Skip to comments.What Does Let It Burn Mean?
Posted on 12/11/2012 5:13:21 AM PST by BO Stinkss
As one of the first, if not the first, people to say Let It Burn, Im clearly thrilled with the growing chorus of voices joining the movement.
Like any movement, there are true believers and Let It Burn In Name Only (LIBINO) types. Since its never too early to purge a movement of its impure elements, let us lay out some key principles of Let It Burn.
1- America isnt a conservative country anymore and hasnt been for a while. Yes, you can point to lots of surveys that show people identify themselves as conservatives and they even say government should be doing fewer things.
The fact is, a conservative country doesnt accidentally elect Barack Obama twice. It doesn't continue to send Democrats to the Senate who voted for ObamaCare and force the GOP to run as the saviors of Medicare.
People want the ever expanding welfare state, they simply dont want to have to pay for it. They are happy to pretend they can ask the rich to pay a little more (it won't work) or to pile on debt for some generation to be born later to pay for it. What they are very clear about in their votes is...dont you dare touch my free stuff.
One foundation of conservatism is to see the world as it is, imperfections and all, and not the way we wish it to be. Unless we can admit the reality of the country we are living in, Let It Burn makes no sense.
If you think we're just one or two tactical moves and a great candidate away from political victory, you're not in the Let It Burn camp.
2- Gabe and several commenters yesterday wondered, why isnt Bob Corkers tax cuts now, entitlements later idea consistent with Let It Burn?
The answer is simple: Its a deliberate action is based on doing several things- raising taxes and then magically reforming entitlements.
Even if the GOP managed to "win" this standoff with Obama by generating more revenue through tax reform than hiking tax rates, who cares? We don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.
Let It Burn is about inaction. Theres no point in trying do anything that avoids going over the fiscal cliff/sequestration. Remember, the deal that got us to this point was agreed to by House Republicans, Senate Democrats and signed by Obama. Thats as bi-partisan as it gets. Ive heard from squishy low information voters, Obama and the media that bi-partisan problem solving is the Holy Grail of politics. Well, here it is.
Will it lead to massive disruptions? Yes. Thats the point. The current system is rigged against conservative. We should play no part in its perpetuation. If you cant win the game, concede and start new one. Thats the heart of Let It Burn.
This isn't some petty "I lost so I'm taking my ball and going home" tirade. This is what people want. It's simply not sustainable. If we can't stop them, we don't have to continue to enable them either.
Bill Kristol has a column attacking the Wall Street Journal for opposing any tax hikes. John Podhoretz challenges any conservative to argue with it. Well, I just did.
What Podhoretz should have done is challenge any Republican to argue against Kritols analysis. That cant be done in a serious way.
We need to start disassociating conservatism from the GOP. Weve tried it for 30 years. It hasnt worked.
Weve tried to save the country from the folly of expanding liberalism and the country said, we dont want to be saved. Let It Burn just means letting them have what they want and rebuilding later.
After 2010 I had some hope that we might be able to turn this massive welfare state around. The full implementation of ObamaCare means that isnt going to happen. At least not absent a total collapse of our fiscal house of cards. Let It Burn isnt an option, its an eventuality. The questions are will we be complicit in it any longer and do we want to delay it? I say no. Let the liberals own it. Very few things are made better by delaying the day of inevitable reckoning.
The sooner it burns, the sooner we can try and rebuild.
The dims won’t own it. The press will continue to blame “conservatives” for impeding progress. “If only the conservatives would have gotten out of the way,” they will say. “Because conservatives fought us at every turn, we missed our opportunities, and that’s why things fell apart.”
I guarantee that will be the spin. In fact, it’s already taking form.
“America isnt a conservative country anymore and hasnt been for a while.”
America has a gaping and clear fracture line. I feel little or no kinship for the “blue” sates, or the cultures within them.
Who is John Galt?
” I feel little or no kinship for the blue sates, or the cultures within them.”
Writing from Jackson, Kentucky, Mr. Kristof reported that numerous poor parents in Appalachian hill country are yanking their kids out of literacy classes in order to bag a $689 monthly Supplemental Security Income (S.S.I.) check per kid. The checks continue until the child reaches 18 years of age.
The kids get taken out of the program because the parents are going to lose the check, said Billie Oaks, who runs a literacy program here in Breathitt County, a poor part of Kentucky. Its heartbreaking.
1Cornell University Economics Professor Richard V. Burkhauser says parents are inducing illiteracy to keep the taxpayer-funded welfare checks rolling in. One of the ways you get on this program is having problems in school. If you do better in school, you threaten the income of the parents. Its a terrible incentive, said Professor Burkhauser.
Scorched Earth. Take them all with us.
You don’t continue to build when the foundation is crumbling away. There is a reason some houses aren’t renovated, it requires less money to raze the old structure and start with a solid foundation and quality construction.
The question will be do we include the existing design flaws of the present system when we rebuild? Will anyone be able to point out the flaws that caused the previous system to crumble?
That’s why we need to focus on state and local elections. We need a fire break. If you live in a blue state, there are jobs down here in Texas. The Kalfornian rats have started moving in, so get here and help us kick them out.
The dems MSM will promote the story “its the GOP’s fault” regardless of how this turns out. Let It Burn. Its 2 years until mid-terms and the few sheeple who will even vote in mid-term elections will have long forgotten the “fiscal cliff” charade, the MSM will either be broke and closed or more focussed on hitlery and HIV Slick.
BamaClaus re-won for the same underlying reason he won in 2008, voter fraud, not massive, but just enough to overcome the close race and massive illegal foreign money into nobama campaign used to buy TV time.
Let it burn is, essentially, Atlas Shrugged.
“Let It Burn just means letting them have what they want and rebuilding later.”
It's a bit more complicated than that. Most blue states are geographically almost entirely red, but play host to one or more major urban areas and thier suburbs. In reality the divide isn't red state/blue state, it is rural/urban.
There is a winning endgame strategy here. By way of a hint, keep in mind that the cities have to be fed, and they cannot grow their own food. A "strike" would bring them to their knees.
Agreed, let it burn, Rush is wrong when he says this is a conservative country.
That is precisely what LBJ and the dems did to the blacks with welfare which broke up the black family.
Such nice people these dems we have to deal with......
Let It Burn is a damn good idea and probably the only way to beat all this. We’ve seen the futility of trying to work or negotiate with the clearly anti-American democrats.
You are correct. At that point it is no longer about the votes though. It is an area worth studying. Mao had some success in frustrating the Japanese occupation with this strategy, but Lenin was able to move our from cities to dominate and subjugate the countryside however.
Texas has feet of clay precisely because of the urban areas of Houston and Dallas. It will be almost impossible to destroy the liberal power bases in those cities-they will only grow stronger with time. Any state that hosts a city with a population exceeding 250,000 is going to be pulled to the left.
Check the growth of cities to stop liberalism. If they don't control your state legislature yet, zone them in good and tight. Control development near the cities to prevent the growth of liberal "exurbs." I'm not joking. States like Texas, Arizona and North Carolina need to take steps ASAP to keep from becoming another Virginia or Florida.
I think Rush is still right. There are more conservatives than liberal/progressives. Its just that some portion adopted “let it burn” before the 2012 election by sitting it out, voting 3rd party or going with the “access to the treasury” flow.
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