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Quitters 5: Winning is Inspirational

Last time we went over some of the ways that Republicans could stop doing Democrats’ bidding in the circular firing squad. Previously we had covered how Democrats discourage conservatives from caring about politics and national affairs, and attempt to convince conservatives to quit, then we went over how a bad economy can beat conservatives down and make them quit. Today we are going to talk about how to recover from this sad situation.

[also see Quitters Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4]

Win some battles for once, for Pete’s sake!

Sports coaches and other interested parties have determined that American kids quit playing organized sports around the age of 13 because they aren’t having fun anymore. The prescription of these coaches is to emphasize fun more in the earlier years of coaching and instruction, and to de-emphasize competition. But in my experience as a coach of kids, there is only one kind of fun that kids want from sports. They want to win! Learning to win is the only good reason to play sports. After all, if you only want pure fun and entertainment, video games have it all over sports. Medal of Honor is a lot easier to win than a team sport like baseball or football, hockey or soccer. So if you want kids to get the benefits of sports like kids do all over the rest of the world, you need to emphasize competition and winning.

All kids love winning, but America is especially attuned to winning because Americans are traditionally winners. We won the competitions in the old countries to get on the boat and come here. Prior to van Leeuwenhoek’s discovery of micro-organisms in his microscopes our predecessors survived the plagues that depopulated the American land. Then we went west and settled that vast, empty territory. We won a war of liberation against England, the most militarily dominant country in the world at the time. With a handful of marines and half a dozen sailing ships, we waged and won a war against three city-states full of pirates and slavers to which every other nation including the world’s most dominant sea power were paying tribute of gold and slaves. We created a new form of government that limited the powers of the government instead of limiting the rights of the people. US Marshalls and local sheriffs alike cleaned up small town after small town of the thieves and ruffians that preceded the march of civilization westward. We invented or perfected the internal combustion engine, the petroleum based economy, electricity, the telephone, the assembly line, space exploration, and the middle class. And up until Vietnam and our media’s treachery, the US never lost a war.

Americans are winners! America became the most successful, wealthiest, proudest, loudest, most awesome country in the history of the world. We love to win and we hate to lose. But as our kids prove, if we don’t win enough we quit.

[Frazetta's Conan the Adventurer epitomizes the feeling of triumph against a multitude of foes]
Frank Frazetta's cover illustration for Conan the Adventurer epitomizes the emotion that accompanies triumph over a multitude of bitter foes.

It seems that sometime between the days of Reconstruction and today, Republican legislators forgot what it was like to wage political battle intent on winning. Maybe it was the experience of being in the minority from the time of Franklin Delano Roosevelt until 1994, never able to muster enough votes to pass Republican priorities through the Senate for Presidential signature. Maybe it was the increasing domination of media, the arts, the academy, and even the legal profession by Democrats set on winning a cultural war against traditional America. Maybe it was the disastrous year 1913, with the creation of the Fed and passage of the 16th and 17th Amendments to the Constitution, that tilted the playing field from balanced between the states and federal government to a surface decidedly in the federal government’s favor. But whatever it was, Republicans no longer seem to know how to fight and win. The one time Republicans had a Speaker of the House who passed strategic and tactical bills and ran circles around Democrats to pass conservative priorities into law, the rest of the party allowed Democrats to file bogus ethics charges against him and strip him of his power.

Is this how winners operate? Do winners let the other team talk them into firing their coach or captain because he’s too effective? No! It is not.

The tea parties presented the Republican Party with a huge victory in 2010. What did the Washington DC Republican Party do to earn this electoral victory? It failed to filibuster or do anything to stop Obamacare from being passed. It allowed the horrid Dodd-Frank financial deformation bill to pass without doing anything to stop it. It allowed Democrats to pass every bill they wanted for two years without any kind of restraint on their power. And when it came time to negotiate continuing resolutions instead of a budget, or a debt ceiling increase, the Republican Party in DC “won” pitifully small reductions in additional spending in return for continuing to approve an automatic 9% annual increase on a $4,000 Billion budget, and an unconstitutionally appointed “super-Congress” that is able to raise taxes and cut defense spending on its own. Republicans haven’t even tried to remove the Stimulus of 2009 from the baseline budget for 2010 and 2011, 2012, or any year. Somehow they let the Stimulus get baked into the continuing budget, letting Obama and the Democrats have their yearly Trillion$ slush fund for spending on unions and campaign chests in perpetuity.

Is this winning?

