Skip to comments.The betrayal of conservatives over the last 50 years
Posted on 09/21/2012 9:14:03 PM PDT by techno
Over the past 50 years, conservatives have been abandoned and betrayed by fellow Republicans, folks on our side or the right-wing media and blogosphere and as a result only twice in the past half a century (the two terms of Ronald Reagan) has our side won the ultimate victory. In that light here are the ten most egregious episodes that deserve their own Hall of Shame and which conservatives should not forget whether Mitt Romney wins or loses.
Inherent in each of these episodes should be the basis and foundation for conservatives to throw off forever the yoke of COLONIAL MENTALITY and declaring like the Patriots of 1775 they they are free and autonomous, no longer will behave or bow and scrape like serfs and no longer want to be bound to "the mother country", namely the GOP establishment and its RINO craven representatives in Washington who continue to work against the best interests of conservatives and to thwart conservative initiatives and solutions.
1)Destroying the political career of Sarah Palin and convincing conservatives that Palin's impact on the midterm results was minimal or peripheral and then after the midterm election abandoning Palin on the political battlefield to be assailed by her enemies while accusing her falsely of aiding and abetting murder after the Tucson incident with Gabby Giffords.
2)Conservatives not doing their due diligence on Chief Justice John Roberts or allowing themselves to be hoodwinked by "his credentials" backed up by the Bush White House, who voted to retain Obamacare. Because of the ramification of his deciding vote on the SC this could become the great betrayal of the conservative movement in the history of America.
3) Bush 41 voluntarily abandoning Reagan conservatism and purging conservatives from his administration after he was elected in 1988 (to Reagan's 3rd term) based on the political goodwill built up by Reagan, eventually imho causing the GOP presidential nominee over the last 5 elections to only win the popular vote once. 2012 may be one in six. In essence conservatism has been consigned to the wilderness for a generation due to the actions of Bush 41.
4)Fiscal irresponsibility of the Bush 43 administration and the Republicans in Congress which increased the deficit and national debt making it harder for conservatives to make the case the GOP is the party of fiscal discipline.
5) Enough conservatives betraying their principles and convictions by voting for Mitt Romney in the primaries in 2012 and in turn selling the conservative movement down the river as well, the movement vowing four years earlier not to nominate another moderate like John McCain.
6)Forgetting about or ignoring the conservative legacy of Calvin Coolidge and how great a president he was.
7)Prominent conservatives, Republicans, RINO's ignoring or dismissing the results or lessons of the 2010 midterm election not only helping Obama to win a second term but also weakening the conservative movement during this election cycle to the point that the TPM was not invited to participate in the GOP convention and Sarah Palin was declared persona non grata and now both are on the outside looking in. This is no accident. Conservatives were prevented from leveraging the results of the 2010 election to pursue greater glory.
8)Both John McCain and Mitt Romney going overboard to handle Barack Obama with kid gloves and not being nearly aggressive enough politically in calling him out for his failed socialist policies. Both presidential candidates are loath to thrown the knockout punch.
9)The GOP powers-to-be still 50 years later claiming that Barry Goldwater lost the 1964 presidential election overwhelmingly because he was a conservative and NOT because of the Kennedy assassination and that the nation was still in mourning, benefiting President Johnson.
10)The Republican Party and prominent conservatives not affirming in 2012 or even denying that Ronald Reagan was highly instrumental in bringing an end to the Cold war and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 due to the foreign affairs and national security policies he pursued in the 1980's.
There are probably more episodes but I think you get the idea. Do you know how you can judge whether someone is a rock-ribbed, genuine conservative or not? Ask them what they think of my 10 points and see how many they agree with and how many they disagree with.
The GOP is not the lone problem.
The Country has become mired in DNC talking points.
Reagan was the last of the good humored, Get things done guys.
Now a days no one smiles and laughs and we are very quick to attack ourselves over our real enemy’s.
Everything is hopeless and we are all on edge.
What drives me crazy is that we attack ourselves before our enemy’s.
We Kiss China’s/Arabs butt and attack fellow Americans.
China and the ME Suck
I think Romney has a lot of what Reagan had, but he just doesn’t know how to get the reg’lar guy to believe it or “feel” it.
Sadly, Obama has a lot of people bamboozled.
