Feb 26 2009
The old (and tiresome) guard of conservatism isÂ apoplecticÂ that there boy Bobby flamed out so badly with his response to President Obama’s report to Congress Tuesday:
So, where are we? We as conservatives are in the wilderness, and many of you are hopeless. So we have a guy, Bobby Jindal, 37 years old, first time on the national stage, shows up last night to make a response to The Messiah. All he did was articulate what we believe.Â
But the people on our side are really making a mistake if they go after Bobby Jindal on the basis of style.
Because if you think people on our side, Iâ€™m talking to you, those of you who think Jindal was horrible, in fact, I donâ€™t want to hear from you ever again if you think that what Bobby Jindal said was bad or what he said was wrong or not said well, because, folks, style is not going to take our country back.Â
Style or substance? What about substance no one likes anymore, ever think about that? What’s wrong with both style and substance like we have in Sarah Palin? The right is wandering in the wilderness because America looked at what they had to offer and sent them there. And while I have no issues with Rush, I find the rest of the saber rattling conservatives ‘in exile’ tiresome – and I am not upset at all they are in exile. As far as I and a lot of America is concerned, they are were they belong right now.
The pure right has been raging against all the impure (a.k.a., RINOs, Quislings, Moderates, Centrists) for so long they have pretty much repulsed most of America. Which is why we HAVE a President Obama and a liberal Congress trashing up the country. They created their mess and people are fed up with them. They don’t talk or debate, they rant and rave. Rush may be whining about style, but a lot of conservatives were whining about rage and passion. Neither of which is substance either!
When the selfÂ anointedÂ ones on the right went after George Bush and his Supreme Court selection (Harriet Miers) for not being a pureblood, they made a huge mistake. One which began their exodus to the political minority they are now. They did not disagree on views or policies (heck, We The People never got a chance to here Miers’ views), they went after her personally and brutally. It was grotesque.
Â TheseÂ puristsÂ of passion focused their inquisition on the Gang of 14, which had the audacity to avoid a useless andÂ unproductiveÂ constitutional showdown on Presidential judicial nominees. President Bush seated a lot of constructionist judges during his tenure thanks to the compromises made by the Gang of 14 – but to this day these good people are pilloried by the small minded purists on the right.
And pillorying good Americans is all the substance the purists in exile have. They raged against an Arab ally buying a company that loads and unloads ships – an ally that provides a secure port for all our naval operations in the Middle East. They raged against all immigrants as if they were ax murderers and rapists. And they raged against any conservative who dared disagree with their dogma. They claim the far left is neo-fascists and yet want to dictate their ways on the rest, and do so with anger, … sorry – passion.
Here is the political result of all this passionate lashing out:
The election of 2008 proved catastrophic for opponents of comprehensive immigration reform.
Â Republicans lost seven Senate seats — eight if the courts sustain Al Franken’s lead in Minnesota. On June 28, 2007, each of the eight previous office-holders (Republicans, all) voted to block the Bush administration’s immigration bill. Replacing these eight immigration hardliners are five new senators clearly favorable to a comprehensive approach — six, counting Franken — and two whose positions are unclear. All, of course, are Democrats.
In the House, comprehensive immigration reformers picked up at least 14 votes, and “enforcement-only” advocates lost 14. Ten incumbent members of the restrictionist House Immigration Reform Caucus were defeated. The “enforcement first/enforcement only” cause lost such major spokesmen as Tom Feeney, Virgil Goode, Thelma Drake, Marilyn Musgrave, Ric Keller, Bill Sali, and Nancy Boyda.
That was just the fall out from one topic. To all those who want to send Senators Specter, Snowe and Collins packing for trying get some compromise into the stimulus bill I ask you this: do you want to be down 8 senate seats or 11? All the far right has done is increase the democrats control. It is like watching the Democrats fawn all over Clinton, who helped create the GOP take over of Congress in 1994. How is it people in politics are soÂ enamoredÂ with people who screw up royally?
Here’s are a few examples of the view of the two out of control parties from middle America – the ones who decide which side will win:
- The far right wants to impose their view of ‘science’ by eliminating evolution and replacing it with some religious based fiction. The far left wants to eliminate all real discussions of science when dealing with Global Warming and Embryonic Stem Cells.
- The far right want to remove all responsibilities from businesses, but leave the individual alone to fend for itself and be responsible for all its actions. The far left want to nationalize all businesses and bring in socialism, making business an arm of government.
- The far right are way too paranoid about people in turbins and other Arab garb, spooked by the slightest hint of the possibility of some theoretical threat (which is why they went ape over the Dubai Ports Deal without a single shred of hard evidence). The far left is way too paranoid about people in military uniforms and other deadly-force federal jobs, spooked by the slightest hint of the possibility of some theoretical threat (which is why the went ape over the NSA-FISA changes Bush put into place to protect this nation from real threats).
- The Amnesty Hypochondriacs on the right want to round up every immigrant without proper paper work (to hell with worrying about terrorists), while the liberals want to open the gates to anyone and make them democrat voters (to hell with worrying about terrorists).
Need I go on? When the hardcore element of conservatism went rabid and lashed out at everyone and anyone who disagreed, they pushed the nation away. Now their is a hardcore liberal element doing the same thing and really screwing up. America is fed up with the endless bickering and extremist policies! Neither side is right anymore.
We will not accept anymore extremist positions as gospel – they are the outliers positions. An their proponents need to be shunned for the simple fact they produce nothing but wasted anger (sorry, passion) at our fellow country men. We need a lot more tolerance and progress and we need to dump the brinkmanship.Â
Sarah Palin is like Obama. She projects hope and a solid set of core beliefs while respecting people and their differences. She has real drive to work with others to make things right. She doesn not look to get fat personally, like the current leadership of Congress (on both sides) clearly have as their priority. I think President Obama really is sincere in his naive hopes. He wants to be a miracle worker and he is right in one sense – we can pull together and do a lot.
But he is being undermined and knocked way off track by the liberal power brokers in Congress. He is in over his head. Unlike Sarah, who took down a corrupt and extremely powerful GOP leader in her state, Obama tends to be the ‘a folder’ – someone who keeps giving ground to avoid conflict. It is his Achilles’ Heel, just like Clinton’s need to be liked was his undoing (notice Bush just wanted to get things done). Obama doesn’t have the conviction to weather the storm of DC power brokers, like Palin has proven she can.
Sarah is not a hard core, oppressive conservative. She is like Michael Steele, someone who thinks from a conservative experience base, but is open to discussion and making progress through compromise – instead of stopping progress on the alter of the mythical Perfection of Purity. Moderates are like that. America is like that. We hold off our passion of anger for real threats, not working out solutions. America doesn’t want the “pure right” option it just spent 2 election cycles purging from power. And I am sure with that as the only option to the socialist left now in power it will only delay the time we can purge them. They want something new and away from the fringes.
America rejected Jingle on multiple fronts, just like they rejected every “pure right” candidate in the presidential election and the selection of party chairman. They want something different, and nothing the rejected right says will change their mood. America wants more centrist, common sense leaders. These kind of people can be an acceptable alternative to the current liberal mess – but America is not interested in more of the same. If the GOP and conservatism want to get back into power and help guide (not direct) America, they are the ones who need to change. America is not going to change for them.
Update: Another conservative blogger notes it is time for conservatism and the GOP to move on (no pun intended, but I am sure the purely passionate will pounce on this with all deliberation).
Update: John Cole over at Balloon Juice is seeing the same implosion of the GOP. It is sad to see Reagan’s great vision destroyed by the “pure conservatives in exile”, and claiming this was what Reagan wanted all the while!