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The Beckian Wing of Conservatism

I've said it before Rick and will say it again. There is hope if people like you, Patterico and AP continue pointing out the reasonable paths.
I think that a debate between Rush and Newt Gingrich would be helpful in many ways. Gingrich can articulate solutions and strategy that support the ideology in general - Limbaugh, Beck, and others either cannot or will not focus on solutions, rather they enjoy castigating those who dare dissent in any degree. Independents and "Reagan Democrats" will pay attention and may even be attracted to those solutions. Having the loudmouths somewhat marginalized and making diversity once again acceptable in the GOP will be a positive result. More importanthly the dreaded Rinos and moderates may flex their considerable strength in numbers and remind the "Beckites, limbaughites, coulterites, etc" that this IS their party as well.

Comment Posted By Brad On 12.04.2009 @ 13:02


Good piece Rick. Just my opinion but if the conservative movement is to really be taken seriously again it will be due to influence from people such as you, Patterico and Allahpundit not from the hysterical people.
Keep up the good fight.

Comment Posted By Brad On 8.04.2009 @ 16:07


LOL. Good post.

Comment Posted By Brad On 28.02.2009 @ 23:54



sorry for double post. I didn't think it went up, and had to rewrite it all.

Comment Posted By Brad On 3.03.2009 @ 14:40

Also, how much was spent on the Iraq war?

The human cost is an attrocity, and it was a needless war. But how many people positively OUTRAGED here for money spent on American infrastructure thought of protesting the far larger money spent on bombing the sh*t out of Iraq?

I think you people should re-evaluate what makes you angry. As an impartial international observer it just seems like Republican-think tank strategies are dropped via Rupert Murdoch's "not-so-liberal" media and people go crazy.

Chillout. Relax. Drop the talk of overthrowing the government. I liked Joe's points (comment #21). Your elected President campaigned on these issues, he won, and now he's doing what the majority of people wanted. It's a healthy democracy. And if people are terrified of the evils of "socialised medicine" (we have it here... it's very good actually) again, maybe you should consider re-evaluating what makes you angry.

It's better than living in economic slavery under corporate robber barons. You even privatised your military... Blackwater/Xe? Largescale military in private hands?

Again. Time to stop listening to Rupert Murdoch and his media puppets and start re-evaluating for yourselves what you should be angry about. The environment for one. My state in Australia just went through the worst bushfire season ever with absolutely horrendous conditions. And because we don't have religious fundamentalism over here, it seems like the Rapture won't save us.

Please please please stop screwing around. Medicine, Education and Environment is good. War, Fox News and Corporate Looting is bad. I hope this helps.


Comment Posted By Brad On 3.03.2009 @ 14:37

How many people outraged that the elected President is spending money on infrastructure protested the 6 trillion spent on the war in Iraq? It just seems weird people are taking to streets only now at the horror of economic mismanagement when it started in 2003.

Even if you ignore the hundreds of thousands dead the war caused in Iraq (incidentally, you shouldn't; you should be outraged... and it's painful to have to remind people of that) why weren't "fiscally responsible" people organising tea parties at the obscene money Bush spent on war?

The PR/media people/Fox News seem very good in America with giving people a single line and get them all to repeat it, loudly, and angrily, although I'm still at a loss why people are so angry.

I like what Joe (#21) said. An election was held, the candidate announced his intentions, he won on that platform. And is now implementing his policies.

Seems like you have a working democracy. And if "socialised medicine" is the worst of your problems (we have it in Australia, and uhh... it's very very good) it's better that than economic slavery under corporate robber barons. People want to reduce the power of their government, which is essentially THEM, instead to hand it over to corporations who cannot be voted out, and no term limits. Privatising the army... Blackwater/Xe? That's just insane. Large scale military power in private hands...

You people need to re-evaluate the topics that make you angry.

Comment Posted By Brad On 3.03.2009 @ 14:16

Hi! I'm an Australian observer and I just wanted to know a couple of things about your politics. Hope I don't offend.

Why is there so much divisiveness, and outright hatred for Democrats? How can people here call Democrats Marxists, Socialists AND Fascists all at the same time?

I must be missing something seriously wrong that the Democrats have done. Wasn't it the Republican government that said there were weapons of mass destruction in order to start a war that killed thousands of your soldiers, and a 100,000 Iraqi citizens? Bush ignored the Geneva convention on the treatment of prisoners of war, sanctioned torture, illegally wire tapped US citizens, and collapsed the economy.

That was your last President. Yet people fear the new Democratic President? Why?

Obama seems to want to fix education, health, and the environment. You should be estatic for such a leader! 95% of Americans will be better off with tax cuts... only people earning more than $250,000 will return to 1990s tax rates. Basically, the overwhelming majority of Americans will be better off under Obama.

The 5% of rich white men, the Rupert Murdochs of the world are exerting their anger through their media companies. That's another thing. Why swallow all that 'liberal bias' nonsense about the media? It's clearly a canard. The media is all massive corporations all owned by a tiny minority of rich, white men who are obviously Republicans. And any impartial observer can see that it's in no way liberally biased. For 8 years the media went along with every disasterous thing George W Bush did, never questioning a thing. I don't see how that is liberal bias.

So, help out an international observer. All this talk of violent uprisings because your party lost an election. Why are the Democrats so hated?

To contrast, things are reasonably civil in Aust politics, as traditionally, no one cared enough about it. I use to think our political apathy was bad and admired Americans for their interest in politics... but now I must admit I'm thankful for our system.

I think it's because we don't have Hate Radio. Again, just an observer and don't mean offence. But people, regardless of their political affiliations, should denounce those talk back radio hosts as vile.

Best of luck with the economic recovery. :)

Brad, Melbourne Australia

Comment Posted By Brad On 3.03.2009 @ 11:55


Homosexual marriage seems to be an issue for white people in Western cultures that are well on their way to becoming statically insignificant because of their passionate embrace of contraception and abortion. A more interesting question is how long will postmodern western “values” survive without postmodern Westerners. In the meantime, feel free to rearrange the deck chairs and ignore that list towards the bow.

Comment Posted By Brad On 23.12.2008 @ 21:56


Do you recall the 73-74 recession or the 81-82 recession? From the ashes of the first came a lot of more gas efficient vehicles and a wake up call to the auto industry that smaller fuel efficient cars really had a market.
From the ashes of the second came the information/tech industries.

People will adapt and the economy will be stronger with a big 2. At the turn of the last century there were dozens of auto companies that eventually morphed into the big 3.

Comment Posted By Brad On 15.11.2008 @ 20:20


The history of the 20th Century does not allow for Mr. Moran's optimism for the 21st, neither here or abroad. The calling card of the past century was repression, death, loss of liberty, exterminations, and servitude. It was resisted by those who bear little resemblance to contemporary America. Liberty is the aberration of the human condition, servitude is the norm. America, however flawed in its practice of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, will soon put to that statement to the test.

Comment Posted By Brad On 4.11.2008 @ 09:08

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