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The Ted Cruz Majority [when push comes to shove, Tea Party has Cruz's back]
The American Spectator ^ | February 20, 2014 | Jeffery Lord

Posted on 02/20/2014 4:18:41 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

"...................................In 1980, Tennessee Senator Howard.....Baker—who had won the nickname “The Great Conciliator” and supported President Carter’s giveaway of the Panama Canal—ran for president. Reagan, of course, had famously opposed Carter on the Panama Canal issue and incurred the wrath of the GOP establishment by going from one end of America to the other saying “we built it, we paid for it, it’s ours and we should tell Torrijos [then Panama’s ruling military dictator] we are going to keep it.” Baker lost resoundingly to Reagan. During the 1980 GOP Convention in Detroit, Howard Baker was spotted standing at the rim of the Convention Floor, studying the enthusiastic Reagan delegates. Said Baker in a tone of puzzled astonishment: “These aren’t my people.”

And so they weren’t. Any more than those grassroots Americans preparing to give Senator Cruz a hero’s welcome are not “the people” of the GOP establishment that is today so furious with Ted Cruz that a reporter suggests Cruz needs a “food taster” to attend lunch. There is a disconnect here. A big one. A disconnect between the grassroots base and the establishment. At this point in American history, it should be crystal clear that the reason the GOP has its minority status in the Senate—not to mention that come 2016 it will have been locked out of the White House for—is precisely because it rolls over and effectively plays politically dead when push comes to shove.

Simply put, Ted Cruz—like Ronald Reagan before him—understands what it takes to make a majority. And he’s doing it. Over the vociferous objections of the same kind of people who kept warning Republicans that if they listened to Ronald Reagan they would get clobbered. Which is exactly why Ted Cruz is being greeted as a hero.....

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservatism; grassroots; teaparty; tedcruz
Needs full read [one of Lord's shorter essays].
1 posted on 02/20/2014 4:18:42 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It is amusing to watch so many demonRAT pundits offering "advice" to pubbies about how to win by getting rid of Cruz and the TEA party types.

The demonRATs love linda grammy, ole' john{his brokeback buddy} and turtle mcconnell.

They are so fearful of Cruz and us they will jump through hoops to avoid facing him in 2016. No smear or lie will be avoided in the coming months.

2 posted on 02/20/2014 4:30:05 AM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I remember Michigan Gov. Milliken was chair of the Bush delegates to the 1980 convention; he made some crack about the Reagan delegates in the delegation consisting of “truck drivers and such”, not the “usual” Republicans. What Gov. Milliken and other members of the Bush faction of the Party needed to realize is that the “usual” or “proper” Republicans of the country club stripe constitute about 2 percent of the US population and are a small minority within the Party. They cannot win without the rest of us, which is why the Bushes would always mouth their adherence to conservative principles right before an election and promptly disavow them after the election.


3 posted on 02/20/2014 4:30:43 AM PST by laconic
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; LucyT; Beckwith; Fred Nerks; mojitojoe; TigersEye; null and void
Bears Repeating!!!

At this point in American history, it should be crystal clear that the reason the GOP has its minority status in the Senate—not to mention that come 2016 it will have been locked out of the White House for—is precisely because it rolls over and effectively plays politically dead when push comes to shove.

Simply put, Ted Cruz—like Ronald Reagan before him—understands what it takes to make a majority. And he’s doing it. Over the vociferous objections of the same kind of people who kept warning Republicans that if they listened to Ronald Reagan they would get clobbered. Which is exactly why Ted Cruz is being greeted as a hero.....

4 posted on 02/20/2014 4:32:07 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: USS Alaska

And it isn’t only democrats who want to shut Cruz up - as Jeffery Lord highlights in his piece above.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 4:32:13 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: laconic

And the “Big Tent” Republicans would love to replace those truck drivers and NASCAR watchers with more suburban bimbos from hell (h/t Blackelk).


6 posted on 02/20/2014 4:34:15 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The GOPE has been laying on its back for so long it doesn't recognize what leadership looks like.

Time for us to turn on the light!

7 posted on 02/20/2014 4:39:15 AM PST by Pietro
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To: Dr. Sivana

Former Michigan Governor Milliken endorsed Kerry in 2004 and almost “disendorsed” McCain in 2008 for being “too critical” of Obama (who, him??) in the October before the presidential election. Another Charlie Crist/John Lindsay Republican who can find a better home, and more accommodating fellow country club types, in the other party.