This isn’t even fighting. To me, it seems more like preemptive surrender. This is cowardice of the most venal and repulsive type.

Republican politicians have to realize that when they behave like this they are demoralizing colleagues, their own voters, contributors, and constituents. They don’t only signal to the Democrat media complex that they are willing to kneel and bow their heads to Democrat demands, but they also signal to their own side that they won’t fight for anything other than their own access to government largess.

Combined with media attacks against conservatives and Republicans, this cowardly behavior by our elected representatives destroys conservative morale, courage, and faith. It makes grass-roots conservatives quit. They quit the Republican Party first. Then they quit caring about the future of the country. Then they quit caring about the culture. They withdraw to family and faith. Then they quit voting. I keep on hearing that only 25% of churchgoers vote. That’s a big problem.

It takes one thing to bring them back: Courage.

And there is one way to build up courage: Pick some fights and win them! Start with small fights until our team gets good enough to win them with style and obvious joie de vivre. Work up in size. Keep doing it until there is momentum on our side for once. Then courage will become contagious. It will spread from sea to sea, all across the land, as all the quitters quit quitting and rise up to become a fully functioning 70%.

And at that point we know what Democrat politicians will be doing. They’ll be looting the treasury frantically as they prepare to be run out of town rails. Let’s make sure some ambitious and skilful Republican prosecutors with the reputation of a Rudy Giuliani or Fred Thompson are preparing charges against the worst of the worst. I think Darryl Issa is making a list. We could start there and clear out the whole Justice Department and a healthy sampling of both houses of Congress.

But first our leaders need to lead. They need to pick the fights, fight the fights, and win them. We’ll have their back at the polls.

Let’s help them pick the right fights, and as soon as possible.

One fight that Republicans can pick is to put up the best possible candidate against Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. She was shot by a left-wing lunatic, for which left-wing lunatic the Democrat media complex immediately blamed Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh, and has only cast one vote since. It was for the debt ceiling increase, which 60% of Americans were against. The people of her district deserve to be represented by someone who can represent them. The Republican Party needs to give the people a good choice.

One way grass-roots conservatives can help push the GOP leaders to do the right thing is to join the Republican Party, using the Precinct Project strategy.

So… can we Republicans and conservatives learn to win and make it a habit? “Si! Se puede! Yes, we can!”

Take it away, Charlie Sheen and Schmoyoho!

That’s All For Now, Folks!

 

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  1. Powerful words, beagle. Yes, we are winners, and the Republicans actually own that concept. Democrats live in the dark and can only harp on failure and victimhood. We are not victims except if we quit. Then we’ve done it to ourselves.

    • I find that video endlessly amusing. I’m not sure that it’s meaningful beyond its ability to entertain.

      The Muse number we all banged our heads to in the run-up to 2010 might be a better fit for a desperate struggle such as the one upon which we have embarked.

  2. So awesomely right, Beagle. Your summation of the 2011 debt ceiling disaster is exactly on the nose. And I caught one hell of a lot of grief at the time for expressing my outrage at the completely over-hyped freshman class for their all-too-typical el foldo.

  3. There is a primal feeling and saying:

    Kick butt. Take name.
    Counting coup also comes to mind.

    I don’t know if we need down and dirty street fighters or more calculating assault shock troops. Maybe a whole battalion of Conans and associates. Add a cohort of Dawns with some of those mean wicked blades she carries and the liberals will be crying like babies.

    I’m just plain tired of wimps.

  1. Powerful words, beagle. Yes, we are winners, and the Republicans actually own that concept. Democrats live in the dark and can only harp on failure and victimhood. We are not victims except if we quit. Then we’ve done it to ourselves.

    • I find that video endlessly amusing. I’m not sure that it’s meaningful beyond its ability to entertain.

      The Muse number we all banged our heads to in the run-up to 2010 might be a better fit for a desperate struggle such as the one upon which we have embarked.

  2. So awesomely right, Beagle. Your summation of the 2011 debt ceiling disaster is exactly on the nose. And I caught one hell of a lot of grief at the time for expressing my outrage at the completely over-hyped freshman class for their all-too-typical el foldo.

  3. There is a primal feeling and saying:

    Kick butt. Take name.
    Counting coup also comes to mind.

    I don’t know if we need down and dirty street fighters or more calculating assault shock troops. Maybe a whole battalion of Conans and associates. Add a cohort of Dawns with some of those mean wicked blades she carries and the liberals will be crying like babies.

    I’m just plain tired of wimps.

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