May 10 2006
*** Update: the right has become KoSified: La Shawn Barber wants to Impeach Bush (told you so!) and Peggy Noonan wants Reps to let the Dems win this fall. Where are the serious conservatives? I really don’t see why we need to start over in 4-8 years because these people are impatient and a bit self absorbed.
Also Flopping Aces has links to show this same infighting erupted in Reagan’s 6th year and was just as short sighted ***
Well, as some on the right begin to become completely indistinguishable from the KoS ranters and DU ego-maniacs, it seems it is possibly time to establish not the RINOs, or the Moderates Conservatives (sounds like we are sleepy and cannot establish a firm position), but now is the time for the Serious Conservatives. Conservatives who are passionate and compassionate, dedicated to progress but who don’t threaten to destroy everything we have achieved on the right just because we don’t get our way. People who want to see a conservative future embraced by all, not demanded or dictated or forced upon people. Embraced. Folks who believe in community and family and respect of others, who would never deride people for being different, or being from outside our country, or being Arab or Mexican or any other ‘group’ just because we face challanges in their region of the world.
It is time for Kadima, American style. In order not to isolate any conservative bloggers or conservative voices from joining this Serious Conservatives movement, I will use this news as an example of what we do not want anymore of when we say ‘serious’:
Angry parents want a teacher at a Latino charter school in the Albany Park neighborhood fired after she made derogatory comments against people from Mexico.
As CBS 2â€™s Kristyn Hartman reports, the incident began when a seventh-grade art teacher at Aspira Haugen Charter Middle School, at 3729 W. Leland Ave., thought students had gotten paint on her jacket. That is when the teacher allegedly said â€œall Mexicans are criminalsâ€ and that they were â€œonly born to clean floors.â€
Some pupils at the school became extremely upset.
â€œIt surprised me because Iâ€™ve never seen a teacher talk to us Mexicans that way,â€ said student Orimar Ramirez. â€œShe said we were trash and all we were good for is to clean up floors.â€
I am not saying this person is a conservative. I just use it as an example of crossing a line mature adults would never cross. The Buchananites can cower and get angry at the fact the world is populated with people from other nations – I was glad to see him quit the party when he did not get his way. Those who fear Arabs in general, and cannot discern a UAE company which has supported our efforts against Terrorists from the terrorists themselves, can stay in their echo chambers and feed off each other.
I am a conservative. I remain an independent as long as the Republicans associate with the Michael Savages and the Democrats associate with the Michael Moores. I don’t care what brand of Kool-Aid these people are sipping, they are all irrelevant because they are unrealistic and display the worse side of humanity. I refuse to play group-hate politics. I still believe people are individuals and they are to be measured by their acts and what is in their souls. Not by their skin, original or current nationality, religion, etc. We lead by example, not brow beating.
The way forward is through serious, sincere dedication to moving the country one step everyday towards conservative values and ideas. If the pace is slow, the serious and dedicated believers will take on the challenge, and never once stoop to anger or disparaging others. We are happy warrior because the future will be better with every person who even takes a small step in the right direction. Once people make one step in that direction, they will feel safe taking more.
We have spent 26 years convincing cautious and concerned people that conservatism is not dangerous, is not ugly, is not harmful or rude or judgemental. In essence we have been saying the wheels will not fall off the country if we try conservative ideas of self sufficiency and self respect and responsibility. Those who cannot keep fighting the fight and retain some semblence of composure and respect to those we need to convince to join our cause are not going to help us at all.
We need to accept this. As much as we like and respect these people, if they are going to keep losing their composure and are willing to destroy all the progress made in the last quarter century, then we must accept that cannot stop them from making these poor decisions. We can take them at their word and simply move forward without them. Do I wish things would move fatser? Yes of course.
Do I wish for a perfect world – to be honest I think that would be boring. But I do know that giving up and letting the democrats undo some of our work simply sets us back and makes us go over the same ground we just won. There is a reason nations do not fight trench warfare anymore. It is one long, bloody stalemate and simply creates causulties and no progress. We need to get out of the trenches and get serious.