48 years ago a Senator from Arizona by the name of Barry Goldwater was the GOP’s nominee in the Presidential election. “The turn will come,” Senator Goldwater had written a few years earlier, “when we entrust the conduct of our affairs to men who understand their first duty as public officials is to divest themselves of the power they have been given. It will come when Americans… decide to put the man in office who is pledged to enforce the Constitution and restore the Republic.”
Unfortunately, the American people did not believe they were ready for such a man and Sen. Goldwater lost his bid to the Presidency. All however was not lost, as the backbone that was his campaign, a campaign that much like a certain Texas Congressman’s campaign in 2012, was established and run by men and women much younger then most elected officials. A campaign that was drawn from organizations like Young Americans For Freedom, the Young Republican National Federation and like-minded individuals from across our great nation. The Goldwater “revolution,” much like another “rEVOLution” today, pioneered the use of small-dollar amount donations and generated a large group of like-minded individuals who spread out continued the fight, giving many of today’s Conservative politicians their first national hearing.
The backbone of that campaign filled Central Committee posts and other elected offices across the country. Slightly less then 20 years later that backbone restored the nation’s might and morale, took the reigns of power back from the Jimmy Carter disaster, ended the Cold War and brought us ten years of peace and prosperity not seen since before the 1920’s.
Are today’s Ron Paul “rEVOLutionairies” willing to truly stand up for liberty like they proclaim, support the best candidate with a chance of winning we have and then take a cue from the Barry Goldwater Conservative revolution and once we reclaim the wheel that steers the ship that is our Nation fill those central committee posts, fight at the grass routes to make sure our side continues to steer it in the right direction?
Or are they going to bitch and moan, ignore our candidate and hand the progressives another four years to stack the Supreme Court, district courts across the nation and do an untold amount of more damage to our nation
|Jack White & Loretta Lynn at the 2005 Grammy Awards|
This is actually old news, picked up recently by Forbes Magazine and the regurgitated by The Blaze. (which is where I found out about it.) None-the-less, no matter how old this story is, it still is a great example of the American way.
Jack White, singer-songwriter of the White Stripes and the 70th best guitarist of all-time (as decided by the folks at Rolling Stone), opened up a boutique record label called Third Man Records in 2001. In 2010 a few White Stripes fans started to make some noise and complain about certain business practices of Third Man Records. Particularly when they released a limited edition version of the then newly reissued White Stripes debut and sold it via their own eBay page, a sale that netted them $510.
Mr. White explained that this was done basically to cut out the eBay flippers, that were buying the records for cheap and then “flipping” them on eBay at large profits. That did nothing to lessen the anger amongst fans, so White went on to say:
“… make no mistake, we could make twenty thousand split color whatevers for you, and they’ll be worth 20 bucks, and you’ll pay 20 bucks for them, and you’ll never talk about them, desire them, hunt to find them, etc. why should ebay flippers, who are not real fans, dictate the price, make all the profit (taken from the artist and the label) and take the records out of the hands of real fans. there’s a guy who waits in a black suv down the block from third man who hires homeless people to go buy him tri colors when they are on sale. doesn’t even get out of his car. should he be charged ten bucks or two hundred? don’t be spoiled, don’t insult people who are trying to give you what you want.”
Basically the Free Market (what fans were willing to pay on eBay) set the price. Jack White, being a business man found out that fans were buying the records that his business was selling for much cheaper at inflated prices anyways. All he did was cut out the middle man and create more income for his business and the artists signed to that label.
An Occupy Wall Street protester would have a problem with that, but its nothing more then the American Way.
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“The wisest choice would be the one who would win. No sense running Mona Lisa in a beauty contest. I’d be for the most right, viable candidate who could win.” – William F. Buckley, Jr.
The above quote is the basis of what is now commonly known as the Buckley Rule, which basically means that conservatives should ‘in a primary vote for the most conservative candidate who is electable in the general election.’ I would agree with that sentiment, for the most part that is. The one caveat would be to not compromise your principles. More often then not however, compromising our principles is exactly what Republicans have been doing. We let ourselves get fooled by a candidate talking a good game and spinning all the right rhetoric while out on the campaign trail and then once they take office politics becomes a “team sport” as they take a large dump all over everyone who supported them as they swing hard to the left.
