The State of the GOP

I hear a lot of complaining about the Republican Party these days. I share their frustration. How could it come to this? As the fourth year of the Obama era begins the state of the union is shaky at best. In 2008 an inexperienced leftist who donned a centrist disguise beat a weak opponent partly because the electorate was in such a state of shock that they were willing to ignore myriad red flags. I refer to his ultra-liberal voting record, murky background, radical friends and shady political pals. A lapdog media wasn’t interested in doing any vetting — opting instead to just cheer-lead.

The recent State of the Union was full of the same old stuff: congratulating himself for perceived accomplishments and complaining about Republican obstructionism. It’s pure trash and he knows it – but he’s betting that the American electorate will swallow it once again.
Anyone curious enough to look beyond the pliant press would have found that Obama’s speech was in many instances a word-for-word rehash of his previous “SOTU’s” here:

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Further analysis shows his tax claims to be demonstrably false, here:
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With evidence like that this election should be easy right? Obama is a now known quantity and the mask has been ripped off the entire Democrat Party. They marched in lockstep to shove Obamacare down our throats, bypassing an honest legislative process and ignoring the will of the people, including those in uber-liberal Massachusetts who voted for Scott Brown on that issue alone. They have reclaimed the crown as the biggest spenders – quickly eclipsing the Republicans of the previous era. Annual deficits are now running $1.5 TRILLION and we have nothing to show for it.

We should be planning our election night parties – and yet…

It is a mess. Many are fearful that we’re paving the way for Obama to be re-elected. From a very large field full of flawed candidates we’re left with a clueless Mitt Romney fending off desperate attacks from a flailing Newt Gingrich and the Republican Party seems to be doing the Democrats’ dirty work for them. We’re told by self-proclaimed experts that Romney is the only “electable” candidate and yet the guy has no track record of winning. The one time he did he passed a government-run health care bill that paved the way for the mess we’re trying to get repealed.

While Newt’s failures as Speaker of the House have been misrepresented – and his major victories diminished – Mitt is mostly given a free pass. Santorum is the non-Romney of the month but he is a lightweight punching out of his weight class. Ron Paul is given exactly the attention he deserves: credit for his criticism of our dangerous fiscal / monetary policy and scorn for his dangerously naïve foreign policy. Has anyone noticed that he is attracting the youth vote?

But how did the Republican Party let this happen? Well, let’s think about it for a minute. Who is the Republican Party? It’s the candidates who run as Republicans and the people who vote for them. It’s the current crop of elected officials who still self-identify with the party and caucus with them. Let’s not forget the Murkowskis of the world who are only Republican when it’s convenient, or the traders like Jeffords and Specter who changed teams. It is also the RNC – but they really only get involved AFTER the primaries, funneling money where it is most needed in closely fought general elections.

The candidates are a reflection of what we as voters demand. For too long we settled for mushy compromising centrists like Bush and McCain who did nothing to curtail spending or the rampant encroachments on our freedoms. I am not letting the Republicans in Congress off the hook. Spending bills start there. We have a President – not a king. Obama is clearly irritated by that. But the Republicans have not stood united as a party and held their ground. They should have been there all along saying. “We simply cannot afford this level of spending. We can’t defend our country and fund out-of-control entitlement programs. We cannot suspend the laws of economics to give houses to those who cannot afford mortgage payments. We will destroy our economy if we do.”

Nope. They reached across the aisle and danced around the third rails of politics and took the easy way out. McCain was one of them and Newt Gingrich was too. Romney pretends to “Mr. Private Sector” but he didn’t trust it to deal with the health care industry. It is no wonder attacks on him have stuck.

So the Tea Party was born. They are more loosely organized than the GOP. They do not have the big money yet. They only have a few true believers in office now; young leaders like Marco Rubio. Old phonies like Newt are merely pretenders trying to harness their energy. But the Tea Party activists at least have clear principles: smaller, efficient government; low, flat taxes; balanced budgets: strong foreign policy; free markets.

The debates are a disgrace. Who agreed to this? The RNC? This was a blown opportunity to clarify what the GOP platform is to be. We should be discerning not just where the candidates are different but where they agree. Liberal TV commentators should not be involved. Their slanted, “gotcha” questions waste precious time and give the Democrats advantages they should not be granted. Who lets the other team into the huddle?

Who are the party “leaders” who convinced Chris Christie and Paul Ryan not to run? Why didn’t those candidates seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? If Romney wins and does well, he is odds-on to run again and make it an 8 year wait for GOP contenders. Then maybe the pendulum swings left again. If Romney wins and lacks the will to make the bold moves we won’t get the recovery we need. Voters will tire and be susceptible to more “hope and change”. There are lots of ways that it adds up to a 12 year wait for these rising stars. This is their best chance and our best chance.

Now we are in a primary cycle where the voters are unanimous in their support for “none of the above” Not Romney and not the non-Romneys either. I think a brokered election would be thrilling and historic — but wait – the GOP wants to screw that up too. Their idea of a “White Knight” late-entry candidate?

Jeb Bush. (Crickets)

Are they tone deaf? Sure, I know all about Jeb. He’s the smartest Bush. That is beyond irrelevant. This country is not in the mood for another Bush while still suffering from a great deal of the fallout from the financial crisis that began during his brother’s term. Sorry Jeb.

I am still optimistic. True change does not happen quickly in a world still suffering from an epidemic of incumbency. Only we can impose the term limits that are so desperately needed.

They say we get the government we deserve. I am sure I am not the only one who feels I deserve better than this. I work, pay taxes, get informed, get involved and then vote.

