The Republican Party gets one last chance. It is this election.
A Republican Party that has been unwilling to cut spending has now let go through Congress legislation to shut down lawful, legal businesses because cigarette industry lobbyists and a Senate Democrat wanted it done.
We’re not ready for a third party and both this site and me will continue advocating for conservative Republicans, but if the GOP doesn’t finally get a clue, I won’t be surprised to see it implode. By the way, this year fewer and fewer Republican candidates are signing the tax pledge on the advice of Republican members of Congress. This is another warning sign that the Eric Cantor led Republican conference is going far afield from what those who vote Republican actually want.
The GOP better get back to its pro-liberty roots quickly.
Let me put a finer point on this: If the Republican party cannot find its spine should Mitt Romney get elected; if the Republican part has the power to enact the party planks and refuses to do so, this will be the last time people vote Republican.
I repeat: THIS IS THE LAST TIME.
Why? Because a Republican party that sends the Republic over the edge just more slowly is unacceptable.
There are many people who have had it. Count me among them.
The Republicans may scorn this. They may think this is more caterwauling from the cry baby peasants.
No. This is just the way it is now.
American cannot afford the practices Erick alluded to and Americans who care about the country aren’t going to help support evil in their own name.
As it currently stands, voting for either political party means that taxpayers and their children are voting against their own interests. Between taxes, regulation, government overreach, and a generally surly attitude pointed at the common citizen, Americans are sick of being treated like servants to the government.
So, this is their last chance. I’ve been saying this for three years now. The Republicans are still not listening. They’re unprincipled, weak, and unclear in their communications because they have no convictions.
They have one last chance at redemption. And should they fail, they will be removed from power because the Republican party will be gutted. And America will suffer for a couple decades (probably), but Americans won’t care.
You know why? Because they’re already suffering.
Beware those with nothing to lose but shackles. Beware those who still believe in liberty.
This combination is called a patriot. And the patriots are restless.
A Twitter bud says this:
@MelissaTweets Sorry you left out the fact that neither party wants to cut spending and which is why the one in power blames the other.
— Poetmaggie (@poetmaggie) July 7, 2012
It is the spending, stupid. I thought that went without saying, but clearly it needs to be said.
Who wins between California and Texas? Well, as a Texan who lived in California for three years, the answer to this question is clear.
Will Franklin has put together some fascinating infographics about how Republicans and Democrats feel about Texas and California. Go take a look. It’s not surprising, really, but to see it laid out is still disturbing.
Fascinating. There are two dominant models for governance in America today. The California model of high taxation, bloated government, forced unionization, enviro-luddite regulation, higher unemployment, and intense domestic out-migration of individuals and businesses, versus the Texas model of low taxes, streamlined government, right-to-work labor laws, balanced environmental regulation, abundant job creation, and robust domestic in-migration.
Despite having 12 million fewer people, Texas exports 56.8% more than California.
My conclusion? Democrats really, really don’t care about fiscal responsibility at all–not even a little bit. They must think there’s a magic money tree somewhere.
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Digging through the Organizing for America website will find some interesting nuggets. Not the least of which is this little gem:
And here is the code from the back end:
Here’s another question, this one for the media: Why has the media shown zero curiosity about Candidate Barack Obama’s illegal, overseas fundraising efforts? The election happened and there were questions right away and about Obama’s fundraising and even now, a year and a half later zero investigative reporting.
What are the chances the media will ask the administration about this? Probably near zero.
If you listen to Democrats, Elrond’s assessment of mankind as given to Gandalf the Grey in Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings describes Republicans:
“Men are weak. There’s no strength left in the world of Men. They’re scattered, divided, leaderless.”
Liberals look at Republicans and see hopelessness on the other side. They rejoice. These are the same people who control every branch of government and the press and are failing miserably to fulfill any hope of real change.
Still, the Left worries over Republican rifts. From the Washington Post’s Jon Cohen and Dan Balz:
The Republican rank and file is largely in sync with GOP lawmakers in their staunch opposition to efforts by President Obama and Democrats to enact major health-care legislation, but a new Washington Post poll also reveals deep dissatisfaction among GOP voters with the party’s leadership as well as ideological and generational differences that may prove big obstacles to the party’s plans for reclaiming power.
Republicans and GOP-leaning independents are overwhelmingly negative about Obama and the Democratic Party more broadly, with nearly all dissatisfied with the administration’s policies and almost half saying they are “angry” about them. About three-quarters have a more basic complaint, saying Obama does not stand for “traditional American values.” More than eight in 10 say there is no chance they would support his reelection.
But for all the talk among Republican elected officials about a nascent comeback after gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey this month, there is also broad frustration among Republican voters about the party’s direction, detachment from its congressional representatives and a schism over its priorities.
As weak, divided and leaderless as the Republican party seems right now, they still beat the Democrats.
If the Democrats are so concerned, perhaps they ought to fix their own house. Right now, the troops, even the sycophantic ones, are restless. Today, Michael Moore wrote a Dear Obama letter:
Do you really want to be the new “war president”? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do — destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they’ve always heard is true — that all politicians are alike. I simply can’t believe you’re about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn’t so.
It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. We are a civilian-run government. WE tell the Joint Chiefs what to do, not the other way around. That’s the way General Washington insisted it must be. That’s what President Truman told General MacArthur when MacArthur wanted to invade China. “You’re fired!,” said Truman, and that was that. And you should have fired Gen. McChrystal when he went to the press to preempt you, telling the press what YOU had to do. Let me be blunt: We love our kids in the armed services, but we f*#&in’ hate these generals, from Westmoreland in Vietnam to, yes, even Colin Powell for lying to the UN with his made-up drawings of WMD (he has since sought redemption).
From Big Hollywood a response:
Below are the first few paragraphs, but Moore’s closing plea — a purely symbolic hand-wringing of concern for the Afghan people — is odd considering he wants President Obama to withdraw from Afghanistan, which can only mean turning 25 million innocent people over to brutal Islamics. Oh, well, being a Leftist means never having to make sense…
And that’s the problem with the Left these days [A nice take down by Jules Crittendon here]. They lack intellectual coherence and yes, leadership.
If the Left is looking for leadership, they better look beyond President Barack Obama, or Harry Reid. Now, Nancy Pelosi? She’ll lead, alright. She’ll lead the party right off the radical cliff into oblivion. President Obama and Harry Reid will wander the wilderness seeking the politically expedient solution.
There are no politically expedient solutions that work, though–well none that involve liberal ideas. America is not a liberal country. She’s a center-right, God-loving, work-desiring country. The middle class, common-sense aesthetic , as long as it’s not plunged into poverty, still reigns. Give the Democrats another couple years of disastrous policies both foreign and domestic and the country will be enslaved by liberal policies. The country will be destroyed from within. They will rule precisely nothing. The Golden Goose will be killed.
Leaderless. Divided. Democrats. Really, it’s the best way. Heaven forbid they unite. May they fumble along until the Republicans retake the government helm.
In case you missed it this weekend…
Anyway, American Power has more. I just wanted you guys to know that there might be more story behind the fame-grabbing meme–which is for sure true.
At the very least, this is more evidence of an amateurish administration.
Amateur hour, indeed. From the Washington Post:
E-mails turned over to the Secret Service show that Tareq and Michaele Salahi had sought a top Defense Department official’s help to gain access to last week’s White House state dinner.
People familiar with the inquiry into how the Salahis were able to attend Tuesday’s gala, even though they weren’t on the official guest list, said the Salahis exchanged e-mails with Michele S. Jones, special assistant to the secretary of defense and the Pentagon-based liaison to the White House. It was unclear how well the Salahis know Jones, but Jones includes the Salahis’ lawyer, Paul W. Gardner, as one of her 50 friends on Facebook.
These people surprised no one. Via The Anchoress
Hoffman loss: What She said. Michelle Malkin nails it:
Conservatives owe NY-23 candidate Doug Hoffman immeasurable gratitude. He overcame impossible odds (single digits just a month ago) to come within two points of defeating Democrat Bill Owens. Hoffman had zero name recognition. National Republican Party officials dumped nearly $1 million into the race on behalf of radical leftist GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava, who then turned around, endorsed Owens and siphoned off 5 percent of the vote with her name still on the ballot after she dropped out.
New Jersey: This election could have gone any way. New Jersey, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans are cess-pits of electoral despair. Corrupt. So a Christie win is a surprise. Will NJ reduce taxes and turn from their evil ways? Somehow, I doubt it. Still, President Obama put his pride on the line and campaigned there. And the Democrats were not buoyed by his transfixing personality… So, I’m guessing that everyone is back to politics as usual.
Virginia: Now this election will cause some Democrats heartburn. Barack Obama won handily here and guess what? The Virginians ain’t buyin’ what he’s currently sellin’.
Finally, there’s the little talked about California 10 election. This is a solidly liberal district and it very nearly fell to a Republican who got no big money help. Republicans need to stop giving ground and writing off the coasts. There are many conservative spots that would turn Republican. American citizens are sick of the inside-the-beltway types dictating from on high. Everything is up for change. In that environment, everything needs to be fought.
Here is some of the disaster she’s wrought:
Government will Regulate… Everything
Obviously, this is just scraping the surface and there will be more to come.
What they said would happen:
What actually happened:
Why we love Reagan:
Ronald Reagan speech on role of government and citizens:
I think we’re for an international organization, where the nations of the world can seek peace. But I think we’re against subordinating American interests to an organization that has become so structurally unsound that today you can muster a two-thirds vote on the floor of the General Assembly among nations that represent less than 10 percent of the world’s population. I think we’re against the hypocrisy of assailing our allies because here and there they cling to a colony, while we engage in a conspiracy of silence and never open our mouths about the millions of people enslaved in the Soviet colonies in the satellite nations.
I think we’re for aiding our allies by sharing of our material blessings with those nations which share in our fundamental beliefs, but we’re against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world. We set out to help 19 countries. We’re helping 107. We’ve spent 146 billion dollars. With that money, we bought a 2 million dollar yacht for Haile Selassie. We bought dress suits for Greek undertakers, extra wives for Kenya[n] government officials. We bought a thousand TV sets for a place where they have no electricity. In the last six years, 52 nations have bought 7 billion dollars worth of our gold, and all 52 are receiving foreign aid from this country.
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So governments’ programs, once launched, never disappear.
Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.
There is more at the link.
What happens when Democrats run things unchecked? Detroit, Michigan:
Urban decay might as well be called Democrat decay. Democrats rule every major city in America and the more power the Democrats have in the city, the more likely the city will be a complete mess.
Enter Detroit, Michigan.
Detroit might be the second worst example of unchecked Democrat policies in the United States today and that’s saying something. The first would be New Orleans. Close behind would be Philadelphia and Chicago. Remember New York City before Rudy Giuliani? No? That’s because the city was too dangerous to visit before the Republican mayor cleaned house.
Economic chaos precedes sociological anarchy and that’s where Detroit finds itself. For years, Michigan rolled along fat on car manufacturers tax gouging. Communities sprung up like neat little lines of boxes all around the cities. There were indulgent public school programs (my own high school had a beautiful, full-service planetarium thanks to the local Oldsmobile plant).
Taxes continued to increase as more public services were offered. Then, a confluence of events turned Michigan on its head and the state has yet to find its footing. Union demands outstripped the companies’ ability to increase production adequately to continue increased profits. The car companies grew top-heavy with layers of innovation-killing management. Good ideas would get stifled in layers of play-it-safe-bean-counting management. The states and cities weren’t and continue to be undiversified economically. The equivalent of a seaside fishing town, Michigan got swept along whatever the economic weather. And when sales dropped, tax revenue dropped. And when income fell far enough, jobs were lost but not until after years on furloughs (being paid to do nothing) and lay-offs which drained profits from struggling companies.
And what did Detroit and the state of Michigan do? Raise taxes, of course! Loathe to cut companies or their employees slack, the government continued to hike taxes on those working to help those without a job. In Detroit these days, that’s nearly 25% of the working population. Can you fathom that number? One in four people languishing while Democrats fiddle.
Please read the whole thing.