dances.  He doesn’t care about Ms. Liberal and thinks she looks trashy in that cheap dress and no bra.  Want to take this dance?  Want to try and butt in?  I think you’re in for a surprise fight that you can’t handle.

Mr. Tea is our guy now.  We’re not going to be fooled by your hollow wooing any longer.  You’re been wandering around the center of the dance hall trying to get everyone to like you, but now you’re just alone with no friends and no date.  It’s sad really because you had potential and we gave you so many chances.  We can still be friendly, but we can’t be friends.  You’ve been too far gone for far too long.  Did I mention Mr. Tea has a motorcycle?  The town doesn’t know quite what to think of him yet – but they’ll come around.

Sincerely, Ms. Right

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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Guest Post From The Classic Liberal: There Is No Conservative Movement

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Note From Matt:   The following  is a guest post from The Classic Liberal.  It is posted here because our friend has the habit of forcing us to think about what we are doing.  I’m all for debate, and being challenged, so give this a read, and see if it makes you consider your thinking or actions.  

Dan Riehl wrote a couple of posts earlier this year that are worth examining. Here’s the second one first.

What Conservative Movement?

Bush 43 was correct, there’s more than enough evidence to conclude there is no genuine Conservative Movement in America today; mostly, it’s a term of art to define a fairly lucrative industry. Had there been … there would be at least one, if not more top notch conservatives running for President this year and the self-professed leaders of said movement would be leading something, as opposed to running book clubs, now fatted institutions and selling speeches to anyone interested in hearing them discuss Republican politics and some ideals they … don’t even fight for when it comes down to it.

h/t Erick Erickson for this in Time … What Is a Conservative?

[A]mong those who chose to answer the question: Is there a crisis in the conservative movement? Reason’s Nick Gillespie is by far the most honest and accurate, while making the most sense.

At least since the election of St. Ronald Reagan, self-styled conservatives have repeatedly revealed themselves to be the biggest frauds or most delusional suckers in American politics. Conservatives ostensibly believe in limited government … But under Reagan and, more recently, George W. Bush and a Republican Congress that spent like LBJ on a bourbon-fueled bender, they cheered an immense increase not just in federal outlays and borrowing but also in centralization of power in Washington.

National Republicans Online editor Rich Lowry tells us there is no crisis in the movement today. Of course not, because there is no genuine movement and the only crisis that might gain Lowry’s attention would be if NRO’s donations took a nose dive.Does anyone believe Lowry is leading anything today that does anything but give Republicans a more right-leaning alternative to what progressive Democrats are trying to do at any point in time … ?

[I]f the 2012 primary tells us anything, it is that, effectively, there is no genuine organized grassroots conservative movement in America today and the vast majority of those in Washington portrayed as leaders of some imagined conservative movement are little more than Republican Party toadies …

Riehl is right. GWB was right too. There is no conservative movement. All that exists today are a bunch of people who willingly prostitute themselves for the Republican Party – a diabolically corrupt institution that has done everything in its power to destroy American liberty.

Stand on principle? C’mon now, that’s so lame. Besides, partisanship is way more important! Conservative ideals can wait for another day. We can keep kicking the can down the road. Right now we gotta “Sock It to the Left!”

Same as it ever was … same as it ever was … and America keeps drifting to the left.

Here’s the first.

Good Grief, Conservative Bloggers Are Lame

If the least conservative candidate, Romney is also viewed as the most electable, then these conservative bloggers (I didn’t participate) don’t even believe in what they purport to believe in enough to fight for it, and or they think conservatism is a losing proposition. What the hell is the point of blogging if that’s how you feel? You’re not interested in advancing your own agenda, you’re only interested in spouting off about your victim status. Go the hell away and leave the blogging to people willing to fight for what they believe in, not whine because you’re a candy-assed mainstream media kool-aid drinking loser.

Conservative bloggers? There aren’t too many of them. There sure are a lot ofRepublican bloggers though. Case in point: blogs4mittens.com.

In 1964, Romney was the enemy. Yet today we’re supposed to collectively get behind Willard “the liberal” Romney??? … So much for advancing your own agenda, eh? Hookin’ for the GOP is much more fun!

But it’s not productive.

The DC Leviathan has continued to grow in size, scope and cost every single day of my life. Republicans have done nothing to stop it. A Republican president backed by a Republican Congress gave us socialized drugs, centralized education, Keynesian stimulus, bailouts, corporate welfare, a police state, utopian nation-building, and undefinable, illogical wars.

Republicans ? Big Government every bit as much as Democrats do. Yet “conservatives” remain obediently in the GOP’s hip-pocket. Go figure.

Cui bono? Certainly not conservatives. Republicans routinely spit on conservative ideals. You can spare me all the “victim” and “stupidity” talk too. Republicans are not, and have never been victims of Democratic shenanigans. They’re not naive either. The truth is that Republicans, just like Democrats, worship the golden calf of statism.

The only folks who’ve been duped are the Republican groupies who believe the GOP stands for something other than plunder, raw power, and government largesse.

But, but … what about those stupid Democrats?

Personally, I could give a rat’s behind about those stupid Democrats. Worrying about them only perpetuates the myth that Republicans give a damn about freedom. They don’t. When (if) they ever do, maybe I’ll care. Until then, conservatives who claim to believe in liberty but then turn around and support statist policies and vote for statist politicians, worry me a whole lot more.

Hookin’ for the GOP!

Principles, philosophy, your own agenda … purged long ago. The originals like Kirk, Nisbet, and Weaver were antiwar, or in “conservative” parlance, anti-American. Besides, that dastardly Russell Kirk sounds way too much like Ron Paul! Can’t have that now, can we? The Republican Party is the War Party. And the Republican Partyalways comes first.

I know, I know, today’s “conservative” is a pragmatist … The (not so) funny thing is though, pragmatism, the philosophical school of thought advanced by William James and John Dewey, rejects the permanent things outright. Pragmatism insists that there is no such thing as basic principles. Pragmatism, quite literally, is a rejection of conservatism.

Conservatives who proudly claim to be “pragmatists,” feeling smarter than thou doing so, are therefore proving Riehl’s thesis correct: “conservative bloggers don’t even believe in what they purport to believe in.”

With 4 years of talktalktalk behind us, here we are again. The 2012 election upon us, and conservatives are obediently lining up behind the latest Establishment Liberal:

If you think trading one socialist for another socialist is a “win,” you’re deluding yourself. A President Romney would be a disaster of epic proportions, while destroying whatever is left of conservatism. But then again, there is no conservative movement … Just a collective of hookers for the GOP!

Original Post:  The Classic Liberal

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Santorum is out: Romney now the Inevitable Candidate

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If you are a Romney fan, you are probably doing back-flips for joy.  However, I would caution you to avoid snagging your RINO horn on the furniture or carpet and injuring yourself.  If you  are a Santorum fan, you are understandably sad.  The field is pretty much settled now, with Santorum out, the sense of inevitability for Romney has grown considerable, and the Gingrich campaign is withering away to nothing.  As for Ron Paul, his supporters would support him up to, and after the apocalypse.

Sadly, that leaves us with Mittens as the probable nominee.  And, the Obama slime machine will be teeing off on him at any moment.  My only question is whether or not Romney will fight fire with fire.  And, unlike Obama, Romney can just target Obama with his record.  He doesn’t have to lie, or even exaggerate.  It’s all there.  Another thought is that the Stupid Party HQ won’t go after Obama for fear of being called bad names.  Because, cowardice in the face of Marxism is the best way to go lose.

At any rate, Stacey McCain has the video for Santorum’s speech.

(The video won’t embed here, so go to The Other McCain to see it)

Why do I feel the same way I did in 1996, and again in 2008? It couldn’t be the mild candidates, could it? In ’96, the run for POTUS was Bob Dole’s gold watch for many years of service. In 2008, I wish the it would have been John McCain’s gold watch, but he didn’t have the sense to drop out. In November, I hope our empty suit can beat their empty suit. The problem is, their empty suit may need a teleprompter, but he is dynamic.

I have this strange sense of deja vu, combined with sadness, anxiety, and anger. It’s my usual reaction to RINO’s, and even if Mittens wins, we really won’t get better, the collapse will slow…slightly.

At any rate, I’m rambling. What do the readers think?

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Shame On Us!

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– A somewhat unserious candidate who used a pizza sales slogan as his tax plan slogan.
– A man who was resigned from office in shame.
– A senator whose last election set a record among Republicans for the worst incumbent defeat ever.
– A Texas governor who was best at beating himself in debates.
– A House member who couldn’t even get support from her state’s republican governor.
– A Republican governor who couldn’t get the support from his state’s most popular congressional member.

