Conservatives to Republicans: Follow Us or Fold Up Your Big Tent

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

How many times have we heard this line of crap: Republicans need to broaden their base. We need to be the party of the “Big Tent”. Are you as sick of hearing that as I?

 

And from whom do we constantly hear it? It’s always the same crowd; the moderates, the RINOs, the aisle crossers.

 

Oh, and we also it hear from the Democrats. Have you ever noticed how often the dems offer Republicans advice on how to win elections? It’s mighty decent of them to wish us to be more competitive. Makes no sense, does it? It would be like Tom Brady telling the New York Jets defense: “Look, my shoulder aches a little today, so don’t worry about me throwing the football long. Just concentrate on defending the short stuff and you’ll beat us.” Yes, that will ever happen. Brady is as concerned with the Jets winning as the Democrats are about us.

 

Yet our wizards of smart, from politicians to “conservative” pundits to Republican consultants, all fall for it, year after year.

 

And why? I contend that they have no other strategy. They don’t know what else to do. And if one was to give it some thought, you’d realize the “Big Tent” goal is unattainable. There will always be some group left out of the “Big Tent”.

 

It’s similar to the lefties dream of a socialist utopia. They’ll say: “We just haven’t spent enough to achieve the goal”. Well, there’s not enough money on the planet to “achieve the goal”. But they’ll keep insisting that is the only problem with the idea.

 

No real conservative has any problem with the Big Tent theory. We welcome everyone. We’re just not willing to prostitute ourselves or water down our values just to get more voters into the tent. But some certainly are. That’s precisely why the Rubio’s and Ryan’s have spearheaded the immigration bill debacle. They don’t know what else to do. They appear to rely on the advice of our idiot consultants, who are really glorified bookies. Win or lose, they get paid. What a racket.

 

Just a couple of weeks ago Rand Paul said: “We need to have a bigger, broader and more appealing message.” That sounds good, but he also said: “I think things like liberty, things like your privacy, things like defending the Fourth Amendment, I think they are important things and they can help us grow the party.”

 

Huh? How many people even know what the Fourth Amendment says? Not many. Now watch a 1984 Reagan campaign commercial:

 

 

There you go. Big, broad ideas; dealing with emotions, with few statistics. That will fill the tent. Not some lecture on the fourth amendment, as much as most may need it.

 

Reagan wasn’t so universally popular because of his groundbreaking policy ideas. He had a simple vision of American greatness expressed in plain English – not political doubletalk.

 

He built it and they did come. Reagan’s American “Field of Dreams” can be replicated. We just need to support the right people – jettison the moderates and consultants and as in Reagan’s commercial, take our vision directly to the people.

Republicans vs. Conservatives

 

One difference between the two major parties is that Democrats harness the energy of their base to fight legislative battles; Republicans make end-runs around their base to obviate their energy.

Let’s examine the GOP’s strategy for dealing with immigration.  Instead of harnessing their energy to fight amnesty and hang it around the necks of Democrats in the red state electoral landscape next year, they are trying to outflank the conservative base with subterfuge in order to pass amnesty.  National Journal has an inside story of the strategy:

House Republicans head home for the August break having done little to pass immigration reform, falling well short of Speaker John Boehner’s goal of voting on legislation before next week’s monthlong recess begins. But far from a failure of leadership, top House Republicans are casting the inaction as a tactical play designed to boost reform’s chances.

Keeping immigration on the back-burner helps avoid a recess filled with angry town-hall meetings reminiscent of the heated August 2009 protests where the backlash against health care reform coalesced. Doing nothing also starves Democrats of a target, Republicans argue.

“August was a central part of our discussions. People don’t want to go home and get screamed at,” a House GOP leadership aide said.

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Moderates Don’t Heart Ted Cruz

Bill Kristol has about had it with Ted Cruz.

In a radio conversation Thursday morning, the Weekly Standard founder and multi-platform pundit made sure to establish a base coat of respect, even admiration for the energetic and courageous conservatism of Texas’ freshman Senator.

