Michael Steele has a column in the Wall Street Journal today.
Republicans once said that the opportunities this nation has to offer rest not in government but rather in the hands of individuals. Over the past decade or so, however, we Republicans lost our way. The disparity between our rhetoric and our action grew until our credibility snapped. It wasn’t the fault of our ideals. It was the failure of our leadership.
Over time, our principles morphed into baser motives. Continued political dominance grew more important to those who led us than the noble vision most of us originally signed on for. And to maintain power we turned to the controls of government — we became the party of big government. We behaved like Democrats.
True, the country has changed and our party must adapt. However, it is wrong to believe we must change our principles or become conservative-lite. After all, the voters did not suddenly become liberal; but they have lost any sense of confidence that the Republican Party holds the answers to their problems.
Most Americans today see a Republican Party that defines itself by what it is against rather than what it is for. We can tell you why public schools aren’t working, but not articulate a compelling vision for how we’ll better educate children. We’re well equipped to rail against tax increases; but can’t begin to explain how we’ll help the poor. We exclude far better than we welcome.
Things were different as recently as 20 years ago. Back then, Ronald Reagan made it cool to be a Republican — it wasn’t just his specific policies, but the timeless truths he so eloquently gave voice to, and upon which his policies were based. That’s the Republican Party we must re-establish.
Read the rest. There is also an article that Newt Gingrich is competing with Steele for chairmanship of the RNC. Sorry, but if I’m given a say, Newt won’t get it. He may have rediscovered his conservative voice after being elected out of office but he’s got some making up to do. Michael Steele, on the other, never lost his conservative soul, but has been denied much of a voice due to those things outlined above. No one wanted to hear real conservative ideals, only what they thought would keep them in power.
If the RNC is depending on real conservatives to lead the party out of the wilderness, then they best give Steele the lead and Newt will just have to catch up and eat some crow before he’s really trustworthy again. Conservative leadership starts with choosing conservatives who never lost their way.
While Christmas is some time off as yet, yes, there is something to be cheerful about.
The invisible crown will not sit lightly on the president-elect. There is already some buyer’s remorse making the rounds in the MSM. I’m sure it’s just CYA more than remorse. Many of these thoughts could have/should have happened during the finally ended election.
The core problem is Obama, himself. He ran a great campaign, true, but in the speeches, the lofty rhetoric, the glitz and glamor, he promised to be “all things to all people.” His was a diverse coalition, made up of various groups, who all want different things. They will have profoundly competing ideas about what a President Obama should do.
Unfortunately, for him, the nation is still more conservative than liberal. Proposition 8 in California was shot down by the same people who voted for Obama. The success of the ballot has sparked a lot of rage on the left.
What of the MoveOn.org and DailyKos crowds? They played a huge part in getting him elected and they have certain expectations, many of which will run counter to what the nation as a whole wants. If he pleases the hefty lefties, he’s alienates the rest of the nation. However, if he doesn’t please them, the same machine they rolled out in support of him, will later be rolled out against him.
In his first speech addressing the nation, referring to the economic crisis:
“It is not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the hole that we are in,” Obama said at his first news conference since winning the presidency on Tuesday.
I find that rather laughable in terms of the electorate. I remember another President saying something similar in reference to the war on terror due to crises he inherited from the previous president. 9/11/01 was five years in the planning which means “on Clinton’s watch” along with “bad intelligence” on Iraq, which also stemmed from the Clinton administration.
Given what happened to the current president, the “buyer’s remorse”/CYA of the MSM media, no, I don’t think that invisible crown is going to sit lightly on Obama’s brow. The majority electorate seems to be stricken with “I want it and I want it now!” Sorry, guys, it’s just not going to happen and the irony is: Obama knows it now; what he has gotten himself into, and isn’t quite sure what to do about it. On election night, the look on his face as he realized the job is more than trappings and status, says it all. For somebody who just won the highest honor that Americans can give, he doesn’t look all that happy about it, does he?
Not to mention the laundry list of abuses Pelosi, Reid, et al. are waiting to heap upon an… I would say unsuspecting but I believe they’re beginning to suspect now… electorate.