8 posted on 02/20/2014 4:40:37 AM PST by laconic
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Ted Cruz gets Reagan’s message. Senators McConnell; Barrasso, WY; Collins, ME; Corker, TN.; Cornyn, TX; Flake, AZ.; Hatch, UT; Johanns, NE.; Kirk, IL.; McCain, AZ.; Murkowski, AK; and Thune, S.D. obviously do not.

Keep drawing that flak senator.

9 posted on 02/20/2014 4:46:41 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: laconic

These are the GOPe types who are militant on only one issue, taxes, especially estate taxes. They want to protect their stash, often the money made for them by their grandfathers. Lacking fat inheritances, conservatives are passionate about preserving liberty for their children, the best thing they can leave them.


10 posted on 02/20/2014 4:47:56 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: USS Alaska

They are fearful because they see in Cruz the face of the future of the US Senate which will be a lot more conservative.


11 posted on 02/20/2014 4:48:10 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Dr. Sivana

....And it will fail them.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 4:49:30 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Candor7
Agree. But when you get people like Sowell [quoted in the article] saying

"Those causes are not being served when Senator Cruz undermines the election chances of the only political party that has any chance of undoing the disasters that Barack Obama has already inflicted on the nation — and forestalling new disasters that are visible on the horizon.

There really isn't a question as to whether we, the conglomeration of people who once all called ourselves Republicans, are now two diametrically opposed groups.

One believes in comfortable, second-tier power that is maintained by self delusion and appeasement, and who is maintained in office by voters who have the same delusion Sowell has.

The other group believes in the true meaning of freedom and honest dealings - it believes in the Constitution, not its rewriting. Principles and rule of law, not comfort and appeasing ease that is masked by such things as "show votes".

13 posted on 02/20/2014 4:50:22 AM PST by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: McGruff; All

“...........[TX Sen] Cornyn, the minority whip in the Senate, was introduced at a fundraiser in Longview, Texas, on Sunday by [Karl] Rove.

[TX Sen candidate Steve] Stockman told WND, “Rove got on stage and said, ‘John Cornyn is the second-most conservative senator,’ which begs the question, who is first? Who is the most conservative senator? Is it Mike Lee? Is it Rand Paul? Is it Ted Cruz?”

Answering his own question, the congressman continued, “No, in 2010 the National Journal ruled that John McCain was the most conservative member of the Senate. So it puts my opponent in an awkward position, because it means John Cornyn is more liberal than John McCain.”

Stockman pointed out that Rove and Cornyn do not mention who did the ranking. Indeed, it was the National Journal that declared McCain the Senate’s most-conservative member in 2010.

The congressman also pointed out that the conservative Heritage Foundation ranked him and Cruz as the most conservative Texans.

As for the poll showing him dramatically gaining ground on Cornyn, Stockman told WND, “I am very encouraged. I am hopeful that it’s true. If it is true, it will rock the establishment and defy the declarations that we are running a horrible campaign and don’t know what we’re doing.”.....

http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/titanic-shift-in-key-senate-race/


14 posted on 02/20/2014 4:54:10 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: txrefugee

A most astute observation!!! Well said.


15 posted on 02/20/2014 4:57:27 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: txrefugee

It reminds me of the times (before an election) when George Bush would show up at NASCAR, chomping on pork rinds. I’m sure he is a nice and decent man (my Dem friends love him as a “model” Republican, always “one of the few” they respect) but I always wondered whether that was due to the fact that outside of foreign policy, he was totally ineffective.


16 posted on 02/20/2014 4:57:30 AM PST by laconic
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The progressive wing of the GOP is not going to go down without a fight (surrendering is reserved as an approach to the progressives).

The progessives in the GOP have to be eliminated in their districts. The GOP leadership will not take notice otherwise.


17 posted on 02/20/2014 5:28:49 AM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: Biggirl
They are fearful because they see in Cruz the face of the future of the US Senate which will be a lot more conservative.

Unfortunately, you're forgetting stolen elections. The demonRats have that down to a science now.
18 posted on 02/20/2014 6:00:57 AM PST by Old Yeller (P)
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To: laconic

But they’re entitled to own and run the GOP. I had a local young GOP volunteer tell me how “they” own the country club. I told him, yeah, that’s the problem. They should be meeting at the Big Boy and not the country club.


19 posted on 02/20/2014 6:10:57 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: Old Yeller

I still say I am right on this one though. This year’s midterms could very well become a bigger wave election. Look at the number of Dems who are stepping down. They see the writting on the wall. Count on it.


20 posted on 02/20/2014 6:12:07 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: School of Rational Thought

Senator Cruz understands the value of attacking the enemy at multiple points of weakness.

RINO politicians, consultants, strategists, advisors, donors, volunteers, supporters and RINO voters do not understand this, as they tend to focus on one or two points of attack for the entire election campaign.

In this manner, the RINOs ignore the day to day fluctuations of opponent revealed weaknesses, and plod on to their usual, and very comforting defeat.

For example, in 2008 Loser Emeritus “Wacko Birds” McCain publicly admonished those who questioned the validity of then Senator Obama’s sealed birth certificate, thus assuring McCain of another very successful RINO-Style Defeat.

Another example is when RINO Speaker Boehner just last week chose to cave in to his overriding personal phobia of being bad-mouthed by the Left Stream Media, and took off the House calendar the necessary House Debate on the size of the National Poverty Debt Limit, thus guaranteeing the Conservative Democrat and Republican voters will from then on know that RINOs really stand for unlimited Federal Spending.

BTW, notice how many times RINO Rove says: “Republicans should let that go and concentrate on this one point.”

Senators Cruz, Lee and sometimes Rand Paul are wise enough to attack on many fronts, and the double down whenever a weakness is detected.

RINOs have refused to learn that the first rule in Federal Politics is to attack, Attack, ATTACK!

The second rule in Federal Politics is to savagely attack ALL weaknesses as they are revealed.

The third rule of Federal Politics is to accept, without question, that “ALL FEDERAL POLITICS IS NATIONAL.”

Newt, for a brief moment in time, used that wisdom to construct his very successful National “Contract with America.”

Newt’s wisdom soon quickly rejected by the rank and file RINO failure leadership.

No political Wing of any political party has ever enjoyed losing as much as the now obsolete, failed RINO Wing of the Republican Party.

House Member elected, House Sobber Boehner even lends a Soap Opera touch to many RINO cave in losses by sobbing frequently.

Democrats and all RINOs still believe the “Tipsy’” O’Neal failed con slogan which states: ‘All politics is local.’

Democrats and RINOs have used this failed slogan with great success to expand the number of non-working, non-taxpayers on their ballooning Welfare Plantation, paid for by borrowing to increase the National Poverty Debt.

In summary, RINOs belong in the Museum of Failed Politicians, (MOFP), and not on the taxpayer’s payroll.

Make 2014 the year of the extinct Federal RINO!


21 posted on 02/20/2014 6:18:51 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Gaffer

22 posted on 02/20/2014 6:25:28 AM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

At this point I’m no longer a “conservative.” I don’t want to “conserve” the current status quo. Instead, I want the current status quo rolled back. I want change.


23 posted on 02/20/2014 7:25:39 AM PST by afsnco
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To: Gaffer

Sowell is a dinosaur. So is Rove. They are already extinct and do not know it.


24 posted on 02/20/2014 7:26:13 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; TWhiteBear; painter; tbw2; Ricebug; parthian shot; mrsmel; infool7; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/of this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!


25 posted on 02/20/2014 7:49:25 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: afsnco
At this point I’m no longer a “conservative.” I don’t want to “conserve” the current status quo. Instead, I want the current status quo rolled back. I want change.

May I suggest "Counterevolutionary", or "Contra" for short? The leftist revolution has played out over the last 50 years with occasional convulsions (Roe v. Wade, Obamacare, various time bombs like the Dept. of Ed.), but it is a revolution.
26 posted on 02/20/2014 8:59:54 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Thank you and here is another article about Cruz, it is an excellent article.

http://spectator.org/articles/57876/ted-cruz-majority

27 posted on 02/20/2014 10:02:20 AM PST by Katarina
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To: laconic; cripplecreek

Milliken ? What a joke. He was Coleman Young’s personal bitch.


28 posted on 02/20/2014 10:49:13 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I didn’t even know Milliken was still alive.

