Wednesday, January 23, 2013

An Answer to My Critics

Republicans are in a lose-lose situation today. It does no good to whine about the unfairness of it all, or to act as if it were not true. Obama and the Democrats have the power to head off any changes in direction and to push executive actions to the limit. However, blue states are collapsing all around us, and change is bubbling up as the liberal agenda gathers steam on the federal level, but is laid bare at the state level. Either the overall economy will improve because America is strong enough to overcome the catastrophic policies of Obama and the statists, or the economy will get much worse because of those policies. If the economy improves, the need for government programs to ease the pain of the housing crash will diminish noticeably, and more voters will start paying attention again to the financial crisis caused by the unsustainability of entitlement programs. If the economy worsens, as I think it will, even clueless Americans will put two and two together.

The key right now is not to allow Obama to blame Republicans for a government shutdown, as Clinton did to Gingrich’s House, and to hold the line on new spending. It is critical that the Republican base understand where we are right now so that we can keep the house in 2014, and have a chance at recapturing the Presidency and the Senate in 2016.

Eating our own

Sally Zelikovsky January 22, 2013 American Thinker

Whoa! Some of the comments to Mike Razar's "Lessons from the NRA Ad" were way out of line. Sometimes, I can see the conservative movement disintegrating right before my very eyes-to the great delight of lefties the world over.

Conservatives of all stripes need to take a deep breath and calm down. People are scared. Anxiety levels are flying high. Conservatives are worried about the rest of our lives in this country-will it remain the America we know and love? Will our kids enjoy the same opportunities and freedoms we had growing up? How extensive will Obama's fundamental transformation be and will we be able to reverse it once we are back in power or will the damage be done? How vulnerable will this make us to outside threats? I could go on....

We are shocked at the double speak and lies emanating from our President and the Pravda-like collaboration he enjoys from a complicit press that serves at his beck and call. The Inauguration was particularly painful for those of us who campaigned hard for a qualified, intelligent and humble man who got eaten alive not only by the President and his minions, but at times, even from his own.

We are honest to the point of fault. We carelessly air our dirty laundry for the left to steal off the lines. Our punditry often does us more harm than good with their analyses and evaluations. You don't see any of that coming from the left.

One thing we can agree on: the progressive movement in this country seeks to divide us. But with articles and comments all over the conservative blogosphere damning the Tea Party, vilifying John Boehner, cursing "establishment" Republicans, scapegoating Karl Rove, dredging up neo-cons, finger pointing at RINOs and pitting Tea Partier against Republican against Ron Paul Libertarian against social conservative, well, we don't need to worry about the left-we're doing their work for them just fine.

Mr. Razar didn't do anything wrong other than make a suggestion which is worth considering. Even though that NRA ad was hard-hitting, we took it on the chin because of the reference to the First Daughters. Perhaps, we could have had the same hard hitting message without having handed the left that victory.

In our Tea Party group we talk about messaging, language and optics ALL THE TIME. It's a fact a life. And if you needed any more proof of it, just look at this last election. Facts didn't matter. Reality was irrelevant. All that mattered was the story told-the more it hit you in the gut where it could generate a knee jerk response, the better. Reactions like "OMG! Romney puts women in binders! He's bad for gays! And the middle class! Oh, and dogs!" resonated with more people than his record on all of the above, the facts about the economy and the reality about the "recovery."

And, if this impression can be generated in a 15-30 second sound bite, conservatives will watch any democrat candidate ride that sound bite right into the Oval Office.

Not long ago, I merely suggested to a group proposing an immigration initiative in California, that they consider having the spokesperson be anyone other than a white male. In my world, whoever is best qualified should be the spokesperson, but I don't live in MY world. I live in THEIR world and it's not so much that we have to play by their rules, but we could all benefit by taking a few pages out of their playbook from time-to-time. We aren't compromising on our principles if we do that. It's just smart politics.

Two of the people heavily involved with this initiative stopped talking to me because I had the audacity to make that suggestion. We conservatives are something. Not only do we do our own dividing, we also turn around and demand civil discourse when we aren't even capable of delivering it ourselves.

How many conservative groups do you know that have broken apart because of infighting due to a difference of opinion or strategy? How many dysfunctional central committees are you familiar with? Our Tea Party group arranged CityWatch groups for all of the cities and towns in the Bay Area. Many of them failed before they even started because the participants couldn't agree on a strategy. How can we possibly win elections?

