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Who Will Take the Ring to Mordor?

So. The Wall Street Journal is now calling those of us opposed to the so-called “Boehner plan” – you know, the one which will get fewer votes in the Senate than Cut, Cap, and Balance, and therefore has already been pronounced DOA in advance of its arrival, and which, after all this, won’t preserve the U.S. credit rating – “tea party Hobbits.”  And why am I not surprised?  John McCain, being the bastion of conservative steadfastness that he is, decided to sneeringly quote the article on the floor of the Senate.

Um, is that supposed to be, like, insulting or belittling or something?  The WSJ and John McCain may want to check their sourcing.

You see, Tolkien’s hobbits are simple folk.  They mind their own business.  They work hard.  They understand the value of home, of family, of friendship and loyalty.  Oh, and freedom.  They want to be left alone to live their lives as they see fit.  But they aren’t to be underestimated:

“Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.” [Gandalf, in The Lord of the Rings, Part I, The Fellowship of the Ring]

“There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself. You may (possibly) all live to thank me yet.” [Gandalf, referring to Bilbo Baggins, in The Hobbit]

Tolkien’s The Hobbit has been analyzed in several ways, at least a couple of which have applicability here:  First of all, The Hobbit is a parable about the evils of greed and selfishness, and the virtues of both resisting and overcoming the same.  It has also been viewed as an Bildungsroman (“education novel”), a genre in which an initially unsophisticated, insular, and even somewhat superficial individual  matures, through experience and adversity, into one who is versatile, brave, self-sufficient, and relied-upon by others when they are in need of assistance.

Sounds a lot like a bunch of new GOP precinct committeemen and party chairmen to me.

Of course, it is the movie version of hobbits, from Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy which has become most familiar to us in popular culture today.  Do kids even read the books anymore? Either way, for my part, I’m not too upset about being associated with hobbits.

View THIS.

Or THIS.

Or THIS.

OR this!

It’s time to melt the phones, the fax machines, and the email servers in Washington.  This Boehner plan is not what we, the grassroots, had in mind when we delivered a GOP majority and made Congressman Boehner Speaker of the House.  Yes, we are exhausted, discouraged, bloody, and bruised.  But someone has to take the Ring to Mordor.

And there are some things worth fighting for.
(So true, Kimberly, so true.)

Kimberly_Schwartz
Southern girl and proud of it. Wife, mother, prosecuting attorney, political conservative, and home-based business owner; living and working in Central Georgia, USA. Dabbler in web design, photography, and mixed media. Still prefers reading and writing over math. Totally obsessed rubber stamper and scrapbooker. Shares several acres of easily-defensible farmland with husband, daughter, four dogs, and way too many cats.

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  1. Great post!

    How dare those of us out here in America, the lowly Hobbits of the country, dare to stand up to our … wait … what’s that word I’m looking for? Lords? No. Rulers? No. Masters? No. Hmmmmm…

    Oh, yes, REPRESENTATIVES. Those people who purportedly REPRESENT us. WTH do they think they are? We are the ones who will have to pay for all these bonds they are selling. We are the ones who have to live under the rules they make. We are the ones who have to give up our paychecks for them to have the money to pound down rat holes this way.

    How dare we speak to them? Oh, I dare.

    Hobbits. [Redacted]s.

  2. I don’t know who the idiot was who thought this would be insulting to conservatives, but obviously they’ve never actually read The Lord of The Rings. If they had, they would know that it is the hobbits who ultimately preserved Middle Earth by taking the Ring of Power to the Mountain of Doom in the Land of Mordor.

    Talk about hilarious, because it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if this doesn’t backfire on them. Most folks who have seen the movie remember the heroic acts of the Hobbits in particular.

    But I’ll proudly proclaim that I’m a hobbit. I’d much rather be a hobbit than a Boromir any day of the week.