But he grows weary of what he perceives as attacks from the Defund Obamacare chorus that anyone preferring another path must be an unfit warrior in the battle against the fraudulently-named Affordable Care Act.

The community distancing from the Defund movement contains people I have long respected, from Bill Bennett to Charles Krauthammer to Texas’ other Senator, John Cornyn.

All point to the near certainty that the defund effort will fail on the Senate floor, and succeed only in marginalizing the Republican party with another government shutdown PR disaster.

They have a point. And it’s probably not helpful to refer to them as members of a “surrender caucus.”

But rather than quibble over the word choices of Cruz, Utah Senator Mike Lee and others rallying around them, I prefer to examine why I will stand with the defund effort until it breathes its last.

Massive tyranny requires bold response. Obamacare is not just another big-government bad idea that can be whittled and trifled with by detail guys like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. It is a scourge of epic proportions, the most stunning hijacking of our economy and our liberties in modern times.

Parsing the poisonous pages of the Affordable Care Act gives the impression that this is just another in a series of noble pushbacks that Republicans will mount in the Obama era.

It is no such thing. It is an attack that necessitates a reply that reflects our outrage.

We all know it passed, and that it is “the law of the land.” Well, here’s another matter of law– Congress holds the purse strings, even to measures that have passed. If they can legally turn off the money spigot to fend off this nightmare, that is as legitimate an exercise of public will as its hasty, ramshackle passage in March 2010.

Now to the skeptics’ points:

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Be Kinder and Gentler

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Yes, we must be kinder, gentler and more compassionate. In other words, stop being so consistently conservative for we all know conservatives are cold, mean and heartless.

The inside the Beltway crowd been shouting this at Republicans for decades. Our wonderful consultants have been telling candidates and incumbents alike that they must soften, they must move to the center and learn the art of compromise.

Well, frankly I’m tired of hearing it and tired of hearing from them. I am also tired of hearing that politics is somehow different. It’s different having to win over voters to get elected. Even Rush Limbaugh constantly says that it is different for him on the radio. He says it’s easier for him because he doesn’t have to try to win votes.

Well I disagree! Most citizens live their lives as conservatives, whether they know it or not. They have regular jobs (for now), they have a home, raise their kids, pay their bills, etc. They have rules the family abides by. You know the saying “my house, my rules”. Every family, either spoken or not, has a set of core values and beliefs they live by and will not compromise away.

So why is politics so different? Well, in my opinion it is not, but somehow a perception was developed long ago that insists it is.

The consultants tell the politicians they must look a certain way. They must act a certain way and say certain things just to get elected.

I’d like to say that voters today are more sophisticated and intelligent but that would be wrong. They most certainly are not. But they/we do have access to more information than ever before, so it’s easier to catch a politician when they lie, which is often.

One thing that hasn’t changed – here we go again – human nature. While it’s true that most people/voters are not as well informed as we, most can still smell line of crap when politicians double speak.

Politics and elections are simply made to appear difficult because it keeps the consultants and powerbrokers in business. Every word, every look, every phrase must be focus group tested, as if they are trying to con us into voting for their guy.

Most point to Ronald Reagan as a great president and consummate winner. Well that’s true, he was and the number one reason he was was not because of policy. It was because he was real. He wasn’t a policy wonk or a slick talking baby kisser.

He spoke as a real person. His speeches, I believe most of which he wrote himself, connected with people because they understood and could relate to him. People heard him speak and came away thinking, yeah, I believe him.

How many politicians can you say that of today? Not many I would guess.

This is why, in my opinion, Ted Cruz may be this generations Ronald Reagan. I say maybe for I know Washington could probably corrupt Christ. The Democrats and the press despise him and the Republicans hate him. It was the same for Reagan. The moderate country club Republicans couldn’t stand Reagan.

Cruz, like Reagan is overcoming them all and winning the day. He is bold and not afraid to speak the truth. And for this he is winning support of many like us.

