Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The question we won't ask: Why does the U.S. keep moving to the left?
Vanity | 11/12/2012 | Dr. Thorne

Posted on 11/12/2012 1:27:35 PM PST by Dr. Thorne

click here to read article

Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-6061-77 last
To: Dr. Thorne

We don’t ask because even James Madison knew the answer back when. Government’s natural tendency is to grow. The real unasked question is why we (not just us, but all Americans) no longer jealously guard our liberties.

61 posted on 11/12/2012 3:54:06 PM PST by Tublecane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Thorne

Until and unless we clean the rot out of the government schools (aka socialist indoctrination centers), it’s only going to get worse. Until we do that, there is an American Hitler (he may already be here!) just up the road.

“When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’”
- Adolph Hitler

62 posted on 11/12/2012 3:55:23 PM PST by Dick Bachert (Obama for president -- of KENYA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Thorne

1) illegals

2) reparations is the same as gimme! gimme! attitude

3) kids are taught that everyone wins and no one loses so they grow up thinking they are to be given everything without any effort

63 posted on 11/12/2012 3:55:45 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Thorne
The question we won't ask: Why does the U.S. keep moving to the left?

In other News:: ..U.S. Population Reaches 300 million, Heading for 400 Million...
The 2 maps lock similar, Top is Population density, Bottom is 2012 Election
Anyone can make the connection.
I'm afraid there is no return from this.
The House of Cards / Babel is being build as we speak.
Hopefully this is true:: ..then God said, “Let us make MAN in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth...
Because we have to rely more & more on that "MAN" created social Structure. a.k.a. Left Shift

64 posted on 11/12/2012 3:56:35 PM PST by Koracan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bryanw92

Why not go to the source and smash the machines? Surely if we don’t they shall rise and crush us all!/s

65 posted on 11/12/2012 3:57:35 PM PST by Tublecane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Cementjungle

1. A television/entertainment culture dominated by leftists.

2. Public education run by leftists.

3. Decline in moral character, brought about in part by #1 and #2 above

You nailed it except for the inclusion of the leftist journalist/news media.

66 posted on 11/12/2012 3:58:00 PM PST by Laserman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Thorne

“...The right is 40 years behind the left and it remains a disorganized collection of potentials seeking a compass point. The “right” that got behind Mitt Romney consists of millionaires who want fewer regulations and easier imports from China, of social conservatives who are mainly ignored, except when voter turnout becomes an issue, libertarians who want more freedoms, and the non-ideological small business middle class and the struggling working class sensing their country and way of life slipping away from them.

Those groups could be welded together into a movement every bit as tribal and protective of its interests, capable of engaging in collective action on behalf of its own interests, as the urban machine vote. And that may already be happening with the Tea Party. But the counter-revolution of the bourgeoisie isn’t here yet. And there’s plenty of work to do to make it a reality.

The Republican establishment had its shot, twice. It put up moderate non-objectionable candidates. And it lost. It has no policies, beyond keeping the system going, and it has no ideas and no agenda, besides winning. It is a decadent political class fused with an even more decadent pundit class that views elections like these as a game, not as a life-and-death matter. It makes up lies and tells them to its base and hopes that the base will then forgive and forget being lied to and used one more time.

Moderation does not win elections. If you think it does, go look at the smirking face of Barack Obama. And then imagine him running for office back when Bill Ayers was building bombs. America’s new rulers were once considered far more extreme and unpopular than the Tea Party. Embracing radical and unpopular ideas is not a losing strategy. It is a short term losing strategy and a long term winning strategy so long as your ideas can be used to build a movement capable of turning those ideas into an organizing force.

The question is whether a right-wing movement can emerge that will make the vast majority of small businessmen in this country feel as negatively about a Democratic president as welfare voters feel about a Republican president?

This election has come close to testing that proposition. The time has come to test it further. The left went after gun owners, the way that it went after business owners, and the NRA used its hostility to build a powerful coalition of gun owners who broke the will of the elected left and made them turn on easier prey.

The key is organization. The left built its machines by convincing entire groups that they had a binding interest in a reflexive opposition to Republicans under a Democratic umbrella. Consolidating an opposition based on the same principles, that same sense that its financial oxygen will be cut if the Democrats win, is doable. But it cannot begin and end with the financials.

This is a cultural war and living in denial of that is senseless. Those social issues? They belong on the table. Because the alternative is that the table will belong to the left and we will be stuck arguing the level of regulation that is appropriate in a society whose entire moral imperative is based on the values of regulation.

