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Posted on 11/12/2012 2:34:18 PM PST by DanMiller
There are many pleasant actions that can be taken that won't do any good. There are others that might at least begin to do some good.
These won't do much good beyond diverting attention from our problems and maybe providing a good feeling. Feeling good is comforting, and that's it.
1. Hit your thumb again and again with a big hammer. That will focus attention away from the November 6th debacle. Still mad about November 6th? Then
2. Get drunk. Still thinking about November 6th? Then
3. Sign petitions to:
♦ Impeach President Obama for . . . anything you feel like; it doesn't matter what. Even in the unlikely event that the House would agree on a bill of impeachment, a Democrat controlled Senate would not convict him.
♦ Secede (peacefully) from the Union. As of late last night,
On Nov.7, the day after President Barack Obama was re-elected, the White Houses website received a petition asking the administration to allow Louisiana to secede.
If 25,000 people sign the petition by Dec. 7, it will require a response from the Obama administration, according to published rules of the White Houses online We the People program.
The Louisiana petition has collected more than 12,300 signatures in four days. A separate effort from Texas has 15,400 supporters.
Similar petitions from 18 other states began arriving Nov. 9, bringing the total for the moment to 20.
I am not aware of any constitutional provision authorizing President Obama to grant such petitions. However, as a world class constitutional scholar, he probably has a different version of the U.S. Constitution than the only one with which I am familiar. Might his version authorize or require him to do that? I have not seen it, but it probably doesn't. Instead, it apparently authorizes or requires him to do whatever he wants to do and considers politically useful. That could explain many of his actions thus far as well as many likely to be taken during his "more flexible" second term. At most, such petitions show that there are some, perhaps many, unhappy people. That's great. Now we should do something potentially effective about it.
♦ Have a new, this time honest, election to overturn the results of November 6th. What are the chances of that happening? Somewhere between 0.0000000% and 0.0000001%.
4. Write letters to your CongressCritters about how unhappy you are about the election results. The cumulative result might help to keep the U.S. Postal Service afloat for a few additional minutes.
5. Write a letter to President Obama. See number 4.
6. Cancel any subscriptions to and ignore left-wing newspapers and other left-wing media. That might help, slightly (if you still have any such subscriptions or pay attention to them) but would make it more difficult to learn what they are up to. It would be rather like pulling spies out of other hostile places.
7. Boycott MSNBC, NBC, ABC and a bunch more. (That assumes that you still watch them.) I can't honestly claim credit for that idea because Andrew Sullivan beat me to it:
Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan, who seemed to take the ups and downs of President Barack Obamas re-election campaign very personally, said in his Friday night appearance on HBOs Real Time with Bill Maher that the Republican Party should rebuke conservative talker Rush Limbaugh and demonize and cut off the Fox News Channel.
The first conservative who will be the future of that party will be the one that says Rush Limbaugh does not speak for the Republican Party, Sullivan said. He is a poison on the discourse, and until they start you see, the media-industrial complex on the right is so lucrative they dont want to lose it. And it is now controlling a political party. That has to be severed. Fox News has to be demonized and cut off.
I remember as a young boy watching chickens whose heads had just been twisted off so that grandma could cook them and we could eat them. They ran around aimlessly. The killing wasn't a pretty sight to watch but the really fresh chickens tasted great.
Link to video
That was not a very good video; it was the only one I was able to find and it is consistent with my recollections. Running around like a recently deceased chicken seems similar to what some of those engaged in the activities noted have been doing, except that running around probably does not make a late lamented chicken feel at all good and except that lots of Libruls probably enjoy watching the spectacle.
These would also feel good but just might begin to make the country better in the long term.
Thinking is sometimes a last resort, but it's last resort time. I wrote here and here that we should think about three mutually exclusive alternatives:
Helping the Republican Party to become more popular with those who now vote Democrat by adopting (or seeming to adopt) enough positions similar to theirs and those of the Democrats;
Helping the Republican Party to become more popular with conservatives by seriously adopting and pushing for conservative principles; and
Forming a new conservative party.
For the reasons stated at Parts I and II, doing the first would be counterproductive, accomplishing the second would be prevented by what we like to refer to as Republicans in Name Only (RINOS) but who now unfortunately seem to control the party and doing the third is our best if not only shot.
If I am right, what can we do? Here are a few ideas. There are other and probably better ideas and I hope that someone will think of them. These are just a start:
1. Get more involved in local politics and push for a conservative agenda.
2. Get more involved in State politics and push for a conservative agenda.
3. Keep up with Allen West and Herman Cain and try to help them. Both are reviled by the "ethical" media and hence by many in the left and even middle sections of the Republican Party. Those on the left would despise them regardless of what a different, actually ethical (fat chance of that) media might say and those in the middle probably would not change their minds very much. With strong evidence of conservative, rather than Republican, support they might even help with the formation of a new conservative party. I have never had the pleasure of meeting or discussing anything with either gentleman, but sense that neither feels much gratitude to the Republican Party for the help it has provided; it has provided little and tea party groups have provided much. Either could be a big help; both could be a great big help. So might Governor Palin. She has been cut by the Republican Party about the same as they have. She is prettier than either, but that's probably detrimental.
4. If you belong to a church or synagogue, discuss the matter with your friends there. Some may be similarly inclined and some won't be. Some of the latter might be offended. Is that a sufficient reason not to try? Robert E. Lee wrote (from Rod Cragg's A Commitment to Valor):
If you will act in accordance with the dictates of your conscience, to the best of your judgment . . . you will do right.
I think it is better to do right, even if we suffer in doing so, than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.
Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or keep one; the man who requires you to do so is dearly purchased at a sacrifice.
We must all, however, resolve on one thing -- not to abandon our country.
I pray we may not be over whelmed. I shall, however, endeavor to do my duty and fight to the last. (Emphasis added.)
5. Contact other groups and friends not in groups.
6. Dave Nalle, National Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, had some excellent suggestions in remarks on the state of the Republican Party. It seems better to quote him directly instead of rephrasing his words and using bullet points.
It is time for the Republican Party to return to the control of the grassroots and to a simple, ethical agenda of limiting the size and power of government and protecting the rights of individual citizens. The practice of giving special influence to outside groups whose first loyalty is to their own interests and issues must stop. Our allies should be drawn to us by our principles, not by our willingness to sell influence and trade favors.
The party is aging and becoming isolated from the people. Republicans have forgotten how to be activists and stir up popular enthusiasm for our cause. We have lost touch with the younger generation and we have abandoned minority groups which ought to share our principles. In too many counties and too many states the Republican Party has become an exclusive private club rather than the inclusive political movement it was meant to be. This is the course of extinction for a political party. If we do not grow and embrace new members and new strategies we will continue to stagnate and age into irrelevance.
The voters we need to attract to revitalize the party want less government on their backs and more liberty in their lives. They do not want to live in fear of external threats or internal security. They do not want to see the fruits of their labor seized by government or devalued by irresponsible policies. They do not want government in their businesses, their schools, their churches or their bedrooms. The Republican Party of the future should be young, entrepreneurial and inclusive. There is no hope for a party which is not strong enough to preserve its core principles while still embracing change.
This is the vision of the Republican Liberty Caucus. It is a challenge to the Republican Party to become a better party, rededicated to its founding principles. This election must be a turning point for the party and if we do not pick up the banner of leadership and embrace the changes which must come, then the GOP will fade away into whiggish obscurity. (Emphasis added.)
Those would be great ideas for the Republican Party if there were sufficient interest there in them or otherwise in returning to the Basics. I don't think they will take hold there, but do think that a new conservative party would be pretty good at implementing them; perhaps not all and probably not immediately, but enough to get off the ground.
At this point, I see little harm in trying and great harm to the nation if we don't. We won't know whether it will work unless we try, and we should.
Missed by this great article, but probably belongs under #3, is “complain about voter fraud.”
Don't diss the T.E.A. Party!
It's the base stupid!
This post is written in anger and frustration.
Angry that we continue to follow the Republican Partys elite ignorance. A party that continues to pull defeat from the jaws of victory characterized by pompous fools who fulfill the sterotype built by the left.
Frustrated that the reality of politics is this: There will be no third party capable of competing with the coalition constructed by the dems. As a result, true conservatives MUST take steps to irradicate the ignorance of the Republican Party while still adhering to the core values of our forefathers (beliefs that I discovered are considered extreme by over half of my countrymen on Tuesday night, BTW).
I have no solve for exactly how to accomplish this. Only advice based on a long military career in several foreign lands for how to defeat the dems once this is accomplished.
This thought process is based on the concept of irregular warfare with twists thrown in here and there for good measure.
With that, I provide the following advice for the good of the order.
LEADERSHIP: The old crew has proven either incompotent or outdated. McConnell and Boerner must go. They represent a failed plan to defend and resist without clearly explaining their position. They are content with looking like the bad guys and face public scorn when they dont realize how important it is to manipulate a clearly left leaning MSM. They represent the failure of the last four years to our own and obstructionists to the opposition. Weve got to show a new face to the nation. That is the genesis of rebuilding this movement. Ryan or Cantor in the House, Rubio or Demint in the Senate.
We also need a standard bearer and I see no one on the horizon with as much rockstar potential and substance as Rubio. These next four years must put him on the center stage with a unified and consolidated message. It also needs to protect him from the attacks from the left that are guaranteed to come.
Everything the Obamites used to deny, deflect, and difuse will be used againstt hem....including the race card. THAT is what will make Rubio a teflon candidate.
These men represent a change in a party that has been beaten soundly in the last two elections by a charlatan and his traveling circus. A fresh choice in leadership represents change you can TRULY beleive in from every angle. It marks a clear start from inside and outside when we actually started taking this enemy seriously.
GROUND GAME: It is IMPERATIVE to develop and foster an intricate ground game. It requires a MICRO-ANALYSIS of every county, every city, and every early and absentee ballot by demographic to find how how, why, and with what method they voted. The dems have built quite the coalition but its a house of cards; its a fractured coalition of single issue voters held together by a media-invested hollyweird worshipping demagogue. They can be piecemealed away bitby bit without sacrficing principle.
Give it to the dems on their community organizing machine. We dont need to reinvent that model. We MUST develop our own. One that will INSTILL our principles in a language tailored to the audience. Theyve tailored theirs on the community organizer, we can create ours around the military special operator. This the winning of hearts and minds in our own third world backyard dem strongholds.
This isnt as difficult as it sounds. It requires a patient and immediate effort that starts with the post election analysis looking not for what we WANT to find, but for the GROUND TRUTH. GROUND TRUTH is REAL INTELLIGENCE not Rovian number-crunching wishful thinking.
It will require an insurgent effort at the ground level. An infiltration into dem areas that we identify are weak or vulnerable to start cutting in to the blue.
The COIN (insurgeny/counterinsurgency)effort would include the identification of these areas, the inflitration of the areas through churches and charitable organizations AND PARTICULARLY THROUGH EDUCATION.
There ARE like thinkers in these communities. How do we find them? Ask Jesse L. Peterson. Ask JC Watts and Herman Cain. They KNOW how to splinter these vulnerable areas off the blue.
The hispanic issue is RIPE for moving into the red. Catholic, family oriented cultures who beleive in being left alone and naturally distrust the government. And they voted Obama? This is the epitome of the single issue voter. the RNC needs to go toe to toe, issue to issue with the Race and counter it in that community, in that language, at THAT LEVEL.
Think it cant be done? SOF has been doing it since the end of World War II. It CAN be done.
WE must get deep into the education system to promote the ideals and values of conservatism that should be selling themselves. Im not talking about traditional public schools and universities. They are ROTTED with liberals. They also arentthe keys to education in the 21st century.
Im talking about the new way to educate - the online universities, the trade schools and nightschools. Corporate allies need to invest and educate with the ideals of economic and fiscal conservatism.
The RNC needs to lead and develop this effort. A novice like me can see that there is a disconnect between the voting habits of catholic-dominated hispanics and pockets of baptist blacks and their actual stated values. That disconnect can be exploited if it is done slowly, deliberately, and effectively.
INFORMATION WARFARE: We are ATROCIOUS AT THIS. Dems get a simple message out early and often. They poison the well and we are left to change minds rather than get the initial impression right from jump. We constantly play defense and think we are sooooo clever when dems (as they ALWAYS do) do something stupid or illegal and shocked when the media all but ignores it. We must take the offensive in getting up in every Candy Crowley, every George Stepenopolis face and call them what they are: democratic hacks posing as the objective media
We ABSOLUTELY MUST be proactive. We must attack at EVERY OPPORTUNITY then add each fail of the dems to a trend and theme. These themes must be simple, tailored, and repetitively broadcast to each target demographic.
We must look out beyond the 5 and 10 meter targets. Weve got to effectively interpret what the dem message is on the horizon and confront it at all levels - from the national MSM level filtering directly down to the target group level. Even I can see what the talking points of the upcoming week are by watching the Sunday talking head programs. Defense is unacceptable. we cant pretent that the most outrageous comment wont gain traction then act surprised when weeks later, that theme picks up steam. Attack, attack, attack.
Alinsky tactics must be turned against their masters. There is GREAT power in ridicule and scorn. They make it too easy to use. It needs to be culturally tailored and consistent. Dennis Miller needs his own show on FNC AND a late night show on Fox. Let him source and promote culturally diverse conserative comedians that vulnerable areas can relate to and remember. Bold Fresh tours arent enough.
This is only part of an overall information operation plan that is constant in a simple party message and what it means to each target group.
WE DONT DO THAT WELL. WHY NOT? I find it unbelievable that Obama has hijacked the reputation and imagery of the Party of Lincoln.
COIN operations involve a very in depth understanding of cultural idocyncracies and how best to exploit them to our advantage. Its not a wool-over-the-eyes approach or a free shit approach like the dems sell. THAT ALWAYS COMES UP SHORT.
Its a sell based on how it effects each target group and what it means to them. If its done right, I am CONFIDENT that the tenets of conservatism sell themselves.
In Civil Miltary Operations, assistance in areas that seem unrelated builds trust in the agency. Granted, theres a fine line between assistance and the giving of free shit but, the special operations forces walk that line well. It can be done. Community outreach in areas that we identify, in ways that we havent before can build a larger tent without sacrificing our beliefs.
The military has been doing this in third world countries for years. Weve been more successful in some areas, less successful in others. In the United States third world strongholds of the Democratic Party,I am confident that it can be done.
Heres the kicker: There are countless retired special operations planners and operators working overseas as contractors RIGHT NOW. Its too easy; the RNC needs to hire them as contractors over here.
This is, by far, not the only avenue weve got to pursue in order to turn the tide.
But, if we are going to war, the RNC must look to the military to rediscover and reorganize. The number-crunching beancounters have their place in the organization but, on their best days, they can only identify who will and wont vote Republican.
This is a Hearts and Minds effort.
It requires a new way to think about the political battlefield.
Rangers Lead the Way.
I wish I thought you were right.
I’ve been thinking about the road to long term victory and a return to a more traditional America and it seems to me that we’re so busy trying to take the castle that we’re leaving the marxist supply lines unscathed. We can take out the marxist at the top and another will be ready to take his place.
We have got to take control of education and end the production of new marxists. Pulling our kids out of the public schools is fine but it leaves the machine untouched and still pumping out new marxists. We also need to look at who built the machine, who maintains it and how to destroy their ability to do it again.
I wonder how many Americans went to the polls on Tuesday and gave any kind of priority to university boards of regents? These are positions that can cripple men like William Ayers who created much of the marxist indoctrination of our teachers that was and is then carried to the pre schools all the way back to the universities.
Here in Michigan I voted for tea party republican Rob Steel for 1 of 2 seats on the university board of regents. Steel finished 3rd meaning that two former union reps took the two positions. Unfortunately only a fraction of the people who voted for Romney, voted for Steel and most will say “Who?” if I say it today. Virtually every single state level education position went to democrats because we didn’t care enough about those races to bother voting in them.
Personally I think straight ticket voting is hurting us as well. Straight ticket voting results in a lot of under votes in down ticket races.
Wishing is a crappy plan.
We can sit idly wringing our hands or do start to rev up some momentum on real changes.
The Tea Party has done it in less than 4 years.
When you look at the issues — the real cutting-edge issues over which the election was contested, at least in local races — Republicans and conservatives won on the issues. Four more years of Obama’s inexorable failures will reinforce the Republican ascendancy on the issues, because four more years will leave Obama ultimately without excuses. People have stopped blaming Millard Fillmore for the Civil War, and George W. Bush no longer is the preceding term’s president into whose Oval Office Obama now has been elected to enter. Indeed — and this, too, has been mostly overlooked — the very Republican success story of the 2010 Shellacking that happened virtually yesterday, throwing Nancy Pelosi out of the speaker’s chair; transferring Midwest swing states like Ohio (John Kasich), Michigan (Rick Snyder), Pennsylvania (Tom Corbett), Wisconsin (Scott Walker), Florida (Rick Scott) and Virginia (Bob McDonnell) from incompetent Democrat control to gifted and skillful Republican gubernatorial hands; and also giving those new Republican governors supportive state legislatures — worked for Obama and against Romney in this election because those critical states all had two much better years at their backs. The most crucial of electoral-college swing states, whose electorates were hurting so badly in 2010 that they all threw out all their Democrat governors, have been doing so much better since bringing in Republicans to control their state finances that they have become among those least concerned with the direction of the American economy and the jobless numbers.
All these considerations point to really sober, solid reasons to hope and anticipate that all is not lost, that this election was a quirk. People, even idiots, are not that stupid. On the state level, the Republicans increased their governorships to 30. That constitutes sixty percent of all state houses. The huge Republican 2010 takeover of the House was authenticated and cemented as not comprising merely an aberrational “wave election.” When people voted for their deepest, most direct concerns at home, they chose Republicans to control the House. Three new “Tea Party”-quality U.S. senators were elected: Deb Fischer in Nebraska, Jeff Flake in Arizona, Ted Cruz in Texas. Even in the U.S. Senate, Republicans would have held our numbers if not for two fools — one in Missouri and one in Indiana — who did to us this year what Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle did two years ago, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
But even there, in the Senate, hidden beneath and embedded within the numbers, there has been a tidal change toward bedrock conservatism. The most liberal and the most compromised of Republican senators are disappearing, having been replaced in only these past two years by the likes of Jim DeMint (the only one predating 2010), Kelly Ayotte, Ted Cruz, Deb Fischer, Jeff Flake, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, and several others who will not vote for a repeat of George W. Bush budgets with trillion-dollar deficits, for bridges to nowhere, for restricting oil leases and for expanding the federal budget. If not for the four flops — the Akin, Angle, Mourdock, and O’Donnell stumbles of a newly emerging powerful grassroots force for authentic yet reasonable and skillful conservatives — Republicans now would be only two takeovers away from controlling both Houses, and controlling them with authentically conservative agendas. That is just around the corner.
All this movement to dynamic bedrock conservatism has surged forward in only two years, notwithstanding the “changing face of the electorate.” And what do you call Susana Martinez, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz? Or Condoleezza Rice, Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, and Brian Sandoval? We built that. The midterm elections in 2014 almost surely will result in another Republican-conservative wave advance. And when 2016 comes, Republicans will get to choose from one heck of a fabulous bumper crop of youthful yet legislatively experienced superstars, bona-fide presidential contenders, bona-fide presidential contenders with proven experience in being reasonable and reaching across the aisle without sacrificing principle, while the Democrats will be selecting from the likes of septuagenarians Biden and Hillary, and liberal Northeasterners like Cuomo.
And that is cool.
It is a long battle 2010 was just the start. Definitely agree that all need to get involved locally and at the state level.
Allen West is standing and delivering in Florida as we speak, not willing to accept, in his estimation, a stolen election. - I think we all realize there was just “something not quite right” about the results of this election; but Mitt’s disappeared and no fight is in him. Maybe he’s satisfied. Okay. Fair enough. - So, now the RINOs in the Republican Party are poised to concede way more than reality dictates after this election; and becoming just Democrats in sheep’s clothing is not the answer, nor is just caving on all principles of conservatism thinking the Democrats (in the media and otherwise) are going to give them helpful advice on purpose. Liberals are poised to sink this country; and if Boehner goes along with them, he is culpable in this treasonous behavior. - I, for one, am ready for leaders like Allen West and Herman Cain, and, yes, Sarah Palin.
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