a timelyÂ rantâ€¦..by Darvin Dowdy
Do you hear it?Â A resounding Death Knell Â ( link1 ) for the Republican Party?Â Has the cloaked Grim Reaper Â ( link2 ) cast its shadowÂ of doom over the Conservative Movement?Â Â The slow cadence of the funeral dirge has already begun as the processionÂ moves toward the two gravesites.Â
But wait.Â The corpses just opened their eyes!Â Â Audible gasps for air were heard coming from both.Â Â Mark Twain said after reading his own obituary mistakenly published in a newspaper,Â â€œthe reports of my death have been greatly exaggeratedâ€.Â Â Â The same may be said for the contemporary Conservative Movement and the present day Republican Party.Â Which isnâ€™t to say they arenâ€™t bothÂ seriously ailing.Â Â They most definitely are and if they both donâ€™t seek treatment, the left will, indeed, be dancing upon their graves one day.Â
Lets face it, the graves have been dug â€“ deep.Â The two afore mentioned subjects are down there trying, half heartedly,Â to get a foothold and pull themselves out.Â But they canâ€™t.Â Â Everything they try as of late results in them falling back down into the hole.Â Â Astonishingly, they remain â€œok with itâ€.Â Unwilling to admit the predicament theyâ€™re in.Â No sense of urgency or alarm.Â Â The former and estranged GOP voting Base is standing above with a rope ready to throw down to them (under certain conditions) but the â€œholed upâ€ victims are in such a state of extreme arrogance that they will not accept the conditions or the assistance.
After all, theyâ€™re convinced they no longer need the Base.Â The unwashed, hayseed hicks out in flyover country, that is.Â Â The GOP has everything they think they need down in their comfy little hole.Â They have their little computers and are able to pull up their placating â€œRedstateâ€ type blog, suck-up buddies. Â Â Â Plus they have plenty of money thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Â And they have their shrines and altars.Â Â They have their Ronald Reagan shrine.Â And their newly constructed Sarah Palin shrine.Â And several others under construction.Â But their most revered and prized altar/shrine combo is the one dedicated to the late Milton Friedman.Â This is the one with the votive offerings strewn about, the candles and the visible sprinklings of dried chicken blood.Â Several â€œGreed is Goodâ€ banners strung overhead.Â Â Â Oh, one says â€œCovetousness is Coolâ€.Â Â And there are the scrolls stacked about the altar.Â You see, among the Conservative Movement and Republican Hierarchy, Milton Friedman has been â€œDeifiedâ€ and his writings have been placed above the Bible and are now consideredÂ infallible.Â Â Every jot and tittle divinely inspired, in their view.
So we have this stand-off.Â The Republican Party down in the hole refusing even to consider the terms of the Voting Base.Â The Voting Base standing above on the rim of the grave, ready to throw down a rope and shouting down saying, â€œhey, weâ€™re willing to help you out of this mess youâ€™ve gotten yourself into but we have a few conditionsâ€.Â Â Â Amazingly, the GOP can still do very well what Bush 43 taught them; cross their arms, turn their back and ignore the Base.Â And throw an insult in their direction occasionally.
But the Base is forgiving and tolerant.Â Much more mature, sophisticated and enlightenedÂ than the GOP Hierarchy (or anyone) gives them credit for.Â Â The conservative Base is fully aware of the dangerous course that the Obama admin is steering our Nation onto.Â Yet millions are still willing to withhold support for the GOP?Â As they did on 11/7/06 & 11/4/08?Â Why?Â Because even though the Republicans were strong on military and national defense, they, too,Â left our Nation weakened and vulnerable in many other areas.Â Â Republican leadership has been reckless and irresponsible in several areas:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â In their slavish idol worship of Milton Friedman, the GOP and Conservative Movement has bought into his belief that somehow if we allow our Nations wealth to be siphoned off and sent out of country in the form of bad trade deals, etc, that somehow, miraculously, all that money will end up flowing back into our economy.Â Yea, sure.Â Why not just make it easy?Â Fly over their countries and dump money out?Â Wait and see how much ends up back in our own empty wallets.Â Â Â
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â They continue to fashion and adjust our international trade functions around and through global bodies/orgsÂ (who despise us) such as the de facto GATT org and its evil offspring the WTO rather than dealing directly with each individual nation 1 on 1.Â As a resultÂ we always come out with the short straw.Â Our â€œunsustainableâ€ trade deficit widens dangerously and our (voting) Middle Class diminishes.Â Not to worry though, the brilliant Milton Friedman says that the Trade Deficit isnâ€™t so bad.Â No, it doesnâ€™t factor inÂ Foreign Assets owned by U.S. business.Â In other words this is where U.S. business owners shut down their factories here and open them up in some Chi-Com prison camp.Â And transfer all intellectual property, as well!Â They make lots of money that way and are simultaneously able to bypass the U.S. middle class and U.S. economy!Â A few get very wealthy while the U.S. Middle Class diminishes and delivers pizzaâ€™s at night to make ends meet. Great plan Milton!
