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The Void Ted Cruz Fills-Someone must communicate GOP ideas, party leadership can't be bothered
The National Review ^ | February 20, 2014 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 02/20/2014 10:50:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Senator Ted Cruz is a hero in some Republican circles — and the opposite among many of his Senate Republican colleagues.

At this crucial juncture in the history of America, internal battles within the only party that can turn things around are the last thing Americans need. Moreover, each side in this political civil war has all too many valid criticisms of the other.

The Republican establishment’s criticisms of Senator Cruz are criticisms of his rule-or-ruin strategy, which can destroy whatever chance Republicans have of taking back the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016. And, without political power, there is no real hope of changing things in Washington.

Senator Cruz’s filibuster last year got the Republicans blamed for shutting down the government — and his threatened filibuster this year forced several Republican Senators to jeopardize their own reelection prospects by voting to impose cloture to prevent Cruz from repeating his self-serving grandstand play of last year. The Republicans need every vote they can get in the Senate — plus additional votes by defeating some Democrats who are running for the Senate this fall. It can be a very close call. Jeopardizing the reelection of current Republican senators is an act of utter irresponsibility, a high risk with zero benefits to anyone except Ted Cruz — and the Democrats.

However unjustified Senator Cruz’s actions, the very fact that a freshman Senator can so quickly gain so many supporters with so much enthusiasm ought to be a loud warning to the Republican establishment that they have long been a huge disappointment to a wide range of Republican voters and supporters....

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: boehner; cruz; sowell; tedcruz
Comments?
1 posted on 02/20/2014 10:50:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ted Cruz is one of only two politicians in my lifetime that I am truly happy I voted for.


2 posted on 02/20/2014 10:52:10 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sowell is afraid, just like Coulter.

It’s said that true character comes out in tough times.


3 posted on 02/20/2014 10:54:28 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The headline suggests that this is a pro-Cruz article, but it is a not so subtle hit piece. Thomas Sowell has written three Ted Cruz hit pieces in three days.


4 posted on 02/20/2014 10:59:25 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: P-Marlowe

Did someone get to him?


5 posted on 02/20/2014 11:00:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOP doesn’t have any ideas, well outside of we must pass Amnesty because...well we just must!

Ted Cruz is, however, communicating conservative ideas, which currently do not appear to have a home in an actual political party.

It really is important too, because people are products of the ideas, lies or propaganda they are exposed to.

Once they buy into or agree with a certain view point, it becomes part of their belief system, and it is very difficult if not impossible to convince them otherwise.

The communist left has virtually endless sources of their particularly poisonous ideology, schools, teachers, music, movies, activists, organizers, unions on and on...

Conservatives have almost none. From what I can see, we have Rush, Sean, Glenn, Mark, a few others that are lesser on the radio, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and that’s about it.

When those sources are eliminated, it is going to be game over.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 11:02:22 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: AlmaKing

I really think the criticism of Cruz is manufactured. Like the Tea Party, I don’t think he’s done a damn thing that can hurt the GOP. A 24 hour filibuster?? Puleeze. Like the GOP establishment, some people just feel obligated to criticize Ted Cruz.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 11:03:43 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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>> Senator Cruz’s filibuster last year got the Republicans blamed for shutting down the government

By whom, the Left and the RINOs?

Our liberty must not be governed by the opinions of our enemies.


8 posted on 02/20/2014 11:05:44 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Did someone get to him?

I don't know. I do know he has adopted the surrender at all costs strategy of Boehner and McConnell. His last three articles are so off base and filled with inappropriate historical analogies, that I would have to assume that either Thomas Sowell's computer was hacked, or he is completely ignorant of history.

9 posted on 02/20/2014 11:06:01 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: chris37

10 posted on 02/20/2014 11:07:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cruz is the only one who is NOT self serving.
He is serving the patriots cause.
It is the GOP that is self serving.
They have self served themselves
so far into a corner that there is little
left to Conserve.
We are being cornered into making drastic
life changing choices because of these morons!


11 posted on 02/20/2014 11:14:06 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Texas Fossil; BuckeyeTexan; Diogenes; laplata; Jane Long; Jim Robinson; All

The Obsolete RINO Wing of the Republican Party has “Called in Rich,” and thus cannot be bothered with anymore trademark, Cave-In “Leadership.”

What we need is to force Boehner to resign as Speaker of the House in a very public manner.

Any ideas?


12 posted on 02/20/2014 11:14:27 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
However unjustified Senator Cruz’s actions, the very fact that a freshman Senator can so quickly gain so many supporters with so much enthusiasm ought to be a loud warning to the Republican establishment that they have long been a huge disappointment to a wide range of Republican voters and supporters.

