Conservatives Must Learn The
Dark Arts Of Image Manipulation
- by J.R. Dunn - November 28th, 2012 - American Thinker
Okay, we've had the End of the Republic, the degenerate electorate thesis, and the ritual beating of Mitt Romney. I hope everybody has had their catharsis, because it's time to get serious.
It's typical in an election lost by the right [that] every last factor is poked at, examined, and raked over the coals except for the single most important element, always and forever overlooked: conservatism itself.
I contend that much of the problem with current right-of-center electoral efforts involves conservatism as currently practiced. This has nothing to do with conservative principles, or any public preference for moderation in politics. It has to do with how conservatism is expressed, and can be summed up as conservatism's failure to sell itself.
I really need to read more by J.R. Dunn. No one writes an article this insightful without there being more to him that is worth knowing. For quite some time I have been furious with the conservative movement for its failure to defend any of our leaders who the left has attacked. We have acted for decades as if we are unwilling to fight. One leader after another has been left to defend themselves from vicious attacks with no help from fellow conservatives. Even worse, as noted in the article by Mr. Dunn, many of our fellow conservatives take great glee in joining the attack and helping to ridiclue those the left has targetted for destruction. Dunn mentions the evisceration of Goldwater, but the same can be said of Nixon, Reagan, Quayle, Dole, Bush 1 and 2, McCain after he got the nomination, Palin and Romney.
Any act, no matter how trivial, is turned into a mocking and vicious characterization that smears the candidate. As my favorite example, how many remember that Quayle questioned the spelling of the word that was given to him as being wrong during the event. He was still denounced as a dunce for not being positive it was wrong. But that was not the way it was portrayed. It was portrayed as if he did not have a clue. It was false and derogatory, but NOT A SINGLE CONSERVATIVE CAME TO HIS DEFENSE. No one came to the defense of Sarah Palin either. She was smeared with lies that were ignorant they were so false. Yet most conservatives stood aside and expected her to respond alone. Some joined in the smearing.
The article by Dunn is spot on. Conservatives are losing, perhaps have lost, because they are not willing to accept this is a serious war for the soul of a nation. Our enemies, and they are most assuredly ENEMIES, are willing to fight dirty and lie to caricature conservatives. If we are to ever have a chance at victory, we must start to fight by the rules that our enemy has chosen. Alinsky is an evil technique. However pretending that we cannot respond in kind because we are better is stupid. Especially stupid when we lose again and again.
If we don't believe that freedom is worth fighting for by whatever rules are necessary to win, then we shall most assuredly become slaves to a tyranny that is worse than most can imagine. That may be the problem. Good people have a hard time visualizing just how evil tyranny can become.
We’re Heading For
by Janet Daley - November 17th, 2012 - London Telegraph
The whole of the West is falling into the economic black hole of permanent no-growth.
Forget about that dead parrot of a question – should we join the eurozone? The eurozone has officially joined us in a newly emerging international organisation: we are all now members of the Permanent No-growth Club. And the United States has just re-elected a president who seems determined to sign up too. No government in what used to be called “the free world” seems prepared to take the steps that can stop this inexorable decline. They are all busily telling their electorates that austerity is for other people (France), or that the piddling attempts they have made at it will solve the problem (Britain), or that taxing “the rich” will make it unnecessary for government to cut back its own spending (America).
Statism is inevitable. Government "regulated" economic activity will assure that the future is even worse than the recent past. Since the entire world will no longer have the engine of the United States to fuel productivity advances that even the socialists of Europe benefitted from, everyone is about to crumble into the chaos of Greece. Riots will become the norm as government goons protest the inability to gouge enough tax dollars to fund the style of living that was previously the norm.
The famous quote from Margaret Thatcher is about to become the reality of the world. Socialism fails when you run out of other people's money. Wealth creation will cease. Redistribution of a constantly shrinking pie will be hell on earth.
What Explains The Partisan Divide Between
Urban And Non-Urban Areas
by Mark Hendrickson - November 15th, 2012 - Forbes
One obvious explanation for the overwhelming Democratic majorities in big cities is the Curley effect with the corresponding concentration of Democratic constituencies like welfare recipients and unions, but there is more to it than that. The Curley effect has turned once-vibrant cities into economic basket cases, but what, then, can explain the perennial dominance of Democrats in such thriving, prosperous cities as Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco? Why do affluent, white-collar, highly educated citizens in these cities tend to be liberal and vote Democratic?
Sociologists could have a field day with this question, but the explanation could be something as simple as the fact that people who live in cities are relatively insulated from how difficult and challenging it can be to produce the food, energy, equipment, devices, etc., that comprise the affluence that urbanites enjoy. In their urban cocoons, city-dwellers take for granted the abundance and availability of the economic goods that they consume. For instance, many well-to-do, educated urbanites see no downside to supporting stricter regulations and higher taxes on energy producers, because to them, energy is something that is always there at the flip of a switch (except during the occasional hurricane, as some New Yorkers recently discovered). Life in the city for affluent Americans creates the illusion that all they have to do is demand something and—presto! — it will be there when they want it.
Men have long been divided into those that take, those that exist and those that produce. America was a unique nation that for the first time, restricted the takers and glorified the producers. It ignored the existers because when we first started this nation, existers had little option. Life was so tough not many of them survived. However for the producers to be on top has rarely been the state of mankind. Today, we are returning to the natural order of mankind. Slavery. And as has long been the cause of that problem, the takers will be on top and the producers will be the slaves. Unfortunately, that means the producers will have little incentive to produce, and the poverty will be rampant as a result. Nothing new there.