Investors Business Daily Editorials seems to agree with me.
Is it time to say “Merry Christmas?” While it certainly looks dim right now, there are things to smile about. Had McCain won, we’d still be fighting for the conservative right to find a place in the “new politics”/new tone. Now, we have two to four years to reach out and present our message in a way that is easier for the average American to understand rather than the lofty terms that have been used thus far to define it. Those terms are meaningless to this generation, not to ignore how they are wrongly defined by the left.
So let’s get to work on ’10 and ’12, shall we?
Originally posted to RedState.
It’s easy to be manipulated, especially when you’re not looking for problems but are in solutions mode and are looking for gains rather than losses. Manipulators will look for the areas where you seek to gain the most and use them to hook in you in. They also sniff out your greatest fears of loss and use those to bring you into their schemes. They are so good at this you may not even be aware that it’s happening. They will play on your fear of loss and offer a way to avoid it.
Not only are you being manipulated, so is the electorate built of your constituents and theirs. They find the hot button issues, see who is most interested in them and go to work. They do this from both positions of authority or in the subordinate.
Manipulative tactics used by Democrats:
1.Charm: “we’re all in this together and though we may differ we all want what’s best,” promise of favors.
2.Silent treatment if you resist and refusal to do something that is wanted or deemed necessary until they get their way. Shutting Republicans out of committee meetings and discussions.
3.Coercion and threats to get you to do whatever it is they want done. Loading bills up with earmarks for pet projects because the initial bill is a crucial functioning of government but didn’t give them what they wanted and refusing to pass it without those earmarks; all the while complaining about the budget deficit and how much those necessary to government issues costs, i.e. the war in Iraq and other national security threats.
4.Reason: coming up with all kinds of reasons why it should be done and all the good things that will come of it and protestations they would be willing to do the same for you. Everything is almost always of noble purpose on the surface.
5.Regression. If you resist they pout, sulk, and throw tantrums.
6.Debasement: ridicule you using words that hurt such as: “you don’t care about .” We saw it with 9/11 when Bush was criticized and ridiculed for his initial response to being informed of it. Because it happened on “his watch” the fact that it was five years in the planning during Clinton’s watch was swept under the carpet. We saw it with Katrina and a host of other events. The manipulators are adept at sliding out from under responsibility for the events they set in motion or allow to happen without regard to real life consquences.
Come Monday, I’ll turn them into I.C.E. but in the meantime:
Group Electric Company, LLC.
330 Woodycrest Ave
Nashville, TN 37210
This company hires illegal aliens, then lays off American workers for: lack of work. At one time, there were 22 workers, 12 illegal. Now, there are 26 workers, with 18 illegals.
Change is coming. Every day it will get easier and easier to count because there will be less of it. I suppose all the anti-religious people will be happy. It’s kind of hard to have Christmas with this kind of change. Thanksgiving, too, for that matter.
Well, there are some who HOPED to get more than CHANGE but all they got was the change.
Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning. Police were called to the Obama campaign office on North Meridian Street downtown to control the crowd.
The line was long and the crowd was angry at times.
“I want my money today! It’s my money. I want it right now!” yelled one former campaign worker.
A former spokesman for the Obama campaign said 375 people were hired as part of the Vote Corps program and said people signed up to work three-hour shifts at a time. Three hours of canvassing got workers a $30 pre-paid Visa card. […]
Eventually people did start getting paid, but some said they were missing hours and told to fill in paperwork making their claim and that eventually they would get a check in the mail.
“Still that’s not right. I’m disappointed. I’m glad for the president, but I’m disappointed in this system,” said Diane Jefferson, temporary campaign worker.
“It should have been $480. It’s $230,” said Imani Sankofa.
“They gave us $10 an hour. So we added it. I added up all the hours so it was supposed to be at least $120. All I get is $90,” said Charles Martin.
“I worked nine hours a day for 4 days and got paid half of what I should have earned,” said Randall Waldon.
Some people weren’t satisfied with filling out a claim form for money they felt was still due to them.
“They say that they gonna call you or they going to mail it to you, but I don’t know. We’ll see what happens,” said Antron Grose.
