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Angry Conservative Birds Need to Flock Together
Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2014 | Michael Reagan

Posted on 05/16/2014 6:33:54 AM PDT by Kaslin

Stop listening to so much conservative talk radio.

Take a break. Watch a cartoon. Go to a ballgame.

Do anything else for a while but think, talk or argue about politics.

Do what I do and listen to country music instead. I guarantee you won’t be so angry all the time.

That’s what I told a bunch of riled-up conservatives the other day when I ran into them at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

I think I really shocked them when I said I rarely listen to talk radio.

What? You don’t listen to Sean or Rush or Levin every day?

Nope. Nope. And nope. They’re all great radio guys, great conservatives.

But I used to work in conservative talk radio. I didn’t listen to talk radio every day then and still don’t for the same reason I bet most country musicians don’t listen to country radio.

Don’t get me wrong. Conservative talk radio is great. But all you hear are angry callers. The only people I hear enjoying themselves are the hosts.

But these days it can be dangerous for Republicans because all you hear is conservatives picking fights with each other over who they want to run for president in 2016.

It’s become a bitter internal Twitter debate between Tea Party conservatives, economic conservatives, social conservatives, libertarians, hawks, doves and who knows how many others.

Everybody else’s favorite conservative candidate for 2016 is branded as a loser, a part-time conservative, a pretender to the legacy of Ronald Reagan.

Rubio’s soft on immigration. Paul is a dove who supports moderates. Cruz is too rash and too radical to win.

The problem is too many conservatives are spending their days looking for the bad in each other instead of looking for the good. No wonder we have so many angry people in our party.

Remember what’s on my father’s gravestone? -- “I know in my heart that man is good.”

That’s something conservative Republicans should keep in mind this fall and especially in 2016.

All this factional infighting and ideological hair-splitting is dangerous for the future of the GOP -- if it has one after 2016.

Instead of knocking Rand Paul as an isolationist or a traitor to the Tea Party cause because he came out in support of a nominee picked by the party, give him a break.

And give him some credit for focusing on the most important prize at hand – putting the GOP back in charge of the U.S. Senate this fall.

The bottom line is we’re all conservatives. We’re not the enemy. The liberals are.

We need to end the intramural squabbling that is tearing the Republican Party’s Big Tent to shreds in the fight to prove who’s the purest conservative of them all.

For 2016 the GOP has to get its primary act together and conservatives of all factions have to come together to agree -- early on -- which horse they want to run in the White House Derby.

Otherwise, in two years we’ll be looking at a choice not between Hillary and the second coming of Ronald Reagan, but between Hillary and the second coming of Mitt Romney.


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1 posted on 05/16/2014 6:33:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

“The bottom line is we’re all conservatives.”

Who’s “we” Mikey?


2 posted on 05/16/2014 6:35:50 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: All
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3 posted on 05/16/2014 6:37:56 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Kaslin
Don’t get me wrong. Conservative talk radio is great. But all you hear are angry callers. The only people I hear enjoying themselves are the hosts.

I am beginning to wonder if Michael has actually listened to talk radio before, because I hear this maybe 10% of the time. I am also wondering if he was even present at his own radio show because I recall mostly positive happy people there, too.

4 posted on 05/16/2014 6:38:15 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: headstamp 2

Not all of us...


5 posted on 05/16/2014 6:38:25 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Kaslin

Wrong, Mikey. The goal is NOT to put the GOP(e) back in power. The goal is to put CONSERVATIVES in power.


6 posted on 05/16/2014 6:40:35 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Kaslin
Rubio’s soft on immigration. Paul is a dove who supports moderates. Cruz is too rash and too radical to win.

Yes, yes, and you've gotta be kidding me, Michael.

7 posted on 05/16/2014 6:41:21 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Kaslin

Ah, this coming from the failed radio host, internet huckster and the guy who recently said “Shut up Tea Party, You’re Candidates are Kooks”?!

No thanks, Michael. Something happened to you and you’ve gone to the dark side.


