Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Have We Lost America? Hell No!
Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter

Posted on 03/25/2013 4:12:17 AM PDT by Kaslin

It’s the easiest thing in the world to be a pessimist, and the least American. We’re optimists, and as tough as things are, as many skirmishes as we’ve lost, we haven’t lost this country to the left quite yet. If you had to choose between being them or us, you’d be crazy to choose being them. We’re going to win, and America is going to rise again.

Pessimism is a cop-out, an excuse to do nothing and wait for the end instead of figuratively fixing bayonets and charging head-long into the enemy. That military metaphor is no accident, because decades in the military taught me that “pessimism” is just another name for “failure.” You don’t always get to pick your enemy. You don’t always get to pick your situation. Your job is to take whatever you face, find your advantages, and exploit them to drive on to victory.

We’re conservative Americans. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, Irish it up with a little Stoli, and then grill a rib-eye while you drink it.

Let’s assess our situation as conservatives. We face a leftist President and his senatorial minions. The media is against us. Our culture embraces a whole range of bizarrely self-destructive and immoral notions. The supposedly conservative party is divided between folks who want to promote conservatism and those who want to promote themselves.

So we’re under siege. So what else is new?

Now let’s look at the situation from a different perspective, one that looks for hope and opportunities. They’re there all right – we just need to be willing to see them.

Every day makes it clearer that President 51% is the lamest of ducks. The only thing he’s squandering faster than money borrowed from the Chinese to subsidize his coalition of lazy government hacks and welfare bums is his political capital.

The closest thing he has had to a political victory since eking out a win over Mitt Romney by a couple percentage points is getting through the Fiscal Cliff morass by making permanent the Bush tax rates on all but a few people. Yeah, his big success was making automatic taxes increases apply to fewer folks than it otherwise would have. That sort of failure is only considered a “victory” if you’re a MSNBC commentator or a French general.

And the sequester? Not only didn’t the sky fall but people kind of looked around, read their money market statements, and thought, “Uh, if this is what happens when we cut 2% of the budget, let’s see what happens when we cut 10%.”

That normal people are realizing that the Democrats’ sound and fury about slashing the budget signifies nothing is huge.

And the Senate? If I were Senator Mitch McConnell I’d be barging into Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office to start measuring the drapes. The GOP stands a great chance of snatching a bunch of Democrat seats up in 2014 if it can avoid nominating a bunch of Akin clones.

For example, just look at Mitch’s likely opponent, a puffy, washed-up actress who claims Tennessee residence and talks like a particularly militant Gender Studies TA at a second-rate liberal arts college. There’s a perfect fit for the Bluegrass State’s electorate – I’m surprised Mitch can keep a straight face.

You’ll note that the Minority Leader showed up at the Rand Paul party a few weeks ago. Mitch McConnell is a lot of things, but a guy who bets on losers isn’t one of them. He stood with the Wacko Birds while Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham fumed. That’s all you need to know about which way the wind is blowing inside the Beltway.

Oh, and Lindsay may be facing a primary challenge from the right by Bruce Carroll, a guy who used the Twitter handle “GayPatriot.” Watch for Lindsay to respond by backpedalling on immigration – and watch Marco Rubio shrug his shoulders and say, “Well, I tried,” as it becomes obvious to him that there is a liberal/squish conspiracy to fake border security in exchange for amnesty.

But that’s all mere politics – let’s look at the big picture. For all the abuse it has been taking, our Constitution remains strong and Americans are tenaciously defending it from the liberals’ assaults on the God-given rights it guarantees.

The right to freedom of religion is under attack, often via Obamacare’s un-American mandates, but citizens are successfully litigating those threats in courts across the country. No one is rolling over and giving up on our right to live in conformity with our faith.

The right to free speech remains strong. Sure, nitwits like the mayor of Philadelphia and academic neo-fascists whine about it, but Americans aren’t ready to surrender their right to say what they think just because the elites disapprove. Contrast that with once-Great Britain, where the subjects of that once-great nation are willingly casting away their ancient freedom because of an anti-free press campaign led by celebrity Hugh Grant.

Yeah, the U.K. has fallen so far that its people are willing to give up their tradition of liberty in reliance upon the judgment of a guy who gave up mega-hottie Elizabeth Hurley for some tacky L.A. streetwalker. Good plan, limies.

