Skip to comments.Will Obamacare be the New Panama Canal for Conservatives?
Posted on 10/05/2013 8:11:50 PM PDT by smoothsailing
Contact: Bob Sturm, 703-392-7676 ext 1144; after 5 PM eastern, 703-307-8176
MANASSAS, Va., Oct. 1, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Following is the statement of conservative author and direct mail pioneer Richard A. Viguerie.
"The establishment media and Washington's permanent political class continue to try to sell the idea that taking the fight over defunding Obamacare to the point that it has caused a partial government shutdown is a losing proposition for Republicans because 17 years ago the polls showed that the public held the GOP more responsible than Democrats for such inconveniences as the closure of the national parks and the national aquarium."
"Conservatives must continue to think strategically and look beyond today's news cycle at what is really at stake in the Obamacare battle -- and it isn't who 'wins' or 'loses' in the short term according to the vote count on the next continuing resolution -- it is which side comes out of the fight having educated the voters, energized and enlarged their base, and branded their opponents as dangerously wrong on health care."
"In that respect the lessons that conservatives should take away are not those learned in the budget battles with President Clinton in the 1990s, but the battle conservatives fought over the Panama Canal Treaty with President Jimmy Carter -- and the Republican establishment -- in the 1970s."
"Unsophisticated establishment critics will argue that conservatives lost the Panama Canal Treaty fight."
"But the truth is, while conservatives lost the Senate vote to save the Panama Canal, 70% of the American people agreed with us. And over the next two elections (1978 and 1980) 21 senators who voted on the Panama Canal Treaty lost in a primary or general election. Of those 21 senators, 20 voted with Jimmy Carter and against the conservatives. Many old-time liberals in the Senate such as George McGovern, Frank Church, Tom McIntyre, Dick Clark, and liberal Republican Clifford Case (in a primary) were defeated."
"We were and are interested in building a movement and getting grassroots Americans engaged in that movement; the Panama Canal Treaty battle grew the New Right movement in the 1970s and the fight over defunding Obamacare is growing the limited government, constitutional conservative movement today."
"In the fall of 2013, dozens of conservative organizations are mailing tens of millions of postal letters and even more emails to educate voters and enlarge their supporter base -- all pointing towards 2014."
"Know of any Democrat or establishment Republican groups doing anything similar? I didn't think so."
"It is fair to say that the 1980 Republican takeover of the Senate and Ronald Reagan's landslide presidential election were set in motion, and in large measure defined by the grassroots reaction to the Panama Canal Treaty vote."
"The Viguerie Co. in the late 1970's mailed to tens of millions of Americans letters explaining that national Democrats, by giving away the Panama Canal, had a dangerously weak foreign policy."
"Today's vote on defunding Obamacare is similarly defining."
"Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and dozens of Tea Party backed House Members understand that this strategy is not for today's news cycle. The battle is focused on bringing constitutional conservatives to power by 2017."
"And they also understand that the Republican establishment is as great -- or greater -- an adversary in this fight than are President Obama and the Democrats in Congress. So expect conservatives to redouble their efforts to defeat establishment big-government Republicans in the primaries next year, including John Cornyn, Lamar Alexander and Mitch McConnell as well as establishment House Republicans."
"Senators Lee and Cruz have, through their principled opposition to funding Obamacare, re-energized millions of grassroots conservative voters who were turned-off by the Republican establishment's content-free technocratic campaign in 2012."
"While it was liberals who invented single-issue politics in the 1960's, in the 1970's conservatives became a national political force by adopting the tactic and organizing millions of Americans around single, hot-button issues."
"Opposition to Obamacare is the hottest of hot button issues among conservatives today. So it is past time for limited government, constitutional conservatives to recognize that by returning to single issue politics, they can dominate the 2014 and 2016 elections, and govern America in 2017."
NOTE TO EDITORS: Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation) and one of the "conservatives of the century" (Washington Times). He is the author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause and the forthcoming book, Takeover.
I was a fired up and crazy teenager back then, listening to the treaty debate in the Senate on National Public Radio-there was no C SPAN.
I was fired up enough to wear a black armband to school when the treaty passed.
But the truth is, while conservatives lost the Senate vote to save the Panama Canal, 70% of the American people agreed with us. And over the next two elections (1978 and 1980) 21 senators who voted on the Panama Canal Treaty lost in a primary or general election. Of those 21 senators, 20 voted with Jimmy Carter and against the conservatives. Many old-time liberals in the Senate such as George McGovern, Frank Church, Tom McIntyre, Dick Clark, and liberal Republican Clifford Case (in a primary) were defeated.And the libtard partisan media shills were 100 percent against the removal of Manuel Noriega.
A Man A Plan a Canal Panama
Love palindromes. Have you ever seen Weird Al’s send up of that Bob Dylan song? Very funny!
no evil eye live on
I, man, am regal a German am I
Never odd or even
If I had a hi-fi
Madam, I’m Adam
Too hot to hoot
No lemons, no melon
Too bad I hid a boot
Lisa Bonet ate no basil
Warsaw was raw
Was it a car or a cat I saw?
Rise to vote, sir
Do geese see God?
