Obama Presidency – Wherefore Art Thou?

We’ve been pretty harsh on our young President. We’ve taken him to task on virtually every word and every item of his agenda… with good reason. Those of us who managed not to be mesmerized by the glitzy rock concert/camp meeting atmosphere that surrounded the unlikely, albeit meteoric, rise of this young first term senator from Illinois were in turn bemused and then alarmed.

We had been looking into what young Mr. Obama had been doing, where he had been and what he had been saying. Critics rightly pointed out that his resume was as thin as a layer of shellac and that the presidency didn’t lend itself to on-the-job training. We Conservatives emphasized that he had no executive experience at all. We were shouted down, called racist rednecks and all of the other labels that the left uses to marginalize opposition opinions. I’ve enumerated all of the reasons Obama won and McCain lost in detail. I’ve also described the state of the electorate, shocked into inaction over the advent of the recession and the BLITZKRIEG of the unholy alliance between Democrat politicians scrambling to cover their dirty tracks behind the banking and sub-prime mortgage crash and their allies and lapdogs of the statist ‘mainstream’ media.

Fast forward to today… Obama has been solidly resisted on everything he has attempted thus far. The American people rose up and said HELL NO! What looked like a cakewalk for the ‘prancing pony’ less than a year ago has become a nightmarish quagmire, reducing the once supremely arrogant Obama and the Democrat majority to confusion and disarray.

Modeling his statist government and it’s grand schemes on European socialism was his fatal flaw. The European states do not have the TRADITIONS of freedom we so cherish. Americans believe strongly enough in our freedoms to send our best and brightest to fight, bleed and die on every continent on Earth. Many countries owe their very existence to us. Once America recognized that Obama’s end game was and is nothing more than a soft tyranny the game was up.

It’s not over. Not nearly so. The Democrat sleazy trick department goes on unabated. On February 25, 2010, Obama will hold his bi-partisan summit on health care. He has ‘commanded’ that the Republicans bring their ideas to ‘improve’ health care. This is an easy one. We should have one stand and one stand only… SCRAP IT AND START OVER! By the way, any Republican that buys into this crap should be removed from office… PERIOD. Democrats may still try the so-called nuclear option though the political consequences could be dramatic.

The following members of Congress were invited to the event: Senators: Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Republican Leader Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Majority Whip Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Republican Whip Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Chairman of the Finance Committee Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ranking Member of the Finance Committee Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Representatives: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Speaker of the House Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Majority Leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, Republican Leader Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Majority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., Republican Whip Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., Ranking Member of the Education and Labor Committee Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., Chair Emeritus of the Energy and Commerce Committee

Look for Obama to try to enact portions of, or all of, health care by Presidential fiat (executive order) if he doesn’t get his way. He would have to know that it would effectively doom his presidency. Is he that much of an ideologue? I guess we’ll find out. Much the same way, the EPA may try to enact cap and trade by regulatory order. Which is reason enough to get rid of this massive unelected bureaucratic empire that is bent on destroying American business and our way of life. Don’t take your eyes off of these people for a split second.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010


Barack Obama – Post Partisan? Purgamentum Init, Exit Purgamentum.

The Latin word for truth is veritas. It’s something with which Mr Post Partisan has very little intercourse with. There was the truth and it knew him not. A lot of people who should have known better allowed this political relative  newcomer to overshadow their usually reliable common sense, so there are plenty of people out there to share the DUH! factor.

We also saw the hardcore leftist ideology of Nancy Pelosi  and Harry Reid coming down the pike. Still reeling and half in disbelief of what they had allowed to befall themselves through the Republican ‘leadership’, if you can call it that. Still, they thought they had a stake in the game, deluding themselves and us in the process. Laughable given the circumstances.

None of us Conservatives out here have forgotten a single moment of the Bush years. We watched in horror as the Republicrats tried to out-liberal those who were expert at it, and accommodate themselves into losing on issue after issue. Very reminiscent of Barry Hussein’s feckless groveling to his middle-eastern brethren, only to come away with nothing and the DeMarxists getting everything they wanted to start with. Ergo: Bush/Kennedy and that execrecable education bill for example.

