In some ways, America died on November 6, 2012. Our Constitution has now been replaced by a “reign of witches” to use Jefferson’s phrase. Should we despair? Should we give up? Should we start pandering to racial or ethnic minorities? Have the American people abandoned the first principles of a free society? Perhaps Jefferson can provide some perspective:
“A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to it’s true principles. It is true that in the mean time we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war & long oppressions of enormous public debt. But who can say what would be the evils of a scission [secession], and when & where they would end? Better keep together as we are. . . . If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, & then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are the stake. Better luck, therefore, to us all; and health, happiness, & friendly salutations to yourself.” (Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Taylor, 1798.)
Okay, so right now we are “suffering deeply in spirit” but added to our misery is having to listen to a gaggle of Liberals and Republicans using the defeat of Mitt Romney to criticize conservatives! Mitt may have run as a conservative in order to win in the Republican primaries but he ran as a moderate during the general election. See:
Now, here are a few things I said this year about Mitt Romney, starting with a few comments about Newt Gingrich:
1/26/12, Regarding Newt: RET knows Newt? How do you know? How well does he know him? What about all the conservatives who know Newt and SUPPORT him? They don’t count, right? Perry doesn’t count, Sarah doesn’t count. Newt is a lot like Churchill; sometimes you love him, sometimes not so much. Yes, he has a lot of baggage, and also has a Progressive streak, and I won’t let him off the hook if he falls into political temptation. I opposed him originally, but after watching a number of debates, he’s won me to his side. But to think that Romney is the answer, or that Paul or Santorum could do better, is dreaming. I believe RET is losing his conservative nerve. He’s going for the safe (and losing) candidate this time around rather than take a risk with Newt.
1/26/12: In answer to RET’s “moral character” argument. The problem with Clinton’s moral character is that he had none. He lied about his behavior and continued on with it. Newt has flamed out on a moral level as well, but he has the character to know he has done wrong, and to seek forgiveness. The analogy with Clinton betrays a complete lack of understanding on RET’s part about the concepts of ethics and redemption.
1/26/12: On what grounds do you mock his [Newt’s] confession? We heard reports about Clinton’s behavior after he left office. Do we hear that of Newt? I haven’t heard anything more than Pelosi’s insinuations that she knows something, and try as I might, I cannot imagine Newt fooling around with Pelosi.
1/31/12: Let’s see, he’ll do anything, anything at all, no matter how low, to try to gain political advantage. Hmmm, were you talking about Newt or Romney?
1/31/12: BTW, I’m not defending Newt’s tactics. It sounds like he’s hired some of the snakes over at the Romney campaign to come up with attack ads against Romney.
1/31/12: The fact is, Romney and his campaign team are snakes, and moderate Republicans (especially in Florida) are political whores. Despite all of Newt’s baggage and wandering off the conservative reservation, his core beliefs are conservative and he showed it where it counted — in legislation. Romney governed Massachusetts like a moderate or liberal. Why should voters pull the lever for a clone of the Democrat? By voting for Obama they can have both Romney and the GOP establishment in a more pure form.
2/1/12: What George said is absolutely right, and I’ve been saying the same thing for weeks now. The Republican whores who voted for Romney in Florida have effectively demonstrated that the Republican party is not a conservative party. When will the sunshine conservatives realize this?
2/1/12: Powerful arguments Occam’s Tool. I may have to use a gas mask to vote for Romney.
2/1/12: For the first time in my life, I’m actually taking the idea of a third party seriously.
2/1/12: Yes, 4 more years of Obama. That might be punishment enough for Republican whores and sunshine conservatives, but who knows? Maybe twenty years in the political wilderness will teach them a lesson, maybe not.
2/3/12: Look at his record in Massachusetts. That’s how Romney will “fix” things.
2/3/12: Right now Ross I think Romney would do so much damage to the Republican brand that the Republican party won’t survive it. I think we need a new conservative party. What we need to do now is forget about Romney — the snake is still running lies about Newt in my state — and concentrate on electing conservatives to the House and Senate. They can block most of Obama’s extravagances. The presidential race to concentrate on now is four years from now.
2/3/12: You’re giving us a choice between two evils. Right now, I think if we elect a conservative Congress we may be able to survive 4 more years of Obama. If Romney wins, the Republican party is finished.
2/13/12: I’m laughing at all those National Review conservatives who were trashing Newt and praising Romney. Now they have Romney-remorse. They are disappointed in his vapidness. NR writers and AmSpec’s sunshine conservatives remind me of the battered housewife. Despite how much she is abused by her husband, she continues to believe he really loves her and that someday she can “change” him before it’s too late. Not going to happen, NR and AmSpec writers. You’ve made your bed with the sanctimonious snake Romney; now you can’t go bed-hopping just because you’ve realized your guy is a just an uninspiring schmuck.
2/13/12: Hetta, I don’t know whether your post is a satire, or not, especially given the title of the main article. [The Last Republican]. You say, “[Romney] is a technocrat who believes we need the best and brightest minds to solve our problems. He believes problems can be solved by technical expertise and not by politicians. I believe that too, which is why I voted for Romney.”
The concept of the Last Man, which is what the article alludes to, describes men and women who are petty and satisfied, promoters of technological rationality and bureaucracy, and who are unable to dream great dreams. This is a perfect description of you and your candidate, Hetta. Francis Fukuyama said of the Last Man: “Agreeing on ends, men would have no large causes for which to fight. . . . A dog is content to sleep in the sun all day provided he is fed, because he is not dissatisfied with what he is.”
My comments about Rubin stand. She is a sunshine conservative, one that cannot be counted on when the going gets tough (as with Romney, too). All you have to do is read her own words to realize this. But then you have to stop sleeping lazily on the front porch waiting to be fed; you have to start thinking before you can start dreaming.
2/24/12: Romney has shown that his faux conservatism is merely opportunism, while Santorum’s conservatism is merely of the inexperienced kind. If Republicans would wise up, they’d start voting for Newt and tell the establishment Republicans what they can go do with it.
2/29/12: The reason Santorum and Gingrich are in the race is that they want to save the Republican Party and hence save America. Now, it seems neither goal will be reached.
2/29/12: It’s too bad our elections are decided on the basis of money. That’s why I referred to Florida Republicans as whores: they went for the guy spending the most money. If we have to give up our conservatism to defeat Obama, then there is little point to being a Republican.
3/14/12: The agony for Republicans will start when Mitt locks up the nomination. Then, it’s run-to-the-left, and once again Republicans end up looking like the Stupid party.
3/14/12: Here’s what I said about [Jennifer] Rubin. I don’t have to backtrack on any of it: She’s pro-Santorum up to a point, but mainly she uses him as a tool to criticize Newt or Perry, while saying nice things about Romney along the way. I’m violating my rule about keeping it short, but I think it’s necessary to be a little longer in this post. Quin cited this article of Rubin’s to prove she wasn’t in the tank for Romney. It said in part, “Romney, for some Republicans [Rubin, actually], is the most mature and viable contender to go up against President Obama. But he makes himself unpalatable to the base [us] and to even more moderate voters [like her] by playing it too cute by half. In other words, he leaves open a spot in the race for a bold, reasoned and constructive Republican reformer [Santorum?].”
This is friendly criticism from a supporter of Romney, not snarky criticism. It’s like Newt’s criticism of Reagan, a friend badgering a friend to do the right thing.
The next article is supposed to show she supported Santorum. However, she uses Santorum as a way to criticize conservatives like Perry, and to make herself out to be oh-so-reasonable compared to those “talk-show” type conservatives:
“And while he remains a long shot to win the race, he actually has something to teach the party, the conservative punditocracy and his competitors about how a conservative can make progress and not simply mouth talk-show rhetoric. It’s not every candidate who has something to say that is worth listening to.”
In Rubin’s world, one is only worth listening to if one criticizes conservatism. Real conservatives like Newt and Perry need not apply. She is only praising Santorum because he is a “long shot” and she doesn’t have to worry about his actually winning. If he ever came close, she’d be talking about his “hard corners” or “hard right” positions.
The next article praised Santorum, but then ended with Romney boosting:
“As for Romney, he showed a bit more verve, but he’s not, in contrast to 2008, trying to be someone he’s not. He’s the business guy. He’s the middle-of-the-road Republican. He’s the responsible internationalist. It’s not all that thrilling, but it may just be the best the GOP can do this time around.”
In another article, notice how Rubin contemptuously dismisses conservatives as the “hard right”:
“The hard right had every chance to select a more principled and ethical conservative. But Rick Santorum simply wouldn’t do, you see. The hard right, or at least the screechiest faction of it, doesn’t really want a viable, consistent conservative. Lacking the ideal conservative (who doesn’t exist anyway) they’d rather have a standardbearer as angry and vitriolic as they are, who will surely crash and burn, leaving them to grouse about the GOP“establishment” and the “socialist” president.”
You see why she prefers moderate Mitt? Because in her angry and vitriolic way, she is telling us she doesn’t really like conservatives, too “angry” and “vitriolic” for her. That’s why we regard her as part of the old, dead Republican establishment. She, like Peggy Noonan, has sold her political soul in order to impress her liberal friends in Washington.
These Establishment Republicans and socialist wannabees, by trashing Newt and pushing that snake Romney, have virtually guaranteed Obama’s reelection.
3/14/12: It would be nice if we could all get along, but I’m beginning to strongly dislike AmSpec (and NR) commentators. They are beginning to sound like conservatives in name only, or sunshine conservatives — i.e., people who spout conservatism in good times, but drop it when the going gets tough.
