Rotti, over at A Patriotic Rottweiler, has posted an interesting post that she got from Sidney Salgado (no link provided). I started a comment over there, and as so often happens, found that I had post-length stuff to say. So I thought I’d just copy it and respond here, first to individual points, then to the bigger picture.
What is the Republican Party in 2011? Who is in it and what does it represent anymore? Who CLAIM to be Conservatives? I sure as hell don’t know [snip]. This is how it all boils down and why [snip] Obama will win a second term unless YOU PEOPLE get your collective head out of your ass. Please, allow yours truly:
• Bill O’Reilly hates Rush Limbaugh.
O’Reilly is not now nor has he ever claimed to be a conservative. One of the problems with this list is that it makes assumptions that are simply false and then tries to build a “case.” This is faulty thinking, and it’s not helpful. At all.
• Karl Rove, George H.W. and Barbara Bush hate 2012 President-elect Sarah Palin.
Dude, 41 is a New World Order nutjob, always was (well, now it’s called “global governance” or “open society,” but it’s the same damn thing, just renamed by BO and his puppet masters). Rove doesn’t “hate” Sarah, he thinks she’s “unserious” and unelectable. A lot of people think one or both of these things, among them many conservatives.
• Ann Coulter hates Birthers, most of whom hail from the right.
I’ll take issue here with the term “hates,” this is tossed out throughout this rant, and while it’s a fun word to use, it’s not accurate in many cases. As here, Coulter doesn’t “hate” birthers, if she can be said to “hate” anything related to birtherism, it’s that it’s an unnecessary distraction from the provable problems with BO and his agenda/policies. And she’s right. It is.
• Meghan McCain hates any Republican over fifty who does not support the wanton slaughtering of defenseless babies in the womb. I guess this includes her decidedly progressive father who hates George W. Bush.
No one, not even Meghan McCain herself, thinks she’s a conservative. The only people who believe that she is are leftists who are so far out in commie land that she looks center-right to them.
• Charles Krauthammer hates Donald Trump and Christine O’Donnell.
Um, yeah, doesn’t everybody? Trump’s a leftist (and probably working with Soros to unseat BO), and O’Donnell turned out to be a bit of a lunatic, no?
• Donald Trump hates Republicans, Conservatives and the Tea Party.
Yep. He’s also not a conservative by anyone’s standards.
• Bill Krystol hates Glenn Beck.
A lot of people on the right hate Beck. That’s not a measure of someone’s conservative credentials. He’s a clown, and he knows it. Lots of people don’t like clowns.
• Mike Huckabee hates Mormons, especially Mitt Romney.
Never heard this one before, but if Huck “hates” Romney, he’s just gone up a notch in my esteem (and not because Romney’s Mormon).
• Establishment, country club, elitist progressives from the Republican Party hate ALL true Conservative women running for any office.
Take out the word “women,” and I agree. This implies they are misogynists . . . maybe some are, who knows? Who cares? They all need to go.
• Lindsey Graham also hates women, but for an entirely different reason.
Including Graham here, RINO of the Century winner (two straight centuries), is another false positive. He’s not a conservative, not even close.
• George H.W. Bush hated Ronaldus Magnus Reaganus [snip].
See note above re: 41.
• Ron Paul hates RINOs…who doesn’t?
Ron Paul is not a conservative, he’s a libertarian. There’s a difference. A big one.
• Colin Powell hates the G.O.P. and will support any candidate who is black, even if it were the Prince of Darkness himself, Satan. Oh wait, he already did in 2008. My bad…carry on.
Powell is a moderate fence-sitter. He’s the poster child for the political buffet grazer: conservative here, leftist there, no real opinion everywhere.
• Dana Perrino hates Michele Bachmann and any of those confused hicks representing the Tea Party.
Perrino, like her boss (43), is a “compassionate conservatism” type (i.e. big-government, nanny and welfare state proponent).
• Susan Collins loves Olympia Snowe and BOTH hate Conservatism.
LMAO, seriously? Neither of these women is conservative, guess they made the list because of the (R).
• Scott Brown once heard of a Conservative in Massachusetts, but immediately discovered that it was an ancient legend.
• Charlie Christ hates Marco Rubio, who also happens to hate a Conservative solution to illegal aliens.
Dude, read/watch some news. Crist (not “Christ”) is now an indie, but was always a leftist.
• The Tea Party hates cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or unemployment compensation. “Cut theirs, not mine.” According to recent polls reacting to Paul Ryan’s proposed budget, this makes the Tea Party a gaggle of hypocrites…if you believe the polls.
Yeah, I’ll grant you this one. It causes me a lot of frustration, too, and definitely gives the left some actual ammunition (which is rare, they usually work on lies and fantasy, not fact).
• Laura Ingraham hates Arlen Specter, who jumped ship because “I didn’t leave the Republican Party – the Republican Party left me.”
Um, who doesn’t “hate” Specter? If liking him makes someone a bona fide conservative, there’s what, one conservative—you—in the country?
• Mitt Romney hates the U.S. Constitution, but loves waffles.
Yep, Romney does hate it. He likes the “living,” open-to-random-interpretation, document of negative liberties Constitution. You know why? He’s not a flipping conservative and only became a Republican to win a seat (which he lost).
• Jeb Bush hates American sovereignty and freedom.
I wouldn’t go that far, but yes, Jeb has some issues that are problematic and have become far more so over the course of the past year or two.
• Mitch McConnell hates anyone taking away his pork barrel projects for his own constituency and will always vote against spending cuts.
McConnell has to go. Agreed.
• John Boehner hates Paul Ryan’s budget plan.
Not sure about this one. I’m more concerned with Boehner’s attempts to work with this traitorous administration.
• Nobody liked Gerald Ford.
True. What’s your point?
• No Republican today has EVER heard of Calvin Coolidge or how he managed to solve the Even Greater Depression of 1921. They don’t even want to know about it. Get lost.
LOL, this is irrational (and peculiar).
• Michael Savage hates ’em all.
Do you see what we’re faced with? You people are all over the damn place with no foundation in principles, values or vision. The way I see it, the ONLY politicians or players out there who represent TRUE Conservative ideals are:
• 2012 President-elect Sarah Palin
What about Palin’s support for McCain? Her failure to support Chuck DeVore? I’m not bashing Palin, but she’s not “pure” in the sense that this post means.
• Congressman Allen West
He’s good. So far. But I’m not jumping all-in on a pol who’s only been a pol for a few months (and who has some worrying views about how much the government can and should restrict liberty in the name of the war on terror. I might trust him, but I don’t trust future, unknowns who will assume that same degree of power).
• Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
• Senator Jim DeMint
• Governor Chris Christie
Sure, if you like Islamofascism and ObamaCare (where’s NJ’s lawsuit?), Christie’s your guy. And you forgot to add that he, too, “hates” Sarah Palin.
• Congressman Mike Pence
Sure, if you like government subsidies for farming and oil, he’s your guy.
• Governor Mitch Daniels
One word: Ethanol
• Congressman Jason Chaffetz
Agreed, he’s one to watch.
• Congressman Darrell Issa
I like him, but the jury’s still out on how aggressively he’ll pursue the numerous questionable acts of this administration. So far, he’s just throwing bones at us and hoping that’s going to be enough. (It’s not)
• Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
Irrelevant, he’s not a pol and has a lifetime appointment.
Now, you go back to your gray and meaningless lives and think about whether you’re a Republican or Conservative, because they are NOT the same. And ya better think twice in calling yourself a Conservative if you support a progressive like Jeb Bush, who is decidedly moderate.
The G.O.P. has become Democrat Light and many are straddling the middle ground. You know the type: “Uh, well, I’m a fiscal conservative and a social liberal.” I HATE THESE PEOPLE or anyone who says this. I prefer what John Adams said: “In politics the middle way is none at all.”
We’ve all heard this line of reasoning before, and it’s dangerous. In fact, it has exactly the effect the people who hold this view claim to be railing against. It’s divisive, unrealistic, and endangers our chance to replace BO in 2012.
We all know that the GOP is problematic as it stands, and we all know that it’s going to take time to flush the RINO’s and assorted commies from it. What we can’t do is start attacking our fellow conservatives for one misstep, one idea, vote, or viewpoint that is not in total lockstep with these self-appointed party purists who have declared themselves the arbiters of conservatism. According to them, only the purest conservatives can be elected, and only by the purest conservative voters. Don’t you think that rather limits both the candidate pool and the potential anointed voters?
There are, as you can see from the list above, only a handful of currently-sitting members of Congress whom we’d all agree are “true conservatives” (among them are Jim DeMint and Michele Bachmann). All the others have at least one problematic vote or cause that they’ve taken or support. And among potential candidates for 2012 (congressional and for the top spot), there are going to be the same problems/votes/endorsements, etc.
I’m getting more than a little tired of conservatives who’ve appointed themselves the guardians of conservatism . . . as narrowly-defined by them. I’m certainly more than a little weary of conservatives freaking out if another conservative dares to question or challenge their ideas/favorite candidate, etc. How many times do we get accused of being a “circular firing squad” for pointing out that someone’s pet candidate is a fraud or a hypocrite? How often do we hear, “shhhh, it’s okay not to like [insert whomever], but don’t say what you really think–if you can’t support him/her, just be quiet”? Geesh, I’ve been accused of being a “progressive plant” by some lunatic who clearly never read a word I wrote (or didn’t understand it). What’s the good in making insane accusations like that about each other? We’re on the same side. Delusional paranoia and irrationally excluding anyone from the conservative movement or TEA Party movement is . . . delusional and irrational.
In fact, the “circular firing squad” accusation is nothing more than a leftist tactic adopted on cue from a leftist accusation and purposefully used to divide dim-witted conservatives, disrupt cohesion, and pave the way for sprog gains not just in 2012 but after. Why would anyone fall for that? Some useless leftists accuse us of being a “circular firing squad” for questioning a candidate? For objecting to a candidate’s record? For daring to voice our opinion? And conservatives buy it? Good grief, have we learned nothing? Leftists have a vested interest in promoting this conservative “civil war,” selling the “chasms” within the conservative resurgence. Let’s not do them any favors by fulfilling their wishes.
So here’s an idea, let’s be a little bit less judgmental of other conservatives (not pols, of course, we need to be looking at them closely, but realistically, too). Instead of railing against someone or acting like a child when someone says something you don’t like (i.e. that isn’t conservative enough . . . for you), how about we allow a little freedom of thought, particularly as we all try to sort out the potential GOP presidential primaries. If we don’t do due diligence in researching each candidate and take the time to muse about their pros and cons, who will? Certainly not the LSM. Certainly not the GOP.
We are the only ones who can win this, and there is no way to do that if our side is limited to only the purest conservatives or those who pass some kind of invented litmus test. We need to pull together, not apart, and we need to be more open to conservatives with whom we disagree on one or more topics. Anyone who believes otherwise has fallen—hook, line, and sinker—for the trap that the left has set for us.