– A governor best known for accepting a job in the Obama administration.
– A governor who defined his political career with a social health care bill.
– A man who fits into today’s political arena about as well as he fits into his suits.

That’s what you’ve got, in a nutshell.  Take your pick.  This is what you’ve been given to choose from.  This is what sucks about politics – the best candidates don’t always run and the only people who will win are people who run.

There are a lot of people who are more popular than Newt Gingrich, for instance, that decided not to run for office. There are plenty of successful businessmen who are more conservative than Mitt Romney.  There is a certain ex-governor who can draw crowds larger than all of the current candidates combined.  All of those people decided not to run and now…

Originally I was going to write this post on the possibility of a brokered convention, talk about the last time we had such a convention, and then discuss the possibilities within the conservative movement – but then Newt sucked it up in Florida and now Mitt seems more inevitable than ever.  The next 11 states are as follows.

– Nevada (won by Mitt in 2008)
– Maine (won by Mitt in 2008)
– Colorado, Minnesota (won by Mitt in 2008), and Missouri (he didn’t win!)
– Arizona (which naturally went to McCain) and Michigan (Mitt’s daddy’s state and won he won)

If Florida is a bump, then the next few states are the set for Mitt’s spike. Mitt is leading by almost 20 points in the Florida polls on.  So how many of you are willing to jump behind a Romney candidacy?

The GOP hasn’t only failed in producing a quality candidate; they’ve failed in making the case against Obama in spite of his amazing list of economic failures and one of the largest grass roots movements in history allying with the GOP in the fight against him.  Of course, it is hard to convince a nation of ignorant people.  Look at these disturbing polls.

The President’s approval rating is SOMEHOW even at 46% to a 46% disapproval. Only 26% of the people feel that the country is moving in the right direction though…which begs the question “WHAT?!” The President had 2 years to pass almost anything he wanted with a super majority in both houses, told the nation that he would spend trillions to fix our economy, promised to keep our unemployment low with heavy dose of Keynesian economics and yet the President gets a pass by 20% of these people.

Still, 46% isn’t great and even Romney would be an improvement but Obama is polling around 5% higher than Romney in the latest polls.  This means that people know that we’re failing as a nation, but think that the President is shooting par for the course.  They also think that the republicans don’t have anyone who can do any better (which may be true).

Perhaps we should double down.  Perhaps we should give this nation what it wants.  We, the conservatives, certainly aren’t getting what we want or what the country needs.  In 1978, the Republicans watched Reagan lose to Ford and then saw the repercussions of that loss in Carter’s four years.  Thing is, Reagan didn’t want to run for President – but did.  Know why?  Because the people demanded it.

In 1978, the American Conservative Union pushed Reagan to run against the establishment supported and Presidential incumbent Gerald Ford.   The establishment supported the wrong guy (the moderate), told us that a conservative like Reagan could never win in the general election, and went on to fail in the race against Carter anyway.  The establishment strikes again in 2012 but…No Reagans.

Shame on the conservatives who sat on the sidelines instead of running.  Shame on the citizens for not demanding better.

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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What’s Happening to Conservatives? Have we Forgotten the Last few Years?

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I have to be honest, and blunt-I’m thoroughly disgusted.  I’m mostly disgusted by field of candidates for POTUS.  For the most part, they represent nothing more than what we have been served for years, progressive, RINO, establishment types.  And, I see people that I thought were more Conservative, come out in support of these candidates.  I’ve seen the “just win” philosophy of Rove creep back into our narrative.  As these things jump out at me, I want to scream, because we’ve seen it all before.

To get to my points, I do need to share some personal observations and experiences.  Let’s just say that like so many others, I came out of college with a degree, and a head full of mush.  Needless to say, I was in for awakening, as real life didn’t quite measure up to what I had been taught.  In fact, I got the impression, nearly right off the bat, that much of what I had been taught was completely false.  It was at that point, that some of my friends convinced me to listen to talk radio.  The rest, as they say, was history.  What I heard resonated with me, because it matched my observations.  When Clinton’s tax increase went through, I got zapped-retroactively.  When the Contract with America passed, the economy took off.  When welfare reform passed, no one died, but a lot to people started escaping the government plantation, including people I knew.  I became a Conservative because it matched the reality that I was directly observing.  It wasn’t always popular with some family members and many co-workers, but I would prefer to be right than popular any day.