3/20/12: Yes, Lott is just another in a long line of Newt-bashers. The only reason Newt isn’t winning is because that snake Romney has pretty much bought off all the Republican whores with his negative ad campaign. If Mitt wins, conservatism loses. The Lotts of this world do not understand that because they are only sunshine conservatives.
3/20/12: Romney will lose. You’re wasting your vote.
3/20/12: My view is that if these sunshine conservatives prefer Mitt Romney, then the Republicans deserve to lose this November. Newt will be in a better position next time around. A Newt-Santorum ticket would be a winner.
3/21/12: I agree Derek. The Republican party is heading for oblivion in the same way the Federalist party fell apart. Republicans have shown that they are just whores at heart, willing to sell their political souls for whoever has the most money. We should work for conservatives in Congress to put the brake on any new semi-socialist legislation Obama tries to put in place during his next four years, but we should do everything we can to make sure Romney doesn’t win. A win for Romney is the end of the Reagan revolution in the Republican party.
3/21/12: Please don’t mention Reagan and Romney in the same sentence, unless it’s to contrast them. Romney is a liberal Republican much like Spiro Agnew and Nelson Rockefeller. A vote for Romney is a vote for liberal Republicanism.
3/21/12: We can survive an Obama presidency with a conservative Congress (can you say impeachment?) Obama would get all the blame for the continued economic recession. If Romney gets in, and inevitably moves to the left, the recession will continue and Republicans will be blamed for everything. Meaning another Democrat in 2016, and Republicans in the wilderness for years without end. As I’ve said, Romney is a disaster for the Republican party. We need a conservative party to replace the party of whores who are ready to nominate Mr. Etch a Sketch. Of course, for this conservative party, RINO morons . . . need not apply.
3/24/12: Yes, the best Republican campaign would have been if Newt and Santorum were the two candidates. Then it would be a debate between two conservatives. With anarcho-Paul in the race, the empty politician Romney is on his way to being nominated. Paul is staying in the race because he actually hates conservatives (as do his loon followers), and swoons over businessmen.
3/26/12: Antle forgets that it wasn’t just Mitt piling on Newt with his money. Both Santorum and Ron Paul were piling on as well. It was essentially three against one. Newt might have survived it if it hadn’t been for the Green Monster set loose by Mr. Etch A Sketch.
4/11/12: Quin, this is just a variation on the where-are-you-going-to-go? argument: the trump question in an abusive relationship. Looks like some NR writers, now that their man has won the nomination, are having second thoughts about Romney….Can you say, duh?
4/24/12: No, the Republicans have bought into the inevitability argument for Romney, and have thrown their principles overboard, to the extent they ever had any.
4/30/12: Babbin is incorrect that Newt “imploded” after Romney’s nasty campaign against him in Iowa. Newt went on to win South Carolina. Newt lost in Florida because he was outspent by this snake, Mr. Etch-a-Sketch, and because Republicans preferred to behave like political whores this time around. Obama’s worst enemy is himself (and his campaign staff). This is Obama’s election to lose, not Romney’s to win. An empty suit like Romney cannot win. He can only hope to be president if his opponent loses. And the Obama team is off to a bad start, so Romney might become president after all. And it will be the end of the Republican party as a conservative party. Thanks a lot Florida, bunch of geriatric whores and addlepated sunbathers and love-bug worshipping orange suckers.
5/8/12: This is the problem with Romney’s defenders. They think heart-warming stories about Romney’s concern for his family or his friends somehow proves that he’ll pursue conservative policies once in office. The naivete of sunshine conservatives always ceases to amaze me.
5/8/12: Well, you and your compromising ilk nominated this empty suit; now get him elected.
5/8/12: If you guys want to vote for Karl Rove and his buddies, go ahead. I will never vote for a Republican moderate again. Never.
5/9/12: “Mitt Romney is our Last Best Chance to continue living in a Free Country. Deal with it.” Took me a while to stop laughing…..
5/9/12: That’s the point. Four more years of Obama is better than an empty suit Republican. If Romney is elected, he will just be another Sarkozy to be followed in four years by another socialist, worse than Obama.
5/21/12: Who cares about these Republican whores in Florida. They’ve already shown they don’t have any conservative principles.
These are a few of the things I said leading up to and after the nomination of Romney. During the summer, the Supreme Court came out with its ridiculous Obamacare decision, wherein a penalty was suddenly transformed into a tax by that first-class idiot John “Taney” Roberts. At that point, the only thing I could do was hold my nose and vote for Romney as the only way, save for outright resistance, to stop this judicial travesty from taking effect. Now all that is left is resistance.
If the Republican Party nominates another moderate to run as their presidential candidate four years from now, they will deserve to fade away as a national political party, and good riddance. Maybe by then a conservative party will have been formed, and can pick up the pieces of whatever is left of America.