Unjustified?

I think that the simple fact that it was noticed by the leadership and the press justifies the action. Finally a Republican does something to point out the runaway train that is the Federal non-budget. I say non-budget because a budget would be some kind of reconciliation between income and out go of funds.

And as far as support for Cruz and disappointment with the Republican establishment let’s talk about a willingness to fight the Democrats. The Leadership seems to have little in the way of fight; they are always ready to capitulate it seems to me. Cruz at least is willing to put up some resistance.

13 posted on 02/20/2014 11:20:33 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I suspect he is just clear eyed enough to see the winds of war blowing.

Oddly, courage often comes easier to those in their prime than to those nearing the finish line.

The left is insisting that freedom is over rated.
If the left doesn’t blink, this won’t end well. It doesn’t take a majority to throw a wrench into a coup.

Sewell has insinuated that he is channeling George Washington in his criticism of Cruz. Actually, he is channeling Neville Chamberlain.


14 posted on 02/20/2014 11:34:24 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Whether the GOP gains back the senate this year with “real conservatives” or not, I believe Ted Cruz can ride the wave of the “throw the bums out sentimate” that is going to rear its head up in a Major way in 2016.

Expecting to peel back the layers of government after these mid terms is only a pipe dream, it seems more likely it will just make the dems lame ducks for two years.

We need a Freedom Fighter in 2016 with major coat tails.

15 posted on 02/20/2014 11:35:18 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
without political power, there is no real hope of changing things in Washington

Can the good Doctor point to any recent evidence of the GOP changing anything when they DID have political power?
Accelerating towards decline at a slightly lower rate doesn't exactly qualify as any "change" I'm interested in. Washington needs to be swept with an iron broom.

17 posted on 02/21/2014 12:12:57 AM PST by stormhill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So Sowell is attacking one of the few people actually pushing back against the insane spending and regulation flowing out of Washington with several consecutive broadsides over the last few days.

To say I’m disappointed is an understatement.

The hits just keep on coming...


18 posted on 02/21/2014 12:17:45 AM PST by DB
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m beginning to wonder about Mr. Sowell’s mental health.
He is all over the map regarding Ted, he’s giving me whip lash!

He needs to go back to writing about the economy and other topics he excels at.


19 posted on 02/21/2014 12:37:35 AM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Gene Eric

I still can’t figure out why shutting down the government is a bad thing.


20 posted on 02/21/2014 12:41:40 AM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Mr Sowell , electing the same spineless weasels will also not change anything!


21 posted on 02/21/2014 12:44:38 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: DB

I was a huge Sowell fan and I looked forward to his articles but he has blown at least 10 years of support. I had him as one of my favorite writers along with Steyn and Greenfield but that is over


22 posted on 02/21/2014 12:51:56 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s up, Sowell? This is the fourth article you’ve written smearing Cruz.
I guess you read the TEA leaves and have seen the backlash from your readers. You deserve every word.


23 posted on 02/21/2014 12:55:16 AM PST by stilloftyhenight (Unite in the primary to unseat RINOs...staying home isn't an option.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

if establishment really think cruz is for rule or ruin strategy then they’re not one of us at all. Cruz is trying to save the country and estbalishment is trying to ruin it by keeping it status quo


24 posted on 02/21/2014 1:04:09 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

God Bless Thomas Sowell.....

Unfortunately, the Republican Party at it now exists with the national committee structure and special interest groups like the NRA, National Right To Life and others from the business world, its front groups and so on is ultimately not interested in moving the nation in a more conservative direction.

They play defense and compromise with the most important issue, the nation’s debt and overspending, being their most egregious example of pursuing the wrong policy.

Instead of halting the spiraling national debt and balancing the budget, the GOPe leadership cuts deals with Democrats to create new tax burdens and cut spending on things like our national defense and military pensions.

The Democrat-GOPe Uniparty government just keeps on raising the debt ceiling (credit card limit) of the nation sending us to bankruptcy and destruction.

The difference between the two parties is the rate at which they want to spend more and more money and create more and more debt.

WE NEED TO HALT THE INCREASING DEBT NOW AND BALANCE THE BUDGET NOW.....

Perhaps that is a cause we can go into the streets for and stay there for until it is accomplished. I don’t know the final answer but I ponder it.


25 posted on 02/21/2014 1:11:05 AM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Nextrush

We’re going to need a Christ centered vision.

To those not yet comfortable with full Christian theology but still recognize God, it will have to translate as a more generally God centered vision, which in fact it will be. Christ (and the Cross... I don’t think it may be an accident of naming that we have a Theodore Cruz rising here — “God’s gift of the Cross”) gives it better focus, for the Christian.