8 posted on 05/16/2014 6:42:59 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Kaslin

Michael Reagan just hangs out at the Reagan Library?


9 posted on 05/16/2014 6:43:16 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Kaslin
The consequences of this advise here is lethal to our republic.

No sale, Michael.

10 posted on 05/16/2014 6:43:51 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: ilgipper

The angriest people I hear on talk radio, are when they put liberal callers on the air, who argue with the host.

I don’t hear too much anger on talk radio. Mostly, I hear conservative hosts, urging that we return to traditional values, and criticizing the Obama administration. And mostly this is done calmly, and matter of factly. Not with angry outbursts.


11 posted on 05/16/2014 6:44:12 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Kaslin

Reagan’s right, BUT the emphasis should be on taking back the Senate with TEA Party Constitutionalist leaders IMO.

It’s silly to split hairs over the “angry callers” statement. He’s right there too. Most folks are so frustrated with the Democrat experience we are enduring how can anyone call them other than “angry callers”?


12 posted on 05/16/2014 6:44:39 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Kaslin
All this factional infighting and ideological hair-splitting is dangerous for the future of the GOP -- if it has one after 2016.

Its not at all about ideological hair-splitting. Its about standing up for conservative principles, something the GOP is simply not interested in. The GOP is what it is. It wants our votes and our money, but not our principles and our convictions.

13 posted on 05/16/2014 6:44:46 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“Get off my phone, you little pinhead............GET OFF MY PHONE!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrzRhIiLQ08


14 posted on 05/16/2014 6:46:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

I will say this to any angry conservative - STHU, channel the anger, and get off your lazy ass and do something. If you need my steel toed boot up your ass to get that done, I’m glad to help.

I have no use for the constant prancing around doing the hippie protest schtick. We win by winning elections, getting majorities, and passing legislation. Anything else is a hysterical drama queen sophistry.

If you can’t do anything else, then at the very least debate the liberals on the internet, and verbally stomp their faces in on every site they inhabit, at every turn.

Do something already.


15 posted on 05/16/2014 6:47:27 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: dfwgator

Yep, you do have that.

I guess it depends who you listen to. I listen mostly to Dennis Prager and Michael Medved. But even those guys, I only hear from time to time. I work for a living, so don’t get to just sit and listen and listen.


16 posted on 05/16/2014 6:48:08 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego
I work for a living, so don’t get to just sit and listen and listen.

Work harder, Dilbert! By the time I hit "post", 10 more people will be on welfare.

17 posted on 05/16/2014 6:50:20 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I never get tired of listening to that.


18 posted on 05/16/2014 6:50:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Good post. Conservatives in general tend to deal with facts. Liberals, on the other hand, operate mainly on the emotional level.

If you listen to any liberal, their arguments will always veer off topic into personal attacks and blaming anyone else but themselves.


19 posted on 05/16/2014 6:51:06 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Free Vulcan

BTTT


20 posted on 05/16/2014 6:51:23 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Jane Long

After something like that, the trust is over.


21 posted on 05/16/2014 6:53:35 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Kaslin
Rubio’s soft on immigration

Correction: He's for amnesty, and for me, that's a deal breaker.

22 posted on 05/16/2014 6:53:49 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Night Hides Not

Yep, let’s get to work, as everyone who works has multiple people on public assistance who depend on you going to work every day.................


23 posted on 05/16/2014 6:54:06 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Kaslin

I agree. Always vote for the more conservative of the two choices. If that leaves me crawling over broken glass to vote for Christie or Jeb, so be it.


24 posted on 05/16/2014 6:58:06 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Kaslin

LOL


25 posted on 05/16/2014 7:02:58 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'I never said that you can keep your doctor . Republicans lie about me ')
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To: dfwgator

I was listening to him in the car when he said that. I knocked my drink all over myself and drove him sitting in a puddle of Sprite.


26 posted on 05/16/2014 7:03:49 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: darkangel82

I’ve contemplated making that my ring tone.


27 posted on 05/16/2014 7:06:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: darkangel82

drove him= drove home


28 posted on 05/16/2014 7:07:02 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: Kaslin

He is right about the way conservatives knock each other down. If you’re looking for a pure 100% conservative that dog ain’t in this hunt. The prospective GOP presidential lineup is preferable to Hillary for sure but don’t give us a Jeb Bush or Chris Christie, or you’ll have another massive stay at home demonstration by conservatives.


29 posted on 05/16/2014 7:38:02 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Kaslin

Also take a break when the weekend comes.


30 posted on 05/16/2014 7:44:09 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Mercat
If that leaves me crawling over broken glass to vote for Christie or Jeb, so be it.

If it is Christie or Jeb, I will vote for Hillary. As will many others.

When Boner puts amnesty on the house floor and passes the senate bill with democrat votes the republican party will die. On the spot. Dole McRomney cannot win.

31 posted on 05/16/2014 7:46:17 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: Kaslin

There he goes parroting the liberal stereotype of talk radio and conservatives as if all we have to do in the world is be angry though there is plenty of reason to be. I fully understand the need to take a breather and step back from politics. I do myself when an election cycle is done but that doesn’t mean suddenly I’m ready for a kumbya moment because that is impossible. It is impossible to reconcile with a person who sees big government progressive programs as “the way forward” and someone who wants limited constitutional government. It is impossible to reconcile with a person who thinks using millions of illegals in the place of American unemployed is “the way forward”. It is impossible to reconcile with a person who thinks religious liberty and conservative values should be chained and limited with state edicts on hate speech and restrictions on freedom of association. It is impossible to reconcile with people who want to spend trillions fighting climate change and controlling the size of your vehicle and how much and what kind of energy you can use.

I’m done with GOP who call conservatives extremists when the only alien politics in this country is evident in the Democrat party. They are the usurpers of liberty and I will come together with anyone who respects the constitution in all its freedoms and guarantees but I will not ally myself with unprincipled corporatists whose are only different in a matter of degree from the leftists we fight.

We can not pretend this is not a war and though I believe we need to be smarter like Reagan in how we address it acquiesce and dilution is not the answer. Its because of that game of pretend that we have Barack Obama and have seen our liberties frittered away with abandon. He sold ‘hope and change’ we need to sell ‘Strength!’, ‘Independence!’, ‘Honor’, and ‘Liberty!’. I don’t understand the difficulty. These are universal things that resonate with everyone and when cast against the backdrop of a public that says resoundingly that they think government is too big and too intrusive and that they want to throw out the status quo what exactly is the problem?

Why is it that we have so many candidates that feel awkward making the case for liberty and constitutional governance that is the key to liberty?


32 posted on 05/16/2014 7:48:52 AM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: SpeakerToAnimals
If it is Christie or Jeb, I will vote for Hillary. As will many others.

If it is Christie or Jeb, I will vote Constitution Party or the best third party candidate on the ballot. I always vote for the most conservative candidate.

33 posted on 05/16/2014 7:52:04 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Kaslin

What a patronizing article.


34 posted on 05/16/2014 7:53:35 AM PDT 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

Ø is but a symptom. Amerika’s BIG PROBLEM will remain after this tumor is excised!!!!!!!!!!!

Only way I see salvation for this country is by eliminating many alphabet agencies, DOEs, EPA etc. AS A START


35 posted on 05/16/2014 8:09:35 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: Kaslin

We’re taking back the party from the psuedo republicans Mike. You should jion instead of agreeing with Harry Reid. Its painful, but it must be done for the good of the country.


36 posted on 05/16/2014 8:12:10 AM PDT by subterfuge (Hey NSA snoop, get a real job you idiot!)
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To: Kaslin

I love ya Michael but its time to root hog or die for the republican party. The RINO train is going down the same track as the Dem train its just going 55MPH instead of 100MPH. We need the right republicans in office not just any republican.


37 posted on 05/16/2014 8:13:11 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin

Isn’t that what Obama said way back when, stop Listening to Talk Radio? I thought it sounded familiar.


38 posted on 05/16/2014 8:15:22 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: Mercat

Levin Rule, period.


39 posted on 05/16/2014 8:17:42 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Do you remember the Romneybots demanding we vote for that northeast liberal? Right here on FR there was rabid support for a northeast progressive. We cannot defeat the progressives by voting for progressive republicans.

If the republicans nominate a progressive my mission is to defeat said progressive republican by as large a margin as possible. R or D, progressives are the enemy. The lesser of two evils is an evil lesser.

40 posted on 05/16/2014 8:18:16 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: SpeakerToAnimals; Jim Robinson

>”If it is Christie or Jeb, I will vote for Hillary. As will many others”<

Well Jim, you gave it a good try. If this is the attitude of Posters here on FR, it’s over.

What will Hillary’s Campaign Slogan aimed at disenfranchised Conservatives be, “I only let four Americans get Murdered by Jihadist’s but those other guys are RINO’s”?


41 posted on 05/16/2014 8:23:13 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: Kickass Conservative

One post is not representative of this site.


42 posted on 05/16/2014 8:26:44 AM PDT 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

I certainly hope you are correct, but there are many here who would cut off their Nose to spite their Face.

I favor the Levin Rule, Vote your Candidate in the Primary and Vote your Party’s Candidate in the General.

Anything else guarantees the “Enemy” will obtain power and the person that you could have influenced (even if you disagree with some of their Policies) will not be in Office.

I think Harriet Myers and Amnesty when President Bush (RINO-Texas) was in Office. Even being Conservatives, we influenced some of his initial RINO based decisions.

Sounds like simple common sense to me. However, I am attacked for that stance whenever I mention it. A Purist with no Political Representation is just a voice in the wilderness.

I don’t like it, but it’s the way it is. Until the Party that is closest to our Belief system (Republican) is in Power, we have no influence whatsoever. You have to walk before you can run. With Democrats in charge, we are lucky if we are allowed to crawl.


43 posted on 05/16/2014 8:55:52 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: Kickass Conservative
Jeb Bush said he would govern like LBJ. GW Bush already did. There was a cartoon of him being visited by the ghost of LBJ.

McCain would have us losing wars all over the world. Just like LBJ, only it would be in Libya, Syria, etc. Romney is pro gay, pro choice and anti gun. Ditto Christie.

Put on your blinders, hold your nose and get to crawling across broken glass to support that NWO, Chamber of Commerce agenda to kill America.

44 posted on 05/16/2014 9:01:47 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: Kickass Conservative

I understand, and I agree.


45 posted on 05/16/2014 9:02:46 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SpeakerToAnimals

So it’s better for the Democrats to be in charge. I see.


46 posted on 05/16/2014 9:04:28 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Nobody owes you a living, so shut up and get back to work...)
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To: Kickass Conservative
Exactly. The current crop, with fewer than ten exceptions are just as bad, and in some cases worse. The minority leader wants to punch tea partiers in the mouth. The speaker ridiculed his republican colleagues in a whiney voice. THESE PEOPLE HATE CONSERVATIVES AND LOVE PROGRESSIVES!

We cannot defeat the progressive movement by voting for progressive republicans.

47 posted on 05/16/2014 9:19:12 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: Mercat

I know youre right. That’s why I didnt want to say things too nasty about Romney in 2012, in case I was in the position of voting for him. And I was.


48 posted on 05/16/2014 10:07:47 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: SpeakerToAnimals

So he’s going to pick dogs up by their ears and whip out his member to make political points?

I guess the upside is he will put a stop to any attempts to assassinate Castro.

Just writing that made me realize when Castro took over when I was a preschooler I would have never dreamed he’d still be around when I was getting the senior citizen discount.


49 posted on 05/16/2014 10:12:52 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: SpeakerToAnimals

I do indeed. They’re partly responsible for the mess we’re in now. Voting for those who enable the perpetrators can’t continue.


50 posted on 05/16/2014 1:46:39 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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