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The Tea Party Will Win in the End (Frank Rich literally compares conservatives to cockroaches)
New York Magazine ^ | 10/15/12 | Frank Rich

Posted on 10/15/2012 10:44:57 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender

Such is the power of denial that we simply refuse to concede that, by the metric of intractability, at least, conservatives are the cockroaches of the American body politic, poised to outlast us all.


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1 posted on 10/15/2012 10:45:05 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: vbmoneyspender

that’s OK because democrats are the parasites of society, poised to destroy us all.


2 posted on 10/15/2012 10:48:36 AM PDT by RC one
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To: vbmoneyspender

In that case I welcome our cockroach overlords. LOL


3 posted on 10/15/2012 10:49:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: vbmoneyspender
Can't wait for the cockroach party on November 7.
4 posted on 10/15/2012 10:59:51 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: vbmoneyspender

He said “conservatives”, not Republicans.

He must like Republicans.


5 posted on 10/15/2012 11:02:39 AM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: vbmoneyspender

Frank obviously learned volumes about cockroaches during his years as a NYC restaurant critic.


6 posted on 10/15/2012 11:05:42 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: vbmoneyspender

Being well-versed in both American history and also the conservative movement, it’s fascinating to read these articles sometimes.

Take this quote “In the years between 1964 and 2012, presidents and wars both hot and cold have come and gone, as have countless culture wars, and yet the fundamental split on government’s role is much as it was when the right catapulted Goldwater to the top of a national ticket. The conservative credo has remained fixed even when it has been dishonored by its own camp (e.g., the free-spending administration of Bush 43). By contrast, the liberal faith that once seemed immutable to Lionel Trilling has been constantly downsized and muddied since the sixties. In the Obama era, it has become inchoate and defensive.”

They still don’t get it. After all these years, they still don’t get it. Conservatism at its very core, is about limiting power while liberalism at its very core is about expanding it. Also, for liberty to expand, government must contract and vice-versa. Conservatives revere the Constitution because it is a check to power and a preserver of liberty. Liberals dislike the Constitution precisely because it limits their power and gets in the way of their plans.

These power battles have been going on since time (and governments) began. Liberals seem to think that history began with Franklin Roosevelt and anybody who is against the do-gooders is a kook, a crank, a know-nothing, etc. I myself have been asked “how could you be a republican, you’re so well-informed?”

Conservatives will indeed be around long after everybody else is gone, not because they are conservatives, but because they stand for liberty before anything else because, without liberty, nothing else is worthwhile.


7 posted on 10/15/2012 11:07:52 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: vbmoneyspender

We oughta send him a box of cockroaches!


8 posted on 10/15/2012 11:20:02 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: vbmoneyspender

There’s never just one cockroach.


9 posted on 10/15/2012 11:21:13 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: vbmoneyspender

That’s all he’s got?


10 posted on 10/15/2012 11:21:36 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: RC one
These elitist liberals make me sick.
They are pompous idiots. I would love to have a debate with this particular one. He can choose the subject. It won't matter, I have either read, wrote, or patented it.
Idiots like this, will never get “it”. They belong to a species somewhat like ours, but incapable of adapting when presented with actual real world facts.
I do not pity them, rather, I try not to step in them, as it makes my shoes smell bad.
11 posted on 10/15/2012 11:21:44 AM PDT by RavenLooneyToon (Tail gunner Joe was right.)
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To: RavenLooneyToon

FRANK, It’s easy to outlast the LEFT when it is collasping faster that WITHHOLDER can delete his FAST and FURIOUS EMAILS.


12 posted on 10/15/2012 11:27:21 AM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: RavenLooneyToon
FRANK, It's easy to outlast the LEFT when it is collasping faster than WITHHOLDER can delete his FAST and FURIOUS EMAILS.
13 posted on 10/15/2012 11:28:07 AM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: vbmoneyspender

Just like conservative principles are superior to those of Marxist/Leftists, so the cockroach is superior to the tyannasaurus rex, which thought itself magnificent, and the dodo bird, which was too dense to think.


14 posted on 10/15/2012 11:29:50 AM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
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To: cotton1706
They still don’t get it. After all these years, they still don’t get it. Conservatism at its very core, is about limiting power while liberalism at its very core is about expanding it.