“Talking about they’ll mail it to us. I ain’t worried about that, man. They’re not going to mail nothin’,” said Martin.
Ya know… in an economic turndown, it doesn’t pay to give people change when they believe they’re owed a lot more.
With the Obama win, predictions are beginning to come true less than 24 hours later. We knew it was going to happen. We just didn’t expect it the day after.
My husband was fired this morning, replaced by illegal aliens. It’s all some businesses have been waiting for, especially in the construction industry, because if immigration laws are not going to be enforced why should they pay for higher wage workers?
This is my husband:
My husband is a commercial/industrial electrician and has been one for 30 years. There is not much that he doesn’t know about the field. In the mid 90s he broke his back at the height of his career directing multi-million dollar projects. There was a time when he was told he’d never walk again and even if he did, he’d never work in the industrial electrical field. After almost a year in a wheelchair, undergoing surgery that has wired and bolted his back together, more time in painful discouraging physical therapy while in a body cast, he worked his way back into the electrical construction field he loves, albeit at a slower place and not nearly at the wages he used to make.
For being a working class person who loves his job, he has been looked down on by the left elititsts and the people who worship them. This is his reward for being a top notch electrician.
Where we go from here is anybody’s guess. I suppose it won’t really matter to anyone considering we’re the opposition and supposed to be destroyed, if Kos and Moveon.org are any indication of how much conservatives are hated.
At the moment, I’m too weary and too discouraged to know whether or not this blog will continue. My other blogging gig is closing down this morning and likely that will be the fate of most conservative blogs across the internet.
I don’t want to rain on your celebration too much so that’s all I’ll say for now. Congratulations to all you Obama supporters. I wish you well, in spite of yourselves.
The closer we get to The Day, events are moving faster and faster. It’s difficult to keep up with the events and get a real perspective on this national election. It’s a struggle to decide what to write and say to those who are undecided or what to say to those whose minds have been made up for some time. So, just a few things to consider as we move into Tuesday:
Voter Fraud: There’s a site called Election Journal which is tracking all the cases of voter fraud they can find. It’s worth a visit that might shock you with the various way voter fraud is being perpetrated.
Energy independence: Apparently Obama wants to bankrupt the Coal Industry, brazen enough to talk about it openly with a newspaper this close to election.
If that’s not enough to get your dander up, consider he also wants to “redefine agriculture“:
(2/3 into the article) I was just reading an article in the New York Times by Michael Pollen about food and the fact that our entire agricultural system is built on cheap oil. As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector. And in the mean time, it’s creating monocultures that are vulnerable to national security threats, are now vulnerable to sky-high food prices or crashes in food prices, huge swings in commodity prices, and are partly responsible for the explosion in our healthcare costs because they’re contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in healthcare costs. That’s just one sector of the economy. You think about the same thing is true on transportation. The same thing is true on how we construct our buildings. The same is true across the board.
If that’s not enough to get your riled, there’s this: Civilian National Security Force and Aunti Zeituni who is an illegal alien that Obama didn’t even know was in the States. Now, I don’t know how everybody else thinks but if a man can’t even help out a family member or keep in touch enough to even know where they are, how in the world is he going to keep his promises to this woman?
I’m sure everybody is just sick of Joe the Plumber but you gotta remember next time it could be you.
I’m not going to tell anybody who to vote for. I know who I’m voting for because there really is only one choice this election. If you give both your head and your heart equal voice, I believe you know, too. I’m counting on you, America, to preserve what has made us strong and unique among all the nations ever formed on the earth.
People are probably tired of hearing about “Joe the Plumber” by now, however, there are greater lessons beneath the surface that is largely being ignored:
I’ve stated on other blogs that I frequently visit that this is the worst case of killing the messenger as I’ve ever seen. Obama made a huge mistake. He was honest in an unguarded moment. For that mistake, Joe the Plumber and anybody else who does the same thing… ask a simple but challenging question… should fear the same sort of backlash.
I’m not… yet… but if I seem preoccupied, it’s because I am getting prepared for this eventuality, even while I work to prevent it.