Posts Tagged ‘amnesty’

Citizenship Is More Than Voting. It’s a Full-Time Job

October 26, 2012

My First Voting machine (Wikipedia)

Our failure in the last 3+ elections was the lack of follow-through by voters. Our mistake was assuming that government can govern itself, like an autopilot we could set for a destination, and go back about our business. We were spectacularly wrong, and we are now seeing what happens when government unrestrained becomes not just incompetent and stupid, but overtly hostile and aggressive toward its own citizens.

A Romney administration will have to be stung repeatedly by popular reactions that dwarf the vehemence and strength of the anti-amnesty campaign that made political whores like John McCain wonder where the truck came from that had just run over them. With alternative media and the Internet, we CAN make that happen.

It will be an interruption of our “normal” lives, but living those normal lives was what got us here. Normalcy has to stop, or we are looking at the end of American history, and the beginning of something else — something ugly, toxic and terminal. If we choose “normal” life over passionate, continuous involvement, we deserve the consequences of that choice.

Punch-type voting machine (Remember “hanging chads”?)

“Compassionate Conservatism,” and Other Reasons Why the Republicans Lost in ’08

November 7, 2008
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THE DUNCEPHANT -- Proud symbol of the compassionate conservative, big-tent, self-defeating, Stupid Party

Compassionate Conservatism

“I call my philosophy and approach compassionate conservatism. It is compassionate to actively help our fellow citizens in need. It is conservative to insist on responsibility and results. And with this hopeful approach, we will make a real difference in people’s lives.”

President George W. Bush

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/04/20020430.html

Let’s get this out of the way up front. The Republicans got their heads handed to them in the 2008 presidential election because they deserved to. And it had nothing to do with the selection of Sarah Palin as McCain’s vice presidential candidate. In fact, that was the lone, good decision anyone in the Republican brain trust has managed to make in years, notwithstanding the snide remarks and lies told by the scuttling rats inside the McCain organization and their sycophantic hangers-on in the pundit class.

No, the Republicans put a lot of effort into defeating themselves, and it started long before Sarah Palin killed her first moose. They walked away from the conservative ideals that got Ronald Reagan elected twice in landslides, and won them a congressional majority in 1994. Why? Because the Republican “leadership” never really believed in those ideals. You see, at its core, the Republican Party is a bunch of spineless whores.

Yes, I said whores, and I meant it — exactly in the sense P. J. O’Rourke used the term, in the best American political science textbook ever written, his PARLIAMENT OF WHORES – a Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire US Government.

The spineless Republican retreads who guide the party’s destiny will sell their allegiance to any interest that promises to get them reelected – and this is the sad part — whether or not a rational person would see the slightest chance that it would work.

Like a beaten, bleeding hooker who refuses to file an assault complaint against her abusive pimp, because he “really loves her,” even after he has beaten her to a pulp for the umpteenth time, this core of Republicans returns to courting “moderates” and “undecideds,” and “reaching across the aisle,” even after two runaway victories with Reagan, and after winning back a majority in the House and Senate in the abortive “Republican Revolution” of 1994.

They chose their most recent standard bearer, John McCain, because he is a faithful follower of this self-destructive tradition. He was perfect for the job.

But he was only the most recent keeper of the flame. Go back to 1992, to the modern roots of this pathetic legacy. George Herbert Walker Bush, who was elected in 1988 on Reagan’s conservative coattails, turned his back on his own, “no new taxes” promise. In the endless search for the Bigger Tent the Republican whores thought would win them a second term, GHWB bequeathed to us eight years of Clinton, Clinton, Gore & Co.

In an effort to keep the conservatives from drifting away, or worse, from fomenting an outright revolt, Republican campaign bosses told us throughout this dark period to give them our money and efforts, threatening us with the nightmare scenario of socialist utopias and Stalinist gulags if the Democrats got their way. Of course, those same brave, Republican soldiers were practicing “bipartisanship” the whole time, “reaching across the aisle” to the Democrat minority and Republican turncoats on anti-constitutional legislation and incompetent or evil judicial appointments.

Thanks to eight years of high-profile sleaze and transparent power-grabbing by the Clintons and their lawyer-thugs in expensive suits, the voters recoiled sufficiently at the prospect of Kerry and Gore to give us eight years of George W. Bush. Again, conservatives were told to give money, get out the vote, and — after each election — to sit down and shut up. Our reward was eight years of bloated spending and rampant federal bureaucratic expansion, under the brand name of “Compassionate Conservatism.”

Let me chase this cockroach of an idea out from under the refrigerator and stomp on it, once and for all.

George W. Bush’s “Compassionate Conservatism” is to “conservatism” what “armed robbery” is to “charity.” Compassionate Conservatism is neither compassionate, nor conservative. Like calling the unrestricted right to kill unborn children “pro-choice,” Compassionate Conservatism is a marketing fraud. Why should the American people have been alarmed by Republican warnings that, if elected, Obama was going to “redistribute the wealth?” The Bush administration did that for two terms. Obama just turned on the afterburner.

Bush signed McCain-Feingold (AKA: The Incumbent Hacks Protection Act), ramrodded through No Child Left Behind, and championed a colossal prescription drug welfare program. All the while, he actively promoting a storm surge of illegal immigration that overwhelmed the health care and criminal justice systems, swamped government schools, and turned entire American communities into suburbs of the Third World.

The compassion actually shown by Compassionate Conservatism was restricted largely to Democrat ideologues, illegal aliens, government bureaucracies, Saudi petrocrats, pharmaceutical companies and teachers’ unions.

Conservatives who voiced disapproval of unfettered illegal immigration were accused of lacking compassion; of being un-Christian; of wanting to deprive international trespassers of “jobs Americans won’t do.” And, in a breathtaking display of ignorance and/or arrogance, our president called American citizens who stood on our national borders as witnesses to the violation of our laws and sovereignty, “vigilantes.” To add insult to insult to injury, John McCain looked down his nose at “quote, conservatives,” as he referred to us often, and reminded us, as if from the moral high ground, that illegal aliens are “God’s children, too.” Thanks for the reminder, Reverend John.

The one issue on which all conservatives are supposed to agree about Bush is that he prevented another 9/11. Really? Am I supposed to be grateful that, between administration-mandated sensitivity classes for FBI agents on “Islam, the Religion of Peace,” those agents had time to uncover several plots to blow things up and kill people in the United States? It is certainly no thanks to the Bush administration’s slavish obeisance to political correctness that some such plots have been discovered and thwarted. Thank God for individual initiative and integrity, some plotters’ incompetence, and some good fortune.

However, like the aforementioned cockroach under the refrigerator, for every plot discovered, how many plots remain undiscovered? How many Islamist sleeper cells have slipped across our negligently unprotected borders, or been allowed to enter on “student” visas by our negligent immigration bureaucracy, carrying the components of weapons of mass destruction past negligent Homeland Security bureaucrats, while those sensitivity training sessions were going on? How many plots have not been discovered because the perpetrators have simply not been called to become active — yet?

Are we “safe” from Islamist aggression thanks to lectures from our State Department on not using terms like “Islamist aggression” — or in spite of them? If “Palestinians” are not lobbing missiles into Israeli schools and blowing themselves up in Israeli pizza parlors for a few days, is it because Condi Rice has lectured Israel on which of its appendages it should chop off next, and offer it to the bombers and missile crews as a gesture of good will? Or is it because the “Palestinians” have temporarily run out of missiles and suicide bombers?

Can we really credit George W. Bush with preventing another 9/11, when his administration could not even properly identify our enemies? Calling the struggle in which we find ourselves a “war on terror” is like calling World War II a “war on blitzkrieg,” or a “war on kamikaze.” Terror is a means to an end, not our enemy. Our self-declared enemy is the socio-political ideology of Islam, a fascist system whose adherents believe themselves to be superior to all who do not share their belief. They offer us three options: (1) Convert to Islam; (2) Live at the mercy of a dictator as a powerless underclass; or (3) Die in the war of conquest long ago declared against us. Unless we are Jews, of course, in which case our options are mostly narrowed to (3).

The Republicans’ political malpractice over the last few presidential terms has left us in debt up to our scalps, in danger of being overrun by illegal aliens, and in a fight for our lives with an enemy that our government cannot even identify, much less understand. It has left us in the hands of a devout socialist who is a “made man” product of Chicago machine politics, and a senate hack with not much going on underneath his hair plugs, other than the incubation of his next verbal gaffe.

If any of the Republican “leaders” who brought us this debacle are still in their positions of power and influence in Congress in 2012, we get the point. It will be an unambiguous indicator that the Republican Party is destined for obscurity, and deserving of nothing but contempt from the conservatives at the grassroots who have labored for decades to keep it alive.

The Stupid Party, that party of abused political hookers and back-stabbing weasels, will have made it clear to even the most loyal conservatives that we need to go elsewhere to find principled leadership.

Tom Cox
November 7, 2008
(Revised, March 5, 2011)

Why I Will Not Vote for “the Lesser Evil” (August, 2004!)

October 17, 2008

[Yes, I wrote this in August, 2004, at the end of the first term of GWB. It still applies, in nearly every detail. Interesting, no?]

As always, the Republican “leadership” has put out the call to American conservatives: it is time for us to come out of the shadows and support Republican candidates with our money, time and votes. Again.