Conservatism IS about limiting power.

It's about limiting government power.

It's also about expanding personal power.

Liberalism/Progressivism/Marxism/Communism IS about expanding power.

It's about expanding government power to draconian levels.

It's about limiting personal power.

15 posted on 10/15/2012 11:30:18 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (We should ignore the absurd peripheral, and focus on the absurd Obama. People died. He lied!)
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To: vbmoneyspender

His followers are the ones heading for the shadows and not finding them. He hates the fact he has been exposed as the commie he is.

Pray for America


16 posted on 10/15/2012 11:32:34 AM PDT by bray (Islam- A billion medieval savages can't be wrong!)
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To: vbmoneyspender

Only in the warped emotions of a Liberal can the producers in society be called parasites and the freeloaders be called champions. These clowns need to be dropped in Benghazi square and see how long they last. Pathetic LOSERS.


17 posted on 10/15/2012 11:35:12 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: vbmoneyspender
perhaps voters still prefer the party of modest government activism to the party of no government.

Newspeak Translation: perhaps we can still lull the uninformed masses into a totalitarian state controlled by we socialists.

We don’t want to believe they’re hiding in plain sight in our own neighborhoods and offices.

Newspeak Translation: Why hasn't our socialist propaganda, brainwashing, intimidation and legal extortion crushed these capitalist running dogs into submission?

Journalists back then sneered...

Newspeak Translation: The ever faithful vanguard of the people were working to stifle liberty even then.

Goldwater groupies were often seen as flakes, not unlike the tea-party zanies besotted with Beck a half-century later.

Newspeak Translation: Goldwater groupies were often depicted by the press as flakes, not unlike the tea-party zanies besotted with Beck a half-century later.

There. Not so hard to understand Newspeak, after all?

18 posted on 10/15/2012 12:12:14 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: vbmoneyspender
Goldwater’s ideas—bizarre and otherwise—would eventually change the trajectory of the country, as Barack Obama would acknowledge, to some Democrats’ dismay, when appraising Reagan’s legacy in 2008. But no matter how many times the conservative bogeyman came back from the dead along the way, liberals were shocked at every resurrection. Whether it was the rise of Reagan, the coming of Scalia-Thomas “originalism” to the Supreme Court, or the Gingrich revolution of 1994, we were always gobsmacked.

The GE Years: What Made Reagan Reagan [Newt said this book explained Ronald Reagan's leadership] [history and how it was done - summarized on one page]

19 posted on 10/15/2012 12:21:36 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: vbmoneyspender

that’s fine, because I regularly compare leftists to small hive beetles.


20 posted on 10/15/2012 12:27:02 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Leftists are the small hive beetles of the American hive)
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To: vbmoneyspender

For the non-beekeepers out there:

Small Hive Beetles are a pest that affects beehives. They are from Africa and they came on the scene relatively recently. No one knows how they got here. They just appeared all of a sudden (hmmm...)

They breed in honeycomb, creating lots and lots of lovely maggots. They also eat stored pollen and bee eggs and larvae and defecate all over the hive. If they get out of control, they’ll slime out a hive with their feces either killing it or causing the bees to leave and take up residence elsewhere. Either way, the beekeeper is left with a ruined hive.


21 posted on 10/15/2012 12:31:41 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Leftists are the small hive beetles of the American hive)
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To: cotton1706

hear, hear


22 posted on 10/15/2012 1:10:30 PM PDT by grandpa jones (obama delenda est)
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To: VRWC For Truth

“Liberals’ would murder all the “cockroaches” in America if they could harness the power and Federal machinery. They do this every time they take over a Nation. They are not liberals, they are communists.

Classical liberals do not hate democracy’s free speech and the constitution’s protection of individual rights and decentralized government. Rich is a communist.


23 posted on 10/15/2012 1:28:31 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: vbmoneyspender

There were certain places in Europe, during the 1940’s, where certain ethnic groups were referred to as rats before they were gathered up and transported to concentration camps.

Just saying.


24 posted on 10/15/2012 2:23:23 PM PDT by ripley
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To: cotton1706

Well said cotton.


25 posted on 10/15/2012 4:56:18 PM PDT by HannibalHamlinJr
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To: cotton1706
...for liberty to expand, government must contract...

Be nice to hear Romney utter that phrase at an opportune moment in tomorrow night's debate.

26 posted on 10/15/2012 5:22:12 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: vbmoneyspender
So, um, why didn't homosexual Frank Rich go the whole distance and a) compare us to body lice and b) call for a good dusting with Chlor-Dane, viz., our mass extermination?

After all, a good, dirigiste Marxist-Leninist mass purge and genocide can do a lot to change a country's demographics and "internals".

Of course, Russia today is a dwindling shadow of its former self, its manhood riddled with alcoholism and psychiatric problems left over from the Marxist-Leninist tyranny, its womanhood looking contemptuously past the losers and even beyond Russia's borders for their futures.

Russia, formerly an armed and armored despotate, is now a sick, crippled society that is destined to become a victim-state, invaded and attacked by Islamic and Chinese predators.

27 posted on 10/15/2012 9:08:39 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: vbmoneyspender
The guy's a theater critic.

Why doesn't the Times pay for the political opinions of carpenters, hair stylists, and jockeys?

28 posted on 10/15/2012 9:12:04 PM PDT by dead (It ain't over until the phone lady sings.)
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To: cotton1706

Very well put!


29 posted on 10/15/2012 9:16:14 PM PDT by dead (It ain't over until the phone lady sings.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
[You, quoting article]
"Whether it was the rise of Reagan, the coming of Scalia-Thomas “originalism” to the Supreme Court, or the Gingrich revolution of 1994, we were always gobsmacked."

Poor, gobsmacked little babies. I wonder what mutant strain of liberalism's malady ever persuaded the poor babies that they had a reasonable expectation of perpetual, unresisted leadership in the direction of dystopian, socialist tyranny?
30 posted on 10/15/2012 9:26:43 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: donna
He said “conservatives”, not Republicans.

Yes, and that is a salient point w/r/t his essay. He draws a strong distinction between the fortunes of the GOP and the strength of its conservative values.

From the source article,

In the late-September Quinnipiac University–New York Times–CBS News survey of the swing states Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania, for instance, the view that government is “doing too many things” easily beat the alternative that government “should do more.” The Pew American Values Survey from June is even starker in charting an intrinsic national alienation from a government that has been gridlocked since the turn of the century: By margins that approach or exceed two to one, a majority of Americans believe that government regulation of business “does more harm than good”; that the federal government should only run things “that cannot be run at the local level”; and that the “federal government controls too much of our daily lives.” Intriguingly, this animus almost uncannily matches that at the time of Goldwater’s trouncing in 1964.

Goldwater was destroyed by LBJ's political craftiness and the help of the media machine, but Goldwater's values elevated Richard Nixon over liberal paragon Humbert Humphrey only four years later, and made Ronald Reagan our 40th President in 1980.

My personal takeaway from reconsideration of 1964 (The Making of the President 1964, by Theodore White) is that the wrong man won; and that the factors contributing to LBJ's election, therefore, are an agenda list of the things that need to be repaired in America.

31 posted on 10/16/2012 12:55:56 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: cotton1706
Good post, thank you.

See also my last, which goes to a similar point.

32 posted on 10/16/2012 1:00:42 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: dead
Why doesn't the Times pay for the political opinions of carpenters, hair stylists, and jockeys?

New York even has a bar critic -- no, really. I checked the original article. That must be an unappreciated facet of New Yorkiness: One's favorite reads include all the lowdown from a Frank Rich or a Mini-Rich on dives and taprooms in one's neighborhood -- and more importantly, where all the tony, "right" dives and taprooms are located.

33 posted on 10/16/2012 9:33:05 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus
Yikes! A good review from a NYTimes bar critic would absolutely kill any bar for me.

The place would suddenly be spilling over with hipster doucheheads and boho trustafarians who douse themselves in patchouli oil to save water wasted on showering.

"Why is there no Decemberists or Indigo Girls on the jukebox?!"

34 posted on 10/16/2012 10:42:10 AM PDT by dead (It ain't over until the phone lady sings.)
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To: dead
LOL -- but it's New York magazine, and the stink would be, I think, Drakkar and Hermes. Or is that Yachting magazine?

Not to cavil -- I thought at first that the publication was The New Yorker and had to look again.

35 posted on 10/16/2012 11:01:49 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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