And the Second Amendment? The fury of Senator Feinstein at Harry Reid’s unwillingness to join in her Senatorial majority suicide pact says it all. Notice how the President has said nothing about it? He knows how weak this utter rout on his marquee priority makes him look, and he’s happy to let the egg splatter on DiFi’s face. It is mighty crowded under the Obama bus.

Sure, Colorado Democrats squeaked some limited anti-gun laws through, but they’ll wish they hadn’t. Remember those conservatives who sat out the last election? They’ll be flocking to the polls in the Centennial State to extract their unholy vengeance. No one ever wins elections by pushing gun control, but Colorado’s voters are about to demonstrate that folks do lose elections by pushing gun control.

How about the rest of the Bill of Rights? Rand Paul’s epic filibuster threw a spotlight on the fact that there is a huge overlap when it comes to the concept of liberty between conservatives and liberty-loving people who currently think of themselves as liberals. Next up – a conservative-hipster campaign to repeal the iPhone jailbreaking felony fiasco and similar corporate-sponsored assaults on freedom.

This is a huge opportunity to expand our coalition based not on superficial things like race or ethnicity or gender or any of that consultant-fetish nonsense but upon a solid foundation of a shared love of liberty. It’s an opportunity we need to ruthlessly exploit. As we continue our painful campaign of conservative self-assessment – itself a tremendously good sign that we intend to learn from our mistakes –we need to look for ways to cut into other groups that our opponents take for granted.

Our opponents have grown lazy. They have also grown old and tired. Their great gray hope Hillary will be a frisky 69 years old in 2016. She’ll energize the youth vote just like the dynamic John McCain did. Their ideas – which all seem to boil down to taking money from people who work to give it to losers who vote for Democrats – are played-out. Their short-term dream of retaking the House (Ha!) and keeping the Senate (Good luck!) are almost certain to be crushed.

It’s glorious.

This is no time to be a pessimist. Americans are natural optimists, and we conservatives have reason to be. The initiative and the momentum are with us in the campaign to take this county back from the liberal elites and their spineless lackeys. We’re going to win, and America is going to rise again.

In fact, I almost feel sorry for our opponents.

Almost.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: americanvalues; budgetandgovernment; domesticpolicy; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 03/25/2013 4:12:18 AM PDT by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

We’re optimists, and as tough as things are, as many skirmishes as we’ve lost, we haven’t lost this country to the left quite yet.


“Quite yet” huh?

We lost America when the doors to Communists, Marxists, Leftists, Fascists, Socialists, Liberals, Queers, Illegals, feminists, criminals and every other form of human vermin had the doors wide open for them to invade or infiltrate our government.

You can live in your little dream world where the good guy always wins but in this case, you are absolutely fooling yourself if you think things can turn around. We have entered the phase of “bread and circuses” and the head clown (Obama) is playing the Pied Piper’s flute.

IT IS TOO LATE! We (true Americans) have no other option than to actually physically fight to save our way of life and country as originally founded.

We have gone far past the point that “hot air” and words will fix anything. Physical action is the only solution.


2 posted on 03/25/2013 4:31:49 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Optimism is fine and biblical. However, can you name one leftist goal that has been reversed? Even when ERA failed to get the 38 needed states, liberals worked around that and accomplished their goals through federal and state legislation and a few state-ERAs. With the “conservative” leadership and voters we have, I can’t be optimistic.


3 posted on 03/25/2013 4:34:08 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

There’s a significant difference between optimism and delusion. This piece falls into the latter category.


4 posted on 03/25/2013 4:35:10 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Timber Rattler; Theodore R.; DH

With an attitude like yours, it’s no wonder we are losing


5 posted on 03/25/2013 4:42:21 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Theodore R.

Well, we’re winning against the unions. They die a little more very day. We got Right To Work passed in Michigan for crying out loud! Who would have predicted that?

Oh, and North Dakota’s ban on abortion was a big achievement.


6 posted on 03/25/2013 4:46:56 AM PDT by Viennacon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
With an attitude like yours, it’s no wonder we are losing


7 posted on 03/25/2013 4:49:44 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I have moments when something happens on the national scene that give me a brief glimmer of hope. And then it fades away.

