‘You Will Not Shame Us; You Will Not Cow Us’
Just watched Stephen Moore on Fox say TEA Party has to grow-up – F–k You, you #Quisling
— Bob Belvedere (@BobBelvedere) October 19, 2013
The time for the niceties of polite discourse has passed for we are in grave danger of losing that precious, fragile, and sacred gift given to us by The Founding Fathers.
And one of the main reasons why we may lose our freedoms and liberties is because we, the conservatives and [small 'l'] libertarians have for too long acceded to the arguments of the Conservative and GOP Establishments.
We have put on the armor of Pragmatism and, yet, have repeatedly been pierced by the arrows of the Leftist Enemy and, most disturbingly, in the back by those missiles of the Right’s Establishment.
In a searing reply to a drive-by Neo-Statist troll who commented on one of his posts, Jeff Goldstein makes a statement that, I believe, applies to all of the Karl Roves, Jonah Goldbergs, Ann Coulters, and Stephen Moores of this world.
Jeff’s remarks are worth quoting at length:
You, my dull, desperate, rusted bucket of stagnant fail [BOB: Brilliant!], are the problem, not those of us who adopt “pragmatism” for its own sake, or think that “compromise” the gesture, divorced from the substance of what is being compromised, is the apotheosis of political “realism.” The country is, in fact, trending heavily conservative, as recent studies have revealed. The question now is how to conservatives / classical liberals / libertarians / Reagan Democrats regain their leverage to take back control of a government of, by, and for them — not of, by, and for legislators, bureaucrats, the Executive, and their clients and cronies. Your answer is — as it ever is — to compromise principle, to trade them for “deals” that do nothing but lurch the country leftward, then beat up on those of us who insist those principles aren’t negotiable, because those principles are reflected in our founding documents, which are themselves the very foundation of our collective social compact. [BOB: Oooo, that word — 'collective'.]
Well guess what, you pretend “smart” Republican: the Constitution is not up for election, and it most certainly is not available for “center-rightists” to negotiate away in order to hold power that, the last time they held it exclusively, marked the single greatest expansion of government and fiscal operating debt in history. Until Obama came along and trashed that record.
The TEA Party was born not in reaction to an “historic” Black President who we tea-tards hate because we think him a Kenyan interloper. It was born under TARP and the Bush Administrations horrific corporatism — and then strengthened immeasurably the the ascension to the White House of a Marxist posing as a “post-partisan,” “post-racial” pragmatist. Which we saw at the time and warned against: a man who wishes to bring about “fundamental transformation” of the US is a man who believes the country as founded was faulty and in need of such an overhaul and reconfiguration. And that’s where he’s taking us, while feckless GOP cowards, who because of their “pragmatism” lack the intellectual conviction to combat the committed ideological march of the left, lash out at those who remind them of their impotence and failure.
The truth is…that some of [us] simply aren’t as stupid as you seem to be. And we’re done listening to you or people like you who presume to lecture us on how we lack the nuance to interject ourselves into politics.
Let me make this perfectly clear to that middling, easily-confused intellect that fires infrequently inside your likely sloped brainpan: you will not shame us; you will not cow us; you will not degrade us into retreat; and you will not win without us.
That you’ve lost us means, then, that your strategy for winning is already fucked. Because when you lose the base — who no longer believes there’s any advantage to electing the lesser of two evils, and in fact has had to live with themselves for having made such a Hobson’s choice in the past, with no desire to re-visit that ignominy — you lose the Party.
To be truly serious about no longer supporting the GOP and Conservative Establishments, it seems we have no choice but to not vote for any more of their ‘electable’ candidates.
Time to show the rat bastards what it’s really like to lose the base — hit ‘em where it hurts the most by denying them a seat at The Table Of Power.
Refugium inveniemus in provinciis [trans: Find refuge in the provinces].
And that’s on you, not me, or any of us who have repeatedly warned you, since we gave you back the House in 2010, that you were running out of chances.
The nomination of Romney was for many to whom I speak the last straw; the capitulation by the Senate (and the caucusing of Boehner with Democrats) has made it crystal clear that we are the enemy of an entrenched ruling class that you continue to protect — either out sheer stupidity, which makes you a useful idiot being played by serial liars who blow smoke up your ass and call it a colon cleanse; or else out of some self-interest tied to corporate cronyism and a maintenance of the status quo that has given us 17 million in fiscal operating debt and 90+ million in unfunded liabilities. [BOB: THIS.]
You’ve already lost and don’t yet know it. And yes, we realize you’ll shriek and cry when we don’t rally behind the next “inevitable candidate,” be it Jeb Bush or Chris Christie. You’ll accuse us of throwing temper tantrums and stamping our feet, of demanding “purity tests” while refusing to face the “political realities” of a country consistently being sold on the virtues of bigger government.
And it won’t sway us one bit: reality, political and otherwise, is always fluid. And the march of historical materialism promoted by the progressives and Marxists and meekly resigned to by the establishment Republicans is not fated and never was — nor will it overtake us without a fight I suspect many of you are not prepared to make, especially given our convictions and your penchant for meek surrender. Unless it comes to attacking us with message boards or in leaks to left wing political media sources. Which won’t be the final battle ground, I assure you.
Pro-tip: if you find yourself on the side of Joe Scarborough or Karl Rove? You’re doing the whole liberty protecting thing all wrong.
So. Kindly fuck off.
Kick me out of your big tent. And then stand around with the rest of the confused Republicans who wonder why, when they throw a party there, they’ve seriously over-ordered the bacon-wrapped shrimp and the bad white wine.
Dead solid perfect.
Over at NRO, Andrew McCarthy makes pretty much the same argument — albeit, as he usually does, wielding his sharp scalpel to great, non-rough effect, but, nevertheless, slicing deeply into the mushy heart of the gray-souled conservatives who have put on the Quisling* garments of shame. Perhaps, some of these Neville Chamberlains will listen to Mr. McCarthy because they do not consider him to be Visigoths like you and Jeff and myself.
…The disagreement between statist Democrats and the GOP establishment is about the degree of government intrusion in health care, not the matter of government intrusion in principle. Republicans are also the guys who want to keep some of Obamacare’s core, anti-free-market elements — e.g., provisions that forbid denial of coverage owing to preexisting conditions and that keep “children” on their parents’ coverage until age 26.
The Democrats, the media, and all the Left will tirelessly portray any proposed repeal of Obamacare as a callous denial — a removal — of coverage from millions of underprivileged Americans, including those struggling with sickness. Moderates and “compassionate conservatives” already lecture us about the need to get real and make our peace with the welfare state; what will they be saying four or six or eight or who knows how many years from now? They will be arguing that Obamacare’s prodigious infrastructure is now part of our social fabric — that repealing it at this point (whenever that point happens) would be radical, the very antithesis of the Burkean conservative disposition. The GOP’s will to fight for repeal — which has never been as strong on action as it is on election-season rhetoric — will dissipate.
The appeal to Edmund Burke infuriates the Hell out of me. They either have very little understanding of the Great Man or are deliberately distorting his philosophy — just like a Leftist would.
The time has come for us not to acquese in the suffocation of our goal of restoring our freedoms and liberties.
The time has come for us to tell those who are sympathetic to our conservative thinking that we will not aid and albeit their doomed and appeasing schemes.
The time has come for us to saddle-up and ride.
The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have receiv’d them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchas’d them for us with toil and danger and expence of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care and diligence.
It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.
Of the latter we are in most danger at present: Let us therefore be aware of it. Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity; and resolve to maintain the rights bequeath’d to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. — Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance.
Let us remember that “if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.” It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.
*I prefer to use the term ‘Quisling’ rather than ‘Appeaser’
because the onomatopoeia of the word, combined with it’s
searingly hot historical implications, drives the rat bastards crazy.