The Loss of Conservatism

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If the major news media has succeeded today in discouraging conservatives from voting, the trifecta will be complete – Legislative, Executive, and Media.

The blame for such a loss can be spread to many people. Let’s start at the top.

I like President Bush, and I threw my entire support behind him for the Iraq War. I think he is a good, honest President. But as a communicator, he failed. The left managed to brand him with a paint of hate, and Bush stoically didn’t respond. Terrible mistake. He also mistakenly believed he could appease the left with vastly expanded programs; Medicare, prescription drugs, No Child Left Behind, etc. Soon the spending of the Republicans put the spending of the Liberals to shame.

McCain reflects that belief that if we’re more liberal, liberals will like us. They don’t. And they can out-liberal us any day of the week. The real reason Republicans are losing is that once in power, they forgot they were the party of limited government. Just like the elder George Bush losing office because of his broken “No new taxes” pledge, the Republicans are being voted out of office because they are too liberal.

Americans won’t stand for the ultra-liberal policies about to be imposed on us, but by the time the Democrats are tossed out, the next incremental step toward a socialist nanny-state will be firmly in place. We’re about to lurch to the left

But much of their agenda — the “card check” proposal to end secret ballots in union elections, the Fairness Doctrine to stifle conservative talk radio, liberal judicial nominees, trade restrictions, retreat from Iraq, talks with Iran — doesn’t require spending. And after 14 years of Republican control of Congress, the presidency, or both, Democrats are impatient. They want to move quickly.

They’ll be able to do this because they hold nearly fillibuster-proof majorities, a far left puppet president who will vote “present” rather than tackle hard issues, and an ecstatic liberal news media. Toss in the liberal court system they will immediately appoint, and conservatism will be a little-remembered philosophy confined to the flyover states.

Conservatives, we did this to ourselves by trying to out-liberal the liberals. I sure hope we learn the lesson this time. We only win when we hold to our conservative principles. We didn’t do that thel ast 4 years, and we’re about to pay heavily for it.

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Katrina and Social Security Reform

These two topic shouldn’t go together, but if the Angry Left can combine hurricanes and racism, then I can combine hurricanes and Social Security reform. 😛

Ted Kennedy, liberal stalwarth, said recently, “what the heck is a stalwarth? Did you misspell ‘stalworth’? What kind of cheesy website are you running?” Then he said, “What the American people have seen in this incredible disparity in which those people who had cars and money got out, and those people who were impoverished died.”

Teddy is on to something. Who were the people who did not have cars and money? They were people dependent on the government. And not a small conservative government, either, but a liberal Democrat decades of spending goverment. What socially liberal programs bred in New Orleans was an entire class of people living below the poverty line and dependent on government handouts. People who looted and fired shots at rescuers when the government couldn’t be there for them.

What did the government do for them in a time of emergency? The government bused them to the Superdome without sufficient food or water, then left them stranded there so they could rape and maim each other.

Social dependency on the goverment is a bad idea. This includes lifetime welfare and depending on Social Security for your retirement when you’re old. It’s a bad idea for nationalized healthcare, Medicare, and prescription drugs. That’s why private Social Security accounts, designed to give the poorest of the poor a lifetime personal savings account they can pass to their children, makes good sense.

Once people have a vested interest in their local and national security with a sense of ownership, then people will take care of what they own instead of looting and shooting at it.

More info on this topic at OpinionJournal.

Best Cheney Zinger

Dick Cheney, who has served under 4 U.S. Presidents, gave by far the best zinger of the night when he said to Senator John Edwards:

Senator, frankly, you have a record in the Senate that’s not very distinguished. You missed 33 out of 36 meetings in the Judiciary Committee. Almost 70% of the meetings of the Intelligence Committee. You’ve missed a lot of key votes on tax policy, on energy, on Medicare reform. Your hometown newspaper has taken to calling you Senator Gone. You’ve got one of the worst attendance records in the United States Senate. Now, in my capacity as Vice President I am the President of the Senate, the presiding officer. I’m up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they’re in session. The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight.