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Why Conservatives Should Cheer Up

By William Murchison · Nov. 20, 2012

“Barack Obama won because he recognized a new America.” Or maybe an America more fluid, more insubstantial than post-election wisdom is ready to grant. You can't always tell about “new” – a truth the human race rarely acknowledges.

We'll see whether James Carville's and Stan Greenberg's words from a Democracy Corps survey stand up better than the consensus of November 1965, following the Lyndon Johnson-led slaughter of almost every Republican downwind from Barry Goldwater. Johnson, father of the Great Society, was all but run out of Washington on a rail after mucking up the Vietnam War.

Meanwhile, as everyone these days seems to know, the unstoppable alliance of unmarried women, young people, Hispanics and Blacks is set to remake America: the minute Americans agree on what a remade America ought to look like.

“There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip” is the indicated adage for now, notwithstanding that polls such as Carville's and Greenberg's seem to confirm the birth of a new alliance committed to wealth redistribution and big government.

The so-called “Rising American Electorate” appears to hanker for, among other things, larger investments in education, “protection” of Social Security and Medicare and fairness for women. Thomas B. Edsall, in the New York Times, calls attention to a Pew Research Center poll showing rising support for socialism as the remedy for capitalism.

Yes, yes, fine. Let's see how it all works out. To put it another way: Let's see what works out in practice and not just post-campaign rhetoric. The instant temptation, from the conservative side, is to go all weepy at such news. I would counsel resistance to such temptation: this, for a couple of reasons.

–The alliance of “Rising American Electorate” members is not necessarily based on congruence of interests. The young may be the shakiest element of the alliance for economic reasons. When you're earning $20,000 a year – or living at home – it may seem well to call for expropriation of the bloated plutocrats. The genius of America, nonetheless, has always been the elevation of the low-income earner to the higher tax brackets. To redistribute widely would be to overthrow the American premise of entitlement to the fruits of one's work and enterprise. Are we there yet? I see no persuasive evidence.

–Then what's all these nonsense about hiring another 100,000 teachers? Meaning, another 100,000 members of the teachers unions, whose troops have carried American public schools to such celestial heights? “Protect” Social Security and Medicare? Without affecting economies as to cost and eligibility? That should do a lot of good. And without – gulp! – burdening taxpayers with slimmer means than the two left-wing Georges – Soros and Clooney?

Shall we try socialism? What a great idea – Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela as our models and pole stars! Ought to be an effective formula for weight loss.

A continuing problem with left-wingery – a problem not grasped by some of the analysts – is that it doesn't work. Socialists, as Maggie Thatcher astutely observed, always run out of other people's money. They can't replace it of course with their own. Socialism isn't about creating wealth; it's about grabbing someone else's.

Republicans need to cheer up. It always hurts to lose a vital election: for instance, the one immediately past. And yet to victors sometimes belongs something more depressing than spoils; namely, the obligation to make good on lame, idiotic promises. Might we hold the national obituaries pending proof that the 2012 outcome was the will of the gods?

In the short run, what about a little indignant and forceful resistance, according to the American tradition, as exemplified 70 years ago by “Uncle Joe” Stilwell while the Allies reeled from a near knock-out by the Japanese? “I claim we got a hell of a beating,” Joe told the press. “We got run out of Burma and it is humiliating as hell. I think we ought to find out what caused it, go back and retake it.” And you know what? We did just that.



Jim in Alabama said:

Why Conservatives should be rip roaring angry.

Allen West just threw in the towel and conceded a race that was plainly stolen. Given the obstacles and their costs, he couldn't see pursuing the legal challenges.

Why do Democrats fight on when they've lost and why does the Republican Party fold and hide its face in shame when it has been robbed?

Now we will never know. This is the gift of the Leadership of the Republican Party. Where were they in this fight? Opting to make nice with the Demo-fascists again? The implications on a national scale of this small provincial dispute were immense. But Allen West was left to his own devices. The RNC should have been on the case with a million dollars worth of lawyers.

Their choice not to do so is a greater betrayal to our nation than the consciously planned theft of this election by the Democratic Party.

Perhaps this gives some insight to the missing millions of "Conservative Voters". The RNC has chosen to p*ss on your vote. Why put money in the collection plate if you have finally realized you're sitting in Jim Jones' Church?

