Whatever happened to a loyal opposition? Boehner and McConnell just seem to be loyal, without the fervency and drive to oppose Obama’s recklessness. Bill Whittle is tired of seeing our country’s oldest tenets left hanging from a thread with no major leadership there to save them. It’s time for a new group of young leaders to takeover
(Daily Caller) In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Caller, longtime conservative activist Richard Viguerie offered his advice to grassroots conservatives.
“I say to my conservative friends: Once, twice, three times a day, Obama is going to do something that is going to anger you, upset you, frustrate you and that’s ok,” Viguerie, a pioneer of political direct mail, said. “Take 30, maximum 40 seconds to cuss, throw something, you know, get upset but then get down on your knees and thank God that he’s President of the United States because I know of no other way to save America.”
In Viguerie’s opinion the creeping expansion of government under President George W. Bush was something that was largely ignored by the right and by the country at large because it happened so gradually.
“As long as we were losing our freedoms slowly, we were going to lose them, guaranteed,” he explained. “It might take 20 years, might take 30 years but we were going to lose America.”
Viguerie goes on to explain that, in his view, it was the election of President Obama and his rapid and relentless pursuit of “fundamental change” that awoke people to the direction of politics in the country and spurred the tea party into action.
Viguerie’s history on the conservative right stretches back to the formation of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) at Sharon, Connecticut in 1960 with William F. Buckley.
Besides John van Huizum undermining his entire case to show that any of the supposed (granting him the idea that his positions are true) disparities he lists have any value in being “unfair,” or “wrongs” — see the last post on John’s thoughts — let us cherry pick just one example from his many above “bumper sticker” platitudes and dissect is a bit. (You may mouse over the pic to see the section.) In picking one seemingly true position and shedding some factual challenge to it should call into question John’s understanding of the rest.
“Assure equal pay for equal work, regardless of sex.”
Okay, I have written on this topic quite extensively, and this is just a portion from this larger writing:
(Alex Castellanos ended up writing a response to his above “tiff” with Maddow) This is partly an import from a previous post dealing with this topic via my old blog, and partly an update. In my original post entitle, Glass Ceilings, Veteran benefits, and Other Liberal Mantras, I chronicled the following:
The Glass Ceiling
President Clinton said that women make .73 cents on every man’s dollar. He used this as a campaign issue to try and smear Republicans. Kerry said that women make .76 cents on every man’s dollar, and likewise used this stat as a political smear. The question then is this, are these two persons correct?
YES! If you compare all men to all women, then yes, there is a disparage. This stat doesn’t take into account a few things. It doesn’t consider the fact that women tend to choose the humanities when entering college and men seem to choose the hard sciences. So by choice women tend to choose professions that pay less. Not only that, when you compare Oranges to Oranges, you get something much different than expected, or that we would expect from the liberal side of things. If a woman and a man have had the same level of education and have been on the same job for an equal amount of time, the woman makes $1,005 while a man makes $1,000, a difference of $5 dollars every thousand dollars a man earns.
So, the bottom line is that this platitude that John listed is a stat misused by the Left to portray [incorrectly] some disparaged class of people to rally around for political gain, not for gain of presenting truth. Sad.
Why the Republican brand will live:
☕ It survived men in bedsheets killing those who fought for civil rights, it survived a Democrat crossing over and almost beating a Republican to death, it has survived Democrat Supreme Courts passing Dred Scott and Democrats trying to secede from the Union, we can work through this… because austerity will have to come at some point. And keep in mind that even though this was a loss, Obama shrank in electoral votes from 2008, and in the popular vote. So he won, but the Republican party grew… so the “death knell” of the party just doesn’t fit the facts. A perfect example is the female vote: Obama won a 12-point lead among women this time around. In 2008 it was 13-points. Again, the Democrats lost a point.
Chip, chip, chip, chip, chip, chip
“Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat”
“I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many long months of toil and struggle.
“You ask what is our policy. I will say, it is to wage war with all our might, with all the strength that God can give us, to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.
“You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.”
Winston Churchill—First speech as Prime Minister, House of Commons, 13 May 1940. Churchillfirst used the phrase “blood and sweat” in 1900; “Blood, sweat and tears” came together in his 1939 article, “Can FrancoRestore Unity and Strength to Spain.”
This is a growing phenomenon! Previously I posted a story about 11 defections to the GOP.
In the past couple of weeks, at least 11 Democratic state legislators have switched sides — one in South Dakota, one in Maine, , one in Louisiana, two in Georgia, and four in Alabama. In Louisiana, the switch gives Republicans control of one house of the government for the first time since Reconstruction; in Alabama, the Republicans control both houses for the first time since 1874.
Read more: RPT Gains and Defections
Now this. Here is the first recent story from Libertarian Republican:
And then there’s this breaking news from the Statesman:
Democratic Rep. Aaron Peña of Edinburg hinted Saturday about making the switch to the GOP.
Reading between the lines, or more accurately the Tweats, leads one to the conclusion that it’s much more than a “hint.” From Peña who is on vacation outside of the State:
“Hard not to notice the stir back in Texas. Change is always difficult.”
The south Texas Rep. is described as one of the last remaining “conservative” Democrats, and is a close ally of Republican Speaker Joe Strauss.
Gateway Pundit has news on more Dem-to-GOP switches:
Texas Democrat Allan Ritter told associates he is switching parties next week. The move will give Republicans a super-majority in the Texas chamber.
State Rep. Allan Ritter, D-Nederland, is telling associates he will switch to the Republican Party next week. Ritter was not immediately available for comment.
That would give the GOP a 100-member supermajority in the Legislature’s lower chamber — a number that allows them to pass constitutional amendments and other matters without seeking support from the Democrats.
This news comes from Libertarian Republican:
….From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Two black Democrats bolt party for GOP”
Two African-American Democrats [Actually three] on Thursday announced that they were joining the Republican Party.
Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell and former state executive committee member Andre Walker said the Democratic Party had grown too liberal and they are finding a new home with the Republicans.
Bell was introduced as a Republican at a news conference Thursday at party headquarters.
Walker is publisher of the highly popular Georgia politica blog Georgia Unfiltered. The blog reports:
His wife, Lauren, who is also politically active, will join Ashley in the Republican Party.
Significantly, as the Gainseville Times points out, Lauren Bell was a Barack Obama delegate to the 2008 Democrat National Convention.