  3. I LOVE “The Lord of the Rings.” Read the books years ago, and have been delighted with the adaptation Peter Jackson was able to bring to the big screen. There is so much in those books; hundreds, if not thousands of books have been written analyzing Tolkien’s amazing story. The challenges we face, the battle of good vs evil, and the reaching down inside oneself to see what they are made of – all are part of our own journeys in life. It is a crossroads, and a measuring. Who will be found wanting?

    I formally declare to shameless McCain and all others, those that treasure freedom, honor and decency, we, we are now “The Fellowship of Conservatives.”

    (Sorry, I get sentimental sometimes, Kimberly, but it is an honor to be thought of as a “hobbit.”)

  4. Just like the Left and RINO’s, to misunderstand Tolkien. It’s easy to see who reads, and who get’s their comments from talking points. The least men are the saviors of the world. So sayeth the Founders. So sayeth Tolkien. Splendidly analogized, Kimberley, only how do we analogize nitwittery and make it hurt?

    • This was a quickie post, because – with things moving so fast in D.C. right now – I wanted to get it up while it still could be considered somewhat timely. But I’ve found myself returning, at odd moments during the day, to LOTR. There are a number of pretty instructive parallels. Lots of Gollums running around D.C., hoarding and fondling their “precious” (power, status, elected office). Like Gollum (or Isildur, or Boromir, or the nine kings of men who turned into Ring-Wraiths), they might even have started out as normal well-meaning folk, but too much power (the One Ring) corrupts absolutely, and then holding onto such power becomes an end in itself.

  5. It is a time that calls for heroes. This generation has bred its heroes, only mostly they have not risen to the top yet.

    The top is still cluttered up with small men like Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, McCain, and their like. The peanut gallery is still dominated by small men as well, like Krauthammer and that idiot from th WSJ.

    But the new breed is here. DeMint, Rubio, and until today i would have added Colonel West (WTF anyway!!!). They will have their number added to, and they will rise to the top.

    You don’t have to have a great vision to be a hero. But you do have to do the hard thing, to slog on when the deck (and the media) is stacked against you. You have to latch on to a a great vision, and keep marching onward until the enemies are vanquished, till the task is done.

    This bunch is not equal to that task.

  6. I was thinking about the portion of the book when King Theoden lies dying on the field after he was thrown by his horse, and the Lady Eowyn stands in his behalf against the Nazgul. Merry is near by and it says that “the slow kindled courage of his race was awakened”, or something to that effect.

    That’s what has happened for conservatives…our slow kindled courage has been awakened. We (and I’m including those on the left in this statement) know that our nation can’t keep on with the same spending behaviors it has had in the past or we’ll go the way of Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, etc.

    Out of all the people in our nation, who is it really who has been willing to try to take on this challenge? It isn’t the left. They can’t be relied on to do this. Neither can standard old-guard establishment Repubs. It is conservatives who are the ones that are willing to take this on. What’s more, I think this is our part to play in what’s going on in our country.

    But we have many who really don’t want to see this change, and right now, they are doing everything they can do to undermine conservatives, to get them discouraged and dispirited, to discredit them, hoping that they will simply withdraw from participating in national politics.

    We can’t let that happen. Regardless of how we might feel, there isn’t anyone else to take on this challenge if we don’t do it.

    Just like it was intended for the Hobbits to take the Ring to Mordor, it is intended for conservatives to be the ones to turn the tide.

    Our slow kindled courage has been awakened, and there is no going back.

  1. Great post!

    How dare those of us out here in America, the lowly Hobbits of the country, dare to stand up to our … wait … what’s that word I’m looking for? Lords? No. Rulers? No. Masters? No. Hmmmmm…

    Oh, yes, REPRESENTATIVES. Those people who purportedly REPRESENT us. WTH do they think they are? We are the ones who will have to pay for all these bonds they are selling. We are the ones who have to live under the rules they make. We are the ones who have to give up our paychecks for them to have the money to pound down rat holes this way.

    How dare we speak to them? Oh, I dare.

    Hobbits. [Redacted]s.