We watched Republican after Republican sounding and acting EXACTLY like their counterparts across the aisle, BLITHELY ignoring the mutterings, increasingly vocal and louder protestations of their constituents. The disgust of the Conservative base and the abandonment of the independents who had supported them, walking away in disenchantment, set the stage for the Democratic sweep to power in 2006, also setting the stage for 2008 as the thoroughly appalled base abandoned an increasingly out of touch and WEAK party leadership.

This persisted through the 2008 Presidential campaign with the selection of what turned out to be our ‘Bob Dole’, Sen John McCain, who actually never had a marshmallow’s chance in hell of being elected. In fact, the sole product of that campaign being the ‘discovery’ and emergence of one who will be the CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN party’s superstar, SARAH PALIN. Which is why they assault her the way they do…they see what I see…a bright, articulate, conservative woman ‘who gets it’ and connects on every level with the American voter.

Sarah Palin

This is all well and good you say? What does all this have to do with the truth and Barack Obama, his administration and the DeMarxist majority in Congress? Politicians lie. Unfortunate though it may be, we’ve come to expect a certain amount of it. This BUNCH have taken it to a whole new level and  language of lies and deceit. Barack Obama lies through his eyeteeth every time he opens his mouth. So do Pelosi, Reid and every single member of both Houses beholden to this bunch of thieves. They lie, cheat and steal on a grand scale that not even Joseph Goebbels would recognize – and he wrote the book on it.

The unforeseen consequence of this has been the resurgence of the American Patriot. Genuine grassroots CONSTITUTIONAL PATRIOTISM not seen since the days of the ‘Greatest Generation’. It is a tidal wave which shall sweep these criminally responsible politicians from the American scene in 2010…and correct a historical mistake in 2012. Keep your faith in your Conservative ideals and the Constitution of this great country. These people are scared and they are about to become even more frightened…

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2009


One Spectacular Blunder After Another.

A lot of idealistic, well-meaning people put everything they had emotionally into the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. As is now obvious to most, these fine folks have seen their hopes and dreams for the wonderful classless, carefree and colorblind utopia promised by the Anointed One crushed in the iron grip of the realization that he is just not up to the job.

Many, like myself, who were bothered by the sudden ascendancy of a man without credentials or experience, delved deeply into what information we could find about this man. I was stunned at how little information was available and began to wonder who or what was running interference for him. Of course when I vocalized my apprehensions I was immediately sidelined as being anything from a right wing gun carrying redneck to a racist. Redneck I’m not…gun carrying I am. Racist I’m not either. I took a troubled African-American teenager into my home and raised him as my own. He’s still my ‘brat’ to this day. I have a mixed-race daughter who is our family princess…I love it when they call me racist. My experience with that subject is that the ones using that language are far more likely to be what they accuse others of.

Obama hit the White House with as much good grace as any newly elected president has ever had, albeit he was only elected with a slight majority of the vote at 55%. The independents and conservatives having abandoned the Republican brand for reasons we all know and have gone over before. Many conservatives could just not bring themselves to vote for John McCain, though subsequent events have proven that to have been a feckless reaction. As bad a choice as McCain might have been, he could NOT have been nearly the nightmare Barry Hussein has proven to be.

Obama and his Marxist administration, along with his only slightly less Marxi-Socialist dominated Congress, took the country in EXACTLY the wrong direction at precisely the worst time to do it. One wonders in retrospect if it wasn’t done precisely for that reason, to create as much chaos and destruction of the economy and the marketplace so as to make their coup possible.

It’s clear now and clearer every day that everything they have attempted has failed. Not just failed but failed abjectly. The ’stimulus’ that stimulated nothing except the government sector. ‘Jobs’ saved at a cost of over $200,000.00 apiece. A cash for clunkers program which cost $24,000.00 per car for a total of THIRTY THREE BILLION DOLLARS. The list of ineptitudes goes on ad-infinitum . A foreign policy that may as well be non-existent. And a reversal on a clearly stated war policy that has our enemies worldwide licking their chops.

