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Paul Ryan's Homer Capehart Problem
American Spectator ^ | 05 apr 2011 | Jeffrey Lord

Posted on 04/05/2011 9:22:49 AM PDT by rellimpank

Can Paul Ryan avoid becoming the next Homer Capehart? And if so, how?

Homer Capehart, after all, was right.

Early.

The issue was in fact just as real as he said it was and every bit as dangerous.

He stood up when few were willing and said why it was dangerous -- over and over again. He called the President of the United States to task for not paying attention. There would be extremely serious consequences for ignoring the problem, he insisted. He spoke, he pleaded, he demanded. He did everything up to and including begging for something to be done. He even presented two different ways to deal with this problem. And still, he was brushed off. Dismissed by the so-called sophisticates of the day -- in the White House, the Congress and certainly in the dominant liberal media of the day -- the latter more than effectively the only media of the day.

Who was Homer Capehart? He was, in the summer of 1962, the conservative Republican who was serving as the senior Senator from Indiana. What was he so concerned about?

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cuba; homercapehart; jfk; missilecrisis; obama; paulryan; prophet; ryan

1 posted on 04/05/2011 9:22:51 AM PDT by rellimpank
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To: rellimpank

Great post of an interesting article using historical moments for “told you so” parallels. I was all of 7-years-old in the author’s referenced summer and fall of 1962 Cuban missile crisis so I have no personal recollection of Homer Capehart’s dire predictions.

Capehart’s WikiPedia entry shows he was instrumental in military family housing that would bear his name and in opposing public housing proposals of LBJ as “socialistic”. Seems that everything old is new again.


2 posted on 04/05/2011 9:41:57 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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—yep—I was aware of Sen. Capehart whjen I was in high school—he did physically fit the caricature of the old time pol, but , indeed was correct-——
3 posted on 04/05/2011 9:51:45 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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“Save us, Obi-Ryan Kenosha, you’re our only hope” — @iowahawkblog

http://twitter.com/#!/iowahawkblog/status/55302607606005760


4 posted on 04/05/2011 9:53:55 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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Having written a book as a college senior called Why England Slept, an account of Churchill's futile efforts to arouse his countrymen to the danger of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis before it was too late to avoid war, Kennedy was particularly stung that he himself was now in danger of being portrayed as some sort of American version of the appeasing British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain -- ignoring Capehart's Churchillian warnings about missiles in Cuba. JFK resolved not to let this image stick -- and it didn't.

I thought it was pretty well established that the crook, Joe Kennedy, had either Teddy Soerenson or Arthur Schlesinger, don't remember which, write that book.

5 posted on 04/05/2011 9:56:35 AM PDT by pgkdan ( "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine / There's always laughter and good red wine / ...Belloc)
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From the article (thanks for posting, great read):

In spite of all the chop-licking by the Howard Deans and Chuck Schumers of the world, Paul Ryan is not going to become Homer Capehart. There's too much at stake. This time, the American people know too much.

If only this were true. But it is not. Ryan is doomed as is his budget proposal. Dims will co-opt this and it will only be more of "Republicans want to kill Granny". If the people I spend my time with at work and at play are any indication, that is the only message that will stick and resonate (if they can be bothered to even pay attention in the first place).

6 posted on 04/05/2011 9:58:02 AM PDT by liberty_lvr (Drill Gaia like a 3 AM prom date)
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Ryan is ahead of the game at least in that he’s not named “Homer Capehart”.

Or “Reince Priebus”, for that matter.


7 posted on 04/05/2011 10:07:16 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (Wisconsin taxpayers, don't forget! There's still time to vote for life, liberty, sanity and Prosser!)
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Mr. Lord is most likely correct about the situation, except for one thing: he vastly overestimates the reach and influence of "conservative media," which he touts as the difference between Ryan's and Capeheart's situations.

The truth is that talk radio preaches to the choir. Fox News preaches to the choir, and its tabloid-style coverage is often a joke besides. More intellectually-oriented sources such as National Review and American Spectator are read by relatively few people, inside or outside the choir.

Mr. Ryan and the rest of the GOP need to find ways to take the case to everybody else.

8 posted on 04/05/2011 10:42:18 AM PDT by r9etb
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Sounds to me that Capehart’s fellow republicans refused to stand by him. So this is not so much a warning to Ryan personally as it is to the republican party in general.


9 posted on 04/05/2011 10:53:00 AM PDT by DManA
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To: liberty_lvr
"If only this were true. But it is not. Ryan is doomed as is his budget proposal. Dims will co-opt this and it will only be more of "Republicans want to kill Granny". If the people I spend my time with at work and at play are any indication, that is the only message that will stick and resonate (if they can be bothered to even pay attention in the first place). "

Still, the fight must be fought...without surrender. Shut the government down if it doesn't pass the Senate or get Prez signature.

Let the country stew on it and debate it throughout the year...while advocating and educating on the matter.

If the GOP then loses in 2012, we took our shot at doing the right thing.

Alternative measures will then be required to save the country.

10 posted on 04/05/2011 11:39:22 AM PDT by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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