Maybe it is about time that we start to reconsider the Buckley Rule, after all Buckley himself didn’t even follow it when he ran for mayor of New York city against the RiNO John Lindsay while knowing full well that he had a snowballs chance in hell of winning. Or maybe the problem isn’t the Buckley Rule and the way we follow it, but with the way we define what exactly does it mean to be the ‘most conservative candidate.’
Talk radio host Dennis Prager likes to say that he prefers “clarity over agreement,” I don’t listen to Mr. Prager very often at all, but I have always been a fan of that line of thinking. What I am also a big fan of is clear and precise definitions to terms and for those terms to not only be used in the proper context, but when used as adjectives for those terms to be attributed correctly.
I am not sure exactly when it happened, but at some point I believe that the definition of Conservatism and the way in which we attribute the term has completely lost all meaning.
The former Pennsylvania Senator, in his bid for the GOP nomination for the chance to battle it out against Barack Obama in November, is running as the self proclaimed “principled conservative.”
Rick Santorum who admittedly “took one for the team,” in his vote for No Child Left Behind is a principled conservative? Or the vote for Medicare Part D, which he also now has backtracked on, is a vote of a principled conservative?
Or how about these votes below, are they the votes of a principled conservative?
- Voted for taxpayer funding of the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Voted against a 10% cut in the budget for National Endowment for the Arts.
- Voted for a Schumer amendment to make the debts of pro-life demonstrators not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
- Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same pay-raises as uniformed military.
- Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyranical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.
- Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding
- Voted for minimum wage increases six times.
- Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.
- Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens.
- Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.
- Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to the earnings of their sponsors.
- Voted against a flat tax.
- Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs.
- Voted twice for internet taxes.
- Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.
- Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.
- Voted to increase taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund.
- Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.
- Voted against food stamp REFORM.
- Voted against Medicaid REFORM.
- Voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion
- Voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry
- Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years.
- Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF.
- Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.
- Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker.
- Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion.
Principled conservative? Really? That is just a small snippet of Rick Santorum’s voting record.
Now set aside the voting record of Senator Santorum and take a look at his words:
“This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone.”
Now contrast that with the official Republican Party Platform of 1964, which incidentally contained twenty-six instances of the word ’individual.’ Below is just a portion:
To Republicans, liberty is still today man’s most precious possession. For every citizen, and for the generations to come, we Republicans vow that it shall be preserved.
In substantiation of this belief the Republican Party submits this platform. To the American people it is our solemn bond.
To Stay Free
The shape of the future is our paramount concern. Much of today’s moral decline and drift—much of the prevailing preoccupation with physical and material comforts of life—much of today’s crass political appeals to the appetites of the citizenry—can be traced to a leadership grown demagogic and materialistic through indifference to national ideals rounded in devoutly held religious faith. The Republican Party seeks not to renounce this heritage of faith and high purpose; rather, we are determined to reaffirm and reapply it. So doing, these will be our guides:
1. Every person has the right to govern himself, to fix his own goals, and to make his own way with a minimum of governmental interference.
2. It is for government to foster and maintain an environment of freedom encouraging every individual to develop to the fullest his God-given powers of mind, heart and body; and, beyond this, government should undertake only needful things, rightly of public concern, which the citizen cannot himself accomplish.
We Republicans hold that these two principles must regain their primacy in our government’s relations, not only with the American people, but also with nations and peoples everywhere in the world.
3. Within our Republic the Federal Government should act only in areas where it has Constitutional authority to act, and then only in respect to proven needs where individuals and local or state governments will not or cannot adequately perform. Great power, whether governmental or private, political or economic, must be so checked, balanced and restrained and, where necessary, so dispersed as to prevent it from becoming a threat to freedom any place in the land.
Any reasonable person would take a look at the facts as they are clearly laid out and come to the conclusion that not only is Rick Santorum not a “principled conservative,” be he isn’t a conservative of any kind. Yet, his supporters would vehemently deny this, ignore the facts and proclaim loudly that Rick Santorum is a Conservative because they are a conservative and support him. Which brings me back to my earlier point, at some point along the way since Goldwater in ‘64, Reagan in ‘80 and today — the word ‘conservative’ has lost all meaning.