But all was not well, for me, or Conservatives (or at least people that called themselves Conservatives).  What I didn’t do through much of the 90’s, and into the early part of this century, is read enough about Conservatism.  I didn’t take the time to learn the history of it, and more importantly, the rationale for it.  I had a cursory understanding of it, but I caught, in the process of NOT learning, something I now call “NeoCon Disease.”  That terrible malady is centered on the concept that government can successfully intervene in economic and social problems, provided that said intervention is done in a “Conservative” way.  Of course, as most of us should know,  any big government solution will fail, because by their very nature, big government solutions fail.  That, and big government is antithetical to Conservatism.  I didn’t get it, and apparently, nor did many Republicans, as we kept voting for the people that took advantage of our NeoCon Disease.

As the 90’s ended, and George W. Bush won the election, there seemed to be a growing unrest in my gut.  We were always presented with candidates that talked about being Conservatives, but once in office, governed like progressives.  Spending increased, regulation increased, and freedom decreased.  We got one justifiable war, and a complete waste of another.  We got the Patriot Act, as well as porno-scanners and sexual assault in the name of  “security.”  The outcries to secure the border were ignored.  Failed programs were not de-funded, but made more powerful.  In the end, these “conservatives,” presented little to no difference to the Democrats that we were resisting.  I completely faulted the GOP for losing the Congress in 2006.  I blamed their lack of principle, as well as their progressive actions, for their loss.

Even before Obama won the election in 2008, I was referring to the two parties as the “demicans,” and the “republicrats.”  I wasn’t seeing that much of a difference between them.  For me, the GOP was “Socialism-lite,” driving the country off the cliff, only at a slightly slower speed than the Democrats.  I was posting at a Conservative forum (now defunct) about all of the ideas I have mentions so far, but the admins there allowed trolls to run free.  My response was to start the original Conservative Hideout, as a forum.  Even as I began blogging, I did it as a very sarcastic parody/insult blog.  I was still too angry to approach issues seriously without issuing long streams of profanity.  I felt betrayed, as well as angry, both at the politicians that lied to me, but also at myself, for being so easily taken in by those establishment tools.

I really rebounded when the Tea Parties emerged.  At last, there were people talking about real principles.  Real change was openly discussed.  True cuts to programs that are not Constitutional, and do not work were suggested and embraced.  And, more importantly, there was a push to learn, and grow.  Consequently, I’ve read more (still not a much as I should).  I’ve listened to Conservatives of all stripes, as well as our Libertarian friends.  In the end, I think I’ve managed to shake much of the NeoCon Disease out of my political thinking.  However, I’m now questioning how universal that trend is.  Since I’m starting to see more and more people settling for a Romney or a Gingrich for POTUS.

I do admit that defeating Obama is absolutely vital.  I get that 100%.  But in our search for a candidate, are we going to pick the same kind of charlatans that we allowed to deceive us for decades?  Are we going to go back to holding our noses and voting for the lesser of two evils-again?   Are we going to keep telling the establishment, “why of course, we’ll bend over again?”

We’ve all talked about limited government and free markets, but that is actually a difficult thing, because those things have not existed in the lifetimes of most of the people that will read this post.  That’s how  NeoCon Disease takes hold.  Since, for all of our lives, government has been meddling in things that it should not, we’ve been accustomed to it.  We have a hard time imagining, or acting on, concepts that we really haven’t seen in action.  So, when people come along and actually suggest that we eliminate large amounts of the government, or that we shouldn’t meddle in the internal affairs of other nations, it “feels” weird and uncomfortable.  When suggestions are made to dismantle part of the “security” structure that does nothing to keep us safe, people start to get nervous.  When it is suggested that perhaps we shouldn’t bomb the crap out of countries that look at us sideways, people want to attack the messenger.  I would submit that we all have to carefully and intently question all of our beliefs.  We have to set aside the rhetoric that many of us, including myself, have used for many years.  We have to expose it all to the most important litmus test of all-does it work?  Just because something has been done for decades doesn’t mean that it is right, or effective.  We can’t accept status quo, even when it is our status quo, just because it’s been the status quo for a long time.  If we do, we’re going to keep on making the same old mistakes, and getting the same old result, namely failure.

Now is the time to take a hard look at what we think and believe.  We’ve been sold down the river before, and if we don’t take time to carefully examine what we are thinking and doing, we’re going to get burnt again.  Frankly, we are running out of time, and I don’t want to lose the Republic because we didn’t take enough time to be honest with ourselves.