There is a battle for the soul of the GOP. There is a call for return to core principles as opposed to watered-down liberalism or “compassionate conservatism”. The Democrats are in a state of denial about theirs. Obama is being attacked from the left for not doing enough. Incredible. “Moderate” Democrats don’t seem bothered that their party has been taken over by de facto socialists.

The silver lining in this mess is that at least Republican voters are showing that they care about character as this search for the non-Romney goes on. Democrats were too eager to embrace scripted charisma in an empty suit. We can do better. We will. Hopefully soon.

Pat Duggan

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Jon Stewart is Most Misinformed

I like Jon Stewart and the Daily Show. I think Colbert is even funnier. It takes great talent to stay “in character” like that. And let’s face it, politicians are mostly self-absorbed, blithering idiots–so making fun of them is a public service.

But Stewart revealed much about himself in his interview on Fox with Chris Wallace. He thinks he’s smarter than the Fox guys (and gals). What’s really nauseating though, is he thinks his motives are pure as he cops his holier-than-thou attitude. He’s great when he’s being funny–but when he turns serious, we see a typical liberal: angry and arrogant.

See the entire interview here: LINK

Stewart is not likable in the interview. But the low point is where he adamantly insists that Fox viewers are “consistently” the most uninformed…”every poll”. False. Wallace debunks this by going over the poll results. Nothing shocking here. Polls can skew results by the questions they ask–or how they ask them.

See the smack down here: LINK

If you think the economy still sucks or that “man made global warming” has been exposed as a fully-orchestrated hoax, the liberally-biased pollster says you’re misinformed. We’ve all experienced this with smug liberal friends.

Confront the know-it-alls with facts that upset their world view and they become nasty.

Liberals start with a conclusion and go data mining for evidence to support their desired reality.

Conservatives explore the facts and then draw logical conclusions-even when it’s uncomfortable.

Pat Duggan

Published in: on June 27, 2011 at 9:28 am  Leave a Comment  
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No Room For A View

The View is a truly idiotic TV show. Uninformed yet highly opinionated liberal hostesses regularly attempt to tackle contentious issues. Journalistic dinosaur Barbara Walters stood by as raving lunatic Rosie O’Donnell spouted deranged 9/11 conspiracy theories. The morning time slot is not exactly the network news hour but ABC lost any last shred of credibility by allowing that to go on as long as they did. Why anyone cares what Joy Behar thinks about anything is beyond me. She recently attacked Congresswoman Michele Bachman for side-stepping the Carl Paladino gay parade non-issue, and taking a principled stand against the out-of-control government S-Chip program. She said Bachmann was “against children”, repeatedly, on her Headline News show. Michele Bachmann has raised 5 children of her own and 23 foster children. Joy Behar is ignorant and nasty. See for yourself: LINK

I am not a big fan of Bill O’Reilly. He is best described as a “social conservative”, but he is astoundingly economically ignorant. He sort of admits that on air but that doesn’t stop him from attacking oil companies and insurance companies in the midst of crises clearly caused by government induced price distortions. I watch his show for the guests. Watching John Stossel educate him on free market economics is great fun. The pompous O’Reilly is so self-absorbed he doesn’t see how foolish he looks.

On Thursday the shameless, self-promoting Factor host went on the view to promote his latest book. I’ll give him credit for taking on the 4 shrews single-handedly. Token conservative Elisabeth Hasslebeck is barely allowed to talk. They surely delight in her being blonde-allowing viewers to stereotype and dismiss her. The show went downhill quickly.

When Bill dared to mention that the 9/11 murders were committed by Muslims, and that building a Muslim mosque nearby was “legal but insensitive” Joy and Whoopi stormed off the set. Sorry girls, these are facts.

That is the only facet of this brouhaha worth pondering: When confronted with facts that contradict their view liberals throw tantrums.

Many of us have experienced variations of this. Liberals live in a state of perpetual cognitive dissonance, or simultaneously holding opposing beliefs. This creates a state of discomfort when facts invade their force field. The View shrews can ignore Elizabeth, but O’Reilly gets in their face.

This is occurring on a breathtakingly large scale in modern politics. FDR’s twisted version of Keynesian economics (Keynes thought 25% taxation was about the limit the economy could handle) failed miserably with the depression deepening and dragging on for a decade-yet modern liberals insist we can spend our way out of trouble. We’ve lost 2.5 million jobs since Obama’s inauguration yet they claim they “saved or created” 3 million. Social Security is bankrupt and the trust fund is a myth. Something’s gotta give and polls indicate it’s America’s willingness to tolerate this nonsense.

For more on that Keynes claim go here: LINK

What we are witnessing on “The View” and various biased media shows masquerading as news is nothing less than a blatant attempt to re-write history. These people live in a bubble that allows them to think of Fidel Castro as the beneficent leader of a workers’ paradise. This is one bubble that sorely needs to be burst. The internet and Fox News are helping to make that a reality. What we need are politicians that are brave enough to step on that third rail of politics and call Social Security what it is: A government mandated pyramid scheme. Let’s make sure they don’t shoot the messenger.

Pat Duggan

Media Bias

The economy is in a deep, extended decline. Obama and the Democrats’ Keynesian stimulus is a total failure as the majority of economists assured us it would be. We are now left with only the cost of it: record deficits “as far as the eye can see”. The Mainstream media’s response? All criticism is racism.

If you’re not angry enough already, stop by the Media Research Center and check out their “Bias Alert Archive”. Better yet, sign up for a daily dose of outrage via their email alert. It is simply astounding.

Stay angry my friends.

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Published in: on July 28, 2010 at 9:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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