The American people have the right, the duty and the responsibility to go to the polls in 2010 and 2012 to correct this historic wrong. We have started, only just started on the long path back. Don’t lose heart. Continue to hammer away at them. Don’t let up for a second! We are the AMERICAN PEOPLE and we won’t be denied.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2009


McCain Blogger Releases Book

Just Released - An Independent Call by Katherine J. Morrison

An Independent Call, is the amusing story of a New Hampshire Independent and McCain supporter in the 2008 election. Along with a lighter take on the presidential election, An Independent Call gives an insightful look at the political parties, and the media during this two-year long process. 

Epping, NH April 22, 2009 – An Independent Call is a fun and original take on the presidential election through the eyes of a New Hampshire Independent and McCain volunteer. It recounts the journey of a skeptical observer as she was converted into a die-hard McCain supporter. From meeting candidates from both sides of the aisle, to becoming a blogger for McCain, to being chewed out on campaign phone calls, to receiving press credentials for the Republican National Convention, this account relates the experience of being a participant at the lowest level politics from an outsider's perspective. An Independent Call is a mix of good humor and political opinion from the middle.

An Independent Call is published by Broad Side of the Barn Publishing, and is available for purchase on their website – . The author Katherine Morrison is a New Hampshire resident and blogger. She is the creator/author of, and has a background in web development.

Rockingham NH County Commissioner, Maureen Barrows, recommends An Independent Call stating that it is…

"A must read for anyone interested in the day to day life of a volunteer in a political campaign...attention to detail is brilliant."

For more information on An Independent Call, please visit

*Excerpts of An Independent Call also available at

Specter Faces Spectre of Defeat

Podcast Show Notes

Pennsylvania: Dump Arlen. Toomey may run.  (Hat Tip: The Corner.)

Joe Biden: we all know he's a Democrat. (Hat Tip: Newsbusters.)

McCain slams Obama on spending: 4 months too late?

Dean snubbed by Obama.

$7500 houses in Detroit. (Hat Tip: Wizbang Blog.)

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Force Democrats to Commit to a Particular Vision for America!!



There is any easy path back: Force Democrats to Commit to a Particular Vision for America.

To do this, consider a coalition between the Green and the Republican Parties.

Crazy you say?

Hear me out.

What is the best way to expose the basic fraud in the democrat appeal?

Force them to choose between the liberal base and the broad coalition.

What is the best way to do that?

Help the Green Party win those "safe" liberal seats tucked away in the inner cities.

Usually, the Republican Party doesn't even run a candidate in these seats. Why not contribute to Green Party victories in those Gerrymandered Liberal State Representative, State Senate, and U.S. Congressional seats?

How can you do that?

Prevent the democrats from blocking Green Party ballot access. Relax restrictions on ballot access. Contribute money to Green Party campaigns. At every opportunity, attack the hypocrisy of Democrat candidates in comparison to Green candidates.

Don't let the Democrats get away with installing another Baraka tHUSAME Obama in a nice safe State Senate seat like the one in Hyde Park, Chicago. Make the would be "liberal" democrats fight the Green Party for those seats. Make them prove their liberal credentials so that they can't run away from their commitments as soon as they see lobby money waived in their faces.

This is way better than the K-Street project. The Green Party project would actually work.

Think of the effect on the Democrat Party.

Democrats would have to choose between, on the one hand, an honest and straightforward socialist approach, or, on the other hand, a weasel-worded, flim-flam, Obama type campaign of deception in which they promise everything and deliver nothing but image.

How can Republicans continue letting the Democrats finesse all the major issues of the day, without forcing them to commit to their best solution?

Exhibit A: immigration policy.

Exhibit B: trade policy and globalism

Exhibit C: income redistribution

Force the democrat liberals to choose.

You really want "Choice not an Echo," then start by forcing the liberals to choose. It'll make your job easier.

If Green members take the liberal seats in the State Houses and Congress, the Green Party can form a coalition with the Republican Party, just as happens with third parties in Canada, Europe and Israel.