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The Republicans give the appearance of not valuing U.S. jobs.Â It may or may not be true.Â But they have come across as such.Â John McCain knocked Boeing out of a $40 billion tanker deal with the Air Force in favor of EADS (European AirBus).Â Why?Â Certainly Boeing had some problems but McCain boasted that heâ€™d saved the taxpayers $2 billion!Â Yes he saved us $2 billion and — cost our economy a $40 billion contract!Â – â€œNice workÂ Senator.Â Â To be sure, it cost you a lot of votes on 11/4/08.Â Dummy!â€ /\/\/\Â Â Additionally there is the refusal of the GOP to enforce existing immigration laws and demand that employers utilize the E-Verify system when hiring.Â Turning their back (at the behest of the seditious U.S. Chamber of Commerce) while millions ofÂ illegal hordes crossed the border to steal U.S. jobs and government services.Â Services paid for by U.S. taxpayers.Â Â These are just 2 examples of the GOP appearing to not care about the average Middle American worker [as most of them do not-neither do the demâ€™s!].Â And it cost them millions of â€œReagan Democratâ€ votes on 11/4/08.Â Millions!!
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The refusal of cowardly elected GOP representatives to launch an attack, go on the offensive, aggressively oppose the radical environmental movement. A big problem with the Base.Â Fight them!Â And the GOP Repâ€™s timidity in backing a brave group of climatologists/scientists who are skeptical of and oppose the man made climate change hoax.Â Instead, for pure political reasons alone, the GOP joins up with these greenies.Â Disgusting.
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The most horrendous and evil dereliction of responsibility by the Republicans has been their failure and down right refusal to seal the Southern Border and stop (or slow to a trickle) illegal immigration under 8 years of Bush 43.Â Â Allowing our southern border to become seriously and dangerously breached.Â The drugs, the gang violence,Â the diseasesÂ and the heavy costs to our society especially in the border states has been devastating.Â Not to mention the OTM (other than Mexican) traffic.Â A total callousness and insensitivity toward the suffering of U.S. citizens by the GOP.Â Of all the issues, this is the one that cost the GOP the most on both 11/7/06 and 11/4/08.Â Yet they, the GOP Hierarchy, remain in complete denial regarding this. Â Most of the time they wonâ€™t even allow it to be discussed. Oh, and Milton Friedman was always â€œforâ€ open immigration. But he finally change shortly before his death.Â Too bad that by that time there were 12-20 million of them in country.Â Milton said the reason for his change is because the illegals come up here and take advantage of our welfare state.Â Duh!Â Oops! Too late Uncle Milty.Â Theyâ€™re heeeerrrrre!
So, it is the New Reagan Democrats that are standing on the rim of the freshly dug graves peering down at the haughty GOP and Movement Conservatives below.Â Â Ten to 20 millionÂ Civic Conservatives looking down, hand outstretched.Â Â Offering to help put the GOP back into the winners circle.Â Â These independents certainly have a rope to throw down and help the arrogant GOP out of the hole.Â And they also have, leaning against a nearby tree, some shovels.Â Ready to fill in the hole if the GOP refuses to bend and â€œrigor mortisâ€ sets in.Â Â Ready and willing to form up a New Republican Party if the need arises.
This block of voters demands courageous leadership.Â If not provided then it will simply â€œStay at Homeâ€ Â or protest vote for another candidate come 11/2/10.Â Just like they did before.Â The GOP can not win without them.Â Darvin DowdyÂ
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