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Bob’s Musings: At The Dawn Of 2012

03 January 2012 @ 14:40

Bob's Muse

-Another new year has dawned, the fourth in our struggle to restore our freedoms and liberties, the fourth in our war against those who would ‘fundamentally transform’ The United States Of America into a Socialist Gulag.

-This is for all of you who are fans of the group Rush: it feels more like 2112 to me than 2012 [I’ll have to Tweet that later]. Let us hope that we assume control soon.

-No time to catch our breath: Iowans caucus today. Do you have the feeling this whole year’s going to be like this?

-As I have been away and without an Internet connection [and very lazy since I got back home late last week], I have not had the chance to praise and link the work Stacy McCain has been doing on the ground in Iowa since 26 December. As expected, it has been top notch and very, very informative. You can check out all his reports by clicking here. Stacy’s latest, on his encounter with Rick Santorum’s thirteen year old daughter, his reflections on what he’s seen of the Santorum Campaign over the months, and his usual musings on the profession of reporting, is well-worth your time and a great example of the kind of superior reporter he is. Here is an example of the latter:

Advanced Reporting Seminar, for you newbies: You get the best quotes when you just talk to people, instead of interrogating them in a confrontational manner. Be informal and friendly, put people at ease and listen to what they say. You’ll learn a lot more that way, whether you get a quote or not, and people will say real honest stuff rather than reciting talking points.

-Stacy always labels this forays ‘Fear And Loathing In [insert place name here]’, but it is the blackguards and spinners of deceit who should fear and loath the terrible swift sword of truth he wields.

-He thrusts and parrys with his saber in an article over at Hot Air’s the Greenroom, in which he makes this spot-on point [tip of the fedora to Smitty]:

Pundits who imagine they can predict the future based on polls and media reports are often embarrassed by the actual results when ordinary voters have their say. It is probably impossible to predict what the outcome will be here Tuesday night, and even more difficult to guess what will happen as the campaign moves forward to New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and beyond. But those who have preemptively declared that Rick Santorum can’t win the GOP nomination may soon need to re-calculate their assessments.

Indeed.

-Some on the Right are arguing that Mr. Santorum is not as conservative as he makes himself out to be. A good number of these folks seem to believe that his years in Washington may have corrupted him, that he may have been infected with the Beltway Virus that seems to afflict many conservatives [and this is why he supported Arlen Spector]. Others believe he is part of that small group of Social Conservatives who want to use Federal power to restrict moral choices. I have certainly criticized him here for a number of reasons not related to those just listed.

Out of all the announced candidates, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann are the most conservative left in the race, in my opinion. They are closest to Russell Kirk’s definition of what one is:

…For there exists no Model Conservative, and conservatism is the negation of ideology: it is a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the civil social order.

The attitude we call conservatism is sustained by a body of sentiments, rather than by a system of ideological dogmata. It is almost true that a conservative may be defined as a person who thinks himself such. The conservative movement or body of opinion can accommodate a considerable diversity of views on a good many subjects, there being no Test Act or Thirty-Nine Articles of the conservative creed.

In essence, the conservative person is simply one who finds the permanent things more pleasing than Chaos and Old Night. (Yet conservatives know, with Burke, that healthy “change is the means of our preservation.”) A people’s historic continuity of experience, says the conservative, offers a guide to policy far better than the abstract designs of coffee-house philosophers….

However, as I have stated here many times, Mrs. Bachmann is better suited to the kind of hand-to-hand combat and trench warfare that is to be found in our House Of Representatives. With the right people at her side, she would make a damn fine Speaker and I have no doubt she would relentlessly hound and batter the Democrats and RINO’s.

That leaves me with Rick Santorum.

It is no secret that I would have preferred Sarah Palin and I still would support any effort to draft her. Until such time as that happens, I think the best choice any conservative could make is to cast a vote for Mr. Santorum.

Like Mrs. Palin and Mrs. Bachmann, he gets it, he realizes how dire our situation is, to enough of an extent that I would have no problem rallying behind his flag for a charge against the Red Guard of Chairman Obama.

-Smitty makes a good point:

While falling short of saying that other candidates have not also worked hard, one might venture that a candidate who has had to scrape by, and spend more time pressing the flesh could have a better finger on the pulse of the Tea Parties than the more insider, elite, well-heeled, deep pocketed, fully staffed, focus group tested, hung out in the queue and now it’s their turn, dol burn it, ones.

-It had been my intention to write-in Sarah Palin’s name on my republican Primary Ballot, but, if by chance, Mr. Santorum has a chance in my state of making a decent showing [my state is so blue, it’s Red, IYKWIMAITYD] that will aid in his march, I will gladly and without any mental reservation pull the lever for this decent man.

-Live well, my friends…

9 Comments
  1. M. Thompson permalink
    03 January 2012 @ 15:22 15:22

    On the subject of Mr. Santorum’s previous endorsement of Mr. Spector, my belief is it was an example of peer-pressure. He felt, at that time, the best thing to do was to stay in the club, and keep all the ‘old boys’ in. Sad, but true.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      04 January 2012 @ 21:04 21:04

      One hopes that he has learned from his venial sinning.

  2. Rosalie permalink
    03 January 2012 @ 15:33 15:33

    I feel pretty much the same as you. I’d prefer Palin but I would vote for Santorum. I feel much better about Santorum than I did Cain. I just didn’t have confidence in Cain.

  3. 03 January 2012 @ 19:19 19:19

    Great article Bob. But I’m going to disagree with you on Sarah Palin. I think she would make a good Cabinet Secretary, but am not sure she’s presidential material. Call me crazzzzzy, but I’m pretty close to going with Ron Paul. Every candidate out there has skeletons in their closets, but some have a lot more than others.

    Other than his stance on foreign affairs, which I don’t entirely agree with, his domestic policies are spot on. He probably knows more about how we got in the mess we’re in than any other politician of note. YMMV

    Mike G.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      04 January 2012 @ 21:06 21:06

      I think Crazy Uncle Ron might just make a good SecTreas and that Mrs. Palin has what it takes to lead the Executive.

  4. Adobe Walls permalink
    03 January 2012 @ 19:24 19:24

    If I could vote for Santorum I would. But come May 8Th in NC I doubt he or Bachmann will still be in the race.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      04 January 2012 @ 21:06 21:06

      Servant of Satan!

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