End of rant.

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Is Ron Paul out of Touch or are we?

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I will be the first to tell you that up until a few weeks ago I was on the Ron Paulis out of touch bandwagon. As a matter of fact Right Hand Man and I got into a bit of a disagreement about Ron Paul’s belief that we should pull back in the world and stop interfering in the affairs of other nations.  I argued that we live in a much different world than the founders and that we did have a responsibility to lead.  I was sticking with this argument until it hit me; the world was a very dangerous place during the time of the founders.  There were empires that desired to dominate the world and impose their will upon other nations.  There were pirates that forced nations to pay protection money so that their ships were not attacked.  There were major economic powers and alliances.  The world was indeed a dangerous place and somehow our founders managed to keep America out of wars.  They realized the dangers of war and the economic drain it placed on a nation.  They understood that during war the power of the executive branch would naturally increase over time just as it did in the Roman Republic.  They believed that foreign aid led to entangling alliances and wanted none of it.  Thomas Jefferson stated; “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.”   So if it was good enough for the founders why isn’t it good enough for us?  Why do many conservative embrace the opposite?  Has the world really changed that much?  Has humanity changed that much?  So when Congressman Paul said we should back off and bring our troops home, he was more in line with what the founders believed than what the establishment currently embraces.  And because so many in the establishment believe this is an antiquated concept the pile-on began.

The Second pile-on of Ron Paul came a few days ago on Fox News Sunday when he said, FEMA has been around since 1978, it has one of the worst reputations for a bureaucracy ever. It’s a system of bureaucratic central economic planning, which is a policy that is deeply flawed. Can anyone really argue with that line of reasoning?  Was Hurricane Katrina a FEMA success story?  How many billions of dollars were wasted?  How responsive were they to the needs of the people of New Orleans? Perhaps by helping the people ofNew Orleans, they slowed the recovery process by creating an environment of dependency.  Ron Paul went on to say, We’ve conditioned our people that FEMA will take care of us and everything will be okay, but you try to make these programs work the best you can, but you can’t just keep saying, ‘Oh, they need money,’ … Well, we’re out of money, this country is bankrupt. Does anyone disagree with this statement?  Does this statement sound radical or is it the simple truth we don’t want to face?  The truth is FEMA gives people a false sense of security.  People in a crisis are more responsive to the needs of the community when they are forced to think outside of the box.  Organizations like FEMA create dependency.  They throw some scraps at the people, set up a few trailers, and tell people everything will be ok because the government is here to help.  In the end people lose their sense of self-worth and yield to their government masters for guidance.  It’s the easy way out.  The only problem is we sacrifice our liberties whenever we surrender our ability to stand on our own.  This is what Ron Paul is trying to tell us. We need to stand on our own two feet.  We will be better for it.  We will be stronger for it.  And yet these statements have been criticized by the establishment much like the loyalist criticized the patriots who dared to suggest we could govern ourselves.  And like the sheeple so many tend to be they fall in line with the establishment’s view and shout Ron Paul is out of touch.

Ron Paul is out of touch in the view of many not because what he’s saying is wrong. Ron Paul is out of touch because we’re out of touch with the founders. We have been conditioned to accept dependency as the norm and have forgotten the principles of liberty our founders fought for. When someone like Ron Paul comes along and reminds us that liberty an unalienable right we’re born with, we tremble in fear at the notion of being so free.  It’s easier to ridicule him than face our fears.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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GOP Establishment Goes on Offensive Against Tea Party Congressmen

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Ready for some outrage?  It seems that the GOP establishment is using redistricting to take out some of the districts that elected Tea Party sponsored candidates. For more, kindly take a look at this from NewsMax:

House freshmen from several GOP-majority states are in danger of losing out in a political realignment that rewards more connected veteran representatives. It may be cold comfort to tea partyers that the hostile redistricting process proves their point: They really don’t belong to the political establishment.

“They did not have ties with incumbents and weren’t afforded a seat at the table,” said political journalist Ed Feigenbaum.

Rep. Jeffrey Landry, a tea party-backed winner last November in Louisiana, saw his seat vaporized under redistricting. Louisiana’s GOP power brokers also scattered Landry’s base of support across multiple congressional districts so that four-term Rep. Charles Boutsany can survive any potential 2012 primary challenge from Landry.