Go ahead. Disagree with one another, but do it respectfully and no matter what the ultimate outcome, stick together. And if you consider yourself a conservative but want things to go only your way all the time and will only vote R if your particular preference for a candidate is elected, decide thusly: you are either with the majority when push comes to shove or, if you cannot bring yourself to do that, instead of destroying the party from within, consider doing your own thing somewhere else.

That's what the left does and they're running the country, they own the schools, the control the media and manage the pop culture. If you want to continue living in this dystopian new-fangled America, keep up with the infighting, divisiveness, and uncivil discourse. But, if you want your freedom back, find a way to work together even when there is disagreement.

Post Script: By writing this, I am violating my own code by speaking out about dissension within the ranks, but it is out of hand and we are blindly walking into the fire. It has to stop.


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At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was said, "The key right now is not to allow Obama to blame Republicans for a government shutdown, as Clinton did to Gingrich’s House, and to hold the line on new spending."

How are the republicans or conservatives not going to get blamed for anything wrong that occurs?

According to John Dickerson, of CBS news and Slate, the objective is to destroy the republicans and conservative or any one who challenges Obama.

They destroyed Mitt Romney, who while not a conservative, still called himself a Republican.

What did the media do to a basically honest and good guy? They attacked, lied, distorted and did anything they could to destroy him.

The only thing that might slow them down is attack, attack and attack.

The media will make you as bad as they can. But they are going to try to destroy any opposition anyway. Just research the remarks of Dickerson and comments about his remarks in

At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

I'm am so disgusted with the Republicans in the way that they grilled Hillary Clinton yesterday. She bamboozled all of them. She did her homework and had all the answers while some of the Republicans neglected to ask the right questions. McCain asked too many questions all at once, while others gave speeches. What a pack of idiots! She snookered them. Why couldn't the GOP enlist the help of Col. Ralph Peters or Col. David Hunt? Any one of these to guys could have coached the GOP members of that committee in what to ask and how to ask the questions. It's pretty evident that the Democrats with their softball tactics and butt kissing demeanor couldn't care less about the real truth or the four lives that were lost.
What a joke they all are including the Republicans. This really burns me up. I don't think we'll ever have any justice in this country.

At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep it up! Whenever any of you suggests that an extreme right wing platform may not win elections, he is summarily dismissed from the Republican Party as a RINO or even a marxist by someone even farther to the right. Soon there'll be nobody remaining who's pure enough to satisfy what's left of the conservative movement.

I'm not a Republican but I think this country needs at least two viable political parties. Without a loyal opposition we'll have a nation like Mexico under the PRI, essentially a dictatorship.

At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was said, "The key right
now is not to allow Obama
to blame Republicans for a government shutdown..."

From the American Thinker
an article that does not
support this view:

By William L. Gensert

“On November 6, 2012, almost
66 million Americans traded
the nation's future for a
chance to worship a false god.

In a country of over 315
million people, a minority
of eligible voters traded prosperity for the illusion
of forced fairness.

“Barack Obama, redolent with
the stench of false supremacy,
is now convinced that he is
the greatest man to have ever lived – not too difficult a
task, since he had always suspected as much anyway.

“In any case, he now
searches for battles to
win -- he doesn't care what
they are or the impact they
have on the nation. He
simply wants to be seen as invincible, victorious and
most of all, transformational.

"What difference does it make
at this point?" Hillary Clinton

“nomination[s] … designed to
give Obama another opportunity
to destroy all opposition and perhaps afterward, stride down
a boulevard somewhere where adoring adorers can throw palm
fronds at his feet, he is after all, the "second coming."

“Barack Obama must be opposed, vocally and vociferously on
all fronts -- confronted and ridiculed, just as he does
to his opposition…

“It doesn't matter what the media says -- they have smeared their
lipstick in service of Barack
for a long time and will
continue to do so -- we will
never win with them.

“When we dare to stop caring
how successful we look to
people, caring people will
dare to look at us as

“Until then, it's the
message, morons -- and we
have allowed Barack Obama
to control the message for
way too long.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Anonymous, I would rather win the next election than indulge myself in fantasies.


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