Coalitions allow the parties to unite to accomplish specific goals. It's not true that there could never be a project on which Republicans and Greens could agree. Starting with the selection of a Speaker of the House (state or federal), the opportunity to form a coalition with the Green Party could offer significant advantages to Republicans over their Democrat rivals.

The beauty of a multi-party system is that each party passionately represents it's own constituency. As the constituencies expand, the influence of the party expands. Each party negotiates on behalf of its constituency for the best government possible. There is less ideological fraud.

The Republicans have been trying to run on ideology since 1964 - as if Republicans were in a multi-party system. Instead of a straight up debate, Republicans keep using wedge issues and sleezy (Atwater type) campaigns in order to win. This must be frustrating to those who want to have a full opportunity to work out a functioning philosophy of government. How can you do this if the Democrats can't be pinned down?

Force the democrats to stick with a message. Force them to represent their constituents.

Force the democrats to face the Green Party.

Force liberal democrats to chose between the Democrat Party and the Green Party.

Liberal democrats will either disappear; or, the Democrat Party will accept a fixed ideological position. Either way, is good for Republicans. And, coincidentally, it would be good for America.


Expanding the youth vote: myth or reality?

Chris Cilliza argues there were 5 myths about the 2008 election.  However, on #2, I'm not sure the data necessarily supports his conclusion...

2. A wave of black voters and young people was the key to Obama's victory.

Afraid not. ... Exit polling suggests that there was no statistically significant increase in voting among either group. Black voters made up 11 percent of the electorate in 2004 and 13 percent in 2008, while young voters comprised 17 percent of all voters in 2004 and 18 percent four years later.

The surge in young and African American voters is not entirely the stuff of myth, however. Although their percentages as a portion of the electorate didn't increase measurably, Obama did seven points better among black voters than Sen. John F. Kerry did in 2004 and scored a 13-point improvement over Kerry's total among young voters.

The flat total turnout, but higher margin of victory among young voters could tell us one of two things.

  1. The wave was a myth: The youth vote was the same, but they swung to Obama.  The composition changed by persuasion.
  2. The wave was a reality: The youth vote likely to vote for McCain stayed home, while a wave of new young voters turned out for Obama.  The composition changed by differences in enthusiasm, ground game and coalition expansion.

 If #2 is correct, it implies these Obama voters are not persuadable swing voters, but a new generation of likely Democratic voters.  That will be a far harder barrier for Republicans to overcome in the long term.

Holding the Keys for Michigan Republicans

(cross posted from the designated conservative at

So I'm sitting on a folding chair in an undisclosed location of a small Michigan downtown commiserating with 40 fellow republicans last week....  

After spending much of this year holding the keys for the McCainiacs and my Democrat friends who drank the Obama Kool-Aid, I was thrilled just to be in the same room with other designated drivers conservatives of the Party.  Here are a few snippets of the conversation:

  • “The Democratic tsunami was larger in Michigan because the Michigan Republican Party wasn’t ‘there.’”
  • “25% of the people in the room are Ron Paul ‘true believers’.  The Party leadership deliberately ignored Ron Paul - remember, he’s been right about everything he said.” 
  • (of course, a non-Paulite in the crowd pointedly noted that Ron Paul himself supported a third-party candidate in the general election instead of the Republican standard-bearers!)
  • “The Republican candidates that were successful in the last election did so despite, not because of, our party.”
  • “You cannot be successful if you’re telling your (volunteers) to start fighting now and we’ll tell you what you’re fighting for later!”
  • "The reason Republicans stayed home and only 20% percent of precinct delegates actually volunteered is because we didn’t have an actual Republican at the head of the national ticket!"
  • “The Party needs to teach Econ 101 - socialism removes checks and balances from government and leads to corruption.”
  • “Fight with everything you have not to become Canada (so said a Canadian expatriate and local businessman); the government makes money disappear!”

For the rest of the story, visit the designated conservative.



Foreign Policy: What Obama Must Do

One of the biggest items of “change” that President-elect Barack Obama ran on was in the department of foreign policy. It was one of the major reasons that he was able to engineer an upset of Senator Hillary Clinton in the Democrat primaries and clinch the nomination. However, when faced with the realities of a dangerous world, one that was dangerous before George W. Bush took office, “change” may seemingly have to take a back seat in order to defeat Islamofacist terrorism.

First, Obama must make the commitment to winning in Iraq. During the campaign, Obama ran on a promise to end the war in Iraq. However, his plan for a 16-month troop withdrawal may hit a snag: How history will remember him in regards to winning an important theater in the first war for America’s existence since the Revolution.

If Obama commits to winning the war before pulling all of the troops (he can still hold his pledge on not having permanent bases despite the desires of the Iraqi government), history will think of John McCain as the whistleblower, George W. Bush as the implementer, and Barack Obama as the closer and victor. It’s a political win-win-win all around the board. It would also have historians forget that Obama was willing to concede defeat in the middle of the success of the surge.

Also, the American public is hearing little about what’s going on in Iraq today. Since the start of October, there have been a total of 17 U.S. troops killed over a 40 day period for an average of just under 0.43 troops per day dead. To top this off, there has only been one month this year (June) where the body count was greater than the number of days in the month. Prior to that stretch, the only months that had a monthly body count less than the number of days in the same respective month were in February 2004 and December 2007.

The other is for Obama to fulfill his complete campaign promise to pull all the troops within 16 months, or by the end of May 2010. This could be risky for his majorities in Congress should Iraq descend in to chaos. Already, Israel is about set to elect Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister of Israel thanks to the election of Obama on Tuesday. Netanyahu will likely have to take over as the leading head of state in the war on terror if Obama decides to withdraw any troops that are necessary for victory and appease rogue dictators who are supporting Islamofacist terrorists.

A withdrawal also empowers Iran and Syria who would align with the Shiite majority in Iraq and fight the Sunnis who will be backed by Jordan and Saudi Arabia. This would be problematic and a catastrophic failure of the Obama administration because Syria and Iran have been building up their military for an invasion of Israel, but would get the parting gift of Iraq. Jordan and Saudi Arabia will be unable to fight because Jordan has made peace with Israel and Saudi Arabia depends on the United States to protect them as it has since just before Desert Storm.

Pulling out of Iraq sends the mixed signal to forces fighting the United States in Afghanistan by saying “We don’t believe that this ‘surge’ worked in Iraq, but we’re going to implement it here against you anyway.” There would be an emboldening of the terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan if the United States doesn’t commit to winning in Iraq alongside that of a troop surge in Afghanistan to root out insurgent forces once and for all.

Second, Obama must decommit himself from meeting with rogue dictators ranging from Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, North Korea’s Kim Jong Il (it is still up in the air as to whether or not he’s alive), Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syria’s Bashar Assad, and Cuba’s Raul Castro. It cannot happen because it would set up a disaster akin to what John F. Kennedy had after he met with Nikita Khrushchev.

The meeting resulted with the Soviet construction of the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Neither of these were successfully concluded by the Kennedy White House. In the case of the Berlin Wall, it stood until 1989 when it was torn down as both Berlin and Germany were reunited. As for the Cuban Missile Crisis, Fidel Castro feared an invasion by American military forces that would oust him from power if the missiles were not taken back. Khrushchev acquiesced on the Cuban missiles.

Third, President-elect Obama must not condemn any actions taken by Israel in defense of their country. This was a problem of his that emerged when the Russians invaded Georgia this past summer. In his first response, Obama called on Georgia to “exercise restraint” in the defense of their country. This was absolutely laughable and showed his ignorance and naivety on foreign policy matters.

If Iran is accelerating towards a nuclear bomb and the Israelis have credible intelligence that indicates this, it would be wise to let Israel deal with the problem and take out Iran’s nuclear program with air strikes of their own. Should Netanyahu decide as Prime Minister (and he will win election in February) to bomb Iran, Obama would be wise to not condemn the actions of an ally against a mutual enemy. It is neither politically wise for him to do so nor would it be strategically wise in a worldwide war against Islamofacist terrorism.

Finally, Obama needs to come to the realization (and the intelligence briefings better do the trick) to make Obama realize that the enemy of Islamofacist terrorism is an even graver enemy than that what the Soviet Union could have ever been. That realization has to come about from the methods, tactics, and aspirations of Islamofacist terrorists versus that of the former Soviet Union.

The Soviet proliferation and expansion was initially as a result of their territorial gains and reconstruction of Eastern Europe from World War II. From 1945 to 1989, the Soviets had puppet Communist governments in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Rumania, Hungary, and Bulgaria as well as recapturing Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and absorbing them into the Soviet Union itself.

One of the greatest methods that the Soviets used was spreading military technology and money around to nations, especially Arab ones, in order to gain influence and to back them against Israel who was being backed by the United States and Western Europe. They also sought to further influence nationals from other nations by spreading Communist teachings and ideology.

Meanwhile, the Islamofacist approaches of countries like Syria and Iran as well as terrorist groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and al-Qaeda results in a goal of complete subjugation to strict Islamic teachings and law. Their means are the use of intimidation by killing civilians with bombs and to pursue greater and more deadlier attacks throughout countries that don’t subscribe to or support their ideology.

If Obama decides that he is going to scale back the War on Terror and attempt to use a type of détente with terrorism like that of what Nixon, Ford, and Carter did with the Soviet Union, there will be many more major losses coming over the next four years. The end result of détente with the Soviets was their invasion of Afghanistan which was responded to with the Moscow Olympics boycott, the dumbest of all foreign policy decisions made since in the last 30 years.

There can never be coexistence with terrorism and President-elect Obama must come in to office on day one with that realization. Either we stop it and destroy its capabilities or we allow them to intimidate and dictate the future of freedom and liberty with subjugation under what many in the post-modernity West would consider barbaric.

Should Obama push for a kind of coexistence with those who have a goal to kill or subjugate us to their radical and barbaric philosophies of hate, he will be even more naïve than what America’s enemies are being led to believe.


Why I Prefer to Be a Bad Sport for Now

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On November 5 John Kasich wrote: “We must figure out how to reorganize and restructure ourselves so that we can once again command the confidence and respect of not only the members of our own party, but voters of all stripes.”  I certainly agree that conservatism must be redefined, and I will offer my suggestions in a moment.  But I submit that none of us is ready for the task just yet.


In her 1969 groundbreaker On Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D., introduced a model known as the Five Stages of Grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.  While not every process entails all five stages, the good doctor stated categorically that everyone experiences at least two.  But it appears that virtually every conservative commentator has tossed the model out and substituted his own single-phase paradigm: Submission.  No sooner had Senator McCain delivered his concession speech than some of my favorite radio talk show hosts – who had been breathing fire just hours earlier – blandly appealed to my optimism as though the proponents of capitalism and self-determination had merely lost a preseason football game.  Perhaps they don’t want to appear sore losers.  Perhaps they want to come across as “high-roaders.”  But in whose eyes?  I guarantee you the liberals are so drunk with victory that they don’t care whether we lost sportingly or otherwise.  Besides, it is a bit late for conservatives to worry about image.  We have been drubbed.  We have been bulldozed, hoodwinked, ground into the muck.  We fought fair while they pulled every dirty trick in the playbook, and they clobbered us silly.


Where is the outrage, ladies and gentlemen?  Do liberals hold a patent on passion?  Did someone outlaw indignation while I wasn’t looking?  The liberals seem to wield it freely enough.  History instructs that we can not move forward until we fully appreciate where we are.  Permit me to remind all of those blasé “we’ll-gettum-next-timers” a few facts I can recall off the top of my head about the man who just gave conservatism a bloody nose.  Barack Hussein Obama: (1) exhibited blatant sexism during the primaries, then thumbed his nose at feminism by snubbing Senator Clinton in favor of “Conehead” Biden; (2) showed the “common man” his true elitist colors when he rejected public campaign financing and outspent Senator McCain by a factor of 7 to 1; (3) would turn our courts into tools for “redistributive justice”; (4) used government computers and databases to find dirt that would discredit Joe the Plumber; (5) has bragged about the fact that he wants to increase the tax burden on the producers of this country so that he can guarantee a better living for the 30-40% who are freeloaders; (6) was endorsed by both Hugo Chavez and Iran’s parliament; and (7) has little patience for the notion of individual rights.


And another thing.  Let us not forget that, despite his silken demeanor, the man is an empty suit when it comes to concrete solutions.  I know attorneys because I am one.  The first lesson they teach in law school is how to use as many of the biggest words available to say as little as possible.  Our new chief executive took that lesson to heart.  People are weeping and screaming and dancing in the streets because “we” made history on November 4 by electing the first African American in U.S. history.  Unfortunately, a majority of the voters got so caught up in making history that they forgot to ask what kind of person lay beneath the fashionable skin they were about to vote for.  Let’s face it.  Obama didn’t have to make sense.  He needed no substance.  And he didn’t need to curry favor with moderates.  All he needed was to be a good looking, well-spoken black man who hung out with “cool” people like Madonna and Bruce Springsteen.  And he knew it from day one.  When I was a boy I was taught that the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s would someday stamp out racism.  I’m sorry to report that racism is still with us; it has merely switched sides.


This is the America our complacency has nurtured.  So spare me the silver-lining pablum.  I want to hear some emotionally healthy yelling and desk-pounding out there.  I’m not talking about rioting or bullying.  Those of you with an established forum in the media know exactly what to do.  I only hope you’ll find the motivation to do it.  As for the rest of you, try this as an example.  When I moved to a college town some years back, I confess that I allowed my vitriolic liberal brother-in-law to temper my philosophies.  Whenever he would rant about the evils he perceived Bush to have perpetrated, I was quick to remind him that the common enemy wasn’t Bush – it was career politicians and elitists in general.  When he simmered down I patted myself on the back for "remaining above the fray."  But one evening my 9-year-old nephew bragged to me that he had browbeaten a schoolmate of his into “voting” for a liberal in an important race.  With the glassy-eyed exuberance of a Hitler youth, he recited the mantra he had heard night after night from his father.  I decided I had placated the brother-in-law for the last time.  Though I don’t hang out as much with my sister’s family as a result, I can rest assured that my nephew now knows his father’s way of thinking is not the only way.


So conservatism as we know it has been pulverized.  It lies dead in the gutter.  How do we resurrect it?  The first thing we do is reintroduce ourselves to some fundamental principles many of us have forgotten: lower taxes; limited government intervention; disciplined government spending; individualism.  All variations of the concepts of tradition and convention must be eliminated from our lexicon.  Who do we attract?  On the count of three, let’s all scratch our heads.  One … two … three … and there is our answer: Real People.  But just what is a real person?  As a rule of thumb, real people don’t toe the party line or wear the homogenous blue blazer.  Take me, for instance.  I’m into The Who, Pearl Jam and the Black Keys, but I refuse to buy a suit that is anything but double-breasted.  I have tattoos, but I believe shoelaces should be tied, belt loops should be belted and undershorts should be covered in public.  I am licensed to carry a concealed weapon, and I will not hesitate to go for the kill shot if someone breaks into my home.  On the other hand, I have never understood, and will never understand, the attraction of game hunting.  I am an agnostic.  I detest abortion, but I think an outright ban ignores reality.  Though I am a heterosexual, I don’t understand how letting gays get married diminishes the institution for straights.  By the same token, I don’t understand why gays feel the need to impose an archaic religious ritual on an otherwise fulfilling relationship.  I don’t indulge in illegal recreational drugs; just the same, I don’t see the harm in legalizing marijuana or cocaine – people bent on destroying themselves will do it one way or another, so there’s no reason to spoil the party for responsible users.  Blah, blah, enough about me.


The point is that today’s conservative is not as easy to peg as was the little twerp Michael J. Fox played on prime time television in the 1980s.  That is why there were so many so-called Independents out there for Obama and his string-pullers to swoop up this time around.  The key to redefining conservatism is to refrain from overdefining it.  Agree on a very limited number of core principles, leave the rest of the slate clean and welcome the deluge of fresh new faces with bold ideas who will inevitably flock to your doorstep.


-R. Thomas Risk



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