“Do nine men interpret?” “Nine men,” I nod
Rats live on no evil star
Won’t lovers revolt now?
Race fast, safe car
Pa’s a sap
Ma is as selfless as I am
May a moody baby doom a yam?
Ah Satan sees Natasha
No devil lived on
Not a banana baton
No “x” in “Nixon”
O, stone, be not so
O Geronimo, no minor ego
“Naomi”, I moan
“A Toyota’s a Toyota”
A dog, a panic in a pagoda
Oh, no! Don Ho!
Nurse, I spy gypsies — run!
Now I see bees I won
We panic in a pew
Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo
God! A red nugget! A fat egg under a dog!
Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog
If I remember correctly it passed the senate by one vote. Sen Dale Bumpers from Arkansas said something like “I know the people of my state are against this. But I think I know a little more than they do.” He basically said the Arkansas voters were stupid. They re-elected him so he was right.
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I spilled my hot cocoa all over my cookies.
Viguerie also fails to mention Gerald Ford supported the canal surrender. He could have gone back furthur. Not making the news is the closing of the open air Viet Nam War Memorial and this episode;
The four passenger helicopter already overloaded with eight just barely lifting off its roof top heli-pad. Attached to its steel tube runner type landing gear below the fuselage were about a dozen more desperate people clinging to the gear . As the craft struggles to get airborne. it lurches skyward as one of those clinging to the steel tubes used as landing gear lets go. Falling to a death some 35 feet down to the refugee crowded lamding pad atop the Saigon American Embassy roof..
They were fleeing South Viet Nam through its closed US embassy because American support was withdrawn and denied .Leaving its army running out of ammo and conviction. Sold out by an American congress controled ironically by Democrats that decided to shed its support for a democratic form of government to what became a US ward for a socialist/communist replacement . It was a harbinger of what that political party will bring to the US 50 years later.
Because of Obamacare most recalling of defunding\ governemnt shutdowns simply goes back to Gingrichs time when he was Speaker. This earlier defunding/ government shutdown had profound implications where hundreds of thousands died because of it. Like the constitutional constrains on central government. That abandonment of Viet Nam is hardly if ever mentioned or discussed in classrooms despite American humiliation could be demonstrated in that film clip described in this articles lead paragraph.. Because it was created by the Democrat party responding to the socialist/communist radicals that had taken over the liberal arts eduicational industry and were slowly taking that party over as well..
Not only did we lose a war because of it. But those same university socialist educators which encouraged this defunding , and dis-honoring the of the 58,000 deaths of our military. Also encouraged their charges to use humiliation such as calling retuning servicemen baby killers (only later to kill their own) and spitting in their faces. Their educational products are now on their own, borrowing a military term, R&R . Running and Ruining destroying this country . For this time the same group are now in control of that political party.
Professor William Ayers is proud of his protege....
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It is also well worth remembering that Reagan and the incoming conservatives did nothing to reverse the Panama Canal treaty after they got elected. Don’t put too much faith in any politicians.
I don’t think you can REVERSE a TREATY!!! Then our word would mean NOTHING!
LOL!!! Carter had already given millions to Panama to take the canal and Carter had already fired thousands of American canal workers. You wanted Reagan to beg Panama to give the money back and beg all the workers to trust the US gov't and all go back to Mangoland again? Look, you can't unscramble an omelet.
While we got different opinions on what we want, we're stuck with the same facts --even when the facts one person sees aren't what the other's looking at.
Let's get together on what happened. The Republicans were handed a pull-out in progress and a Panama flag already flying over what once had been a US Canal Zone. Reagan & Co. proceeded with a full scale invasion putting the Panama's head of state in a US prison The 'do-nothing' part happened later when Carter's successor presided over the final shut-down.
A President Ted Cruz would have the authority to sign a bill abrogating Obamacare, but his authority would not include jurisdiction outside the US.
The CIA put Noriega into power and supported him while turning a blind eye to his enormous drug trafficking. When he got too far off the reservation, the CIA and US military took him out. Excellent account of the whole business in In the Time of the Tyrants: Panama 1968-1990 by Koster and Sanchez.
Hell's bells, Pete: you were here on the ground at the time and you know this stuff. Noriega was as big a dirtbag as Uncle Sam has ever supported. It's only fitting that Uncle finally (far too late) took his sorry ass out.
Loved his 'torture'. Being forced to listen repeatedly to 'You Light Up My Life' and 'Sugar, Sugar' while holing up in the Nuncio. Whoever thought that little stunt up had quite the sense of humour! Worked, too, heh heh heh...
Yeah, that psyops was effective. Few people know how well it worked in Iraq too. In fact, psyops chalked up the first Iraqi casualty at the beginning of the invasion; what happened was a bundle of surrender pamphlets failed to open/dispurse and the entire stack hit and killed an Iraqi soldier.
To make it permanent, yes. But during his tenure he wouldn't even need a bill. Obamacare allows the President to grant wavers. A waver could be universal.
Justice would be served by a universal waiver except for television station and newspaper employees, college professors, and union members. Make them enjoy the utopia they are trying to inflict upon us. Hmm... and Congressional staffers, and insurance company executives. This could get fun.