What pisses me off about these "protests" is that they are Republicans going solely to the townhalls of Democratic politicians and being undemocratic and rude. So screw you Rick. These people didn't vote Dem and won't in the future. They might be sore losers but that doesn't give them the right to be thuggish. And if you think that passing health-care will lead to "stinging" defeats in 2010 i want what you're smoking.
Are you really dumb enough to write that a Democratic congressmen only represents Democrats or people who voted for him and that no one else in his district has a right to speak out?
Jesus, what an idiot.
ed.Comment Posted By Mike On 5.08.2009 @ 08:31
The point of these demonstrations is so the likes of Michelle Malkin can go on This Week and claims its a "grassroots" "counter-insurgency". You still don't know how this game is played.
It's as "grass roots" as anything the left has ever done. And yes, what has the right riled for the first time in my lifetime (besides abortion) is this health care bill and the radical leftist policies of this administration. Call it a "counter insurgency" if you want but don;t call it faked. Almost all of the organizing for these things is going on at the local level - and if you knew anything at all about these people, you'd know that they resist quite fiercely any direction from the top of anywhere - including a group that has set itself up as a kind of national tea party council.
What this is an attempt to do is delegitimze the protests. Evidently only the left has "legitimate" protests and feels it can dismiss the demonstrations by simply pointing out that a lobbyist sent an email.
Do me a favor and keep underestimating these people. It will make the Democrat's stinging defeat in 2010 that much sweeter.
ed.Comment Posted By Mike On 4.08.2009 @ 10:53
Romney has the money and the organization, but Palin has the votes. Votes outrank money and organization. Palin is a celebrity. We know about America and celebrity. Pundits say she has a lot of studying to do. Like how to travel overseas and apologize for America. How to weaken defense in the face of North Korea and Iran. How to promote group identity and racial grievance. How to spend our way out of debt. How to debase our currency and ignite inflation. How to destroy constitutional democracy the way Ivy League lawyers know how to do. How to foster a culture of death. And a lot of other things.Comment Posted By Mike On 9.07.2009 @ 12:57
No. On second thought she better not do too much studying. I think we need her just the way she is. The question is though, does she need us. If not, we will give it a go with another rich white man. We know how that will turn out.
Rick I am curious. Do you think Burke or Kirk would be an advantageous model for the GOP to follow?Comment Posted By Mike On 19.05.2009 @ 18:14
Moderates are fine, there is a balancing need for center-right. However, comparing present day Arlen Specter to the moderates of the eighties is like comparing Tip O'Neil to Nancy Pelosi. That dog just doesn't hunt. Besides, moderates aren't the problem, RINO's like Specter are.
He [Specter] has all but admitted that his switch was purely for political survival and is only now coming out saying that he identifies with the Dems.
People may need to rethink the definition of moderate versus RINO.Comment Posted By Mike On 4.05.2009 @ 21:16
I'm waiting for one of the various LDS splinter groups to join in a coalition with the homosexual movement to not just support marriage between members of the same sex, but polygamist marriage between differing sexes.
This could get very interesting.Comment Posted By Mike On 19.04.2009 @ 06:51
"Yeah, I was a supporter 8 years ago when it might have made a difference. Where the hell were any of you?"
Well Chuck, if you want to play that game. I was a supporter in 1992 when it REALLY would have made a difference.
Where the hell were you, voting for Clinton?
Good post, Moran. Don't be so hard on yourself about your original judgment of the Tea Parties. You were just a kid back then. No mea culpa to the BlogFather required.Comment Posted By Mike On 15.04.2009 @ 18:30
1. The document is a poorly-written and ill-thought-out PowerPoint presentation. As a civil servant, that combination comes as no surprise.
2. The prior Administration wasn't good on civil liberties, though it stayed close to the eighteenth-century lines of the Constitution. (Anything crossing a border can be searched, and anyone outside the borders may be detained.) The new Administration doesn't seem to be in a hurry to change it.
3. Just a quibble about the NY Times article Rick referred to: the standard of proof to obtain a search warrant is fairly low. Anyone in a building during a search may justifiably be detained for the duration of the search. And that's all that is in the article--no preventive detention or anything scarier than the day-to-day use of the police power.Comment Posted By Mike On 14.04.2009 @ 19:02
Hmm....this seems to be much ado about nothing. Glenn most certainly has some kooky sound bites. The underlying theme, however is that the federal government is, and has been, increasing in power and size, necessitating a reduction in the freedom of the people. The direction that we have been going for quite some time is one that is distasteful, and a bit scary to us right wing kooks. Us nuts that want to be trusted to care for ourselves and our own without government intervention. We want to have the government actually live within its constitutionally defined limits.
The thing that startles people is the idea of us owning guns. The idea that it's possible (it's not really) that we'll rise up and fight the feds.
You can say all you want about Glen's kookiness, but no matter the existence of Glenn, there will always be liberal, big government types that will find plenty of fodder to paint us as dangerous, backwards and ignorant. I can do the same for them, I just won't get the air time. Don't add to theirs.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the peopleComment Posted By Mike On 8.04.2009 @ 10:41
Great post.Comment Posted By Mike On 7.03.2009 @ 18:37