As long as Obama and his party are running things, I really don’t think this country will survive as a free country. The land mass will survive, but the soul of the people has been corrupted and smashed.

I notice a depression in so many anymore. Our side seems to lack patriot leaders who are unafraid and bold enough to grab attention by standing up.

Most of us feel pretty sold out as we watch Obama and all those old, rooted, politicians who believe they always have to “so something” when most of the time “doing no harm” would be the cure.

I wish it wasn’t too late, but it most likely is.


8 posted on 03/25/2013 4:54:42 AM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dforest

oops, so = do


9 posted on 03/25/2013 4:56:29 AM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Right on! I get sick and tired of the whiny pessimists on this forum.

Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.

10 posted on 03/25/2013 4:56:54 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Redleg Duke

AMEN!


11 posted on 03/25/2013 5:09:55 AM PDT by billhilly
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: billhilly

Another thing that annoys the heck out me is all of the juvenile word creation that all seem so proud of.


12 posted on 03/25/2013 5:13:14 AM PDT by billhilly
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: DH

Agree with your comments. People should look around and see just how far their liberties have already been taken. Every day it gets a little worse. Incrementally we are just like the frog in a pot on low heat. By the time the dreamers figure out they are in a communist country, it will be too late for everyone.


13 posted on 03/25/2013 5:19:48 AM PDT by toolman1401
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: toolman1401

Agreed.


14 posted on 03/25/2013 5:21:46 AM PDT by MachIV
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Redleg Duke

“Sir, we are surrounded by the enemy!”

“Good! We’ve got them exactly where we want them!”

Great column & good way to start the week.


15 posted on 03/25/2013 5:28:31 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Well then, we better get up off of our collective dead butts and start standing for something, rather than figuring out how quickly we can cave and become like Democrats!


16 posted on 03/25/2013 5:31:36 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

When the pensions stop coming all bets are off.


17 posted on 03/25/2013 5:42:46 AM PDT by onedoug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

The re-election of Obama with virtually no outcry or legal objection to such blatant and outright voter fraud was proof enough for me.

However, I don’t see this as defeatism, but rather as an acknowledgment of the biblical times we are living in.

We are THAT close. I believe Obama will be running this country during the tribulation.... or someone just like him.


18 posted on 03/25/2013 5:51:34 AM PDT by Safrguns
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; Tennessee Nana; Liz; AuntB
RE :”Have We Lost America? Hell No!”

The House passed that Reid version of VAWA (the ‘war on men’ act) and sent it to Obama to sign. Its has new protections for illegals and lesbos in it.

The bills that reach his desk the next ~ 19 months will answer this question.

The day the Republicans help pass a bill to give illegals in this country the vote aka US citizenship will be the day its over,
we might as well all just register as Dems, or stop voting completely.

19 posted on 03/25/2013 5:55:08 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dforest
RE :”I have moments when something happens on the national scene that give me a brief glimmer of hope. And then it fades away.”

see : #19

20 posted on 03/25/2013 6:04:32 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

“With an attitude like yours, it’s no wonder we are losing”

These people who bitch and complain that all is lost are the same fat-ass losers who never attend local village council, county board and schoolboard meetings. Then when their property taxes go sky-high, their property rights are lost and their schools are filled with leftist teachers, they sit around and whine.

These are the people who care more about remodeling their kitchens, barbecuing ribs and worshipping mammon than securing a better world for their children. They’re all losers who have become an army of useful idiots for the left. FR is infested with them.


21 posted on 03/25/2013 6:22:20 AM PDT by sergeantdave
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Hell Yes.....

Everything north and east of New York is now Neo Europa. It is no longer America.

The people there are AINO’s


22 posted on 03/25/2013 6:24:52 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DH
Pessimism is a cop-out, an excuse to do nothing and wait for the end instead of figuratively fixing bayonets and charging head-long into the enemy. That military metaphor is no accident, because decades in the military taught me that “pessimism” is just another name for “failure.” You don’t always get to pick your enemy. You don’t always get to pick your situation. Your job is to take whatever you face, find your advantages, and exploit them to drive on to victory.