We need more like Ted Cruz. Many more. Ones who will stop listening to the press and fire the pinheaded moderate consultants. Maybe then will more Ronald Reagans come forward with the courage to speak their mind and lead.

Reagan is Still Right

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It appears there is a full-court press from all sides on the few conservatives remaining in Congress and especially the Senate, Ted Cruz in particular.

I guess when I think about it,  it’s not from all sides. It’s more like a semicircle, with people attacking from different points of the same side of the circle; center left, far left, etc.

The usual suspects from MSNBC, CNN and the like are pummeling the conservatives, the real ones. But they, Cruz in particular, are all the sudden being attacked virtually every day by Republican moderates.

It’s as if some marching order has gone out to the “RINO Coalition”, past and present, to take these upstarts out before they gain any more traction or support from the great unwashed (that would be us).

Has everyone in government read Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”? I ask because this is a classic Alinsky tactic. Conservatives like Cruz must be isolated. I realize it is not just Cruz but he has become the de facto whipping boy.

Take Bob Dole for example. When was last time you saw Dole, on an E. D. Commercial? Why has he picked now to speak out?

I always liked Dole. He is obviously a war hero, badly injured in World War II. He must be thanked and respected for that. He appears to be a genuinely good guy. The same could be said of both George Bushs. But he, like the Georges, is a moderate, a RINO. Dole is from the “Cross the Aisle” crowd.

I was going to say, back when the Republicans thought the Democrats were more reasonable, but I’ll stop myself. Most Democrats are no more radical now than they have been. They’ve  just “come out of the shadows”.  A little illegal immigration humor there. But in my opinion, they are no more radical than was Woodrow Wilson.

So why the big RINO push now? Do they have some internal polling telling them that Republican voters are tired of compromise and Democrat lite posturing that are groups like the “Gang of 8” plus some?

By now most have seen or heard of Dole’s recent interview on Fox news Sunday. Why Fox? Two reasons, in my humble opinion. First, more people watch and trust Fox than any other network. Second and I believe more important: Republicans and conservatives watch Fox. They don’t watch MSNBC, CNN or the major networks for their news. The moderates must feel they need to get ahead of Cruz and company and they know Dole is well respected and well liked.

Frankly, I think the conservative reception for the Rand Paul filibuster a few months back was a wake-up call to Republicans squishes. It seemed to electrify conservatives.

The progressive big government Republicans cannot have a repeat of the 2010 elections, leaving them to deal with possibly even more Ted Cruzs.

In the interview, Dole expressed his disappointment in how far right the current Republican Party has shifted. Huh? He proclaimed: “I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says ‘closed for repairs’ until New Year’s Day next year and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.”

Really Bob? The national committee needs repairs all right but it certainly isn’t due to Reince Priebus being too conservative. Dole should actually love the RNC, with their practice of abandoning conservatives.

Olympia Snowe chimed in saying she agreed with Dole. Shocker! She said she worked with Dole when she arrived in Washington. She described him as a consensus builder. Red Flag! She laments that consensus building has been lost on Capitol Hill. The red flag is for the word “consensus”. It’s squishy code for cross the aisle and vote with Democrats.

Dole continued by claiming not even Ronald Reagan could get along with the right wing radicals (my words, not his) infesting his sacred halls of government.

Well, let’s just here for ourselves what Ronaldus Magnus had to say about taking on the establishment:

So tell me Bob how Reagan couldn’t function within the Republican Party. He sounds more like Limbaugh or Beck than any moderate. I think you’re right though. As Reagan described, Cruz, Lee and the guys are finding it difficult to deal with the moderate party.

Does any of this sound like history repeating – the Romney loss? Some 4 million conservatives stayed home in 2012.

All these years later and still the moderates are misguided and Reagan is still right.

Rove and the Soft Center

It’s Time to Declare War on Karl Rove and his ‘Conservative Defeat Project’

The New York Times is reporting “that the ‘biggest donors in the Republican Party’ have joined forces with Karl Rove and Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, to create the Conservative Victory Project.”

The Conservative Victory Project is a direct attack on the Tea Party and its conservative agenda to bring the GOP back to fiscal conservatism and a renewed moral culture that includes opposition to State-sanctioned abortion and State-promoted homosexual marriage, to name just two important social issues

The Times article states that “dedicate itself to ‘recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s effort to win control of the Senate.’”

People like Rove were content to have Richard Lugar of Indiana win re-election. He was one of his guys.

Karl Rove has been a disaster for conservatives ever since the door was opened to him to orchestrate the direction of the Republican Party. As you probably know, there are two main factions in the GOP: social conservatives and fiscal conservatives. But there’s another group that does not have a name yet and I’m not clever enough to come up with one. Corporate Welfarists might suffice until someone can come up with a better moniker.

They are Republicans who like the flow of free money just as much as Democrats do. They just like it directed at their kind of people. They’re not against stimulus money as long as it’s simulating their fat-cat donors.  Continue Reading

 

 

Where Did All the Voters Go?

When I am wrong, I’ll be the first to admit it. Well, I was wrong. Not that Romney wasn’t and isn’t a good man, but that I thought it was the one thing we needed; the thing the country craved. I believed more people would come to learn what I know of president Obama; that he’s not a good man.

I convinced myself that it was okay that Mitt wasn’t a true conservative, that being a good, honest man was enough. He is both those things. Probably a better man than I will ever be.

I bought in and am the worse for it.

Well, it wasn’t enough and I, for one, will try to never again make that mistake. I will try to never compromise again. I will resist allowing my gut instinct to be swayed.

I have preached to others for years that compromise is the easy path. Once you’ve compromised the first time, it just blurs the line you didn’t wish to cross. The line keeps advancing, leading you further away from your core and what you knew was right and just.

I am a conservative and I will only support conservative candidates and will only promote those with similar views.

As I discover and uncover more of why we lost this election, I am becoming convinced, going forward, to trust my original instincts and block out the noise. If I go down in flames, so be it.

Many republican wizards of smart have tried to explain that Romney and the republicans were just not sensitive enough to groups like Hispanics, women and homosexuals.

The problem we have is not a changing demographic, it is and has always been the countryclub, moderate wing of the republican party; insiders that choose our candidates for us. Those who believe the more moderate “electable” candidate is the only way to win were wrong and will continue to be wrong.

Our job as conservatives is to educate and try to rest control of the GOP from the moderates. Let’s please get away from the “Next man up” syndrome.

What Major Demographic Shift?

By: Tara Servatius

Conservatives need to take a collective breath and look closer at the numbers before they buy into the idea that GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s defeat was due to some kind of national demographic shift that now makes Democrat presidential candidates’ armor impenetrable.  Before you give in to the hysteria, here are a few things to keep in mind.

First, Barack Obama’s re-election showing was actually pretty unimpressive for a guy whose philosophies voters have supposedly adopted.  As of this writing on Wednesday, Obama’s vote total stood at an unimpressive 60,119,958.  That’s about what John Kerry got in 2004 (59,028,444).  President George W. Bush actually did far better than Obama in his 2004 reelection quest, posting a vote total that was about 2 million higher (62,040,610) than what Obama got on Tuesday.  That’s hardly a remarkable finish in a country with a population that has increased.  In fact, it’s a decline of 9 million votes from Obama’s 2008 total.

Had Romney (57,425,441) done as well as McCain did in 2008 (59,934,814), he and Obama would have run neck and neck, virtually matching each other’s vote totals.  That’s hardly the stuff of demographic ruin.

The question Republicans and conservatives need to ask is not why voters showed up for Obama, whose turnout wasn’t exactly extraordinary, but why millions of their own voters, people who had pulled the lever for Bush and McCain, didn’t do the same for Romney or simply stayed home.

Why did Romney get a full 2 million fewer votes than McCain did?  Why did those voters pull the lever for McCain, but not for Romney?  Who were they, and where did they go?  That is what Republican and conservative strategists need to find out.

