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A Question For @BradThor

17 July 2014 @ 14:54

Author Brad Thor is one of ‘The Good Guys’, one of those Americans who is (1) a Constitutional Conservative and (2) understands the what’s at stake in our struggle against the Left.

In an interview with David Steinberg, over at PJ Media [which is well-worth a read], Mr. Thor, near the end, remarks [emphasis mine]:

I have talked to several people who I won’t name, but several who are being talked about as potential GOP presidential candidates for 2016. I’ve had excellent conversations with all of them. There are things I love about each, and there are things that make me say “oh, come on, seriously?” about some. I’m not going to get a perfect candidate to support. I know that and I am ready for that. I may be surprised, I may actually get the perfect candidate, but it’s a fool’s errand to think that you will. This is like getting married. If you’re hitting on four out of five cylinders, then grab that woman or man with both hands and get them to an altar. You’re never going to hit on five out of five. But — I know that this country, this republic cannot survive another Democrat presidency.

We cannot and will not survive that. It is incumbent upon us, even if we have to put in some wishy washy guy — and I am going to fight in the primaries to make sure we do not get the Republican in name only — but if that’s what it takes, than that person is better than putting a Democrat in. That being said, I think all of us are concerned about the direction of the GOP. This is the dilemma I have.

I believe America can always come back, can always be rebuilt. But I don’t want the GOP thinking they can just stick in another squishy candidate and that I will go vote for that person. I can’t tell you I would go vote for Hillary, but this is the dilemma we’ve got. The Republican Party needs to know that I will not just show up and pull the lever regardless of who they put in there.

That’s an issue for me, that’s a real dilemma. I’m looking at a GOP that takes my vote for granted. I hate the GOP with a passion. I used to be a big supporter, used to send money. Now I hate the GOP with a passion. Because the Republican Party isn’t about the American citizen. The Republican Party is about the Republican Party. The establishment GOP, of course, that’s what I’m speaking of.

So, he will vote for the GOP Presidential Nominee because doing so is ‘better than putting a Democrat in’ because ‘this republic cannot survive another Democrat presidency’. This is a legitimate position to hold and some of our fellow conservatives and Classical Liberals believe this is the strategy we must employ in 2016 — as regular readers of these Dispatches well-know, I am opposed to this approach.

In the second set of remarks I bolded, Mr. Thor contradicts himself by letting the GOP Establishment know, ‘I will not just show up and pull the lever regardless of who [you] put in there’.

Which is it? The answer is important.

Bonasera: Then let them-a suffer as-a she suffers.

The only way the GOP and Conservative Establishments are going to get our message is if we make them suffer greatly. We have spent decades seeking a more gentler means of redress and they have laughed at us, scorned us, and, especially in the last few years, sought to delegitimize us. Yet, like an physically violent husband, they have expected and demanded that we, The Base, stay married to them.

No more.

It’s Burning Bed Time.

  1. Veritas permalink
    17 July 2014 @ 17:08 17:08

    I will not pull the lever for a Dole, McCain, Romney or Bush. If the GOP thinks it can foist another big government candidate than they may do so. And they will get the big government they so love, but they will neither control it nor be in a position to ask why the rank and file ignored them.

    After all why vote for an Obama Lite if you can vote for Obama?

  2. 18 July 2014 @ 10:27 10:27

    In 1975, Milton Friedman said this: “I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.”
    Mark Steyn, Commentary magazine

    Bob, I think Steyn and Friedman have this right. The onus is on US to take back control of our representatives. We don’t need a strongman. We need a strong man who will stand his ground and fight for what WE stand for.

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