Let methodology be a distinct second behind the values and goals of faith. This is to restore a love in mankind that is rooted in the gift that God gave. Like the cross, it sacrifices, and like the resurrection, it results in renewal. I posit that they are literally spiritually tied, but the illustration should suffice for all. But as for what muddles Congress is in... let the question of how to deal with them follow behind the spiritual goals. Maybe through allowing greater freedoms, maybe through divinely inspired means, the country will develop unexpected new wealth, making the debt smaller if not nonexistent. Certainly such a boon of God as is modern health care shouldn’t be entrusted to as rough a treatment as it has gotten through Obamacare — that disrespects the Lord himself. The gospel cuts through quite a few Gordian knots, if allowed to.

Anyhow, I think the audacity with which US Christian faith finds its gospel voice (which is different from a culture war fought vainly with blunt instruments of politics) is going to have a lot to do with whether America enjoys a second chance. The whole FR site was dedicated to the proposition that America might, even though it was not certain how. I hope I am bringing to the table some more specifics of “how” and I would be tickled pink if every other believer could do the same! Spiritually I’ve had a hard, tough life. I’m about the most reluctant believer that there has been since, maybe, C. S. Lewis, but that’s because there was so much to turn around in my life.


26 posted on 02/21/2014 2:08:14 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Republican GOPee elites don't have a clue HOW to lead. All they care about is power and that's accomplished through an unholy alliance with the socialist/Marxist Democrats. They are aided and abetted by rich crony donors and pseudo “conservatives”. These people are despicable swine.
27 posted on 02/21/2014 2:15:13 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: MasterGunner01

And the grip of unholiness can only be broken by... holiness.


28 posted on 02/21/2014 2:23:22 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Graewoulf

Support whoever is running against him.


29 posted on 02/21/2014 2:31:41 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sowell ticked off a lot of Conservatives with Part I of his diatribe earlier in the week, and is trying to walk it back a bit. But for some weird reason, he’s now advocating a “party-first” agenda while attacking Cruz for doing what we’ve all been demanding for years out of our elected leader. Seems very hypocritical to me.


30 posted on 02/21/2014 3:00:11 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Did someone get to him?

I think he has a point.

Once you get outside the Amen Chorus of FR, people I talk to DO think Ted "shut down the government" and believe the press that says he is "extreme".

We may not like it....but there it is and denial won't help.

Ted can be our Patrick Henry, but somebody else needs to be our George Washington.

31 posted on 02/21/2014 3:09:34 AM PST by eddie willers
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To: P-Marlowe

This insistence that Ted Cruz is on a “rule-or-ruin” mission is a complete misinterpretation of his motives. A couple of generations ago, a leading candidate for the Presidency, Barry Goldwater, wrote a piece “Conscience of a Conservative”. By today’s standards, Goldwater was not nearly so much conservative, as he was Libertarian. The Republican establishment dis not like to be reminded that even back then they were remiss in their duty to provide a credible alternative voice for the American public to speak up, and represent it ably.

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”

Those phrases in his acceptance speech when he was nominated as the Republican candidate for President in 1964 had the Republican establishment crapping fishworms. But it did reframe the debate for years to come. Not in a way, however, that benefited the United States of America, as the power brokers chose not to heed the very real alarm that was sounded.

For today we have little liberty, and justice is a forgotten concept.


32 posted on 02/21/2014 3:36:07 AM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Republican establishment has more than a tactical deficiency, however. They seem to have no principle that they offer or follow with any consistency. Their lack of articulation may be just a reflection of that lack of principle. It is hard to get to the point when you have no point to get to.

Ouch! That's gonna leave a mark!

33 posted on 02/21/2014 4:59:25 AM PST by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Thank you for your thoughts.

The spiritual dimension of the problem and the solution should not be ignored.

The overspending of money is a problem of people as well as the governments they elect.

The spiritual dimension in my experience involves taking right actions, not just saying the “right things” or feeling the “right feelings”....

I won’t get angry or disturbed by the hypocrisy of others, but I must always remember my many years of being in essence
“A BORN AGAIN BIBLE BELIEVING, BLOOD WASHED DRUNK”.

I seek a daily sober relationship with God based on accepting the absolute truth about myself, working the 12 steps outlined in “Alcoholics Anonymous” and trying to live according to the 12 traditions outlined in the same book including the seventh which involves being “self-supporting through my own contributions”.

The ‘culture war’ unfortunately involved the GOP political machine capturing the hearts and minds of religious voters and manipulating them to elect candidates who in the end not only had a liberal tax and spend economic vision but an unwillingness to advance any conservative social agenda as well. They paid lip service to being “Pro-Life” and were backed up by GOP front groups claiming to be “Pro-Life” and “Pro-Family” and so on.


