The Classic Liberal Blog can be a tough place at times. There's simply no sticking to the party line here, regardless of what "party" that may be.
The time and effort put into this blog isn't about supporting the Republican Party, the Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party, or any other "party" you can think up. This blog was started to CHALLENGE the status quo ... whichever "status quo" that may be ... Republican, Libertarian, everything ...
Because as a culture, we Americans have become too PC in many more ways than traditionally thought. Republicans (the voters) are the perfect example of today's "PC gone too far," because despite the undeniable fact that the Republican Party up and left its large core of constituents, the vast majority of those constituents vote and defend them anyways.
One word, FEAR!
Fear of what? I have no idea, but I guess it's the fear that they themselves (as individuals), really can't make a difference. And one who feels he/she can't make a difference, turns to "leaders" to do it for them.
Luckily, I'm not the only one "going off the ranch," because there are others, much more prominent than I, going off the ranch too!
In an AIM (Accuracy In Media) column by Cliff Kincaid, he talks about Obamamania on the Right, noting the following (emphasis added):
... Dick Morris made the absolutely critical point that President Bush has taken the country so far to the left, in terms of his socialist-style Wall Street bailout program and his integration of the U.S. economy into a new emerging international financial order, that anything Barack Obama does in this area seems almost mainstream. This is because what we were expecting from Obama we are now getting from Bush. So Obama doesn't look so radical anymore.
Morris is 100% correct! How could anyone argue otherwise?
Then again, maybe it's me. Have I lost touch with what it means to be "conservative?" Have the "real conservatives" flushed the conservatism of Russell Kirk, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan down the toilet? Leaving me the only one left who clings to such "old school" nonsense?
Kincaid continues by talking about the charade Barack Obama is playing, and how the "right" is falling for it (emphasis added):
I couldn't believe my ears when William Kristol of The Weekly Standard declared, "Fine with me," when discussing the nomination of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. He thought she would turn out to be fine on Iraq and Iran, which seemed to be all that mattered to him.
Part of the perception problem, certainly in the economic realm, is the common but fallacious assumption that Big Business and Wall Street are Republican entities. Hence, Timothy Geithner of the Federal Reserve, who is a member of the Wall Street crowd and close to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, a former Goldman Sachs CEO, becomes by definition somebody whom conservatives can automatically respect. Geithner is Obama's pick to be Treasury Secretary.
In my apparently "wrong" idea of what conservatism is, Bill Kristol is no conservative, so his statement doesn't surprise me.
Mona Charen writes on National Review Online that "As president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank he [Geithner] has been knee-deep in bailouts over the past three months. But that datum doesn't distinguish him from the Bush administration or anyone else in the mainstream of America's economic elite."
But the Geithner selection must be understood in the context of current events. President Bush is providing Obama with an opportunity to continue and expand upon a massive effort to socialize the U.S. economy. This is what Obama wanted to do all along.
Two-fold question: How many more times do the "economic elite" have to get it ALL wrong before people stop listening to them? And why are so many "mainstream conservatives" throwing cover for this economic fascism?
Think about it from Obama's perspective. He tried desperately to conceal his Marxist background ... even talked about tax cuts for most people.
... But the financial crisis, which just happened to emerge, courtesy of Treasury Secretary Paulson ... convinced many people that Obama's Marxism was less of a concern than the collapse of America's capitalist system ...
Obama must be thinking how incredible it is that he can pursue a socialist course as president by relying on Wall Street and Big Business figures, rather than having to appoint left-wing "progressives" from his far-left base ...
Cliff Kincaid's entire article is a MUST READ for all Americans, especially conservatives, but let's move on to a post from Red State, Replace the RNC (Gang of 168), by Mark Kilmer (emphasis added):
... a few members of the Republican National Committee have called a bizarre, special meeting of the RNC ... at the behest of North Dakota Republican Party chairman Gary Emineth, who recently disclosed:
"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what the public thinks; it matters what 168 of us think."
That's the 168 members of the Republican National Committee, the Gang of 168. These 168 people control the apparatus of the national Republican Party, and they've frankly made a mess of things ...
Are you catching on yet? If you aren't, it's OK, but I hate being the guy to break it to you ... the RNC is not on your side.
Unless, of course again ... it's me who clings to the "wrong" definition of "conservative."
... the main problem is not who runs the apparatus. The problem is the Gang of 168 itself. Once we clean out the attic, we ... can work to build the party and to help elect more conservative Republicans to office at a time when our nation needs them. Badly.
Sure, I support Mr. Emineth's proposal provided the Gangg of 168 vacate their offices immediately. They are free to seek reelection in well-publicized primary elections ...
Kilmer is right! It is time they ALL vacate their offices immediately!
Or ... for the voters to vacate the Republican Party. Which the more and more I think about it, would create the fastest change.
Remember, an off year primary is the perfect time for the grassroots to speak on behalf of their interests and their party.
You can't just sit around waiting ... hoping ... that someone else will turn things around. Now is the time for both conservatives and libertarians to steal a page from the Left's playbook ... and get ACTIVE!