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The Nasty GOP? For some conservatives, the labels “nasty” and “mean” are well earned.
National Review Online ^ | November 20, 2012 | Jim Geraghty

Posted on 11/21/2012 5:57:01 PM PST by neverdem

‘The Republican brand is deeply damaged” was a painfully common assessment after the election. A lot of Republicans were eager to blame the party’s thoroughly lousy performance on the presidential nominee, but there is considerable evidence that the unpopularity goes well beyond that: Romney won more votes than GOP Senate candidates in almost all of the swing states — and in some fairly red states, including Arizona, Montana, Nebraska, and North Dakota.

Conservative ideas, though, won in distinctly Democratic-leaning states once the word “Republican” was no longer associated with them. In Michigan, where Obama won handily, a push to enshrine collective-bargaining rights in the state constitution was roundly defeated, 58 to 42 percent. In California, voters rejected a proposition to repeal the death penalty, rejected mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, and also rejected Proposition 38, which would have added funding to education and early-childhood programs by raising taxes on those making as little as $75,000 a year. In Virginia, voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment making it tougher for the state government to seize private property under eminent domain — while Romney and George Allen were losing statewide.

So why are Republicans so much less popular than their ideas? A ubiquitous accusation from their Democratic rivals, echoed by an allied media, is that Republicans lack empathy to the point of displaying sheer meanness. With Obama running up huge margins among various demographics — African-Americans, Hispanics, women, young people — the argument is that the GOP increasingly represents an aging, white, bitter, and angry rump of the electorate, lashing out nastily at a world changing too fast for them.

For the sake of argument, let us contemplate why an unaffiliated voter might think Republicans are mean.

The “47 percent”: In Romney’s infamous “47 percent” remarks, the worst line was, “My job is not to worry about those people — I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Even if there was some valid lament in there about a culture of dependency, the phrasing was about as harmful as possible, because it suggested that as president Romney wouldn’t “worry” about those people — that is, wouldn’t govern with their needs in mind, because he deemed them uninterested in self-sufficiency.

If you believe that conservative ideas work, you hopefully believe that the formula — a decent education, hard work, prudence, thrift, and a dollop of ambition — can and will work for anyone and everyone. “Some of you people are just hopeless” is an awful political slogan, and one that actually strengthens the case for liberalism: If a significant chunk of the citizenry is indeed unable or unwilling to care for itself — not merely failing to do so in response to incentives created by liberal policies — then some entity must step in to do that, and the state is probably best equipped for this task.

Most conservatives’ objection to the culture of dependency is that it results in a waste of human potential: in jobs gone unfilled, in able-bodied men and women not pursuing something better and not becoming role models for their children because they’ve been conditioned to believe that a government check is the best they can achieve. We hate the culture of dependency because we love those trapped in it and want to see them living better, happier, more fulfilling lives. If we truly hated them, we would want to keep them there.

None of that worldview came through in Romney’s remarks, and they were exacerbated by his post-election remarks summarized here by the Los Angeles Times:

Obama, Romney argued, had been “very generous” to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. He cited as motivating factors to young voters the administration’s plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest and the extension of health coverage for students on their parents’ insurance plans well into their 20s. Free contraception coverage under Obama’s healthcare plan, he added, gave an extra incentive to college-age women to back the president.

“The president’s campaign,” he said, “focused on giving targeted groups a big gift — so he made a big effort on small things. Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars.”

In short, Romney concluded that he lost because he couldn’t make a better offer to voters in key demographics who were essentially motivated by laziness and greed.

There’s a word that accurately summarizes the perspective of Republicans who believe that Latinos voted for Obama because they want amnesty for criminals and endless welfare, that young people voted for Obama because they’re ignorant and want free birth control, and that blacks voted for Obama because they wanted free cell phones: contempt. And it’s hard to persuade people to adopt your perspective, join your movement, or vote for your candidate when you speak of them with contempt.

The Sandra Fluke “slut” argument: When Democrats spotlighted Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke for her conviction that employers should be required to provide insurance that covers birth control, it was hard to imagine a more self-destructive reaction than Rush Limbaugh’s initial one:

What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.

Wait, it got worse:

So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.

