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Just Toughenin’ Ourselves Up Here, Boss

Promoted from the Dispatches by eburke because, well, Bob’s just so dead on here.

 

 

 

A few days ago we were treated to a mini-seminar by our friend, Loren Heal, on some caveats in the selection process for presidential candidates.  Loren’s premise was that, as starry-eyed conservatives, we would  latch on to the shiniest object, or as otherwise pre-occupied conservatives, we would let the Main Stream Media select our candidate for us.  Probably so.

Then just yesterday we were the beneficiaries of a treatise by our mentor, Vassar Bushmills, on the healing effects of limiting our tendency toward self-flagellation.  We are enlightened and can be soothed by that.  It feels so good to stop.

Proceeding, we today go from taking the stars out of our eyes and removing the whip from our own tender backsides to deal with our angst and annoyance at those outlets presumed to be conservative in nature who seem to be garbling what our friends and mentors are telling us.  We are not going to use links, citations and attributions here, because we are ranting and we don’t have time  and we are, as we said, annoyed.

Has Glen Beck announced for the Presidency?  Don’t think so.  Does Glen Beck take himself too seriously?  Seriously?  Have you ever watched or listened to him make fun of himself?  He is everything his critics have said about him – an entertainer, a showman, a performer, yes, even a clown.   He doesn’t pretend to be an Ivy League professor or a credentialed journalist, except when he is clowning around pretending to be an Ivy League professor or a credentialed journalist. Howsomever,  many, many folks have testified that they have learned much or been reminded of much having dropped by some of Beck’s rants on the radio or raves on the TV.  Yet the folks at a certain bow tie-inspired website thought it worth their time to call out Beck for not giving citation or attribution for everything that comes out of his mouth as he speaks into the microphone or writes on his famous chalkboard.  And they had to beef up their beef by inviting several whiny freelance bloggers to complain about Beck not taking time out to give them their propers.

Whatever Beck is, he is not The Enemy.  Except, of course, if you are a bow-tie website and Beck’s website is a little catchier, a little more optically-oriented.  Sure, it’s a competition thing.  But the point here is that, as many have said before , our left-wing  opposition tells us in their opinions and messaging  and posturing who they are afraid of, what messages and tactics they are afraid of.   When those on our side appear to join the chorus of complainants ……..that’s not help-ing!

Equally problematic for us was today’s offering from the same bow-tie website – and here let us just say that we like the bow-tie website.  We invite it into our home every day.  We are just removing the lash from ourselves and applying it to them today as an object lesson.  Today they remarked on their uncertainty as to whether Sarah Palin is going to run for President, but they had to headline their bemusement this way: “Is Sarah Palin running for President, or just desperate for attention?”  Gosh, don’t we get that enough from the other outlets?  Unlike Beck, Palin might actually evolve into a candidate.  But it seems that with the tut-tut crowd she is either ‘avoiding the tough questions’ or ‘desperately seeking attention’, depending on what side of the bed they got up on.  Frankly, we don’t think Palin is ‘desperate’ about anything.

It seems like eons ago now that another irregular, Andrew Breitbart, was roundly chastised in another conservative venue for not dotting all of his i’s  and crossing all of his t’s in the Shirley Sherrod affair.  This by the review, of national reknown, most prominently.   Note here we don’t bother to mention what the liberal organs put out.  We are talking here about beating up on our own troops.  Yes, they demanded he apologize for not being more careful.  See, when you think you’re trying to save the Republic, zealousness is often viewed as a vice. Be careful, now, and correct. Of course at that time, nobody had ever heard of Pigford.   Shirley was really a saint.  Uh huh.

Well now it seems that the Becks and the Breitbarts are at each other throats  in re hurt feelings, misattributions, non-attributions, professionalism, decorum, probably desperateness, too.  The bow-tie crowd will egg it on and the nationally correct review will pretend to be above it all and studiedly analytical, yet horrified.  But while they are all whipping themselves into a frenzy, whose interest is being served?  The left’s.  Their food fights are historically short-lived and mostly private. Their front is usually united. If they can just learn to pipe down a little bit, as apparently they are, the right will do their dirty work for them and will proceed to deselect candidates and pooh-pooh the issues, thus by the process of elimination resulting in the MSM’s favorites being annointed, assuring the 2 1/2 steps forward, 1/2 step back slog to Progressive Heaven will continue.  If this deselection were done straightforwardly, on the issues, rather than on a junior high approach like “She’s so desperate!” it might be a little more valid.