Revolutions are not born out of success, they are born out of despair. They rise out of the dark hours of the night. They come from the understanding that all the other options are running out. Sometimes you have to fall down to rise and sometimes you have to hit bottom, to gather one last breath and fight to reach the top.

This is still a wonderful country. It is the finest place that this civilization has produced. Despite the events of the last day, it is worth fighting for.



Let’s begin with what this isn’t. It isn’t a final statement on anything. It’s the opening to a discussion and the discussion is a look at how we can win.

The proposals and ideas that follow are not in compliance with any dogma. They do not call for abandoning principles, but they do call for pragmatic action in the here and now in order to secure the victory of those principles. That’s a tricky line, but that’s also how political battles are won.

Plenty of readers will have philosophical objections to some of what follows and I respect that, but you can either wait for the public to come around or retreat to high ground and wait for everything to collapse. Neither is a very useful strategy and it behooves us to remember that the left did not go up into the hills and wait for us to come around. They used these strategies to win.

It’s easier to focus on wedge issues. Immigrant benefits are unpopular. Take a group that is closely associated with Obama that eats up a lot of benefits. Focus in on what a drain they are. And then you get support for making cuts that target the “other” people.

The Democrats are forced to fight unpopular battles to protect unpopular constituencies and working class voters are won over because we aren’t out to make life hard for them, we’re making it hard for people who never worked a day in their life and expect everything.

Republicans used to understand tactics like these, but a politically correct tone deafness has taken over. Instead there are big technocratic plans that affect everyone and that is not the place to start.

The key principle is that you cut not based on size, but based on unpopularity, you work from outside in, instead of announcing that you brought a chainsaw and want to chop down a forest. Even if you can make the case for it, it will be unpopular and you won’t get to cut anything at all.

Reagan understood this kind of tactic. Romney and that whole crowd do not. And that is why they lost out on much of the working class, which felt personally threatened and did not feel committed to any reforms.

The Democrats understand that you don’t sell austerity. You sell class warfare. Republicans need to learn the same lesson. Don’t sell austerity, go after the ObamaPhoniacs.

The Dems can promise to reward the poor and middle class at the expense of the rich. The Republican can promise to reward the productive at the expense of the parasites.

The long game on winning an argument is by losing elections. The short game to winning elections is by losing the argument, seizing the center and abandoning your beliefs.

Sometimes elections have to be lost in a good cause. Sometimes they have to be done as part of the process of making an argument that the public is still not ready for.

The public wasn’t ready for Goldwater, but it was ready for Reagan. Goldwater didn’t lose. He prepared the ground for Reagan.

The left understands this process quite well. It fights battles and takes strategic losses to advance its arguments and accustom the voters to them. These sacrifice plays help it advance further.

The great thing that we must remember about defeat is that there are two kinds of defeats. Defeats with a purpose and defeats without a purpose. Defeats with a purpose accomplish something, even if it is only to air an argument. Defeats without a purpose do not.

Only time will tell which of these the election of 2012 was.


67 posted on 11/12/2012 4:12:57 PM PST by CharlesMartelsGhost
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ex-snook

“victims of really bad economies, vote for government. FDR figured that out.”

It worked for FDR, Obama, and...well, aside from those two, it seems voters vote for “the other guy.” “For government” is a trickier vote to cast. First of all FDR originally ran for a balanced budget and against Hoover’s reckless spending. Since then it’s become all too plain which party is for marginally more government, however Bush the Younger started the bailouts and specifically the auto union slush fund that Obama hammered home as his chief achievement during the election. Also, Reagan won in part because people were embarrassed by Carter’s foreign policy fecklessness.

Here’s the biggest crack in the argument: Pubs run for bigger government, too. And though Dems will forever outbid them, Pubs have special credence on certain subjects, like imperialism. They do win sometimes. But, yes, all things being equal people vote for bigger government when things are bad. I submit that they also vote for government when things are good.

68 posted on 11/12/2012 4:14:08 PM PST by Tublecane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Thorne

Paul to Timothy:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
Ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim. 3:1-7)

Pretty well describes the situation and times.

69 posted on 11/12/2012 4:29:52 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Thorne
O'Sullivan's First Law:
: All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing.

I cite as supporting evidence the ACLU, the Ford Foundation, and the Episcopal Church. The reason is, of course, that people who staff such bodies tend to be the sort who don't like private profit, business, making money, the current organization of society, and, by extension, the Western world. At which point Michels's Iron Law of Oligarchy takes over — and the rest follows.

Michels's Iron Law of Oligarchy
The iron law of oligarchy is a political theory, first developed by the German syndicalist sociologist Robert Michels in his 1911 book, Political Parties.[1] It claims that rule by an elite, or "oligarchy", is inevitable as an "iron law" within any organization as part of the "tactical and technical necessities" of organization.[1] Michels particularly addressed the application of this law to representative democracy, and stated: "It is organization which gives birth to the dominion of the elected over the electors, of the mandataries over the mandators, of the delegates over the delegators. Who says organization, says oligarchy." He went on to state that "Historical evolution mocks all the prophylactic measures that have been adopted for the prevention of oligarchy.” Michels stated that the official goal of representative democracy of eliminating elite rule was impossible, that representative democracy is a façade legitimizing the rule of a particular elite, and that elite rule, that he refers to as oligarchy, is inevitable.
I think that O’Sullivan’s First Law can be explained by the fact that journalism promotes itself by denigrating those who accomplish things in favor of those who criticize. Capitalism proposes that people deserve authority to the extent that they deliver for the people, whereas socialism proposes (without actually saying in so many words) that people deserve authority based on how effectively they criticize those who deliver for the people.

70 posted on 11/12/2012 4:44:50 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Thorne

I think it’s time for more of us to face the facts and wake up. I wish this weren’t true but, there is so much evidence i see every day. Please don’t attack or silence the messenger. Instead how about we debate the argument presented.

Waking Up from the American Dream...

71 posted on 11/12/2012 4:45:14 PM PST by brandon24
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Thorne

If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, error will be;

If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy; If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will;

If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.” (Tryon Edwards, “A Dictionary of Thoughts: Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations from the Best Authors of the World, Both Ancient and Modern,“ 1908. p. 49)

“They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off. “ (Hosea 8:4)

“I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing. “ (Hosea 8:12)

“For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof. “ (Hosea 8:14)

72 posted on 11/12/2012 5:30:55 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tublecane

>>Why not go to the source and smash the machines? Surely if we don’t they shall rise and crush us all!/s

I can’t. I program the machines and my work ethic makes me do the best job I can (maybe Obama will find a way to remove that pesky work ethic—he sure did it for his supporters). So, I’m one of Skynet’s enablers.

73 posted on 11/12/2012 6:00:27 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 65 | View Replies]

To: Bryanw92

I worked in private industry for over 35 years. I never experienced 40 hour work week. Management employees who put in only 40 hours in a “right to work” state did not last long. Offshoring, downsizing and technology advancements resulted in longer workweeks as the work of 5 became the work of 4, became the work of three and eventually the work of 1.

Companies expect non-exempt workers at all levels to accept heavier workloads and work whatever hours it takes to get the job done. Once they reach their 50’s they’ll be let go to be replaced by younger, lower paid, and more energetic workers whose benefit costs are also lower. This is the nature of free trade capitalism in an open market where employees compete globally while the elites live by different rules.

One of my young family members went to work for county government three years ago. This public servant will not work one second more than eight hours per day. At 5:00 pm she and her coworkers are out the door no matter what the work situation.

I have two questions. How long can a dwindling number of producers in the private sector with declining disposable incomes continue to support marginally productive government bureaucrats and non productive welfare recipients before the system collapses? At what point will declining wages and benefits in the private sector reach the point where employees in mass give up and join the public sector dole?

74 posted on 11/12/2012 6:49:22 PM PST by Soul of the South
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: CharlesMartelsGhost
The Republican can promise to reward the productive at the expense of the parasites.

Except that the parasites outnumber the productive.

75 posted on 11/14/2012 7:29:24 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 67 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Thorne


Look around you next time you are in a store.

Everything, and I mean everything is made in China.

Nobody American was involved in making it. Just unloading it from the ship, and at the cashier.

Which is why America is trillions of dollars in debt to China now.

This must change.

Very soon.

76 posted on 11/14/2012 7:32:57 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Travis McGee
No arbeit is required in Obamaland.

Oops, forgot that. I guess it should be "EBT Macht Frei". :-)

77 posted on 11/14/2012 8:54:16 AM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 58 | View Replies]

Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-6061-77 last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson