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Thinking the Unthinkable, Why Republicans Always Seem to Lose

In the Let’s-Never-Let-This-Happen-Again-When-We-Win category, I try to imagine the good-natured Ronald Reagan addressing a joint session of Congress. Looking over the assembled, I wonder if he could imagine, or even allow himself to believe, that as many as a quarter of the people seated there were dedicated to the overthrow of the republican form of government we’ve come to know under the Constitution.

In truth, I doubt it.

Ronald Reagan first addressed Congress in 1982, and what he little believed could be true then actually had been true for over 70 years.

National Review, in its Dec 31 2009 issue, published a four-part article entitled “The Four Horsemen of Progressivism”. It’s a must read, the sort of thing you will want to revisit often. I asked Jonah Goldberg to make the article available on-line, and asked NR to publish it in pamphlet form, like the little Cato Institute booklet I carry around, as it’s just one of those pieces one needs to always have for reference.

It describes how progressivism found its early roots in the Church of England in America, and the High Church belief in a class of betters who could best guide government toward a more perfect society. (British Imperialism was anointed in a similar fashion.) But remove the church-God relationship, which was all too easy for the tonier elements of the Episcopal Church, and you really can find very little difference between this religio-academic approach to governance and the atheo-academic approach the Marxists and Fabians had devised. Indeed, it was a type of socialism, only with God holding up one leg of the stool instead of a tractor from Minsk. (Over time, as we’ve seen, it was easy to get rid of that god-leg, which in hindsight bares naked the shortsighted human understanding of the designers of progressivism in the first place.)

You want an answer as to why the GOP and Mitch McConnell today, George W Bush, Bill Frist, Trent Lott, yesterday, and on back to Hoover, could only chuckle, or shuffle their feet uncomfortably when assaulted by the most bodacious of accusations by the other side? Racism. Bigotry, Homophobia. Protection for the wealthy. Hatred for the poor. Parking in Handicapped Zones? It is because they cannot allow themselves to follow the logic of those accusations out to their only honest conclusion…and think the unthinkable…that we are no longer (and haven’t for the longest time) even been playing this “game” on the same field as the other side.

One of us is in a separate reality. Rush Limbaugh says it is them, “the universe of lies,” but I say that’s a sorting-out only God gets to do. Which universe we are in depends on who wins. If we win, then we can return the game to the original playing field and rule book.

A person recently asked me what I considered to be political victory in this war with the Left. It took a day to get back to him. But as I see it, “political victory” means that…

the Constitution shall once again be the centerpiece of governance in America, and that the playing field, the rules, the goals and ambitions of all political parties shall be carried out within the four corners of the constitutional promises and protections as envisioned by the Founders.

Right now, there are two things we know: 1) Progressivism is, and always has been (when considered logically) in direct opposition to the purposes of the Constitution, namely the freedom and liberty of the individual. If anyone wants to debate this, tell them to hire a hall and bring their experts and television crews, and we’ll bring ours. 2) No one, Republican, conservative, you name it, including Ronald Reagan, has fully recognized this fact, or, has simply refused to believe it.

This then, our first hurdle, getting the right people to know and admit this…if only to themselves in the mirror. Once done, they can begin asking the awkward questions themselves. Then we won’t have to hire a hall. The mainstream media will take care of the rest for us.

vassarbushmills
Citizen With Bark On

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  1. I agree with you Vassar, except for counting on the mainstream media to pick up that ball, let alone run with it.
    If Chris Matthews can be used as an example of the mainstream media, then we see that the ‘complaints’ will only be that we’re not becoming socialist fast enough.

  2. There are all kinds of temptations – one of the most destructive is wanting to be well thought of. Old Scratch has a lot of tricks in his bag, and wealth and power are just a couple. What you say here today needs to be said, Vassar.

  3. When will Republicans ever learn? Why do they expect Democrats to act in good faith, to act in the interest of the country? Their goal is fundamental transformation to full blown socialism.

    Yet Democrats used the SuperCommittee to push a trillion-dollar tax hike and block fundamental entitlement reform. As one GOP aide told Politico, “If they were willing to go a little further on entitlements, we’d see what we can do on revenues. That was the way it would have to work. What we found was, they needed a trillion-plus in revenues, and weren’t willing to do anywhere near that on entitlements.” –James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Blog

    I don’t think Boehner and his boys at the top of the GOP are surprised by the Super Committee failure or anything else the Democrats do. They lack faith in the American people and the courage to stand up to statism.

  4. As a counterpoint proof this is exactly correct, VB: the coming of the Scotch Irish to America in the 1700s in general, and the landmark Presidency of Andrew Jackson (who was of that stock) in particular, have formed the only successful group resistance to this insidious notion of only one particular progressive class suited to rule America with or without the Constitution. The Scot Irish were the only tribe in the Western World organized from the bottom up, and immediately “got” the Constitution when they are their ideals transported to America as immigrants. But it’s not so much the ethinc stock as the idea they brought: we can organize Society from the bottom up – perhaps the most revolutionary political idea in history. Most of the states now showing up on the electoral map as flaming red, were settling grounds of the Scots Irish. One of the high goals of the Progressives is to marginalize or delegimitize their politics of decentralization and local control. This is known to them who would be our sself appointed Progressive leaders. The struggle goes on.

  1. I agree with you Vassar, except for counting on the mainstream media to pick up that ball, let alone run with it.
    If Chris Matthews can be used as an example of the mainstream media, then we see that the ‘complaints’ will only be that we’re not becoming socialist fast enough.

  2. There are all kinds of temptations – one of the most destructive is wanting to be well thought of. Old Scratch has a lot of tricks in his bag, and wealth and power are just a couple. What you say here today needs to be said, Vassar.

  3. When will Republicans ever learn? Why do they expect Democrats to act in good faith, to act in the interest of the country? Their goal is fundamental transformation to full blown socialism.

    Yet Democrats used the SuperCommittee to push a trillion-dollar tax hike and block fundamental entitlement reform. As one GOP aide told Politico, “If they were willing to go a little further on entitlements, we’d see what we can do on revenues. That was the way it would have to work. What we found was, they needed a trillion-plus in revenues, and weren’t willing to do anywhere near that on entitlements.” –James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Blog

    I don’t think Boehner and his boys at the top of the GOP are surprised by the Super Committee failure or anything else the Democrats do. They lack faith in the American people and the courage to stand up to statism.

  4. As a counterpoint proof this is exactly correct, VB: the coming of the Scotch Irish to America in the 1700s in general, and the landmark Presidency of Andrew Jackson (who was of that stock) in particular, have formed the only successful group resistance to this insidious notion of only one particular progressive class suited to rule America with or without the Constitution. The Scot Irish were the only tribe in the Western World organized from the bottom up, and immediately “got” the Constitution when they are their ideals transported to America as immigrants. But it’s not so much the ethinc stock as the idea they brought: we can organize Society from the bottom up – perhaps the most revolutionary political idea in history. Most of the states now showing up on the electoral map as flaming red, were settling grounds of the Scots Irish. One of the high goals of the Progressives is to marginalize or delegimitize their politics of decentralization and local control. This is known to them who would be our sself appointed Progressive leaders. The struggle goes on.

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