So, as you can see, the establishment (RINO) GOP is taking it’s vengeance against the Tea Party.  They seek to marginalize the movement by removing it’s elected representatives via redistricting.  It’s bad enough that we have to fight the left tooth and nail.  Now, we have to continue fighting the GOP as well.  As usual, I have some ideas.

1.  RS McCain said it best when he said “Not One Red Cent,” meaning no money to the RNC.  We need to get back on board with making sure that the establishment get’s put on a starvation diet.  Then, as candidates emerge, I’m sure that there will be another round of “Ten Buck Fridays” to support Conservative candidates around the country.

2.  All over the US, there are groups working hard to take over the GOP from the ground up.  By becoming part of the GOP on the local level, you can help promote true Conservatives all the way to the state level.  Once the state level is controlled by Conservatives, the National party is within our grasp.  For example, in my state, efforts are being undertaken by the PA Precinct Project.  If you are able, you can find related organizations in your state, and assist them.

If there any other ideas out there, kindly drop them in the comment section, and I’ll do some updates.

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Don't You Go Away Tea Partiers- The GOP Establishment Is Fighting Back

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Next week here in my county we’ll have a Republican County Convention, and for those of you who can’t make it, I’ll give you a taste of what it is going to be- a battle between the Tea Party and the Establishment. Although many people in the Tea Party think this is some sort of new battle, it is in reality an old battle in the GOP, one that has pitted the libertarian/conservative/teaparty wing of Taft/Coolidge/Goldwater/Reagan/Palin vs the moderate/establishment/progressive wing of Roosevelt/Hoover/Nixon/Bush/McCain. For many years, the teaparty wing cowardly left the field of battle and stayed home while the establishment types ran thing, or would win a victory and then go home to pat themselves on the back while their victory was watered down by the establishment, but hopefully today will be different, because although the establishment has suffered some defeats lately, they don’t intend on going home either.

This battle will be joined at the local level, but also at the national level, and at the national level the establishment part will be played by the K Street Lobby. The following is a good story letting you into a peek at this battle at the national level, from the Washington Examiner, called GOP’s K Street Wing Ready for Insurgent Challenge:

The insurgent conservative Republicans and Tea Party candidates elected Tuesday are obviously a pugnacious and determined bunch, but they’re not the only ones fixing for a battle over the direction of the party. The Republican Beltway establishment and the K Street wing of the GOP are ready to fight any effort to end pork-barrel spending and kill corporate welfare.

The first fight will come mid-November, when the newly elected senators join returning senators to set party rules for the next two years. Sen. Jim DeMint will propose to ban earmarks by GOP senators. The appropriators will fight him, probably backed by the party leadership. Senior Republicans will also oppose other reforms DeMint might push — such as term limits for all members of the appropriations committee. Among the old guard of the GOP caucus, there’s no notion that Republicans need to abandon their standard operating procedure.

After the 2008 election, the GOP Senate caucus killed all of DeMint’s proposed reforms. This was an early spark in the conservative insurgency of 2009 and 2010. DeMint fired up his Senate Conservatives Fund, and immediately took sides against the party leadership — supporting Pat Toomey against incumbent Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania and Marco Rubio over GOP-anointed Charlie Crist in Florida. It was open warfare, with DeMint, the Club for Growth, and Tea Party groups on one side, against the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the GOP’s K Street kingpins, such as former Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott….

…None of McConnell’s Team Establishment is liberal, but none is a boat rocker. Or, as Portman put it when I caught up with him on the campaign trail, McConnell’s new allies are “serious legislators.” Portman didn’t name those senators and candidates he considered “not serious legislators,” but presumably he included DeMint and Paul.

There are plenty of signs the establishment is ready to fight: Lott’s plan to “co-opt” the Tea Partiers, House appropriator Jerry Lewis’ dismissal of earmark reform, and the absence of serious reforms in the party’s “Pledge to America.”

McConnell and DeMint will clash again this month. Popular anti-spending fervor will help DeMint. GOP old-dog clout will help McConnell. Perhaps tipping the scales are the losses of insurgent Republicans Ken Buck, Sharron Angle and Joe Miller — and the survival of McConnell consigliere and appropriator Lisa Murkowski. There may be plenty of new faces, but it’s the same old party.

The GOP is still the same old party- but all that means is that all you Tea Party people better not back down and go away this time around.

Original Post: A Conservative Teacher

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