Having now whipped the children and confident that they will play nicely and work toward completing the project, we feel better about ourselves.  Our motives, we are sure, are pure.   We ponder again Loren Heal’s admonition that all that glitters is not gold and that advancing a hero is not the same as a hero advancing.  Have we properly scourged not only the children but ourselves so that we will all be ready when the moment arrives, when the real thing appears?  We eye the lash.  There is nothing so familiar as the sting.  We caught ourselves listening to Rush Limbaugh the other day.  Our President, the President of us all, told us not to do that.  Many obeyed. We did not. Perhaps a few lashes.  Is Vassar watching?

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  1. Truer words were never spoken, Bob (or in this case written). It just amazes me how often we forget who are friends are and who are enemies on. We’ll unleash more vitriol on someone who agrees with us 95% of the time then we will on someone we disagree with 95% of the time.

    And this beating up of our own by conservative ‘journalists’ is beyond my comprehension. I think it’s done under the misguided notion that we need to present ‘our’ side as being willing to call out our own, a need that the Left obviously doesn’t find compelling. Instead, what happens is that the MFM picks up on those little comments and use them to paint the ‘offender’ as an even right-wing fruitcake because, hey, conservative so-and-so even called him out.

    Considering the stakes involved, and the fact that conservatives are supposed to *get* that, it’s amazing and sad to see the number of egos on our side who are attention whores every bit if not more than some of our misguided Leftist friends.

  2. Great post, Bob. And so right. As the 2010 elections advanced, the behavior from our own side was startling to me. Yet, it continues. Too many from our own side think they are more important than they are in the big wide world, and in the scheme of things for saving our country. The only thing that will save this nation is the common man and woman. It is us, regular Americans, who give a darn about getting the job done. The rest just like seeing who has the latest soundbite.

  3. 555, this torques me to no end. Instead of circling our wagons, our establishment elites and even self labeled conservative elites are engaging in circular firing squads.

    Exclusive instead of inclusive. Both establishment elites in DC and conservatives who are playing “who’s smarter than a 5th grade conservative”. I don’t get it.

    Even the poo pooing of Atlas Shrugged Movie because Rand doesn’t embrace all that is conservatives. Yet the same people will see any other liberal smut hollyweird movie and enjoy it as entertainment. Logic fail.

    We should strive for candidate purity as best we can but have great lattitude on voter purity.

    If you came into my store I don’t really care WHY you buy my product as long as you do. Our side in a circular firing squad would shooo customers out the door because the customer didn’t buy our product for the exact reason we want them to. FAIL.

    We should be selling the benefits of our way to everyone rather than having some pompous doorman turning people away from some exclusive conservative club.

    • Ha! Yes! How did you come up with that? Ol’ Dobie’s foil. Seriously, though, I like him. It was his writers who wrote the pieces, but its his site. Too many still take their lead from the MSM not necessarily on the substance of the issues, but how to approach them, what the givens are, what the cool kids are saying.

  4. Bob, has Bushmills been giving your private lessons? 😀

    And might I add, Newman is still a hunk to this day. Those blue eyes. Especially in Cool Hand Luke eating all those eggs.

    Yes, it is the infighting in any group or entity that is their downfall. The libs recognize this and all stick together through thick or thin. Thank you for reminding us.

  5. Right on, Bob. My own view is this is all generational, and while I think we can come up with an answer to the MSM, even big Labor, I can’t find one for the snot-nosed 30-year old who insists he’s stroking a greybeard instead of peach fuzz while sending out his latest best word on how he’d fix the world if only the old-timers would get of the way. A Comanche would call them “young bucks” and send them on a hunting trip for a few weeks.

    I just know there are a lot of greybeard institutions out there, NR included, that have handed over their business to a second generation, and possibly without a lot of adult supervision. WFB always had a soothing effect at NR after he retired from day-to-day. Many others will die because of a lack of it.

    The internet blogosphere is a microcosm of the overall ills of our society, and just like the 60’s, they may be the gift that keeps on giving for many years. Some will grow up, some will not. Those that don’t may kill us, for like the text of the New Testament or the Constitution, conservatism cannot change with each generation just to reflect the temperament of the new youth. This is why the Tea Parties are so important…to turn governance back over to adults…real working adults.

  1. Truer words were never spoken, Bob (or in this case written). It just amazes me how often we forget who are friends are and who are enemies on. We’ll unleash more vitriol on someone who agrees with us 95% of the time then we will on someone we disagree with 95% of the time.

    And this beating up of our own by conservative ‘journalists’ is beyond my comprehension. I think it’s done under the misguided notion that we need to present ‘our’ side as being willing to call out our own, a need that the Left obviously doesn’t find compelling. Instead, what happens is that the MFM picks up on those little comments and use them to paint the ‘offender’ as an even right-wing fruitcake because, hey, conservative so-and-so even called him out.

    Considering the stakes involved, and the fact that conservatives are supposed to *get* that, it’s amazing and sad to see the number of egos on our side who are attention whores every bit if not more than some of our misguided Leftist friends.

  2. Great post, Bob. And so right. As the 2010 elections advanced, the behavior from our own side was startling to me. Yet, it continues. Too many from our own side think they are more important than they are in the big wide world, and in the scheme of things for saving our country. The only thing that will save this nation is the common man and woman. It is us, regular Americans, who give a darn about getting the job done. The rest just like seeing who has the latest soundbite.

  3. 555, this torques me to no end. Instead of circling our wagons, our establishment elites and even self labeled conservative elites are engaging in circular firing squads.

    Exclusive instead of inclusive. Both establishment elites in DC and conservatives who are playing “who’s smarter than a 5th grade conservative”. I don’t get it.

    Even the poo pooing of Atlas Shrugged Movie because Rand doesn’t embrace all that is conservatives. Yet the same people will see any other liberal smut hollyweird movie and enjoy it as entertainment. Logic fail.

    We should strive for candidate purity as best we can but have great lattitude on voter purity.

    If you came into my store I don’t really care WHY you buy my product as long as you do. Our side in a circular firing squad would shooo customers out the door because the customer didn’t buy our product for the exact reason we want them to. FAIL.

    We should be selling the benefits of our way to everyone rather than having some pompous doorman turning people away from some exclusive conservative club.

    • Ha! Yes! How did you come up with that? Ol’ Dobie’s foil. Seriously, though, I like him. It was his writers who wrote the pieces, but its his site. Too many still take their lead from the MSM not necessarily on the substance of the issues, but how to approach them, what the givens are, what the cool kids are saying.

  4. Bob, has Bushmills been giving your private lessons? 😀

    And might I add, Newman is still a hunk to this day. Those blue eyes. Especially in Cool Hand Luke eating all those eggs.

    Yes, it is the infighting in any group or entity that is their downfall. The libs recognize this and all stick together through thick or thin. Thank you for reminding us.

  5. Right on, Bob. My own view is this is all generational, and while I think we can come up with an answer to the MSM, even big Labor, I can’t find one for the snot-nosed 30-year old who insists he’s stroking a greybeard instead of peach fuzz while sending out his latest best word on how he’d fix the world if only the old-timers would get of the way. A Comanche would call them “young bucks” and send them on a hunting trip for a few weeks.

    I just know there are a lot of greybeard institutions out there, NR included, that have handed over their business to a second generation, and possibly without a lot of adult supervision. WFB always had a soothing effect at NR after he retired from day-to-day. Many others will die because of a lack of it.

    The internet blogosphere is a microcosm of the overall ills of our society, and just like the 60’s, they may be the gift that keeps on giving for many years. Some will grow up, some will not. Those that don’t may kill us, for like the text of the New Testament or the Constitution, conservatism cannot change with each generation just to reflect the temperament of the new youth. This is why the Tea Parties are so important…to turn governance back over to adults…real working adults.

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