He’s a good time Charlie that never was down with the struggle.
He was raised a privileged “white boy” and hides behind being black.
I have neither option. Obama is a divider more than Romney.
Romney’s burden is that he comes off as decent and tough but separated from the masses.
If I was Romney I would not apologize.
Obama is separated from the masses and aloof, and he is a shyster.
It began shortly after this speech.
Barry Goldwater: 1964 Republican National Convention
The first Bush tossed the Reagan Revolution under the bus on the first day.!!!!!
Reagan threw the Ayatollah under the bus on the first day.
Sarah Palin made her decision to get out of the arena.
Now she makes calls from the stands.
I like her, but that is the truth.
From 1936 to 1952,the Republicans forsook a solid conservative, Robert A.Taft, for Alf Landon, Wendell Willkie, Tom Dewey and Dwight Eisenhower. Landon, Willkie and Dewey were losers, and under Eisenhower, the Republican stregth in Congress shrunk with every election, culminating in the blowout of 1958..
Romney is the pinnacle of our betrayal.
The Coolidge but confuses me. Unless it’s in reference to the endless battle over what caused the Great Depression—which even if you’ve forgotten about it remains important to economic psychopaths like Bernanke—it isn’t reallly relevant. I mean, I’d love him to be a national hero over Lincoln, TR, FDR, and Kennedy, but that’s never happen. Our hearts belong stupidly to Do Somethings and “what might have been.”
I can understand opposition to Paling. I can even understand the MSMs hissy fit against her. That is, if she weren’t up against Joe Biden. I mean, come on. If he can get in...I just don’t know what to say.
We could start by not charging into battle with the 3rd rail battle du jour.
In this election we should stick to the economy and the budget.
Contraception and such are not issues at the moment.
Who is that ahole in Missouri? Akin?
He could have held his tongue and made us proud, but NO! He couldn’t keep his powder dry
"They" didn't ram Romney down our throats.
Top conservatives such as Sarah Palin and Jim De Mint declined to run. Newt Gingrich ran an incompetent campaign. Herman Cain was not ready for prime time. Rick Perry couldn't cut the mustard. Rick Santorum ran a valiant campaign but was hampered by his loss of his Senate seat.
So it should be no surprise that Romney won the nomination.
The gutting in the primary’s around here ran some great people off.
Romney made it through.
I have new respect for him.
I was a Perry guy and I still think he is a good guy, but he was on pain meds at the time and it was ugly.
I must admit his flat tax proposal and Cains 999 were complete BS
Let me expound upon that by saying I am not ripping on Perry or Cain.
That Flat tax and 999 stuff is just political pablum.
It has NO Chance of ever happening.
OBO makes big promises that he can’t keep as well.
Bit with Obama not only doesn’t he keep his promises, he make matters worse.
Obama is the biggest charlatan I have ever seen in office.
They started clearing the way for Romney even before the 2008 election.
Flashback: Romney Supporters Trashing Palin
I only know one thing .. IF WE DON’T FORGET OUR PETTY COMPLAINTS .. WE’RE GOING TO LOSE THIS WHOLE COUNTRY.
SOME PEOPLE NEED TO GET OVER THEMSELVES.
IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND POLITICS .. THEN CHOOSE ANOTHER VOCATION.
I’m so sick and tired of all the whining and complaining. We need to man-up and take on the dems with the object of WINNING THIS ELECTION. That’s all that matters NOW!! We can deal with other stuff later!!!!!
And still we cling to the Republicrat wing of the one party system. Excuse the indelicacies, but Conservatives are treated like the ugly girl at te fraternity party. They load her up with booze, have their way with her and the next morning, gets tossed out with the rest of the garbage.
This is the last election for the Republicrats. If Romney wins, the Republicrats will continue to move leftward, until they are indistinguishable from the Democans. If Romney loses, we will have a dictatorship.
Partly because the backstabbing Rinos Nelson Rockefeller, William Scranton and George Romney (father of you-know-who) ripped into Goldwater continually during the 1964 campaign. A disgusting spectacle that was repeated every election cycle when a conservative was on the ballot, producing Reagan's Eleventh Commandment ("Thou shalt not criticize other Republicans.")
This list is trivial.
Conservatives have mostly been sold out by other conservatives doing things they called conservative that were nothing but piggybacking their personal preferences onto big government progressivism because it was easier and more reliable than doing it the right way.
The guy that clearly won the Republican debates did NOT translate into primary wins.
Slanted attacks and ads by 1) Romney 2) Santorum 3) Paul ... In order of severity. Caused voters to question Newts creds. Each of the candidates had drawbacks but in my opinion Newt had the fewest!
Voters couldn’t see thru the hocus pocus of outright lies or half truths and we got what we deserved ...Mitt.
The most decent, polished, and knowlegeable was Newt... try and tell me I’m wrong.
Now we have to wait and see how Romney does in the liberal moderated debares !? (I don’t think Newt would ever have agreed to this kind of slanted debates)
Sorry - liberal moderated debaTes
“I think Romney has a lot of what Reagan had, but he just doesnt know how to get the reglar guy to believe it or feel it.”
Romney is a flat out liberal!!!!
There isn’t a conservative bone in his body.
I really expected us to be where we are now about 20 years ago but it has been due to conservatives fighting back that has delayed our total demise.
Even Reagan was a big government tax and spend politician, when Governor of CA he doubled government employment and tripled taxes.
He only balanced the budget in his last year by getting withholding tax passed thereby giving the state 2 years taxes in one year, his last.
The success of the Republican Party in Congress in recent decades isn't as much a success of "conservatism" as it is a change in party affiliation among many voters. The "Republican Revolution" of 1994, for example, was an election in which many conservative Democrats in the House were replaced by Republicans.
We could start by not charging into battle with the 3rd rail battle du jour.
In this election we should stick to the economy and the budget. Contraception and such are not issues at the moment.
Who is that ahole in Missouri? Akin? He could have held his tongue and made us proud, but NO! He couldnt keep his powder
I guess we can add a #11
11. Dumping the social conservative base for the votes of liberals and illegal aliens.
Try winning an election without the conservative base
Heh...the crooked, corrupt GOP-E thanks you for your continuing support.
And Conservatives wonder why nothing ever changes...posts like this is why.
Pure and simple....and the left controls it almost completely.
Well we can all agree that we were proud of Newt when he “Newterered” the Liberal debate moderators and the press.
Conservatives have done their part to help betray themselves.
By jumping into bed with the Mitt Romneys of the world, we really say we will fold like a cheap suit despite all our big talk and bravado. It’s no wonder the GOP-E feels it can have its way whenever it wants.
We let them.
Every thing my teachers have told me about these two republicans is the first one was a do-nothing failure and second was just plain evil.
Hey, even though Romney was not my 1st choice (there were some that I wished and had encouraged to run). And certainley he is no Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Coolidge or Reagan !
But he is way the phuc better than that “transform = tear down” socialist/communist, redistributionist, tele-prompter reading, community organising (Acorn / SEIU) , in bed with every “hate America” fringe-radical group HERE and ABROAD, Chicago UNION thug, muslim axx kissing BUFFOON that A mericans were stupid to elect to the Office of President of The United States !
Lets get Romney ELECTED and as many Conservative Senators, Congressmen, State and Local people as possible !!! And turn back the liberal horde for our childrens and grandchildrens sake.
American Patriots rose to many a crisis in the past - let us not shirk Our Duty NOW! Let it be said of US that we were the generation that turned America back from the brink and back to the principles of Our Founding Fathers. Amen
I've heard this before.
Followed by this.
I rest my case.
Agree- + your #9 re; Goldwater is right on. If Kennedy isn’t killed, Goldwater wins that election. Bay of Pigs, Berlin Wall, Khrushchev embarrassing him in Vienna. He and Johnson weren’t going to be able to “steal” the election as was done vs Nixon in 1060
Agree- + your #9 re; Goldwater is right on. If Kennedy isn’t killed, Goldwater wins that election. Bay of Pigs, Berlin Wall, Cuban missile crisis,Khrushchev embarrassing him in Vienna. He and Johnson weren’t going to be able to “steal” the election as was done vs Nixon in 1060
He is not Heartless.
But I feel ya
He is just dealing with the cards the feds dealt him.
No, he called US heartless for questioning his giving educational benefits to illegals that citizens don’t get.