This was a winnable argument for conservatives: In essence, Fluke expected Catholic institutions to violate their core principles and pay for something they deemed wrong, simply because she really wanted it. But the Right’s legitimate points quickly got drowned out in the brouhaha over Rush’s use of the S-word.

We roll our eyes at the Democratic party’s deification of Fluke, at Obama’s reassuring phone call to her, at her speech at the convention in Charlotte, and at her sometimes sparsely attended appearances on the campaign trail for Democratic candidates. But grassroots conservatives greeted every Fluke appearance like a bull seeing a waving red flag; quite a few among us enjoyed bringing back the S-word and mocking her as a nymphomaniac.

To his credit, Rush quickly apologized and said he regretted speaking about Fluke in the highly personalized terms of the Left. The issue never was, or never should have been, her sex life (or even the largely neglected side issue that some women need birth-control medications for health reasons). The issue was government power.

In focusing on the silliness of a law student’s becoming a national voice in the matter of what employers’ health plans should cover, that portion of the Right who mocked Fluke on those grounds undermined themselves: If what she thought and said was really unworthy of the attention it was receiving, why add to it? Their tactic played directly into the Democrats’ narrative about those mean Republicans: Express a view they disagree with and they’ll sneer about your sex life on national airwaves for weeks.

It is here that Republicans usually object that the mainstream media make a big deal out of Republican offenses like Rush’s use of the word “slut” but ignore comparable offenses on the Left. After all, don’t prominent liberals spew bile regularly without consequence? (Well, not always: Ed Schultz used the same word, “slut,” in a furious rant about Laura Ingraham and was suspended for a week without pay.) Entirely separate from the entirely justified fury over media bias is the question of how we want our movement to talk about the issues. If you sneer at people, you cannot expect them to agree with you.

Gay marriage and sexual taboos: It seems to be a knee-jerk, not-really-in-jest comparison when some conservatives discuss the issue of gay marriage: If two men or two women can get married, why not a man and an animal? GOP congressional candidate Bob Guida made the offhand comparison in New Hampshire in 2010; in October 2012, an Illinois state representative made similar remarks at a tea-party rally.

During last year’s presidential campaign, Rick Santorum received criticism for his 2003 comment that “in every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.” Santorum insists that the aim of the comment was to emphasize that he views homosexuality as different from pedophilia and bestiality, but he did bring up those emotionally charged taboo behaviors out of the blue while discussing his objections to gay marriage.

At a recent conservative gathering, one well-known pundit exclaimed, “Why can’t I marry my cat?”

Now, think about how this argument sounds to any gay or lesbian or to anyone who loves them — to their mothers, fathers, brothers, and friends. It takes a consensual relationship that more and more Americans see practiced by their friends, neighbors, and relatives and equates it with criminal acts, among the most reviled in our society. Put another way, if some jerk in a bar came up and compared your relationship to your spouse to bestiality, you would probably be sorely tempted to knock his teeth out.

Are gays and lesbians welcome in the GOP or conservative movement? Arguments and jokes like that send the signal they aren’t.

Abortion and rape: Of all the facets of the abortion debate, the most difficult ones for pro-lifers are the cases of rape or incest or where the life or health of the mother is at stake (a small percentage of all abortions). Many self-described pro-lifers are justifiably hesitant to legally require a woman who has been raped to bring the child of her attacker to term.

Todd Akin and then Richard Mourdock confirmed every wavering woman’s suspicion of pro-life conservatives when the former suggested that he understood nothing about the biology of human reproduction and when the latter contended that rape-generated pregnancy “is something that God intended to happen.” Yes, some women who have been raped have carried the child to term and wonderful people have been born as a result. But many women, maybe most, are horrified by the idea that the law could require rape victims to bear the children of the men who assaulted them. For a pair of aspiring GOP senators to utter awful comments, colossally devoid of empathy for the victims of rape, cemented the image of a party so mean they couldn’t even remember to mention the plight of the mother.

The incentives of controversy: For some of the most prominent figures associated with the GOP and with conservatism, controversy is almost always a good thing. Controversy turns heads, gets people tuning in, talking about them, builds ratings. But controversy alone does not necessarily persuade.