Rick Santorum: The Most Anti-Reagan Republican
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Unlike my partner-in-blogging on this site, Arizona Luke who is firmly behind Rick Santorum, I don’t have a horse in this race. I just can’t get excited about any of the candidates the Republican party has fighting it out to challenge Barack Obama. I’m pretty much resolved to the fact that once again on election day, we as voters will be left with the options of a turd sandwich or a steaming pile of turd stew rather then the prime cut of New York Strip Steak that we deserve.
One thing I do know for certain though, I agree fully with Gary Bauer that we can do better then Ron Paul.
The thing that bug me the most about Ron Paul though is not his crazy foreign policy beliefs, it’s not even the racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric of his newsletters (though that stuff is disgusting and vile,) its not even the fact that he talks in a really weird high voice and wears suits that are 3 sizes too large — the one thing that bothers me the most about Ron Paul is his groupies. I use the word groupies rather then “supporter” then you would in a traditional sense when talking about those who back a political candidate, because that is what they are.
Much like the irrational fandom more akin to teen idol or a pop star, that started in the fall of 2007 and swelled to immense proportions in the summer of 2008 over the media anointed “savior” Barack Obama, Ron Paul’s ardent groupies have the same sort of lacking in reason devotion to their “savior.”
In 2004 you could barely find a John Kerry supporter that didn’t spit out the word “Neo-Con,” whenever talking about supporters of George W. Bush. Now in 2012, you will be hard press to find Ron Paul supporters that will not quickly spew out that very same accusation whenever someone dares question their idol’s foreign policy positions.
There is a difference between “wanting to go to war,” and wanting an America-first foreign policy that seeks to protect the interests of America. The vast majority of Ron Paul supporters just don’t see that so they just get all angry and defensive attacking anyone who disagrees with Rep. Paul or their views.
I firmly believe, much like the late Barry Goldwater believed that a sound conservative philosophy can and must be spread not just in domestic policies but in the realm of foreign affairs. Victory over our enemies, the enemies of freedom is a sound conservative philosophy.
Everybody wants peace, it is the ultimate goal. But not the false peace that comes with surrender, the peace that comes with victory over those that threaten our liberty.
That’s not a “neo-conservative” view it’s a CONSERVATIVE view.
Ron Paul groupies, much like their brethren the Obama groupies, just don’t seem to understand that.
American freedom has always depended, to an extent, on what is happening beyond our shores. Even in Ben Franklin’s day, Americans had to reckon with foreign threats. Our forebearers knew that “keeping a Republic” meant, above all, keeping it safe from foreign transgressors; they knew that a people cannot live and work freely, and develop national institutions conducive to freedom, except in peace and with independence.
— Barry Goldwater in The Conscience of a Conservative
Ron Paul groupies like to champion their candidate as being the modern day heir apparent to Barry Goldwater and even liken his 2008 and current campaigns to the Goldwater Revolution of 1964. There is one problem, and that problem is clarified by the above quote, Ron Paul’s foreign policy beliefs are that of appeasement. Ron Paul would be the Neville Chaimberlain of our time. The late, great Barry Goldwater understood the complex albeit unfortunate necessities of peace through strength.
I love Ron Paul when it comes to the economy and other domestic issues. But when it comes to his foreign policy beliefs I am not sure if he is just naïve, or if he is a stark raving lunatic. He thinks we should make friends with our enemies like Iran, as if that was an easy task — or even what our enemies want.
Ron Paul likes to use the analogy that via the war on Terror we are at war with a tactic. While semantically that may be technically correct, due to the poor choice of words and the lack of political courage used by our leaders in describing the struggle we are in.
From Barry Goldwater’s acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican Convention. If you replace the word “communism” with “radical Islam,” it is the exact problem we are faced with today:
Today in our beloved country we have an administration which seems eager to deal with communism in every coin known – from gold to wheat, from consulates to confidence, and even human freedom itself.
The Republican cause demands that we brand communism as a principal disturber of peace in the world today. Indeed, we should brand it as the only significant disturber of the peace, and we must make clear that until its goals of conquest are absolutely renounced and its rejections with all nations tempered, communism and the governments it now controls are enemies of every man on earth who is or wants to be free.
We here in America can keep the peace only if we remain vigilant and only if we remain strong. Only if we keep our eyes open and keep our guard up can we prevent war. And I want to make this abundantly clear – I don’t intend to let peace or freedom be torn from our grasp because of lack of strength or lack of will – and that I promise you Americans.
