Jan 14 2013

Shining City On The Hill – Is Not Congress or DC

Published by at 8:45 am under All General Discussions

Ronald Reagan was famous for being the eternal optimist, and infecting a country down on itself with pride, confidence and energy to go out and live life to its fullest. He rightfully saw the American people as something special and wonderful:

A City upon a Hill is a phrase from the parable of Salt and Light in JesusSermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5:14, he tells his listeners, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” It has become popular with American politicians.

President Ronald Reagan used the image as well, in his 1984 acceptance of the Republican Party nomination[3] and in his January 11, 1989, farewell speech to the nation:

…I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it and see it still…

That was when the GOP message of small, focused government that moves out of the way of the citizenry was established. And it is what was lost from the Ivory towers of the Political Industrial Complex (PIC: that includes politicians of all kinds, their media lapdogs and lobbyist/donor handlers). So lost, the Political Elites of the PIC are now attempting to remove the voices of that shining city from politics in general:

Politico explained that while Washington Democrats have always viewed GOP voters as a problem, Washington Republicans “in many a post-election soul-searching session” have come to agree. More precisely, the article said the party’s Election 2012 failures have “brought forth one principal conclusion from establishment Republicans: They have a primary problem.”

Scott goes on to say that observers are noticing a growing inclination in beltway GOP power centers to circle the wagons and make it harder for the unwashed masses to mount primary challenges to their media tested selections and proven winners. And I agree with his assessment that this is a fine strategy if your only concern is winning. But at what cost?

Example number one: Virginia.

This is not about centrists or RHINOs caving or finding compromise. Never has been, those are names used to divide the masses from collating to take on the PIC and jointly go in a different direction. This is about power, corruption, and the unwillingness to let Main Street lead. We see it all the time. DC has some kind of special mental, moral and religious power no other place on Earth has. Which of course is the first signs of being a power hungry boob.

This is about DC

I have lived my entire life inside the Beltway, and close to the ‘halls of power’. Those halls operate when the people in them understand they are the HUMBLE servants of the people who sent them there. They go off the rails when the halls are filled with self appointed geniuses.

 

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