The Democrats have built themselves a pyramid scheme of Babel and it's fools, suckers and marks all the way down, Popular culture, the media and politics becomes one
by Daniel Greenfield - November 11th, 2012 - Canada Free Press
Come right in and step right up. See the bright lights and the oddities of nature. Inside, folks, for the low price of twenty-two trillion dollars, you can see Binders of Women, Team Big Bird and entire reams of green windmills and fields full of bayonets and horses. Here lies become the truth and everything is full of sugar. And the highlight of the show will be Barack, the Exotic Prince from the Wilds of Indonesia and Kenya, with a special appearance by Oprah and a hologram of JFK. Here in the Carnival of Fools, the party never stops and no one ever has to pay the bill.
“There’s a sucker born every minute,” a famous connoisseur of them once said. And suckers are big business. Very big business indeed. But don’t feel too sorry for the sucker. The sucker is a creature composed of ignorance and greed. He believes in his own specialness. He believes that he can fool other people into giving him their money, when actually he is the one being fleeced. The mark is an aspiring scammer who is too dumb to realize that nothing in life is free and the scam is on him.
You cannot allow the socialist extremists to brain wash your children for generation after generation without there being a price to pay when their ability to think has been so corrupted they rationalize like idiots. That is where we are. America has become a nation of idiots, marks, who think that "other people's money" is their's for the taking if they simply vote for the right con artist. The master of con artists is the Magic Marxist Messiah. The suckers cannot get enough. Even those who reject the con have stepped aside and let him run his con on a nation in which they are trapped. So they did not vote because they were deluded into thinking that the cop who is trying to arrest the con man and put him out of business is as evil as the con man himself. That makes them idiots as well because they too will have to pay off the debts the con man leaves behind. At a minimum.
It could be worse because another problem exists in this particular scam. The end of the scam is not just when the metaphorical sun comes up. The end of the scam can also end with a different kind of sun. A real sun (of a sort) that does not just shine light on the scam. That sun is called nuclear bombs. It is all too likely that the wake up call America will get will be when the nuclear bombs start to slaugther the marks using the horrible heat and light that our enemies so enjoy.
Where We Go From Here
by Selwyn Duke - November 7th, 2012 - American Thinker
I have never been so unhappy to be right. I've long said that Barack Obama would win re-election, and two weeks ago I stated as much in print. In making this prediction, I was almost alone among traditionalist pundits, with some, such as Dick Morris (Mr. Batting Zero), actually forecasting a Mitt Romney landslide. And, no, I'm not pointing this out to numb despair with some perverse kind of gloating, like a man consumed in flames looking to suck on an ice cube. It's because of why I knew that Romney would lose: America is lost. And there is something to be found, but not unless good people understand what truly lies ahead.
America is heading toward a dark winter.
Interesting article. There are some excellent points here. I plan to expand my thoughts about the recent loss when I am not so tired, but I wanted to get the article posted here as a place holder for further discussion. It is certainly a great starting point...
Racial Divide Worse Under Obama
by Star Parker - November 5th, 2012 - Townhall.com
If Barack Obama’s election has had little or no impact on improving racial politics or changing the sense that blacks must be viewed as a special political class, what exactly, practically, has it meant?
Rather than making things better, it has really made matters worse.
From the perspective of Democrat voting blacks, the implications of a black president was not a more racially just America. It was about assuming there would be a man in the White House more prepared to sign off on special political treatment for blacks. To the extent this has not happened, there has been dissatisfaction.
From the perspective of conservatives, tensions have increased because criticism of Obama’s big government liberalism has been spun as racially motivated.
The Obama presidency has not ushered in a new era of racial tranquility because, despite all the hype, it’s not what it has been about.
I am reminded of a comment made by a local black leader a couple of years back. "Whites have to get used to us getting what we want. With Barack Obama President, it is our turn on top."
That attitude is totally consistent with Star Parker's article. Blacks are not ready to end affirmative action, they want it increased. They demand even greater pressure be exerted to give blacks "equality". By that they mean equality of outcome, not equality of opportunity.
They do not care that despite blacks being only 12.5% of the national population, they have 18% of all federal jobs. They do not care if that is fair or not. Like Obama, what they see as their fair share is half the federal jobs, because they are half the population of Washington, D.C.
Black are outraged that they only have 16% of the NFL coaching jobs for the same reason. That it exceeds their share of the population is again, to them, irrelevant. On this issue, one player insisted that since 70% of the players are black making them the majority, ALL the coaches should be black. Black players should not have to take orders from a white man.
Colin Powell can give all the explanations he wants, his support for Barack Obama is based purely on the color of his skin. Martin Luther King would be turning over in his grave, assuming he really meant what whites thought he meant when he asked for equality of opportunity in a society that looked not to the color of a person's skin but the content of their character. Blacks today demand everything be based on skin color. Character be damned.
Racist Rant By Obama's
2009 Inauguration Preacher
by Ben Shaprio - October 31st, 2012 - Breitbart
[Dr. Joseph] Lowery blasted blacks who didn’t bother showing up to the polls for Obama in 2008. “I don't know what kind of a nigger wouldn't vote with a black man running. All that he did with the stimulus was genius. Nobody intelligent would risk this country with Romney."
He also said that when he was younger, he thought all white people were going to hell. Then he “mellowed and just said most of them were.” Now, the Reporter said, Lowery said he’s back to his original view. All white people are going to hell.
Barack Obama's new preacher, the one he started relying on after Jeremiah Wright exploded with his "God Damn America" rant, is just as racist as his old preacher.