Wherefore the Vichy Republican Press?

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I’ve always loved the two old-school words whence and wherefore. Whence doesn’t mean “when” (it means “from where”) and wherefore doesn’t mean “where” (it means “why). But I digress…..

We’ve all noticed in this campaign that many big players in the conservative press seem to have gone to great effort to do everything possible to undermine conservative goals – not exactly a surprise, and not exactly the first time (ahem do the 72,000 choruses of “John McCain, the electable candidate!” ring a bell?). During the primaries they undermined Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Herman Cain, and promoted the moderate Mitt Romney. They got their wish. However, once Romney got the nomination, he became suddenly a much more aggressive candidate and effective communicator for conservative principles than anybody thought he would be. I know, I’m still stunned.

Why do they do it? [they are stupid louts] Do they want to lose? [probably] Are they that ashamed of real-life conservative and family values? [yes] Do they really think we are the uncouth, unsophisticated bumpkins? [yes]

I believe that the GOP Establishment and leadership are institutionalized (to use a term from the movie Shawshank Redemption). They are so used to and so content with second-class status, with the chains put on them by the Democrats and the evil press, so comfortable knowing their place and their duties, that they desperately fear “a big life” (a term from the TV show Bones) outside the walls. They believe the polls by leftist outfits like the Washington Post and PPP; they hear only the media cacophony and believe that is representative of the opinions and views of Joe and Jane Voter; and they believe that there is no Republican force that can withstand a full media onslaught, in spite of the evidence right in front of their eyes.

They wouldn’t know what to do with freedom, or with freedom of expression, or the dominant political status. They would be terrified, living in stark fear of their own printed words and statements being the “opinion of record” for America. They can’t cope with a Tea Party that won’t take “sit down and shut up” for an answer. They can’t work with a candidate (even a moderate one) who won’t let the press bully him into silence, who punches back HARD (God bless him); who articulates, in public and for the record, conservative values. They are in sheer panic, not so much that he might win, but that they might be viewed in their parlor liberal world as being in favor of the crude, simplistic, mom-and-apple-pie foolishness that Romney preaches.

So they tut-tut these recalcitrant, unherdable cat conservatives and candidates. I am not certain that they deliberately undermine them at this stage. Perhaps so, perhaps not. But they make clear their disapproval of Republican candidates taking the gloves off and tossing aside the so-called “gentleman’s rules” (which are in fact required ONLY if the other side plays by them too – that not being the case, the first party is expected, according to actual gentleman’s rules, to play hard-knuckled himself, and not be taken advantage of).

Bottom line for me – I’m keeping score on these Vichy Republicans. I despise them. I mock their cowardice, and their moral equivalence arguments that tolerate the unvarnished anti-freedom evil of the Left. The minute we drive out the Nazis, I am all in for retribution. I am not going to coexist with Joe Scarborough, Erick Erickson, Peggy Noonan, George Will, and the lot.

When we get the country back, it’s going to be shaved heads for the prostitutes who profited from the occupiers. They can keep their jobs with the Compliant Media. History will not honor them as members or leaders of the movement that restored America to greatness.

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E Pluribus Unum
The weapons had evolved, but our orders remained the same: Hunt them down and kill them off, one by one. A most successful campaign. Perhaps too successful. For those like me, a Death Dealer, this signaled the end of an era. Like the weapons of the previous century, we, too, would become obsolete.

Pity, because I lived for it.

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September 22, 2012 1:35 pm

Vichy – French “collaborators” with the enemy, Germany. Fitting title, EPU. I’ve been trying to figure out why our side is doing this doom and gloom stuff. It seems to be more than just an effort to be noticed, or to get invited to cocktail parties. As deep as this is going, when all eyes and voices should be on the prize, getting Obama and his Lefty entourage out of office and out of power in this country, well…do we consider sabotage?

September 22, 2012 1:55 pm

I believe you have nailed it EPU, with your “institutionalized” analysis. We often wonder how it ever got this crazy. Well, it didn’t happen overnight.

vassar bushmills
September 22, 2012 3:04 pm

Perfect analogy, EPU. I can’t recall how many Vichyites had their heads shaved after the war, but it was not inconsequential. I think several you mentioned are already in the processes of receiving a virtual head-shaving now, only don’t know it yet. I understand the likes of Noonan, Will, a few others, who have become sort of set into their status…the social life, the galas, always on an invite list, Green Book sort of stuff, someone in the know always wanting your opinion…and I’m sure they are perfectly willing to ride 2nd Class the rest of the way, which is… Read more »

September 22, 2012 5:19 pm

I often think that GOP establishment types, those in Congress and the media, are nearly as dangerous as the most progressive of liberals. They so desperately want their seat at the country club and will do anything to get or keep it. Too often this includes sacrificing principles they’ve long held dear, such as conservatism and the constitutionality of government doings. Too often they forget the progressives run the joint and their rules won’t bend for anybody with a new idea. Should they decide to try and go back to their original thought that conservatism was in fact the right… Read more »

September 27, 2012 6:10 pm

You got that right.As far as that other place goes.
I don’t even recognize it.
It is Ego City.

September 27, 2012 6:11 pm

I apologize EPU for not seeing this earlier. Been sick for a few days but feeling better now.

We are on our own and we will be victorious no matter how many cocktail parties or rounds of golf the elite play. It’s the grass roots who will win this election for Romney.