Skip to comments.Charles Krauthammer: Visigoths at the gate?
Posted on 09/24/2010 11:07:20 PM PDT by neverdem
When facing a tsunami, what do you do? Pray, and tell yourself stories. I am not privy to the Democrats' private prayers, but I do hear the stories they're telling themselves. The new meme is that there's a civil war raging in the Republican Party. The Tea Party will wreck it from within and prove to be the Democrats' salvation.
I don't blame anyone for seeking a deus ex machina when about to be swept out to sea. But this salvation du jour is flimsier than most.
In fact, the big political story of the year is the contrary: that a spontaneous and quite anarchic movement with no recognized leadership or discernible organization has been merged with such relative ease into the Republican Party.
The Tea Party could have become Perot '92, an anti-government movement that spurned the Republicans, went third-party and cost George H.W. Bush reelection, ending 12 years of Republican rule. Had the Tea Party gone that route, it would have drained the Republican Party of its most mobilized supporters and deprived Republicans of the sweeping victory that awaits them on Nov. 2.
Instead, it planted its flag within the party and, with its remarkable energy, created the enthusiasm gap. Such gaps are measurable. This one is a chasm. This year's turnout for the Democratic primaries (as a percentage of eligible voters) was the lowest ever recorded. Republican turnout was the highest since 1970.
True, Christine O'Donnell's nomination in Delaware may cost the Republicans an otherwise safe seat (and possibly control of the Senate), and Sharron Angle in Nevada is running only neck-and-neck with an unpopular Harry Reid. On balance, however, the Tea Party contribution is a large net plus, with its support for such strong candidates as Marco Rubio of Florida, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Joe Miller...
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Whatever the democrats do.. the Tea party(caucus) is GROWING... strongly growing..
Hmmm... methinks Herr Krauthammer has been hammered sufficiently by Tea Party reality and is now trying to get in its good graces.
Chuck can still KMA.
He is not saying anything he hasnt said before....
>> is now trying to get in its good graces.
Krauthammer is a pragmatist and can easily survive the consequences of his dissenting views concerning the ladies.
Not really interested in anything Krauthammer has to say.
His actions/words concerning O’Donnell and Governor Palin tell me he is a Ruling Class Country Club Republican.
His disdain for Pro-life issues sealed the deal for me.
I don’t trust him a bit.
I agree. Love Krauthammer, irritated by his dumping on O’Donnell. Your tag line would make me laugh if it wasn’t so gruesomely accurate.
Well crafted tag line...
In an op-ed piece entitled “Disarm The Citizenry”, The Washington Post, Friday, April 5, 1996, page A19, columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote:
“Ultimately, a civilized society must disarm its citizenry if it is to have a modicum of domestic tranquility of the kind enjoyed by sister democracies such as Canada and Britain. Given the frontier history and individualist ideology of the United States, however, this will not come easily. It certainly cannot be done radically. It will probably take one, maybe two generations. It might be 50 years before the United States gets to where Britain is today. Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic - purely symbolic - move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.”
Has he disavowed those words? If not, I’m gonna write down his name in my book and draw a line through it.
I don't know, but 1996 was a long time ago. I hope he has, because Charles has been (at least until two weeks ago) mostly been a voice of reason and sanity.
Now that quote is scary!
That’s darned disturbing from chuck. Sounds like he’s got some major blind spots where freedom and liberty are concerned.
Why would anyone in their right mind want to model a society after the two failed liberocracies canauckistan and (Once) great britain?
If that is the path to being civilized, I will gladly throw my lot in with the barbarians. chucky can have his fantasy of a civilized society, I’ll keep my firearms.
Stopped reading as soon as I saw you had changed the title.
Nice touch, Squire Danaher...
George Mason of Virginia, 1788
“Stopped reading as soon as I saw you had changed the title.”
You’re confused. I lifted my post verbatim from here:
Hope this helps.
No wonder he supported Castle, who had an ‘F’ by the NRA.
Bump what you said.
There is no such thing as a “civilized society” where the citizenry can be enslaved by government and have no means of recourse.
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