  2. I don’t know who the idiot was who thought this would be insulting to conservatives, but obviously they’ve never actually read The Lord of The Rings. If they had, they would know that it is the hobbits who ultimately preserved Middle Earth by taking the Ring of Power to the Mountain of Doom in the Land of Mordor.

    Talk about hilarious, because it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if this doesn’t backfire on them. Most folks who have seen the movie remember the heroic acts of the Hobbits in particular.

    But I’ll proudly proclaim that I’m a hobbit. I’d much rather be a hobbit than a Boromir any day of the week.

  3. I LOVE “The Lord of the Rings.” Read the books years ago, and have been delighted with the adaptation Peter Jackson was able to bring to the big screen. There is so much in those books; hundreds, if not thousands of books have been written analyzing Tolkien’s amazing story. The challenges we face, the battle of good vs evil, and the reaching down inside oneself to see what they are made of – all are part of our own journeys in life. It is a crossroads, and a measuring. Who will be found wanting?

    I formally declare to shameless McCain and all others, those that treasure freedom, honor and decency, we, we are now “The Fellowship of Conservatives.”

    (Sorry, I get sentimental sometimes, Kimberly, but it is an honor to be thought of as a “hobbit.”)

  4. Just like the Left and RINO’s, to misunderstand Tolkien. It’s easy to see who reads, and who get’s their comments from talking points. The least men are the saviors of the world. So sayeth the Founders. So sayeth Tolkien. Splendidly analogized, Kimberley, only how do we analogize nitwittery and make it hurt?

    • This was a quickie post, because – with things moving so fast in D.C. right now – I wanted to get it up while it still could be considered somewhat timely. But I’ve found myself returning, at odd moments during the day, to LOTR. There are a number of pretty instructive parallels. Lots of Gollums running around D.C., hoarding and fondling their “precious” (power, status, elected office). Like Gollum (or Isildur, or Boromir, or the nine kings of men who turned into Ring-Wraiths), they might even have started out as normal well-meaning folk, but too much power (the One Ring) corrupts absolutely, and then holding onto such power becomes an end in itself.

  5. It is a time that calls for heroes. This generation has bred its heroes, only mostly they have not risen to the top yet.

    The top is still cluttered up with small men like Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, McCain, and their like. The peanut gallery is still dominated by small men as well, like Krauthammer and that idiot from th WSJ.

    But the new breed is here. DeMint, Rubio, and until today i would have added Colonel West (WTF anyway!!!). They will have their number added to, and they will rise to the top.

    You don’t have to have a great vision to be a hero. But you do have to do the hard thing, to slog on when the deck (and the media) is stacked against you. You have to latch on to a a great vision, and keep marching onward until the enemies are vanquished, till the task is done.

    This bunch is not equal to that task.

  6. I was thinking about the portion of the book when King Theoden lies dying on the field after he was thrown by his horse, and the Lady Eowyn stands in his behalf against the Nazgul. Merry is near by and it says that “the slow kindled courage of his race was awakened”, or something to that effect.

    That’s what has happened for conservatives…our slow kindled courage has been awakened. We (and I’m including those on the left in this statement) know that our nation can’t keep on with the same spending behaviors it has had in the past or we’ll go the way of Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, etc.

    Out of all the people in our nation, who is it really who has been willing to try to take on this challenge? It isn’t the left. They can’t be relied on to do this. Neither can standard old-guard establishment Repubs. It is conservatives who are the ones that are willing to take this on. What’s more, I think this is our part to play in what’s going on in our country.

    But we have many who really don’t want to see this change, and right now, they are doing everything they can do to undermine conservatives, to get them discouraged and dispirited, to discredit them, hoping that they will simply withdraw from participating in national politics.

    We can’t let that happen. Regardless of how we might feel, there isn’t anyone else to take on this challenge if we don’t do it.

    Just like it was intended for the Hobbits to take the Ring to Mordor, it is intended for conservatives to be the ones to turn the tide.

    Our slow kindled courage has been awakened, and there is no going back.

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