He and George Romney were both owned by the left. Its crazy how they make Rick Snyder seem almost conservative but Snyder is pretty progressive and his opposition to things like gay marriage are purely fiscal issues.


29 posted on 02/20/2014 12:17:20 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: laconic
Republicans of the country club stripe constitute about 2 percent of the US population and are a small minority within the Party. They cannot win without the rest of us, which is why the Bushes would always mouth their adherence to conservative principles right before an election and promptly disavow them after the election.

Good point. And now we're approaching a point at which we're all set up for an 1824-style ultra-nasty political contest, like the one they had between the America of the Atlantic coast's "deferential" society and the rip-roaring Real Americans of Andy Jackson's buckskin yeomanry, who'd killed bears with their bare hands and conquered half a continent, and weren't about to listen to a bunch of Yankee cookie-pushers tell them what they couldn't do.

As Davy Crockett would say just a little later, "You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas!"

30 posted on 02/20/2014 6:47:15 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Dr. Sivana
The leftist revolution has played out over the last 50 years with occasional convulsions (Roe v. Wade, Obamacare, various time bombs like the Dept. of Ed.), but it is a revolution.

It's a counterrevolution, I would say instead. It's been waged by thoroughly-domesticated East Coast urbanites who, from the 1850's to today, never ever really got a flavor for what America was, or is. They're half-American, half-European, and half-Communist. Their thinking and cultural values are dominated by the values, such as they are (Ayn Rand knew and despised them), of Atlantic coast megalopolitan "parlor pinks" who play at ideology and have no care what it costs others who are not comfortably bathed in a warm, steady stream of bond coupons, preferred-stock dividends, and tenured-faculty compensation. They're set and they're smug, while all around them other people eat all the caltrops they strew around the highway of life in the form of regulations and taxes required to make their heavily-managed "society" function the way they want it to.

They're Europeans who think they're Americans, when they're not even close, because they never ventured out of their cities to see the land and the real people who actually made it the greatest country on earth.

They're hothouse parasites, horse-stable ticks.

But they're not Real Americans.

No wonder the Communists do so well among them.

There, I said it.

31 posted on 02/20/2014 6:56:51 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

I copied your post. It was that good. Thanks


32 posted on 02/20/2014 7:03:05 PM PST by notted
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To: lentulusgracchus
They're Europeans who think they're Americans,

The Culture wars of the last half-century have nothing, nothing to do with old Europe. The Marxist/Gramschi/Kinsey revolution has just as much to do with certain kinds of American moderns as with the European scribblers of the 19th century. It is a libel against those in Spain who fought against a real Anarchist/Marxist revolution and died doing it, to associate that work of the devil with old Europe.

America, the America of our near past, did not reject greatness from other parts of the world. We appreciate Beethoven as well as Gershwin, Dostoevsky as well as Twain, Marconi as well as Edison.

Ayn Rand's Soviet-style atheism infected her soul and crippled her thinking; this Russian transplant CERTAINLY does not reflect the soul of America as she was founded.

I went to prep school in Connecticut, and I know parlour pinks and crony capitalists and those who are so shallow in their thought, they don't even know they are shallow. Those kinds have been around forever, and for all of their bad influence, it generally stayed within their own circles. Not so much anymore. Their's is the Revolution. They are not so much undermining the American Ideal as civilization and western thought itself. It is not strictly a European thing. John Dewey was one of ours.

Maybe you have a different idea of what a revolution is, but we are in the middle of one, and we are not faring well.
33 posted on 02/20/2014 7:42:48 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: notted

Well, thank you very kindly. Appreciate it.


34 posted on 02/24/2014 2:39:52 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Dr. Sivana
The Culture wars of the last half-century have nothing, nothing to do with old Europe.

How is that? The culture wars are all about Marxism and its idolators' battle for moral supremacy, and Marx was nothing if not a moral scold. His "theory" was just clothing for his moral posturing, and its whole purpose was to arm him intellectually with the means to upbraid capitalists.

Nineteenth-century Marxism's roots reach back into the Middle Ages. How is it not, then, "old European"?

The Marxist/Gramschi/Kinsey revolution has just as much to do with certain kinds of American moderns as with the European scribblers of the 19th century.

What is an "American modern", if he is not also a socialist? Granting that such a thing may exist, has it ever in fact existed? Can you give me an example of an "American modern" who was not also trendily socialist, and actually modern enough, radically and immiscibly modern, that he would never be confounded with 19th-century Americans of e.g. the New England intellectual set of the 1830's and 1840's?