Is it possible that Republicans and conservative-leaning independents just weren’t that wild about the guy?

Romney, you’ll remember, was not exactly popular with the GOP base through two primaries — the first of which he lost outright, and the second of which he won because, quite frankly, all the other candidates were largely unpresentable on the national stage.  Remember, Romney won just 52 percent of the votes cast in the primary — hardly a resounding send-off from his own party. Worse yet, Romney carried just 3 out of 43 states with 70-plus percent of the vote, compared to an average of more than 15 states by previous presumptive GOP nominees.

Evangelicals have always been suspicious of Romney’s Mormonism.  In fact, just days before the election, Paul Ryan had a phone teleconference with Evangelical leaders to rally them.  And the exasperation with Romney’s flip-flopping habit originated on the right, not on the left, and was well-known.  What’s more, the GOP’s anti-abortion wing has never been entirely comfortable with him the way they were with George W. Bush.  And some of the party’s base has wandered into the Tea Party and Ron Paul camps, where Romney was never fully welcomed, if embraced at all.

To understand Romney’s loss, we need to look not just at what Obama’s voters are doing, but what ours are up to as well.

A Beltway Moderate Speaks

By: Robert Bowen

With comments by the Common Constutionalist [ ]

Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan staffer Peggy Noonan said in a Wall Street Journal video released Thursday that Mitt Romney “looked Weak today.” She added, “At one point, he had a certain slight grimace on his face when he was taking tough questions from the reporters. And I thought, ‘He looks like Richard Nixon.’ ”

Noonan was referring to Romney’s news conference Wednesday morning were he doubled down on his attacks on President Obama after the killing of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya.

On Fox News Wednesday Noonan said “I don’t feel that Mr. Romney has been doing himself any favors, say in the past few hours, perhaps since last night,” She added, “Sometimes when really bad things happen, when hot things happen, cool words or no words is the way to go.” [ And sometime things just have to be said, whether moderates recoil from it or not ]

She tried to give Romney some advice saying “I think… that in times of great drama and heightened crisis, and in times when something violent has happened to your people, I always think discretion is the better way to go,” Noonan said. “When you step forward in the midst of a political environment and start giving statements on something dramatic and violent that has happened, you’re always leaving yourself open to accusations that you are trying to exploit things politically.” [ Hey Peggy; news flash. Romney will not get a fair hearing from the press, no matter what he says or does not say, as plainly demonstrated by last weeks audio of reporters colluding against him. ]

Noonan knows what she is saying. She worked for Ronald Reagan. In 1980 when the effort to free the hostages in Iran failed because U.S. helicopters crashed in the desert, Reagan did not come out blasting President Carter. Instead, he said that “this is a time for all Americans to come together and mourn the dead Americans and pray for the hostages.” [ There is a difference. Carter was just wholly inept. Obama doesn’t care, nor, it appears, does Hilary Clinton.]

It was not until six full days later that Ronald Reagan made a political statement about how he disagreed with President Carter’s policies. Reagan is Romney’s hero but perhaps not a role model.

Romney came out Tuesday night with a political statement blasting Obama before he knew any of the facts. The next morning after he knew the identity of just one of the victims, he doubled down on his attacks. [ Yes, and it was much worse after just some of the facts were revealed. Frankly he should’ve heve triple-downed, if there is such a thing. ]

When asked about Romney’s statements, President Obama told CBS’s Steve Kroft “Governor Romney has a tendency to shoot before he aims, and as President I learned you can not do that.” [ Really Mr. President? Not like the time when you’re buddy, the professor from Cambridge was arrested, and before anything was known of the incident, you claimed the police acted stupidly. That was a calculated and thoughtful response.]  

Most Republican leaders and politicians have taken a muted posture on the Embassy killings focusing instead on sending condolences and prayers to the families of the slain. However, Romney’s and his running mate Paul Ryan have continued to double down on criticism of the President. [ Well goody for them. We all know, most of the republican leaders are afraid of their own shadows.]

Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and Ann Coulter have come to Romney’s defense, however. The problem with that is that the people that listen to Coulter, Palin, and Limbaugh would vote for Romney over Obama even if Mitt were arrested nude on the Capitol steps for a sex crime, high on drugs, shooting at the police.

The people that listen to Peggy Noonan and other sane and thoughtful voices are independents and persuadable voters that Romney needs. He already has the anti-Obama far right wing and the anti-Islam faction. [ Ah yes. Here we go with the beloved independents. That’s where the election is won. NOT! If old Peggy was such an expert on Reagan she would know that’s not what Ronaldus Magnus did. He boldly proclaimed his

The Number of Great Moderates in History

conservative ideals and ideas and the people followed him, because they knew he meant it. He did not try to couch his speech or move to the beloved center. Ms. Noonan, you may have been a conservative once upon a time, but you’ve been inside the beltway for too long. You, my dear, are a moderate, which is simply a liberal without the courage to admit it.] 

Romney does not look like he is ready for prime time. He looks amateurish and insensitive. He has an empathy problem and this just reinforced that. Obama is President and he is looking Presidential. Romney and Ryan look desperate, political, opportunistic, and unsteady. Romney has failed a test on national TV, in prime time, but he keeps on digging in deeper. [ Wow. Romney is one the most caring and sensistive people in public view that I know of. Here is just one example. From what I understand there are dozens more like it that the general public knows nothing of. ]

Romney’s statement was not a spur of the moment event. He and his campaign had over 12 hours to think it over before he issued the first statement. The reason is conservatives like Limbaugh, Coulter, Palin, and Laura Ingram have been screaming at Romney to “get ideological on Obama.” They want him to attack, attack, and attack–with gloves off. So, that is what he is doing. [ And good for him. Someone needs to call the president out for who he really is.]

Time will tell, but it looks like Romney is getting bad advice. A strong leader would get that advice, but have the wisdom to ignore it given the nature and gravity of the situation. It does not appear right now that Romney is winning hearts and minds with his approach.

[ Peggy, my advice to you is to check in at the nearest moderates nursing home and leave the real conservative thought to those of us that see this country is in real trouble and Romney is our best hope for possibly taking it back from radicals that have taken over.  Maybe the home will give you a group discount if you bring some others with you, like John McCain, John Boehner, Bill Kristol, Mitch McConnell, et al.]

Conservatives Rule??

From The Blaze:

While many elements of society seem to surely be shifting ever-further to the left of the political spectrum, a recent Gallup poll released Thursday reveals otherwise. According to the survey, conservatives continue to make up the largest political segment in the country, outnumbering liberals nearly two-to-one.

The Gallup poll shows that 40 percent of Americans consider themselves conservative; 35 percent moderate; and 21 percent view themselves as liberal. The figures are no different than they were in 2010 and conservatives have outnumbered both moderates and liberals for three years running now.

Politico adds:

Conservatives began outstripping moderates in 2008, and the percentage of moderates has declined steadily over the last two decades, from 43 percent 1992 to 35 percent in 2011.

In fact, both self-identified conservatives and liberals have risen in number since the early 1990s, indicating a growing polarization in American politics.

While self-identified conservatives dominate the Republican Party, making up 71 percent, the Democratic Party is more split – 39 percent of Democrats view themselves as liberal, and 38 percent consider themselves moderates.

It might be worth noting that, per the poll’s findings, independents are mainly moderate (41 percent), but veer more towards conservatism (35 percent) than liberalism (20 percent).

The Gallup poll was conducted with 20,392 respondents and allows for a margin of error of plus or minus one.

Editorial Comment: Sorry to be a downer, but I personally am not buying any of this. If this poll is even close to accurate, how is it we keep electing and reelecting, squishy, middle of the road moderates. How is our frontrunning presidential candidate, “Thoroughly Moderate Mitt”.

Maybe it’s conservatives fear of losing that overshadows their better judgement? I don’t know what it is. All I know is that I am conservative & I am disappointed every election cycle.