34 posted on 02/21/2014 5:37:54 AM PST by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Republicans need every vote they can get in the Senate — plus additional votes by defeating some Democrats who are running for the Senate this fall. It can be a very close call. Jeopardizing the reelection of current Republican senators is an act of utter irresponsibility,

THIS is the point they keep missing - the capital 'R' Republicans vote with the Democrats

What Cruz is doing is trying to cut a demarcation line between 'R'epublican and CONSERVATIVE.

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I honestly thought Sowell was smarter than this.

35 posted on 02/21/2014 5:57:12 AM PST by MamaTexan (I am a Person as created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What gives with Sowell?

Has he become bi-polar?

He's had several hit pieces in the past few days, then comes up with a title like this?

36 posted on 02/21/2014 6:01:48 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: eddie willers
Once you get outside the Amen Chorus of FR, people I talk to DO think Ted "shut down the government" and believe the press that says he is "extreme".

We may not like it....but there it is and denial won't help.

Ted can be our Patrick Henry, but somebody else needs to be our George Washington.


So, even though their impressions, fostered by a Marxist and self-serving Media, DNC, and GOP-E, are incorrect and not based on the truth, we should not try to correct their incorrect opinions, we should not fight back?

So how does it feel to be a Surrender Monkey just like Sowell?
37 posted on 02/21/2014 6:03:04 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t know what to think. I’ve never followed Sowell, although I have read an occasional article. For some reason, he’s chosen one of the few rising conservative stars to denigrate. It’s dismaying.


38 posted on 02/21/2014 6:05:22 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Very disturbing.....


39 posted on 02/21/2014 7:08:17 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: Lakeshark

Very.


40 posted on 02/21/2014 7:16:59 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Did someone get to him?

Sowell has always been pretty establishment. It's not surprising he has his doubts about Cruz. Same with Coulter.

41 posted on 02/21/2014 7:22:29 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Timber Rattler

Sowell ticked off a lot of Conservatives with Part I of his diatribe earlier in the week, and is trying to walk it back a bit. But for some weird reason, he’s now advocating a “party-first” agenda while attacking Cruz for doing what we’ve all been demanding for years out of our elected leader. Seems very hypocritical to me.


What is happening now is the GOP elites like Coulter and Sowell are trying to pull the unruly conservative base back on the GOP plantation for the midterms.

The GOP leadership wanted the preemptive surrender on the budget and debt ceiling wrapped up quickly so they could start up the meaningless election season rhetoric.

I really don’t care about the rhetoric any more. The only thing that matters now is a articulate, consistent, and engaged opposition to the rampaging Dems. Cruz is the one doing that right now. Not Boehner. Not McConnell. That’s why he is so popular.


42 posted on 02/21/2014 7:25:36 AM PST by lodi90
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To: Cymbaline

The GOP has been running around in circles scared since the kenyan won in 2012.

All the GOP leadership should have been fired after the beltway GOP wasted 2010-12 and Romney ran a terrible campaign. Pribus, McConnell, Boehner and all the useless consultants are to blame for the GOP non agenda and non engagement of the Dems.

Now we are getting more of the same proven loser tip toe strategy for 2014. Fire them all.


43 posted on 02/21/2014 7:34:45 AM PST by lodi90
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL!

Stupid elephant!

You know I hate even saying that, vet, because the other day I saw a video of an elephant that painted a picture using its trunk of an elephant in the wild. The painting was quite good.

This absolutely blew my mind.

Elephants are smart, GOP is not.

I hereby apologize to all elephants.


44 posted on 02/21/2014 8:16:19 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SoConPubbie
So, even though their impressions, fostered by a Marxist and self-serving Media, DNC, and GOP-E, are incorrect and not based on the truth, we should not try to correct their incorrect opinions, we should not fight back?

I saw it fail back when Newt Gingrich "shut down the government".

And Newt was a much better communicator of the virtues of conservatism than Ted.

If you think the American hoi polloi has become brighter in the last two decades....well...let's just say you are more optimistic than either Sowell or me.

45 posted on 02/21/2014 11:22:50 AM PST by eddie willers
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To: eddie willers
If you think the American hoi polloi has become brighter in the last two decades....well...let's just say you are more optimistic than either Sowell or me.

Don't care about that perception of yours one way or the other.

It is not a reason or should be the basis of a political strategy.

Political stratigies driven by outcome-based ethics are worthless and bound to fail.

The only fight worth fighting for is one driven by ethics and principles, conservative principles, especially when you are trying to get conservatives to go along with you.

Otherwise, it is a worthless endeavor.
46 posted on 02/21/2014 11:49:16 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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