35 posted on 02/24/2014 2:54:16 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Dr. Sivana
[Me] ["East Coast urbanites are ....] half-American, half-European, and half-Communist. Their thinking and cultural values are dominated by the values, such as they are (Ayn Rand knew and despised them), of Atlantic coast megalopolitan "parlor pinks" who play at ideology .... "

[Your reply] Ayn Rand's Soviet-style atheism infected her soul and crippled her thinking; this Russian transplant CERTAINLY does not reflect the soul of America as she was founded.

By opposing the example of Ayn Rand, who knew "socialism" well enough to discourse on it as a survivor, to the American "parlor pinks", I do not mean to assert an equation between Rand and non-Marxist 19th-century Americans. I mean only to point out that that which "parlor pinks" esteem, Rand had experienced live and in-the-round, and she hated it.

36 posted on 02/24/2014 3:07:11 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus
Nineteenth-century Marxism's roots reach back into the Middle Ages. How is it not, then, "old European"?

Only as an antagonist. You are the first person I have EVER heard suggest that Marxism had anything substantial to do with Old Europe except as a reaction to it. The socialists I mentioned come hardly a generation away from Marx, and have nothing to do with Europe proper.

Marx was a revolutionary because he wanted to destroy the old order in Europe, which at the time was still the center of western civilization.

I do not know if you are including England as part of Old Europe, but we had, until the present day, retained some of the best English legal traditions, such as Common Law (versus Napoleonic Code, which part of its own revolution) jury trials, etc. Americans like Oliver Wendell Holmes went to work on that right away.

I would say that the one European thing Americans adopted way to well is a modern thing in a "new" country: the German approach to public education. There couldn't be an America without a healthy mix of Greek, Roman, English ideas mixed together along with the contributions of France (whom Jefferson was fond of).
37 posted on 02/24/2014 3:11:52 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Dr. Sivana
It is a libel against those in Spain who fought against a real Anarchist/Marxist revolution and died doing it, to associate that work of the devil with old Europe.

That is an interesting inference, and I did not intend to deprive Spanish Phalangists and royalists of their heritage, by pointing out that their Republican adversaries also shared it, notwithstanding they were French syndicalists, anarchists, or even Stalinists.

Or George Orwell, a fellow-traveling Englishman who learned his lesson very well, when the Stalinists shot his friends and tried to kill him, too.

Those kinds have been around forever, and for all of their bad influence, it generally stayed within their own circles. Not so much anymore. Their's is the Revolution.

Here I regret to say that I agree with you completely.

38 posted on 02/24/2014 3:26:54 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Gaffer

Well-said bump. Let’s go there.


39 posted on 02/24/2014 3:29:18 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Dr. Sivana
You are the first person I have EVER heard suggest that Marxism had anything substantial to do with Old Europe except as a reaction to it.

That's not impossible, but it's impossible that nobody has ever tendered the same thought. Marx and all the other idealists and romantics hark back to Thomas More and his Utopia, do they not? Imagineering (to borrow a 20th-century word) a place of peace, harmony and justice -- and death to dissenters -- based on ..... what? Nothing?

No, on Aristotelian concepts of society retooled for a better model based on, inevitably, Socrates and Plato. That's all More had to work with, after all. And Marx pointed backward to More, and to the ideal of the Holy Roman Empire, a universal and holy suprastatal realm that aspired to dispense divine justice along with temporal policy.

Or have I missed something?

40 posted on 02/24/2014 3:36:51 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

bump


41 posted on 02/24/2014 3:38:55 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Dr. Sivana
I would say that the one European thing Americans adopted way to well is a modern thing in a "new" country: the German approach to public education.

Some of those German ideas about the venerability of authority have been like a plague of broomrape in American soil: parasitic and toxic. German authoritarianism did a lot to fill the ranks of Abraham Lincoln's stealth-revolutionary army, and now it oozes from our governmental departments as well. We took a lethal draught when we imported all those docile, tractable, manageable German immigrants.

(Says he, being 100% of Anglo-Celtic descent.)

42 posted on 02/24/2014 3:43:04 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: GeronL

Thank you.


43 posted on 02/24/2014 3:43:27 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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