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A Beat-up, Exhausted, and Terrified Republican Establishment
PJ Media ^ | 2-2-2014 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 02/03/2014 4:57:46 AM PST by Sir Napsalot

On almost every contemporary issue there is a populist, middle-class argument to be made against elite liberalism. Yet the Republican class in charge seems ossified in its inability to make a counter-argument for the middle class. Never has the liberal agenda been so vulnerable, a logical development when bad ideas have had five years to prove themselves as very bad ideas. When Obama is all done he will have taken high presidential popularity ratings, a supermajority in the Senate, and a large margin in the House and lost them all — if only the Republicans can make an adequate case that they represent the middle class, the Democrats only the very wealthy and the very dependent.

Illegal Immigration

We know the entry of 11 million illegal aliens depresses the wages of the poor and entry-level working class. Illegal immigration overwhelms state services, and that too hurts citizens most in need of help. The lower-middle classes do not have low-paid nannies, gardeners, and house-keepers. We know the illegal influx pleases La Raza activists, most of them second- and third-generation elites in government, politics, journalism and education, who without illegal immigration would not have much of a moral or legal justification for the continuance of affirmative action and identity politics, given that statistically Latinos would soon follow the pattern of other assimilated groups. (For example, is there affirmative action for Armenian immigrants? An Italian Razza movement? Punjabi Studies?)

[Be sure to read the whole article.]

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TOPICS: Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: vdh
VDH could be said 'at ground zero', his observation is keen, and people should pay attention.
1 posted on 02/03/2014 4:57:46 AM PST by Sir Napsalot
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To: Sir Napsalot

The “Republican Establishment” is just another name for a liberal group who won’t admit to themselves that they are liberals.


2 posted on 02/03/2014 4:59:20 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

flr


3 posted on 02/03/2014 5:01:38 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Sir Napsalot

Giving citizenship to the “11 million” already in the country illegally is only the beginning. Immigration reform is just a cutesy way of saying, “We’re opening the flood gates.” All foreigners will have to do is just show up and say, “Gimme free stuff!”


4 posted on 02/03/2014 5:02:06 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
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To: BuffaloJack

GOPEs are as much part of the problem as are DEMs. Both must be brought down. A third party will siphon half the support of the political establishment and add another 25% from Independents. A Constitutional party is a winner.


5 posted on 02/03/2014 5:04:03 AM PST by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Most ironic of all, these same "Beat-up, Exhausted, and Terrified Republican Establishment" are called our leaders.
6 posted on 02/03/2014 5:05:26 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Louis Foxwell

> GOPEs are as much part of the problem as are DEMs. Both must be brought down. A third party will siphon half the support of the political establishment and add another 25% from Independents. A Constitutional party is a winner.

Luckily I am a registered member of a 3rd party devoted to constitutionalism. The Whigs. Yes, the Whigs are still around and comprised mostly veterans, military and a few other patriots.


7 posted on 02/03/2014 5:07:54 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

The logic and reason of his arguments are sound. That is why it is so maddening that the GOP persists in scuttling their own ship before it has left the harbor.

In many respects, our Republican leadership is far, far worse than the Democrats and liberals it purports to fight.


8 posted on 02/03/2014 5:08:03 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Sir Napsalot

VDH bump. Well worth reading the full article, and asking why Republican leaders mostly aren’t making the points he makes here.


9 posted on 02/03/2014 5:10:55 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Gaffer

Quislings (and quite happy about it). /spit


10 posted on 02/03/2014 5:15:44 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

How can the GOPe make an effective case for representation of the middle class when they don’t represent the middle class. One party system.


11 posted on 02/03/2014 5:15:44 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

It would just be nice if the REPe put the country before their kingdoms like the TeaParty/Constitutionalists do.


12 posted on 02/03/2014 5:34:15 AM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your lid on; don't let anyone dump garbage on you.)
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To: Sir Napsalot

The GOPe isn’t interested in being a majority. They’re interested in returning to being a constituency of the Democrats. i.e., the loyal non-opposition, as they were in the 70s before Reagan and the conservatives ruined things for them. As a constituency of the Democrats, the GOPe received according to their needs just as the other constituencies do, which for the GOPe was safe seats, pork, hookers, invites to dinners and parties, and positive media. In return, they played GOPe Generals to the Democrat Globetrotters, a dependable but purposely impotent opponent deferring to their Democrat betters in all things.


13 posted on 02/03/2014 5:38:55 AM PST by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: BuffaloJack
The “Republican Establishment” is just another name for a liberal group who won’t admit to themselves that they are liberals.

Republicans have not been historically shy of the liberal label. Only 50 years ago, liberal Nelson Rockefeller was a popular leader in the party. Later still PA Senator John Heinz was liberal enough to marry Teresa (and HE was the one with the dough in those days, though she might have been more presentable). Lowell Weicker was liberal enough that Joe Lieberman easily ran to his right at least on foreign policy. Bob Dole was considered Right wing balancing for Gerald Ford on the '76 ticket after conservatives made a good show of strength with Reagan. It was Reagan who started the formal fight to give the conservatives a seat at the head of the Republican table. The fight remains unfinished.
14 posted on 02/03/2014 5:42:12 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: Sir Napsalot

The GOP should not be for sale, to a small group of international corporatists, who are intent on selling America into historical irrelevance.

America needs business.

We need business, right here. We need businesses, run by Americans, who manufacture things right here in America, and who export to the globe.

Instead we have a small group of insular corporatists who have exported America’s manufacturing, and that s*cks.

America needs to bring back American strength. We need to tax imports to encourage American businesses, and we need to do that quickly.

Now.

Bring back American businesses.


15 posted on 02/03/2014 5:44:57 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Sir Napsalot

One of the best writers in our country today - if not THE BEST. Never fails to cover all bases logically!

Thanks.


16 posted on 02/03/2014 6:09:31 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: BuffaloJack


You give the GOP-E way too much credit.

They are fully aware they are liberal, but in order to keep up the con-game and get the votes of the regular Republican voters (re: conservatives) they have to pretend that they are listening, that they support the same values, and yes, that they are conservative.

They are lying, Democrat collaborating Trojan Horse Traitors who have chosen to represent their big-money Corporate Campaign donors rather than the regular-Joe conservative voters who put them in office.
17 posted on 02/03/2014 6:15:31 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Here’s the problem and it is a BIG one ... they are in charge of the Party.


18 posted on 02/03/2014 6:25:58 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Sir Napsalot

I was lucky enough to take his courses at Fresno State.

The republicansxare led by pathetic losers. Their whole strategy is to adopt everything the democrats adopt in a lite version. They ALWAYS react to what the democrats want them to react to. Even when the repubs have a monumental hammer to destroy the dems, like the obamacare failure, they surrender.


19 posted on 02/03/2014 7:46:53 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Gaffer
It's not that difficult to understand why the GOPe does what it does when one realizes they don't want the responsibilities of leadership, just the perks of the office, which the Rats are perfectly content to offer in exchange for acquiescence.

When you see it in that light, everything makes total sense.

20 posted on 02/03/2014 9:28:44 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Dr. Sivana
It was Reagan who started the formal fight to give the conservatives a seat at the head of the Republican table.

I think that was actually Barry Goldwater.

21 posted on 02/06/2014 10:39:53 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring
I think that was actually Barry Goldwater.

Goldwater was not a full-spectrum conservative. He played one, so that counts for something.
22 posted on 02/06/2014 11:26:19 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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