I am not ancient, but I do remember the 1994 “Republican Revolution,” in which conservatives rallied to give the House of Representatives back to the Republicans after decades of Democrat control. Boy, were we going to see some changes when that happened! For a list of the ambitious goals set forth by Republicans after they broke the Democrat death grip on the House, search for “Contract with America” with your favorite search engine. I found it at http://www.house.gov/house/Contract/CONTRACT.html.

In addition to the ten procedural goals stated in the contract, there was heady talk of a real reform of the IRS – perhaps even taking away their extraordinary police-state powers, and making them abide by the due process protections of the Bill of Rights. Several federal departments had better watch out, we were told, because their unconstitutional powers were about to be curtailed, or uprooted, entirely.

We would see federal judges impeached for legislating from the bench. A Republican-controlled House would, as permitted by the Constitution, prohibit the remaining judicial meddlers from using their offices as engines for enacting their socialist agendas.

Conservatives had to be patient, because, as we were told repeatedly, “politics is the art of the possible.” These goals would not be achieved all at once. Of course, it would help if we gave the Republicans lots of money and campaigned on behalf of their candidates for the Senate, too, so “we” could control both houses. Then, watch out!

Abortion will be exposed as the obscene atrocity that it is. Our borders will be sealed against the toxic flood tides of illegal immigration. Our armed services will stop being used for grandiose “Meals on Wheels” projects.  Government agencies will stop dictating to property owners how to use their property in order to protect toads and ferns. The list went on and on. Ah, those were heady times.

Well, it turns out that politics is actually the art of telling people what they want to hear, so they will help you get re-elected, over and over — and then telling them to get lost until the next campaign. At least, that’s politics as seen from this portion of the formerly-Republican, conservative grassroots.

In 1992 and 1996, the Republican presidential candidates ran disjointed, inept and rudderless campaigns, devoid of any principle that might be right, but that might also prove to be a political liability with the “moderates” we needed to fill our “bigger tent.” Dare to mention that legal abortion is the legal killing of unborn children, and well-heeled Republican flacks would rush in from the wings, shushing you and scolding you for harsh, offensive language that might upset the broad coalition “we” needed to capture the White House and both houses of the legislative branch. Dare to compare the IRS with armed robbers, or the Federal Reserve with counterfeiters, and you would be branded as a knuckle-dragging extremist.

Meanwhile, the federal bureaucracy, which grows and festers regardless of who is in the White House, continues to send its tentacles deeper into our lives. Do the Republicans do anything to curtail this cancerous growth? Au contraire, they feed it with enthusiasm. Non-defense spending with no Constitutional justification is way up. It’s not up quite enough to satisfy the big-government lefties in the Democrat Party, but it’s definitely up.

However, the federal law enforcement officers who are charged with protecting our borders have been told to smile at illegal aliens, including potential terrorists, and tell them, “Welcome to the United States.” We are supposed to make nice with the government of Mexico, despite its official policy of encouraging illegal immigration to the United States, and despite its frequent collusion with alien and drug smugglers.

We have a huge and growing bureaucracy dedicated to “homeland security,” but our borders are no more secure against invasion than they were before 9/11. Airport security goons — some of whom barely speak English, and may have illegal immigration “issues” of their own — strip-search and interrogate six-year-olds and elderly grandmothers trying to board commercial airliners. However, the pilots of those, same airliners are forced to jump endless bureaucratic hurdles before they can carry a pistol that might be the last line of defense against hijackers who want to turn the plane into a multi-ton cruise missile.

Despite the clear evidence over decades that increased government spending has zero effect on the quality of education, the federal Department of Education, an unconstitutional agency, grows in power and influence over public education, which is supposed to be a state and local function. Our current, Republican administration is proud of its effort to bloat this agency’s budget.

I could go on for quite some time about the ways in which the Republican Party has broken faith with the conservatives that used to comprise its base. However, by now you have either been convinced, or you have dismissed me as a crank.

Some will dwell on this topic long enough to ask me where I will take my loyalties, now that I am turning my back on the big, dumb elephants. I have decided I will vote for Michael Peroutka, and his US Constitution Party, http://www.constitutionparty.com/.

[Author’s Note: In 2008, I wrote in Alan Keyes, rather than vote for None of the Above, as Joseph Farah of World Net Daily recommends. I was undecided between these alternatives, until that last moment.]

I am through voting for the “lesser of the two evils.” I am through voting as if I were trying to pick a winning racehorse. I will vote for a president who will abide by the Constitution, and not by the opinion polls or the editorials in the New York Times. I am through with the “bogeyman theory” of politics, which dictates that voting for a third party candidate is tantamount to voting for the bogeyman of the moment.

George Bush and John Kerry are both bogeymen, and I’m through with them and the politics they represent. I will vote for Michael Peroutka. I will go to sleep election night knowing I did what was right for my country, and I will ask God, as I always do, to deliver us from all evils — greater and lesser.

TC