This is the same RNC that didn't give a penny to Michelle Bachmann's campaign. The same RNC that kept Sarah Palin away from the Convention.

Why should Conservatives cheer up indeed? Because at last we can see that greater enemy is the one standing, smiling, next to you with one hand in your pocket and the other on the knife in your back.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

Jim, The reason they didn't support Allen West is because he stepped on their toes and made them look bad. They have sat on their asses and let Odumbo do anything he wanted even if it was against the Constitution. His appointing so-called "Czars" without the advise and consent of Congress was the first step in a long line of abuses of power. When Allen West said that we had Communists in government positions it scared hell out of the RINO's. They can't stand any newcomer telling it like it really is and not going along with the same old BS that comes out of both parties on a daily basis.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

tdrag in South Carolina said:

After coming to the realizations about Republican Central as pointed out in Jim's post (above) Conservatives must realize that we are not facing JFK's Democrat Party. The Dems of today are in fact Marxist liar's, thugs, and cheats, aided by a compliant media. We have to put forth candidates who will fight back ( like Newt Gingrich) when attacked, people who talk about the Constitution (like Ron Paul), people who will talk directly to Blacks and Hispanics about Conservative values, people who will fearlessly confront us about threats to our national security (like Allen West) and people who will explain our stands on social issues in a reasonable way that doesn't cause hysteria among women, a national party that will fight the fights for folks like Bachman and West. I was a Romney supporter but looking back now I see that his campaign was as bland and featureless as white paint. The next battle is for the House of Representatives in 2014 and Nancy Pelosi wants to be speaker again. Are we going to give this up also?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Jim in Alabama said:

The problem with Parasite Ideology is that it doesn't fail completely till the host is dead.
I hope Allen West decides to start a new Party. I'd join in a heartbeat.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Jim in Alabama said:

Here's another thought.

Forget about the question of a "Third Party".

We need a Second Party to stand in Opposition to the Democrat-Republic Party.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Jim in Alabama said:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

George Rogers Clark in Ohio said:

Thank you, Mr. Murchison.

Indeed, let's quit crying and fight back. It is difficult to take accurate aim with blurred vision. We need to continue to arm ourselves with truth, work up a little righteous anger, and go back at the sons of guns. We may gain a little ground back in 2014 and win the whole thing in 2016... I mean ALL of it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Mac,I believe is correct; let the lefty bxstards own their disastrous policies until they choke to death on them!!! Karl Marx is in our White House for a reason known to Yahweh(God almighty).

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

countrygirl in Texas replied:

The reason I can't get behind what you, TOD, and Mac are advocating is what Jim said, "The problem with Parasite Ideology is that it doesn't fail completely till the host is dead." (Thanks Jim, for summing up exactly what's been nagging me for a long time.) If you have a tapeworm, do you just decide to let yourself die of malnourishment, because that'll serve the little b*stard right and see where he ends up now!, or do you drink the poison that upsets your tummy and kills him? I truly believe that what we're seeing is a manifestation of nationwide mental illness (Ann Coulter is right) and that the people who have brought about the situation we're in now will NOT wake up and come to their senses no matter how much evidence is in front of them that they're wrong (there's been plenty of evidence in front of them all along already). They will kill off their host, then the ones who are left will blame the host for the whole process. We don't have the choice of just sitting back and letting them destroy things so we can then pick up the pieces and go on. Even if the pieces that are left are worth picking up, they'll STILL be fighting over them, and we'll realize then that the fight it's going to take to get those pieces is going to take the SAME effort that the fight to keep it all from happening now would have taken, and we'll sure wish we'd just fought for it now instead of after all their damage takes place. I've been so discouraged since the election that I haven't had the energy to even think about things, but I'm starting to pull it together and realize that liberty and freedom have ALWAYS been an uphill battle. We don't have the luxury or the right to just roll over and let them have it - too many who have gone before have given too much. We need to put our heads together and come up with intelligent ways to fight for what we believe in! Burt Prelutsky said the wealthy on our side need to be trying to buy up news organizations, and we need to try to regain control over the school system. (I'd love to see it completely abolished and start all over, but I dream sometimes.) There are ways to do this - we have to start looking for them!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM