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Is March 2013 the date mainstream conservatism met its demise?
How things have changed in less than three years! Back in the not-too-distant past of November 2010, conservatives like myself were reveling in our smashing midterm elections’ victory. Sure, Obama was in office but our rousing Tea Party voice, the one-after-another wave of businessmen and celebrities coming out of the woodwork to blast Obama, and the crop of fresh Republican senators we’d just elected had us walking with a strut in our step. We laughed haughtily, counted down the days to Obama’s all-but-certain eviction from 1600 Penn, and gleefully read the latest news on Drudge Report as we danced around our bedrooms with Risky Business exuberance (ok, maybe that was just me).
Then November 2012 handed us a crushing defeat. Not to worry, though. Days later, we calmly, optimistically recharged. ‘Conservatism had withstood back-to-back terms of Democratic presidents before,’ we figured. ‘We can hold the line on any further encroachment. Even another Obama term will not kill us.’
But as it turns out, it would not be November 2008 or November 2012 that killed ‘conservatism’ – it would be March 2013.
What happened this month to make it so historic? Three key developments (or three death-knells):
1) Immigration reform is all but a foregone conclusion. Five years ago, illegal immigration was the number one issue (even above the war on terrorism) for 86% of conservatives. And a 2004 National Review cover of a man jumping over a border fence unequivocally read “AGAINST AMNESTY.”
It was Democrats who were once known as the party of ‘acid, amnesty, and abortion.’ Even during last year’s GOP primaries, the candidates seemed to trip over themselves to be firmest on the issue (notwithstanding Newt’s concern for undocumented grandmothers). Yet, in a matter of months, conservatives have gone from Romney discussing ‘self-deportation’… to a widespread acceptance of legalizing 11 million, and even throwing in citizenship, to boot. The proposal, spearheaded by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), could have lost steam, however, had it not been for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)– the GOP’s current superstar – coming out in favor of it this month. For all intents and purposes, Rand’s support was the final seal of approval needed and signified almost a check-and-mate for reform advocates. Considering the lack of pushback, the battle against ‘amnesty’ is now a relic of the past. (Also worth noting: In doing so, and in granting citizenship to 11 million illegals, most of whom are Latino – a voting bloc that leans Democratic by 2 to 1 and prefers big government by 75% – conservatism may have also sealed its fate for future elections.)
2) The gay marriage debate is essentially over. Why March 2013? It is when the momentum and timing all serendipitously fell into place:
a) On March 14th, Jimmy LaSalvia, head of GOProud, the gay conservatives organization, delivered an inspirational address during the Conservative Political Action Conference. LaSalvia spoke to a room that was over capacity, while the pro-traditional-marriage National Organization for Marriage spoke to a largely empty room. CPAC’s ban on GOProud’s participation had, ironically, only fueled a debate about gay marriage and gay rights amongst the Right, triggering many conservatives to reaffirm (myself included) or declare their support, further fragmenting the party on the issue;
(b) The following morning, March 15th, news broke that Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) now endorses gay marriage. Portman joined the ranks Dick Cheney, Laura Bush, Jon Huntsman, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL), as well as the scores (over 100) of high-profile Republicans who signed onto an amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage, submitted the first week of March. Lest she be late to the party, three days after Portman, Hillary Clinton jumped on the bandwagon, declaring her own support and, more importantly, drawing a line in the sand on the issue for 2016;
(c) The same day, a new Washington Post / ABC News poll emerged showing the dramatic shift in public opinion: support for same-sex marriage is now at a record-high 58%. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents under age 50, a majority (52%) now support it. In fact, it may all be over via the Supreme Court who, this week, will begin hearing two gay-marriage-related cases. The case regarding the Defense of Marriage Act could very well end up with the Court finding that the law violates the 14th Amendment and mandating that neither states nor the federal government can ban this ‘right.’ If so, it’s certainly ‘lights out’ for traditional marriage advocates. And continuing to combat gay marriage after a Supreme Court decision in its favor would be a public-image nightmare for the Right, and likely about as effective as combatting Roe has been; and
d) On Sunday’s This Week, Karl Rove stated he could imagine a pro-gay-marriage candidate as the GOP’s 2016 nominee.
3) The plan to defund ObamaCare — conservatives’ last stand after the Supreme Court failed to throw out the Act — is over. ObamaCare is here to stay. Despite public proclamations and (largely-symbolic) votes taken, without enough Congressional support, defunding will go nowhere. Many of us figured as much, hence our desperation when the Court upheld Obama’s signature legislation. The day may come when we do have the number of votes needed to defund or, better yet, repeal ObamaCare but, by then, the law will have already gone into place – and it is nigh impossible to defund, or repeal, something that has already been implemented, particularly in the healthcare field. ObamaCare may be amended and modified in the future but a full-scale repeal? Not going to happen.
Of course, all three of these stunning reversals are indirect products of the November 2012 election – so perhaps that is the day to list on the gravestone. But it was March 2013 where it became official.
Consider the magnitude: in this single month, three key, major tenets of conservatism – the battles against (1) amnesty; (2) gay marriage; and (3) socialized medicine (many rightly argue Obama is simply a stepping-stone to nationalized healthcare) – essentially vanished. Poof! Gone. Without these three, is conservatism (or what we generally know as mainstream conservatism) still even in existence?
As Republicans scramble to modify their positions, with even Jay Leno mocking the degree of the GOP’s re-invention (“We’ve changed our position on just about everything!”), is it still the same movement? A tiger does not change its stripes, sure – so when it does, safe to say it’s no longer a tiger.
But all is not lost for the Right. For ‘mainstream’ or ‘standard’ conservatism as we, or as our parents, knew it? Yes. But for a new, thoughtful, raw, and even purer, truer form of conservatism? This may just be the beginning. Libertarianism continues to make inroads in the movement and as that dust continues to settle, shake things up, and settle again, who knows where ‘conservatism’ will wind up by 2016, or even by the 2014 elections? And, regardless, there remains a whole host of issues on which the conservative battle remains strong: guns, taxes, entitlements* (*though it will be tough to ‘fight Santa Claus’ and, sure, we may never win a national election again — but I digress…), school choice, reducing the both the size and scope of government, defending religious freedom, abortion, and unions, to name a few. Do not despair, fellow conservatives! Chin up! Spirit of the Dambusters! Phoenix from the ashes! Hey, hmm, at least we have fewer battles to fight now!
Yes, March 2013 may be the death of a certain form of conservatism – but it may also be the birth of another.
The Grand Old Party needs both a funeral and a baby showerIs March 2013 the date mainstream conservatism met its demise? How things have... more
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WWH/CJE Citizen Journalist, Dr. John Konopak, remarks on the strange fragility of the “democratic” forms which constitute our “democracy,” and finds it surprising that they lasted as long as they did, since all itw ever took to overturn them was somebody to refuse to play by the ‘rules.”WWH/CJE Citizen Journalist, Dr. John Konopak, remarks on the strange fragility of the... more
I guess my take is that the GOP has plenty of ideas. The problem is that the demographics have turned on them and many of the people dumb enough to believe those ideas are dying out.
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Where do you locate yourself on the political spectrum? Are you liberal or conservative? On “the left”, “the right”, or perhaps you’re a bit of both (“moderate”). It is no secret that American mass culture often blunts the capacity for civic engagement and political awareness. Yet those who pursue an identity in acceptable political dialogue are less aware of how the parameters of American politics have been carefully crafted to elicit vicarious and seemingly meaningful participation for the politically inclined.Where do you locate yourself on the political spectrum? Are you liberal or... more
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has emerged from his 13-hour filibuster as a national political leader, having unexpectedly unified divergent wings of the Republican Party on the issue of civil liberties.
For libertarians, Paul's filibuster — and the groundswell of support for it across the conservative spectrum — was a crowning moment, signaling their reintegration into the mainstream Republican Party, which has largely dismissed, and even mocked, libertarian notions about civil liberties in the decade since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"This was a very big deal. In 36 hours, the Republican Party has completely changed," said Brian Doherty, a senior editor at Reason magazine who has been covering the Paul movement for two decades.
"You literally saw the shift happen over the course of the day," Doherty said. "It started with Rand Paul, and then it was just [Sens.] Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. And then you had people like Marco Rubio and Saxby Chambliss joining in. And by the end of it, [Republican Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell was on the floor saying he was going to block [CIA Director John] Brennan's confirmation, and [RNC Chairman] Reince Priebus was tweeting that Senators should go join Rand Paul."
Full Story: http://www.businessinsider.com/libertarians-say-that-rand-pauls-historic-filibuster-fundamentally-changed-the-republican-party-2013-3#ixzz2N4keuXhUKentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has emerged from his 13-hour filibuster as a... more
Remember the 250,000 jobs Scott Walker was going to give Wisconsin with his union busting anti-worker bills? Turns out he lost nearly 16,000 jobs instead. OOPS!I'm sure it'll all trickle down soon!
A long hard struggle for the basic principle of Democracy.
The struggle continues. The GOP's philosophy, if you can't win legitimately... CHEAT! They have had too much success with this ideology, especially when SCOTUS helped them take the White House in 2000. Why, they say to themselves, should we become honest now?
There is only one word that can describe such actions and that is tyranny. thinkingblue
More here: http://www.kqed.org/assets/pdf/education/digitalmedia/us-voting-rights-timeline.pdfA long hard struggle for the basic principle of Democracy. The struggle continues.... more
RNC chair Reince Priebus is on his “listening tour,” visiting Republicans and getting insight into steering the GOP in the right direction. In an interview with Radio Iowa, Priebus discussed his perspective on the party’s problems as well as Karl Rove‘s newfound approach to support candidates who stand better chances of winning in general elections.
“Listen, I don’t think our platform is the issue,” Priebus said. “I think a lot of times it’s some of these biologically stupid things that people say, you know, that I believe caused a lot of the problems.”
Specifically, he pointed to Todd Akin‘s controversial rape remarks — and went on to remark on Iowa Rep. Steve King. While Rove has said he’ll oppose King’s potential Senate bid, due to his support for Akin, Priebus found that to be the wrong approach:
“Obviously there’s a lot of groups out there that are picking winners and losers in primaries, right? It’s been for happening a long time,” Priebus said. “…Personally, as an RNC (chair), I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe the party should pick winners and losers in primaries and I think it’s, historically, if you look at it, it’s a bit of a fool’s game because you can’t actually predict some of the things that go on.”
While the GOP doesn’t like “politics as a vocation,” Priebus further said, the party has to get used to the era of “permanent politics” to remain competitive.RNC chair Reince Priebus is on his “listening tour,” visiting Republicans... more
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Some good points, but mostly fail-ibuster.
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/word-cloud-of-the-first-7-hours-of-rand-pauls-filibuster-guess-the-top-two-words-he-used/Some good points, but mostly fail-ibuster.... more
I hate admitting it, but he's got a good point or two, but mostly it's fail-ibuster . . .See the words he used the most.
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/word-cloud-of-the-first-7-hours-of-rand-pauls-filibuster-guess-the-top-two-words-he-used/I hate admitting it, but he's got a good point or two, but mostly it's... more
Reince Priebus has spoken! He is putting the GOP on his narrow honky shoulders, leading them to an electoral promised land populated by blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians and any other sub-bloc of the voting populous, excluding, naturally, homosexuals. And with his ears open, Reince Priebus (who once compared the War on Women to a War on Caterpillars) is intent on cementing his legacy; claiming that on his watch, he will govern a Republican revolution in which they actually make a concerted effort to reach out to minority voters. And he probably will. I mean, come on, wouldn’t you trust this guy?...
http://veracitystew.com/?p=49494Reince Priebus has spoken! He is putting the GOP on his narrow honky shoulders,... more
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Just two months ago, the Republican Party of Miami-Dade County almost witnessed a radical change when former Ron Paul supporters failed, by only two votes, to take over the leadership of the party. Since then, however, the liberty movement in South Florida didn't stop and claimed a series of new victories on Thursday night, at the monthly meeting of the Republican Executive Committee.
About 100 local Republican leaders met in West Miami, the hometown of prospective GOP hero Marco Rubio. Gathered in the Renaissance Ballroom, the party, representing the second most important political power in the county behind the Democratic Party, was mainly focused on electing new alternate committee members.
The way local Republican Parties work is often confusing, especially when reporters try to explain it during national primaries. In reality, it is simpler than it seems. A county is divided into many districts, according to census data (mainly dating back to two or three decades ago). Each district is represented at the Republican Executive Committee by two committeeman and two committeewoman, who act as community organizers in their respective districts. These delegates are represented by alternates when they are unable to attend a REC meeting.
Miami-Dade County is divided into 40 districts. The district heads were chosen last year during the presidential primaries and enthroned only a few months back. Their alternates were finally chosen on Thursday night.
In total, 49 alternates were chosen this week. Most of them only had to apply for their position. But seven districts had contested races. The different candidates were given 30 seconds each to deliver a speech in which they explained their reasons for running. There were two types of addresses: some people chose to talk about the "dangers of the reduction of the nuclear stockpile", while others addressed their concerns about the Constitution and the deterioration of individual rights.
At the end of the races, eight libertarian-leaning Republicans were elected as alternates out of fourteen. In total, 21 libertarians, mostly college students, were sworn-in on February 21st as alternate committee members.
Tom Regnier, new alternate from District 10 (Miami Beach), talked of his reasons to run for the position in daring terms. "The party's going in the wrong direction. Its moving toward collectivism and socialism, while it should be moving toward individualism." Regnier is a constitutional lawyer who had been largely involved with the Libertarian Party of Florida in the 1990s. More recently, he was featured as a guest speaker at a Libertarian Party of Miami-Dade County event.
Cesar Jose Diaz, from District 36, was elected unopposed. According to him, it is important to "put more power into the people's hands, instead of politicians who don't really know what poverty is."
The regular party business had its own share of controversy. One of the first motions discussed by the REC, as proposed by Chairman Nelson Diaz, was the passage of the new by-laws. Many committee members opposed the passage as there had not been enough time to read the entire document.
Hector Roos, elected as an alternate from District 29 and activist with the Republican Liberty Caucus, characterized the chairman's attempt to pass the by-laws despite opposition as a tentative to rush through the fact that the new document will strengthen the position of the Chairman. According to Diaz, however, the document will be a living document, changeable at any meeting. The motion eventually passed.
Nelson Diaz, who was barely elected as the new local GOP chairman last December, remains a figure of controversy in local Republican politics. While some are trying to get over the fact that he had donated money to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, many are still shocked by his lobbying efforts for red light traffic cameras, which had been ruled unconstitutional by a Florida judge.
The rest of the meeting, however, was not a typical Establishment Republican talk show. REC members condemned Gov. Rick Scott's signature of the Medicaid expansion. Others talked about the need for Republicans to join the fight for immigration reform in order to attract more young adults. Linda Mari Todd, Vice-President of the Old Cutler Women Republicans Club, presented a plan to take over local Parent Teachers Associations in order to promote school choice.
Full Story: http://www.examiner.com/article/miami-gop-elects-dozens-of-ron-paul-supporters-to-executive-committeeJust two months ago, the Republican Party of Miami-Dade County almost witnessed a... more
I'm sorry but the Tea Party and its Daddy the GOP have become cheap and insignificant. ‘And Why might you ask, have I come to this conclusion? Simply because their scruples have become so small you can drown them in a bathtub. Upon reading the below article (and numerous others exposing their dirty deeds) I have deduced that the leaders in both these groups are just plain lazy. It appears it is too damn hard for them to just roll up their sleeves and tell their sycophants, let’s get out and win over the hearts and minds of the people, while making America, once again a beacon of hope. HARD WORK? YOU BETCHA! So instead, they decide to cheat, lie and suppress votes in order to win. The below article gives example of the GOP LIE TO WIN strategy and how it is hurting them. thinkingblue
PS: On second thought, maybe it’s not laziness; maybe they just don’t know how to win without cheating.
'Friends of Hamas' and Why the GOP Can't Win the Internet
By Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America
20 February 13
If you want to appreciate how vast the digital divide is that historically separates conservative failures and liberal accomplishments online, and if you want to add some context to the recent New York Times Magazine feature article on how Republicans' chronic online shortcomings dim the party's electoral chances, just look at how the two camps were marking their time in recent days.
Working with Republicans on Capitol Hill trying to block Chuck Hagel's nomination to become Secretary of Defense, Breitbart's Ben Shapiro recently posted a report suggesting Hagel had allegedly received "foreign funding" over the years from a terrorist-friendly group called Friends of Hamas, but that the payments were being kept secret. The allegation served as part of the right wing's relentless campaign to smear Hagel as being anti-Israel.
Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, National Review columnist Andrew McCarthy, and AM talker Hugh Hewitt all hyped Breitbart's conspiratorial narrative about Hagel's nefarious connections with Friends of Hamas.
Slight problem. Last week, Slate's David Weigel detailed how Friends of Hamas doesn't actually exist. And as New York Daily News reporter Dan Friedman explained, he unwittingly started the Friends of Hamas rumor when he posed the Hagel question to a GOP aide in the form of "an obvious joke." According to Friedman, he asked about both Friends of Hamas and the "Junior League of Hezbollah," and thought that the "names were so over-the-top, so linked to terrorism in the Middle East, that it was clear I was talking hypothetically and hyperbolically." More Here: http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/16124-friends-of-hamas-and-why-the-gop-cant-win-the-internetI'm sorry but the Tea Party and its Daddy the GOP have become cheap and... more
Dubya, still making news.
More here: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2013/02/nude-self-portrait-george-w-bush-critique
Will the Shooting Ever Stop
More here: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/02/kendall_residents_urged_to_sta.php
More here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/America-Is-Tired-Of-The-Obama-Bullshit/199421790190770
and here: http://www.facebook.com/PeeingOnYourLegDubya, still making news. More here:... more
Just In: Tea Party Patriots Issue 2nd Apology For “Rove-As-Nazi” Picture Debacle – This Time To Offended Nazi SympathizersThird apology surely in preparation
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/just-in-tea-party-patriots-issue-2nd-apology-for-rove-as-nazi-picture-debacle-this-time-to-offended-nazi-sympathizers/Third apology surely in preparation... more
ARE STILL AT IT.
The Right-wing Religious Fringe Continues With Its War on Women.
40 Day Anti-Abortion Group: Image here: http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad179/thethinkingblue/40dayseverready_zps712e5c9c.jpg
I'm sorry, but these holier than thou focus groups of the right-wing fringe, make me nauseous. What do they want? & Why are they so hateful? They're pathetic and they're problematic because they wish to turn our nation into a theocracy. They are also ignorant; they presume that their belief system should become STATE LAW. They don't understand that a theocracy will mean that Freedom of Religion will cease to exist and that doesn't mean that their Christianity will then be at the helm. Maybe it will be a theocracy of… (see image)
From this site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religious_populations
Wake-up from your righteous coma will ya! The theocracy you so crave may not be one of Christianity but that of Hinduism, Islam, or maybe even "Juche"... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juche
"Forgive them for they know not what they do..." We all deserve to have personal beliefs that will help chart our way through this existence and (unlike what the religious right would like to do) we do not have the right to force others to believe or think that our belief system is the only system. One size does NOT fit all. thinkingblue
PS: Oh, yes and one more thing I’d like to say to this misguided '40 days' crew… Why do you believe that being hateful will win you over sympathizers? (picture from facebook below)
IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS, ITS DEADLY!ARE STILL AT IT. The Right-wing Religious Fringe Continues With Its War on Women.... more