Then again, sometimes you're down 60-0 with a minute left in the 4th quarter. GAME OVER.

23 posted on 03/25/2013 7:20:30 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
I paid $10 to put my name on the ballet for school board. Yes, it seems suicidal but can't win if we don't try. I am going to do a little campaigning and say I am for the children. I am going to represent the people that elect me the parents and the children, not the unions.

Yes, I am going to be vocal about the unions we will see where that gets me.

24 posted on 03/25/2013 7:51:22 AM PDT by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Every day makes it clearer that President 51% is the lamest of ducks. The only thing he’s squandering faster than money borrowed from the Chinese to subsidize his coalition of lazy government hacks and welfare bums is his political capital.

I love this paragraph! It says it all.

However, I have nothing at all against ducks, even the omnipresent obnoxious AFLAC duck! I think a comparison with Satan is much more appropriate, deserved and more fair to the ducks!

25 posted on 03/25/2013 8:09:14 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave
It isn't a matter of IF we will win, it is a matter of WHEN. And what depths of despair and depravity we, as a society, will have to plumb before we take our country back from the certain societal collapse which the left is willing to impose to seize absolute power.

I'll put my money on the return of Jesus Christ over the absolute control of Satan.

26 posted on 03/25/2013 8:14:03 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Yeah, history teaches us that when victory seemed impossible, General Washington just gave up and went back to Mt. Vernon.

Remember that?

27 posted on 03/25/2013 8:19:08 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

WEll I love an optimist but 2 billion rounds of ammo, 7,000 full auto assault rifles and 2717 armored trucks says freedom isn’t free and we may have quite a tussle on our hands between now and 2016.


28 posted on 03/25/2013 8:34:51 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
Pessimism is a cop-out, an excuse to do nothing and wait for the end instead of figuratively fixing bayonets and charging head-long into the enemy.

One could say precisely the same thing about optimism.

29 posted on 03/25/2013 9:05:19 AM PDT by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

It’s not an attitude problem. Those who refuse to take a real look at what’s happening and thinking they have a chance to turn it around are only fooling themselves. Worse yet, they are not actually doing something about it.

We true conservatives and vets who actually were in the military service have already put in years of our lives into the protection of the Constitution and the American way of life. We can now clearly see the enemy far outnumber us in our own country and can recognize the fact that the takers far outnumber the makers and that trend will never turn around. It’s time to plan for the day that we will actually have to fight to preserve our freedoms and liberty......not wish or talk.


30 posted on 03/25/2013 9:15:08 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave

The sad thing about it is that they don’t realize it


31 posted on 03/25/2013 9:22:58 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: DH
That is the truth.

I am not an optimist, I am a realist. Glorious last stands still end up with you dead.

The GOP doesn't want to win. They want us gone. Between now and 2016 they will finally drop all pretenses of social conservatism and become the Rat lite party.

32 posted on 03/25/2013 10:05:19 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Demographics is destiny.


33 posted on 03/25/2013 10:06:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Theodore R.

One leftist goal reversed...you probably don’t remember when the liberals wanted all the bush tax cuts to expire. Well not only did they not expire for 99 percent of us..they are now permanent.

Oh..Guantanamo is still open too.


34 posted on 03/25/2013 10:44:55 AM PDT by what's up
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

I’m optimistic because God is in control, and ultimately, good will prevail over evil. That’s not to say that the ride won’t get extremely rough for a while, or that we shouldn’t prepare for really bad times, but it does mean we shouldn’t despair. I didn’t actually read the article, I’m just commenting on the general sentiments expressed on the comments.


35 posted on 03/25/2013 10:48:06 AM PDT by Free and Armed (Playing leap frog with a unicorn and compromising with liberals--both have a similar end result)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DH

We haven’t lost anything. We gave it away.


36 posted on 03/25/2013 11:11:42 AM PDT by Terry Mross (This country will fail to exist in my lifetime. And I'm gettin' up there in age.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Free and Armed

Great post


37 posted on 03/25/2013 11:17:23 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Redleg Duke
Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.

P R E A C H!



38 posted on 03/25/2013 1:48:37 PM PDT by rdb3 (I'm NOT a movement conservative. I'm a conservative in the movement.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson