Two most excellent comments left in the comments section of this post by Ace at Ace of Spades HQ: Dede’s Farewell
My belief here was shaped by 1964. For years, the liberal Republican establishment had demanded that conservatives support them in the name of party unity. When Goldwater won the nomination, the Rockefellers, the Keatings, the Cases and the like refused to help in any way. Liberal Republicans have no loyalty to the GOP and when they’re caught in a backroom deal that promotes the Democratic agenda they piously claim “principle”. Then, like turncoats from John Lindsay to Jim Jeffords and Arlen Specter, show their real colors by joining the Democrats.
Enough is enough.
So long as conservatives keep supporting Democrats who call themselves Republicans, the party establishment will move in that direction. Party pros usually like big government. It gives the more goodies with which to bribe voters. They like winning regardless of the winner’s commitment to anything. They will spend money to elect people who have no beliefs except reelection. When a principled candidate runs, they will savage him ( or her ) as they did Goldwater.
Will a conservative revolt lose GOP seats? Maybe. But the Kossack revolt really damaged the Democrats, didn’t it? I would rather not depend on the Arlen Specters of the political world for votes in Congress. I have been a loyal Republican for many years and have voted for some fairly liberal GOP candidates when it was the best chance to win. They have, when the chips were down, behaved like the 1964 GOP establishment.
Enough is enough.
I will never vote for a Democrat. That party is dedicated to principles that I believe damage the country. But I will not vote for or contribute to any more RINOs. If that means a Democrats wins then so be it. If the GOP doesn’t stand for anything, it will go the way of the Whigs. That would be too bad, but it is not the worst result.
I see your point and I respect it. But I cannot agree.
Posted by: Ken Hahn at October 31, 2009 06:31 PM
You know, modern American politics began with FDR. The Dem vs Republican paradigm we live in today started when the Dems became a social democratic party back then. Since then, we’ve had three elections where the GOP candidates ran as hardcore conservatives. Goldwater got crushed, Reagan crushed both times. Bush ran as Reagan 2.0, then got kicked out when he went for a gun ban and tax hikes.
I get sick of the moderates who don’t realize that the even the rank and file of Democrats think they believe in liberty and the free market. Look at how they’re selling healthcare. The public option is being sold as a competition booster. People want choice, they want freedom, they want the right to make their own decisions and keep the money they make. Back in 1964 Goldwater warned of government out of control. Only 40% of the electorate agreed with him, and with the actor from California giving speeches in support of him. 16 years later that same actor got 60% of the country to follow him because people realized that the government was out of control. It still is, and people still get that. It’s just no one has run on that message in 25 years. Why do you think everyone hates politicians, why do you think everyone has no faith in the political process? Because no one stands there and cries “Freedom!”. This stupid, stupid, decision to play by the Democrat’s rules infuriates me. Damn it, look at healthcare. The message in the GOP leadership is that we can’t afford it and that it won’t work. This is true, and is an important part of the argument, but it’s still playing on their field, fighting on ground of their choosing. The federal government has no right to run my healthcare, they do not have the power granted to them by the US Constitution. Both parties threw out that document a while back I guess.
Ace, you don’t get it. I’m not with the GOP to see how many (R-__) we can see on CSPAN. I’m with the GOP because I want them to restore liberty to this country. I’m with them because I need someone to slay the Hyrda of the federal government. Because Reagan said it 45 years ago: “If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.”
This is a fight for my children and grandchildren. I’m not free, not the way I want to be free. The feds take my money, property rights are a joke, free speech is nonexistent because when these rights are infringed at all then they do not exist at all. The feds letting me keep 70% of my money does not count as being free. The feds allowing me to say what I want except within 1 mile of the President, or them letting me keep my property unless they can get more revenue out of it with someone else owning means I am not free.
The GOP has spent twenty years backing up, redrawing the line in the sand and puffing up and talking the talk. No more. Defeat socialism or perish, live free or die. Embracing 80% of the Dem wishlist means you are useless to me and my goals. The choice between handcuffs and a GPS ankle bracelet is a false choice.
If the moderates are right, if Americans really are ready for socialism, then let them have it. I will weep and mourn the loss of the shining city on a hill. Then I will fight for its restoration, yes, with the sword if necessary, because my rights are not abridged by majority vote. I don’t care if a majority votes itself my wallet and my property and my freedom. Damn them, and damn those who enabled them. My life, my fortune, and my sacred honor is pledged to the defense of the Republic and not to the Republican Party.
Posted by: Britt at October 31, 2009 06:33 PM
Who knew that San Diego Chargers DE Shawne Merriman would be a voice of reason among NFL players in the whole smear, libel and slander campaign against Rush Limbaugh.
Here is what Mr. Merriman had to say about the prospect of playing for an NFL team owned by Rush Limbaugh.
Reminder: “Bloods and Crips” quote in FULL context.
UPDATE: Here is the transcript of Merriman’s remarks he made in the interview:
RUSH: Jesse Lee Peterson on Fox on Wednesday night. On October 13th, somehow this sound bite ended up being buried in this controversy. Shawne Merriman, who is not the poster boy for NFL virtue himself, Shawne Merriman, linebacker for the San Diego Chargers was on Fox Sports Radio’s Chris Myers and Steve Hartman Show. I was also on that show when I was out in LA weeks ago, and we talked about the NFL and they asked me who my favorite quarterbacks were and I threw McNabb in there. So they asked Shawne Merriman, “Would you have any problem playing for a team partially owned by Rush Limbaugh?”
MERRIMAN: I have to be honest, I wouldn’t have a problem with it because I think that he possibly could have said a few things that was on many people’s mind. He just, you know, one of the ones that, you know, made it vocal and put it out there. Maybe if we had a sit-down and talk and I seen a different person, maybe, but it really wouldn’t bother me as much.
RUSH: That didn’t get reported, did it? Now, at the time, October 13th — happens to be my mother’s birthday — at the time this is all going on, Merriman was living off those made-up, phony quotes. That’s what he knew. That’s all anybody knew, the totally fabricated and made-up phony quotes. Now, the next question from Myers and Hartman: “How much as a player do you actually know, Shawne, or care about your owner? I mean, I realize there are layers: coordinator, position coach, head coach, GM, president, whatever, all the way up. Some owners are very visible, some are far removed. Does that affect the player? Do you think about that?”
MERRIMAN: You want the owner to know that — or you want to feel that he cares, you know, about your well-being, about you going out there and being a good person on and off the field. So I think it’s a matter to a — to a certain point but it’s not like you have to deal with the owner every single day. You know, he’s not going through the playbook with you and, you know, you play good or bad he’s not going to be the one that come down and talk to you about the game, it’s just one of the things that’s how it is.
RUSH: So none of these quotes made it, did they, outside of this show? The Myers and Hartman show on Fox Sports Radio.
Former NFL player Marcellus Wiley stated on ESPN that the demographics of NFL players are 70% Black.
WILEY: The NFL called an audible. We’re going to pass, Limbaugh, on you and your racist comments, your divisive comments, comments that isolate players, 70% of this league is African-American. This is racist radio that doesn’t need any more attention. This doesn’t need to be on primetime, on TV, in the owners’ box like he wants it.
If that is indeed the case, then I can only conclude that the NFL is RACIST. The percentage of the country that is Black is not 70%. So I must say that the NFL is racist against Whites. Extremely racist, in fact, since the percentage of Blacks in America is 12.8%. The NFL has more than 5 times that as their demographic of players. That’s RACIST.
(note heavy sarcasm here)
Recall that the race hustlers are always saying that “we need more Black coaches, we need more Black QBs, we need more Black blah blah blah” and consider the lack of such to be RAAACISSSSST! Well, fine, if that’s the logic, then let’s turn it around on them. The NFL is RACIST against Whites, what with a demographic of their players being 5 times as high as their demographic in the United States.
Also interesting. When it is pointed out that the percentage of Blacks committing crimes in the USA is higher than their demographic in the nation, no one dare say that Blacks are more prone to be criminals.
But, when it is pointed out that 70% of the NFL is Black, much higher than their demographic in the nation, people simply state that that is because Blacks are more athletic than Whites.
Interesting how that works out…