Perhaps the most vivid example of that comes from Ann Coulter, who has insisted that it’s acceptable to use the term “raghead” in discussions of the Muslim world. She used it at the 2005 Conservative Political Action Conference, and the next year a Muslim-American conservative begged her to stop: “It kind of turns a lot of Muslim Americans off, and it’s kind of hard to recruit them.” She replied, “I made a few jokes, and they killed 3,000 Americans — fair trade.”

Coulter and other reliable sources of controversy will cite the long American tradition of provocative speech and insist that there’s a raw, “tell it like it is” honesty in such comments. But what hard truth or deep intellectual insight is brought to the table by the term “raghead”? Would we on the right be so casual about a term that mocked yarmulkes or crucifixes? (In South Carolina’s 2010 gubernatorial primary, a GOP state legislator used the term “raghead” in referring to the president and Nikki Haley, a Republican candidate of Indian descent.)

In the race for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee in 2009, controversy erupted over aspiring chairman Chip Saltsman’s sending RNC members a CD that included satirist Paul Shanklin’s song “Barack the Magic Negro,” a reference to the Hollywood trope of a mystical African-American character who provides advice and ancient wisdom to a white protagonist. That explanation was lost in much of the controversy. When trying to persuade skeptical African-Americans that the GOP really understands the problems facing them, do we want to spend a lot of time insisting that there’s nothing even vaguely offensive or off-key about a potential party chairman distributing material that includes the antiquated term “Negro”?

Did Romney lose the election because of these long-ago controversies? No, but each time someone associated with the Right blurts out something like this, it adds a little fuel to the fire of the argument that Republicans don’t respect, understand, or welcome minorities.

In each one of these cases, the GOP and the Right have to think hard about whether this is the hill they want to die on. If you’re a wishy-washy, not-that-tuned-in, relatively apolitical voter, how do these controversies make you feel about Republicans?

Certainly, the media employ double standards in their decisions about which cases of meanness and nastiness are most newsworthy, and we cannot expect a movement made up of millions of people to avoid uttering repellent comments. But for some conservatives, at least every once in a while, those labels “mean” and “nasty” are well earned.

— Jim Geraghty writes the Campaign Spot on NRO.



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1 posted on 11/21/2012 5:57:06 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

conservatives: “nasty” and “mean” ...
Bite me.
(And Happy Thanksgiving!)


2 posted on 11/21/2012 6:03:17 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: neverdem
Would we on the right be so casual about a term that mocked yarmulkes or crucifixes?

I don't notice a lot of people wearing yarmulkes or crucifixes trying to kill civilization.

Ragheads on the other hand tend to hate civilization and are doing their level best to blow it up, burn it down, kill all proponents and among other less charming trait's.

I can see this person has a problem with reality being spoken.

No- we should never mention that people are selling their vote for "gimmies". That would be mean. The fact that these people are little more then prostitutes is mean.

Poor baby. Perhaps he should go be a democrat since they are never mean.

Signed

The person who has been called a racist-bigoted-sexest-homophobe just for thinking that a gay black female is just as capable of being a bad person as straight white male.

3 posted on 11/21/2012 6:12:44 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: neverdem

The communist brand was pretty damaged in half the states.


4 posted on 11/21/2012 6:13:24 PM PST by Impy (Boehner for President - 2013)
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To: neverdem

You get nasty and mean when you witness your culture circling the drain. It is good to be old. I’m too old to survive the crunch but I can sure go out in a blaze of glory...and I intend to keep score as long as I can.


5 posted on 11/21/2012 6:14:08 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: neverdem

There is an unseen force in play that will not allow traditional values to win. You can find even worse nastiness on the left, but it won’t register with the mob no matter the strategy or the approach. The population must suffer profoundly before they might possibly recognize the truth. Only Pain drives people back to God.


6 posted on 11/21/2012 6:14:13 PM PST by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: neverdem

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7 posted on 11/21/2012 6:17:51 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("God bless the child that's got his own." Billie Holiday / Arthur Herzog Jr)
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To: neverdem

Who could NOT be Thankful that...

1) America got what SHE wanted in the last election..?.
2) Voter fraud just became Americas way of doing political business..?.
3) BArry Half-Black received a mandate to steal.?.
4) American Women proved they have no business voting.?.
5) Republicans virtually destroyed any chance of ever being President again.?.
6) The chance of a Civil War is very great.?.
7) The inmates took over the mental institution.?...

** A lot to be thankful for this year....


8 posted on 11/21/2012 6:23:24 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

You have government issued money in your pocket. You’ve sold out to Obama and his running dog lackeys.


9 posted on 11/21/2012 6:24:01 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: neverdem

I tire of these elitist “intellectual” hand wringers who triangulate political correctness into every decision and action then go on the blame warpath against “unwashed” conservatives for speaking the truth. Screw them. They LOST to leftist socialists on their own terms. AGAIN.


10 posted on 11/21/2012 6:25:44 PM PST by TADSLOS (LOSING BIG- The GOP legacy.)
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To: TADSLOS

Precisely why they are pointing the finger everywhere except their own witless heads.


11 posted on 11/21/2012 6:31:39 PM PST by madprof98
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To: neverdem

This assclown Geraghty is basically saying that Republicans need to lie better, or, at least, refrain from speaking the truth. Whatever. It all comes down to the same thing - - the parasites outnumber the hosts; the eaters outnumber the producers; the moochers reelected their president and America is dead - - the Democrats won. Who cares? The parasitic scum who comprise the Democrat party base won’t get anything from me, lol.
I’ve been preparing.


12 posted on 11/21/2012 6:32:46 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: neverdem

Who is this clown? What a shlock piece of writing.

To some people, homosexuality is a sin and an abomination to God. Their viewpoints on this are as important to me as those who would have us all f*** anything we want anytime we want. In fact, their viewpoints are at least grounded in 1000s of years of moral and religious beliefs, the latter which receive little acknowledgment by people like Garrety.

In terms of the 47%, yes Romney despises them individually, so he’s unelectable. Most conservatives do not. However, most do despise the culture, the education system, voting blocs and the politicians who have chained us all to the publicly funded benefits of the 47%. It’s a thin distinction but important for this Garrety guy to acknowledge the underlying unsustainability of a nation that tolerates a 47% voting bloc with its mouth on the public tit. Individually they will hate us when we pull them away from it.

Ragheads? Krauts? Japs? They all tried, and in the case of the former are presently trying, to kill me and my family. I will call them whatever I want without regard to how they feel about it. When we finally defeat them, I’ll go back to calling them Sir and Ma’am.

Women, old people and others wanting taxpayers to pay for their medical care: They need to take a math class. See unsustainability comment above. I do not want to pay for anyone’s medical care except my own and my family’s. It’s wrong to take from me to do it.

Rush Limbaugh. Who cares about that fat bastard? If the libs think Rush Limbaugh is my leader, they are terribly mistaken. I follow the Founding Fathers, not some radio jock. Bad bit of assumption there Garrety.


13 posted on 11/21/2012 6:37:03 PM PST by gotribe
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To: neverdem

It’s the media, stupid. Most people are totally uninformed of statements made by the left, but each and every sentence of republicans are magnified, twisted and used to bludgeon the whole party. Lets look at Chris Matthews’ and Michael Moore’s statements celebrating Sandy the superstorm. I bet less than 5 % of the country knows how crass these people are. If any republican said that, even an unknown town councilman across the country, we’d all be branded with the charge of insensitivity and uncaring.


14 posted on 11/21/2012 6:37:32 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: neverdem

Why are they saying some conservatives? They want us all eliminated.


15 posted on 11/21/2012 6:44:13 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: gorush

I’m with you gorush


16 posted on 11/21/2012 6:49:02 PM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: neverdem

The 47% comments was stupid and damaging. But all of those examples are lame. The dems had very little ammunition but were still able to prevail due to a brainwashed electorate and the MSM. The dems version of mean on any given day trounces these examples gleaned over a period of a year by Republicans. This idiot author hasn’t seen mean yet.


17 posted on 11/21/2012 6:50:44 PM PST by plain talk
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To: gorush
Right there with you.
18 posted on 11/21/2012 6:52:00 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: neverdem

The 47% comments was stupid and damaging. But all of those examples are lame. The dems had very little ammunition but were still able to prevail due to a brainwashed electorate and the MSM. The dems version of mean on any given day trounces these examples gleaned over a period of a year by Republicans. This idiot author hasn’t seen mean yet.


19 posted on 11/21/2012 6:52:13 PM PST by plain talk
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To: neverdem
How mean, and nasty is allowing four people to die, and possible 30 more people . Benghazi-Gate Scandal will never be forgotten!


20 posted on 11/21/2012 6:55:48 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: timestax

21 posted on 11/21/2012 6:59:30 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: neverdem

As Peter Schweizer reported in his piece “Don’t listen to the liberals, Right-wingers really are nicer people, latest research shows,” studies have borne out what I’ve always known: Liberals are cheap, ungenerous, uncharitable, unloving, self-centered, envious, greedy and covetous. They’re less likely than conservatives to devote time to ailing or needy loved ones, and they even hug their children less. And this reflects one reason why they support big government: they assuage their consciences by outsourcing their charity. I’ll add to this that they’re lustful, prideful, wrathful, often slothful and, if Michael Moore is any indication, gluttonous as well. In a word, they are the Seven Deadly Sins incarnate.


22 posted on 11/21/2012 7:04:23 PM PST by W. W. SMITH ((Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.)
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To: neverdem

The GOP goobers can now breathe a sigh of relief. I’m a newly registered “independent”. That’s one less “mean and nasty” donor that they don’t have to worry about anymore. I won’t embarrass them by telling the truth and demanding that the truth always be told. I’m TEA Party all the way now.


23 posted on 11/21/2012 7:04:23 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Amnesty - Obama's bailout of Mexico. Barry sticks it to America again!)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
I can see this person has a problem with reality being spoken

Precisely.

Geraghty is an echo chamber for the elitist GOP establishment geniuses who gave the party Dole, McCain, and Romney simply because they seemed so... safe. (And anyway, it was their turn.)

Romney, instead of running scared from the Democrat "mainstream" newsrooms, should have amplified his "47%" remark and then offered proof after proof of how Democrats politicians go on vote-buying sprees with the hard-earned tax dollars of people who actually work for a living. Gingrich was definitely on the right track when he labeled Ubama "the food stamp president". (You can always tell you are on the right track whenever you hit a nerve with the rats and see the horror on the faces of politically correct squishes like Geraghty.)

24 posted on 11/21/2012 7:04:46 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: neverdem

Nasty and mean? Like the colonists that wanted to break away from the British tyranny?


25 posted on 11/21/2012 7:07:16 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
No- we should never mention that people are selling their vote for "gimmies". That would be mean. The fact that these people are little more then prostitutes is mean. White Hetrosexual Male Gunowner Christian NRA member, and I smoke. I know mean. Is an "authorized Journalist" still not knowing that the name of "Barack the Magic Negro" is an LA Slimes headline even worth reading? Hehehe.....
26 posted on 11/21/2012 7:16:24 PM PST by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: neverdem

I am old enough to remember when this country was far superior in many ways to what it is now. Yes — contrary to all ideas about human progress, that’s the fact. It wasn’t perfect, but it was better, especially in the grade of human being who lived here.

There were stupid things said and done during this campaign. They weren’t things I would have said or done, so I don’t feel any burden to defend them. I do reserve the right, though, to be angry and heartsick when I see the government at every level and an increasingly ignorant and shiftless populace send this country down the drain. There is not a day that passes that I don’t think — and worry — about what kind of country my children will have to live in.


27 posted on 11/21/2012 7:24:02 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: neverdem

RINO File.


28 posted on 11/21/2012 7:56:36 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: throwback

I think that’s what is happening. God is giving our nation up(Romans 1). Hopefully, national repentance and a return to God will happen but I do not believe it will be during my lifetime.


29 posted on 11/21/2012 7:56:46 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: All

I tell you what - since this aging, white, bitter clinger seems to offend you libtards so much I intend to withdraw and let you have it - minus my money of course. Steal it from someone else.


30 posted on 11/21/2012 8:00:50 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: neverdem

I’ll go against the grain here and agree with much of what Geharty is saying, with the caveat that without the leftist media out there covering for them, the Democrats would be exposed as the meanest, nastiest bunch of scoundrels this side of the Bolsheviks.

But . . . alas the leftist media is still in control of the dominant narratives in this country and it doesn’t help anything for conservatives to feed into the notion that we “hate” women, gays, blacks, Latinos, etc. It’s not true, at least for me. I truly believe that conservative ideas and policies will result in better lives for nearly everyone (except maybe Democratic politicians, union bosses and welfare cheats). I don’t see why we can’t express our ideas in the public realm in ways that reflect that.


31 posted on 11/21/2012 8:04:34 PM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: W. W. SMITH

You forgot that liberals are paranoid.


32 posted on 11/21/2012 8:22:21 PM PST by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: neverdem

Mr. Geraghty, you’re a waste of oxygen. Happy Thanksgiving!


33 posted on 11/21/2012 8:52:38 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: neverdem

What a complete pansy. Additional proof, if any was needed, that the gop and it’s cheerleaders are long overdue in assuming their spot on the trashheap of history.


34 posted on 11/21/2012 9:06:17 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Getting in touch with the inner rebel)
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To: neverdem

Actually, it was a BLACK columnist who first coined the term “Barack the Magic Negro”, but that fact is lost on blacks who are just looking to be offended by Republicans.


35 posted on 11/21/2012 9:17:28 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: neverdem
Jim Geraghty claims that Obama ran up “huge margins” with women and young people.

Only half true.

Romney got a majority of white women, white young people, and married women.

The Democrats and the MSM have spent the last year pounding the theme of racial division.

The result?

Obama was reelected.

But Romney got the highest percentage (61%) of white voters in modern times.

That percentage will go up in 2016, and so will white voter participation.

So the Democrats want a political race war?

Believe me, dudes, you just got it.

36 posted on 11/21/2012 10:40:24 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: neverdem

Who left the door unguarded, an let this dreck be posted


37 posted on 11/21/2012 11:21:16 PM PST by itsahoot (Any enemy, that is allowed to have a King's X line, is undefeatable. (USS Taluga AO-62))
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To: RKBA Democrat
This is the MSM's idea of who's the "victim":

Liberals call conservatives all KINDS of vile, foul things, but let a conservative have the AUDACITY to fight back, guess who is ALWAYS wrong? Those mean republicans!

Don't they know they're supposed to TAKE the criticism and LIKE it?

38 posted on 11/21/2012 11:35:13 PM PST by boop ("I need another Cutty Sark"-LBJ)
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To: neverdem

Pathetic. We must cater to the sensitivities of the “lady-parts” crowd in our every expression of opinion — lest we be tarred and feathered (figuratively-speaking only, thus far, at least) as “mean,” “contemptuous,” etc.

By the way, does this Geraghty fellow even have a clue about how Islam really works? I suggest that he needs to read “Atlas Shrugs” blog daily for three months and then write a piece about what he has learned.

May I suggest that the reality of 80-85% of voting US Muslims going for Obama is not because Ann Coulter said “ragheads.” It has to do with agendas.


39 posted on 11/21/2012 11:44:22 PM PST by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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To: neverdem
It's time to ignore the PC Crap; the left will accuse us of racism, bigotry, homophobia, etc. no matter what. Just keep the eye on the ball, not on diversions created by the enemy.
40 posted on 11/22/2012 12:03:41 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: neverdem
I just don't buy it.

Those (few) nominal, temporary members of the 47% who would have preferred to be fully self sufficient probably did not find Romney's comment insulting or threatening, because THEY DON"T IDENTIFY WITH THE 47%. They probably heard Romney and said "Exactly right!"

As for Rush's comments about Fluke, they are taken out of context here. As usual. In the same little rant Rush referred to himself and his audience as pimps and johns. Were those intended as serious insults? No? So "slut" was dead serious, but those others insults were just jokes? Hokay. I have had it with people who work so hard to misunderstand Limbaugh's humor. Screw 'em.

41 posted on 11/22/2012 12:30:02 AM PST by TChad
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To: neverdem

More nro Yankee what culture war jackass preening bullshit
Needs lotsa rope...hemp...only the best for quislings

Is that mean and nasty enough Jimmy. Boy....you wobbler sorry excuse for a man


42 posted on 11/22/2012 12:36:29 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Behind the Blue Wall

Geraghty happens to be one of my least favorite pundits out there, but I’ll join you in agreeing that he actually has a point with all of his examples.

It is fine IMO to point out that Dem policies are intended to buy votes. To say that that’s why a majority of the electorate or large majorities of racial subgroups voted for Obama rather than Romney is indeed needlessly insulting those whose votes the GOP needs to win elections. It isn’t actually accurate about a number of Obama voters (e.g., any of the liberals in my family) and in Romney’s case it was a weak attempt to shift blame rather than accept the failings of his candidacy.

Rush does have a huge blind spot re: women, where he often and needlessly insults them and betrays his poor understanding of their priorities and motivations. His crude Fluke insults were a huge gift to Obama, as they reinforced suspicions that many women have about the GOP. Likewise, Akin and Mourdock.

Likewise for the idiot circulating the ‘Magic Negro’ parody at a conservative conference—and the idiot actually thought he should represent Republicans nationally?

I’m more than happy to see the argument made publicly that Islam is not simply a harmless ‘great religion’ and that its confluence with a primitive totalitarian political system means we must deal with it differently than such. But the needless use of the term ‘raghead’ immediately turns off those who might be willing to listen to the argument were it not stated so insultingly.

Finally, if I were gay and I happened upon one of too many threads here at FR discussing gay issues, for example, I would see too many posts from those vilely insulting all gays to want to consider further affinities in political philosophy.

It is IMO stupid (and unChristian) for our side to so often callously dismiss or outright insult groups whose votes we hope and need to attract at election time.

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43 posted on 11/22/2012 1:56:07 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: neverdem; All
To his credit, Rush quickly apologized and said he regretted speaking about Fluke in the highly personalized terms of the Left. The issue never was, or never should have been, her sex life (or even the largely neglected side issue that some women need birth-control medications for health reasons). The issue was government power.

And there he is subtly, but damnably, WRONG. In a Chestertonian sense, he has a perfect circle, but his circle is not large enough.

Under our system, power comes from the consent of the governed. And if someone convinces the governed that what they want is other people's money (largesse), then those people will cede power to the government in exchange for the other people's money (and partly as a balm for a rejected conscience, and to escape temporal effects of their dysfunction which might force them to pay heed to their conscience).

So Rush *WAS* right: we need to re-instill shame in order that the lust and greed of the masses does not trade away our freedom for their desires.

Cheers!

44 posted on 11/22/2012 3:54:33 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: muawiyah
I can explain the fact that what you just said was so far out in left field that it is not even in the ball park.

But bless your heart honey child, I just can't understand it for you.

You have a nice Thanksgiving now.

45 posted on 11/22/2012 4:14:06 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
What you can't explain is how obviously sarcastic it was ~

The claim was that receiving funds from a specific source makes you into a door mat for that source ~ that you will worship the source like a god.

Obviously there's more to humanity than simple economic motivation ~ food in ~ worship ~ food out ~ don't worship.

Seriously, don't you think about what you do with this Marxian claptrap?

46 posted on 11/22/2012 4:23:36 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: 9YearLurker
Thans to a fuller understanding of what's going on in polling (Pew research's May report ~ 9% responding) and a survey of how many of those responding say they are gay (about 3.54% ~ but 91% of people called didn't respond ~ which means that it's more like .3% or 1/11 that number) ~ we now know that the gay component of the total electorate is NEGLIGIBLE!!!!

That doesn't necessarily mean it's OK to insult the gay people ~ but it does mean it really isn't necessary to even think about them ~

47 posted on 11/22/2012 4:28:42 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I’ll take your point about not needing to insult gays as fair enough, but it is more than the actual population of gays that is and would be put off by a political party that is insulting to them.

(And no, that doesn’t mean we have to change our political positions for them—just be respectful in our disagreements.)


48 posted on 11/22/2012 4:42:06 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: neverdem

At the core of the misguided articles by people like Geraghty (whose columns I usually like) is the assumption that if the GOP just plays nice with people who won’t vote them no matter how nice the Pubbies are, they’ll start voting for the GOP in record numbers. What does Geraghty want...the GOP to turn into Dem lite? We’ll never beat the Dems in pandering. The parasites (oh my, isn’t that a nasty, divisive statement) will always go for the genuine champions of pandering, the Dem Party. Might as well speak the truth to the parasites and retain a little honor.


49 posted on 11/22/2012 4:46:42 AM PST by driftless2
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To: muawiyah

Oh, and you’re daft if you think only one third of one percent of our population is gay.


50 posted on 11/22/2012 4:49:09 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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