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Conservatives and “Plan B” or… Everything is Proceeding As I Have Foreseen.

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I was looking for a way to discuss this but every time I sat at the keyboard my mind just went, “Meh, not ready yet.  Still hurting.”  The November elections left me in a funk for days. Not so much about the liberal that lost but for the socialist that won.  I processed through the first four stages of grief, added three sub-stages of my own (Pizza, Beer, and Range Time), flirted with Stage five, and still haven’t found a way to get to stages six and seven.

In the back of my mind, however, there was a small feeling of relief: I never had to be date-raped by the Statist Republican Leadership ever again.  Since ’88 they’ve been telling us to shut up and vote for the guy they gave us or there would be this endless parade of horribles.  “If you love America you will do what we say or you’ll get Socialized Medicine, a bottomless pit of debt, an Imperial President, destruction of The Constitution, full on Socialism, overarching federal regulations, destruction of the culture, loss of fee speech, the death of religious freedom, a castrated Second Amendment and, the one thing you fear most… you’ll be paying for abortions and will be materially complicit in the deaths of thousands, if not millions, of babies.”

Well… guess what?  We did vote for posers like W, lairs like his father, moderates like Dole, and out right lefties like Romney.  Heck, we even voted for Wendell Willkie II, or as most know him, John “I thought the media was going to give me a pass” McCain.  Yes, we voted for them because we did fear the worst and held out hope that the GOP was still, somewhere deep down inside, the party of Regan.   After so many trips to the dance with a date someone else picked for us, we were getting tired of being left in the corner while they partied with the pretty girls.  However our love of country and fear of Socialism kept us in line.

We voted for all these losers because we hoped we could stem the tide of fiscal irresponsibility and social decay.  Now, after supporting these abusive boyfriends who, all, at one time or another, threw us under the bus, then blamed us for the disaster they caused, we have almost all the parade of horribles virtually enshrined as official doctrine.   Which means, we have nothing left to lose.  I wondered if others felt the same.  I now have my answer.

Speaker Boehner and his gang of moderate-to-left Republicans were told to “shove it” by The House conservatives on the “Plan B” vote. Immediately, the party elites, fresh from their cocktail parties, all decked out in their golf (or spay-on?) tans, began to mumble about the horribles again.  They complained that now, because of the conservatives, the momentum was now back in The Senate.  No, you sad old fools, it’s back in The Senate because YOU wanted to continue to be Socialist Lite™ and we don’t have to go along with it any more.

Of course Mr. Speaker will have his revenge.  Last week when Mr. Speaker was handing out the goodies and kicked several good conservative reps out of key committees, it became clear that the party elites wanted to clean, well… House, and were happy to lose The House to do it.  I started to wonder how they were going to do it.  They would need some miracle to beat down the real conservatives. Enter Newtown.

If you remember the Columbine shooting and the political barn raising held on the bodies of the dead; the ’94 AWB was passed to make life safe for the children.  Never mind that it did nothing but drive up the price of standard capacity magazines and make the AR-15 the number 1 selling rifle in the U.S.  The purely cosmetic ban was the Left punishing the Right.  … And the left suffered.

America threw a, “…temper tantrum…,” claimed the shocked and distraught Peter Jennings during the ’94 election night coverage, just a few short weeks after the ban passed.  Dems were booted from power left and right.  And I mean Left AND Right.  But the conservative wing of the party never recovered.   The mid-nineties was the official death knell of the Blue Dogs with any power.  The Kennedy wing of the party, although they suffered defeat, was much more entrenched in the leadership and survived to fight another day.

This was all just a byproduct of Clinton’s desire to take the party by the horns and knock down the Congressional leaders who marched into The White House after his inauguration to tell him how things really were going to be.  But they forgot they weren’t dealing with a puppet, they were dealing with a redneck used to getting dirty.  So Willy stood aside and let the Party elites get punted.  Of course, turnabout was fair play in 2008 when Kennedy picked Barry over Hil.

Don’t think Boehner didn’t learn something from this.  He’s going to side with The POTUS and try to allow a bill to pass with the faith that the party elites will survive and the weaker, newer, conservatives will fall even though they would not have voted for it.  The “R” next to their name will be enough to poison support.

Will it work?  I don’t know yet.  But I do not look forward to the next few months.  I’m really afraid that my predictions will come true and I don’t pull off the maniacal laugh thing very well.

But, for the time being, it’s good to see other conservatives exercising the same freedom I feel.  Hopefully it’s the same resignation that led to the Battling Bastards of Bastogne and not The Little Bighorn.

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Written by lablount

December 22, 2012 at 12:07 am

Of Hash Brown and Undoing Obamacare. A Warning to the GOP.

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I am a fairly good cook.  I have made some interestingly complex dishes that have been, not to toot my own horn, really amazing.  But it is seemingly simple things that tend to hamstring me from time to time.  Case in point: this morning I decided to make hash browns.  I had shredded and properly prepped potatoes.  I had a well seasoned cooking surface.  I had the requisite oil.  In short I had everything I needed to make great hash browns.  They turned out… OK. 

Why not great?  Because sometimes I forget how to make the simple things.  I tend to fiddle too much or go too hands off.  In other words, I get too cute or too complacent and mess up a dead cert. 

Right now the GOP has all it needs to take back congress and stall, then eventually gut, Obamacare.  The climate is right.  The people are ready.  If they are not out right mad at the power grab of Nationalized Healthcare, they are at least mad at the unconstitutional sausage-smithing used to force it into law. 

People are seeing the devastation that Socialism is about bring to this nation and are willing to listen to the adults talk about real solutions for a change.  There is an overwhelming majority of people that want to see this nation back on a path to greatness and are not convinced that the only option is to manage our descent.

States are reasserting their rights and demanding to be heard.  For the first time since the Seventeenth Amendment wrong-headedly forced the States out of any official power to stop the bloat of the central government, we are seeing many of the 50 State Governments realize just what they have lost and their own importance in protecting the nation from a monstrous Federal takeover of our rights.

The pan in on the fire and all the ingredients are in place.  The GOP has won some pretty impressive contests.  Who would have ever thought that a Senator from MA would have an “R” next to his name?  That is like making you first perfect soufflé!  But let us remember this is the same party that gave us Bush 41 after Regan.  Let us not forget this is the party that told conservatives to take a powder with Bush 43.  The GOP blue bloods could not kill the Regan Revolution fast enough.  They could not dump “The Contract with American” soon enough.  Sometimes they get too cute and screw up a good thing.

The GOP has had the means and the intellectual arguments to gain and maintain a strangle hold on Federal politics since the mid 80’s.  But every time Conservatives save their bacon, the party elites turn right back to the Big Government Statism they love so much. 

The RNC leadership seems to live in a little bubble where they can play DC social games and politics as usual while courting the Conservative and Right leaning populous with the words every battered woman loves to here, “Where else are you going to go?  Now shut up and get me a beer!”   Well… these are the party blue bloods so that would be “…get me some champagne!”

It is apparent to me that many in the RNC believe that they can open their arms and receive the love of an “Anyone But Obama” backlash.  And while being “The Party of ‘NO!’” will help them in November, it will not, by itself, win the day.  Without a very deliberately articulated message of not only, “Say, ‘No,’ to Socialism and Obama,” but “Here is why you should say, ‘YES!’, to Constitutional and Conservative ideas,” the RNC will do little but get insufficient gains that may even the playing field in Congress, but do little to halt, let alone reverse, the massive steps toward economic and social collapse this nation has taken, not just in the last 18 months, but since “W” official declared Conservatism dead in 2002 with his impression of a drunken sailor with holes in his pockets.

The biggest problem the GOP faces is that, while its rank and file is, for the most part, to the right politically, its leadership is very much fans of Big Government.  They even tried to call it “Big Government Conservatism” and convince us that, somehow, with that much power under OUR control, we could do great things.  Never mind the old saw that power tends to corrupt.  Given the way GOP party elites routinely throw us under the bus to keep their dinner dates and their dino-media approval cards, I would say the power is tending to them quite well.

The next issue facing the GOP is that while the members are, again for the most part, leaning right, not everyone is in the same camp.  The blue bloods have done such a venerable job of handing out the scraps that Conservatives are no longer Conservative.  Many have adopted grand hyphenations to try and get trifles thrown their way by the GOP trainers. Compassionate, Fiscal, and Social are just some of those hyphenations adopted by the fake conservatives while throwing around others like Religious, Southern, and NASCAR to try and paint themselves as safe and non-threatening to the party chiefs who cut the checks.

Until the GOP leadership is taken over by Conservatives that are happy and proud to be Conservative and capable of articulating what it means to be Conservative, then all that will happen in 2010 is a gentle shift of power that will do little to drag us from the event horizon of this destructive Socialist singularity. It will be a little victory that will taste about as sweet as some less than spectacular hash browns.

I wish I could be more positive.  But the GOP seems to be willing to let the Tea Party, bloggers, and Talk Radio carry its water and not present clear leadership and a workable agenda of its own.  That is a recipe for disaster, not only for the GOP, but for this nation as well.

Written by lablount

April 7, 2010 at 11:13 am

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