We are at a war with an enemy (radical Islamists) who believe it is their religious duty to wage war with the Western World and remake the globe in their image. there is no making friends with an enemy like that, there is no making nice. There can be no “peace” without “victory.” Barry Goldwater knew and understood that concept.
Ron Paul would rather have us crawl on our knees to Mecca, then face the serious problems we have in this country head on. If Ron Paul were truly the champion of liberty that he and his groupies claim him to be, then his rallying cry would be “we would rather die then to lose our freedom!”
A friend of mine emailed me this today, I’m sure it has been passed around a lot, it was too good and too true not to repost.
The ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER
This one is a little different …. Two Different Versions …. Two Different Morals
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
MORAL OF THE OLD STORY: Be responsible for yourself! ______________________________________________________________
The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving. CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so? Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green …’ ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the SEIU group singing, We shall overcome. Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper’s sake, while he damns the ants. President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight. Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper . The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.
The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2012.
I just read over at Reason, that according to the Marijuana Policy Project, Barney Frank and Ron Paul plan on teaming up tomorrow (not the kind of team up that Rep. Frank usually likes though) to introduce a piece of legislation that would end the Federal prohibition of marijuana.
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) will introduce bi-partisan legislation tomorrow, June 23, ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference. Other co-sponsors include Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, allowing people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal.
The legislation is the first bill ever introduced in Congress to end federal marijuana prohibition.
Leading critics of the war on marijuana will explain its significance for state and national marijuana policy at a national tele-press conference on Thursday.
Now 1) this “potential legislation” does not affect me in any way as I do not partake in the enjoyment of Mary Jane (though I used to,) 2) I would never vote for either of these two ass clowns and 3) this bill has about as much of a chance of passing as I have of making it with Christina Hendricks —- I fully support the idea of it and say that it is about damn time.
And any of my fellow “conservatives” on the right leaning side of the political spectrum who oppose this bill — you are idiots, and are not true Conservatives. I won’t even get into the argument about how the “war on drugs” is a forty year old joke that is nothing but a ridiculous waste of tax payer money and has done more to actually increase drug use in this country then to stop it.
It all comes down to federalism and states rights, which is something we on the right are supposed to be champions of. This proposed legislation makes too much sense — which sadly is why it won’t pass.
You’re probably going not going to hear much about this story, mostly because most musicians tend to lean to the left, thus they are probably not going to complain about it. But according to WLWT in Cincinatti, images of members of some hard rock bands have been used in an attack ad against Steve Franzen, Republican candidate for Kentucky’s Campbell County Attorney.
Jim Daley, [Democrat] released a flier with misleading information on one side and pictures of rock stars from the bands Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed with no connection to Franzen on the other.
“Supposedly they’re my clients, but I haven’t seen any of these people,” Franzen said. “I don’t know anything about them, other than supposedly they’re rock musicians.”
Franzen said he’s uncertain of the legality of what Daley sent out.
Notice how neither the article, nor the accompanying video make any mention of which political party the candidates are affiliated in. I had to do a Google search to find out that Franzen is the Republican and Daley, the guy who used the images of Rock Stars as “criminals” is the Democrat. You could be damn sure that if the political parties were reversed, they would have then been mentioned in the story.
Hat Tip: Blabbermouth.net
I don’t really care for any of those bands, so here’s some Sons of Liberty…
Juan Williams is one of the few liberal pundits who doesn’t make me want to claw my ear drums out with a rusty fork when listening to them speak — which for me is a very rare trait to find in a liberal. Monday night Williams appeared on Fox News’s O’Reilly Factor, when asked by O’Reilly if the United States was facing a ‘Muslim dilemma,’ he had this to say:
“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
He went on to talk about the Pakistani attempted Times Square bomber and how America’s war with Muslims was “just beginning.”
I myself have trouble trying to find out what part of his comments were untrue, or for that matter wrong. But then again, I’m not a brain dead liberal, as NPR had this to say about Mr. Williams’ comments:
“…were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”
I swear I don’t know how anybody can use NPR as a news source. I could never stand more then five minutes of NPR before I want to bash my skull in against the steering wheel of my car.
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