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They Absolutely Refuse To Understand

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/06/03

Hot Air Headlines title of Washington Post article:

GOP wonders: Can we revive the evangelical base?

Washington Post title:

Republicans hope to spark political revival among evangelicals for 2012 race

The WaPo article starts out:

Is it possible to revive the evangelical political movement into the potent voting bloc it once was?

The answer to that question may help determine who wins the GOP presidential nomination next year, as well as whether it will be possible to defeat Barack Obama come November 2012.

While WaPo references the TEA Party, the article itself pretty much misses the whole thing.

Hot Air Headlines grabbed:

“What’s likely to happen is what a lot of us have wanted to see happen for a long time — a social conservative movement that speaks to a broader set of issues but which never strays from the foundational issues of life and family and marriage,” said longtime political operative Ralph Reed, who as a baby-faced 33-year-old leading the Christian Coalition in 1995 was dubbed “The Right Hand of God” on the cover of Time magazine…

“Among the older generation, there was a comfortable conflation between faith and partisanship. To be a Christian meant to be a Republican,” said Jonathan Merritt, a young evangelical leader whose father, Atlanta megachurch pastor James Merritt, is a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. “What you’re finding is not a new evangelical left, but you’re finding a rise of political orphans.”

And my bolding is the key. The Republicans are looking for a “revival” of “Republican because Republicans rock” Evangelicals. There is, indeed, a very powerful political revival going on right now, a revival that has existed since very early in 2009. And there is, indeed, a very powerful Christian revival going on right now in the political world, a revival that has eisted since very early in 2009. And while the correlation is not a congruency, it has more in union than it does outside union.

Ruling Class Republicans have, since the beginning of their existence, depended on Christian Conservatives to vote for the RCRs as “the lesser of two evils.” And that’s key. RCRs depended on a sleeping Christian Conservative bloc that instinctually votes for whoever the Republicans put up. No more.

Ruling Class Republicans have always told Christian Conservatives “you cannot win without us.” Ronald Reagan proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that claim is not true. Regardless of RCR historical revisionism and Liberal and lamestream media (redundancy) historical revisionism, Reagan was reviled by Big Government power-brokers on both sides of the aisle as well as the bought and paid for Leftist lamestream media. But Reagan beat the Big Government Progressives of both political parties, and beat them badly (huzzah for USA and world freedom). In the process, Reagan utterly destroyed the lamestream media’s power over his message. George HW Bush ran as an “end to Reaganism” President, while riding on Reagan’s coattails. During the Clinton era, Republicans declared Reaganism dead. George W Bush, with the aid of Karl “Tokyo” Rove, threw Christian Conservatives to the wolves as he continued the “Reaganism is dead” meme while expanding Big Government.

And Barack Obama happened. While a left-of-center Republican was running as the top of the ticket, Obama ran against George W Bush (and depended on the masses who are not atuned to government activity). Karl Rove basically advised GWB to leave the Christian Conservatives and the Fiscal Conservatives hanging out to dry. Where else could they turn? Third Party? The Democrat Party was absolutely out of the question, with their radical Leftist, anti-Christian Socialist agenda.

But eight years of Republicans ignoring Christian Conservatives during the GWB era had an impact. (Ignoring the fiscal Conservatives had an impact as well, but that is the subject of another article (on someone else’s site).) In 2008, Christian Conservatives started telling the RCRs “you cannot win without us.” A complete reversal of “power.” The Ruling Class Republicans (with chunks of Democrat cross-over in the early states) chose a Left-of-Center Republican as their whipping boy nominee. The only thing that made the race close was McCain’s choosing of a Christian Conservative (Sarah Palin) as running mate.

But as I said, 2009 marked Barack Obama’s rise to power, and the resultant awakening of the sleeping giant. The question is not “Can Republicans awaken the Evangelicals?” The question is “How long will it take for all Conservatives to regain control of the Republican Party and return it to its roots?”

The Evangelicals have fully awakened. The Christian Conservatives are fully awake. And the Republican Aristocracy thinks it can rule over the Christian base, as if “Republican” > “Providence.”

No, the Republican Party is in a fight for its life. Either it returns to its roots or it dies and a new party replaces it, just as it replaced the Whig Party when the Whigs waffled.

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Which Military Branch Has Toughest Boot Camp?

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/06/03

And the award goes to…
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More Sarah Palin And The Media

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/06/03

CNN asked Ed Morrissey of Hot Air to write an article for them. And he did. But while CNN ran it, it wasn’t exactly the article CNN asked for.

The media turned Palin’s bus tour into a celebrity chase, instead of covering it as a political event. As a political event, Palin’s travelogues show that it’s been pretty low-key. She has not made grand speeches or committed to a campaign, but instead is using the tour to raise political action committee funds — in the same way other announced and unannounced candidates have done for months, with little or no comparable national media coverage.

So why does Palin rate such a press gaggle and make headlines for her tour? Palin generates ratings and page views; she sells advertising. She puts money in the pockets of media outlets. And her bus tour has exposed the media’s craving for all things Palin, even while they treat her as a fringe character in American politics. The bus tour puts that paradox on display for all to see.

Mr Morrissey continues on to say “In fact, Palin could conceivably do more to influence the election as a kingmaker on the outside, especially with the power of her PAC, than a primary candidate on the inside.” Here’s where I will disagree. A kingmaker is a puppet master. A “made” king answers to the kingmaker. And that’s George Soros, not Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is not the good version of the evil George Soros — the man who is working to take down the US and create a godless, socialist one-world government. Yes, SarahCuda will indeed have a major, MAJOR, impact on US elections in 2012 whether she runs or not (and as far as I’m concerned, Mama Grizzly is indeed going to run), because she articulates the position of a huge amount of the “Average Joe’s” positions and she is very clear in her stated goal for the direction of this nation: back to when this nation was its greatest, back to the vision of our Founders and Framers. And the Left and the Ruling Class Republicans cannot let that message ring out. They run the joint, they know better than you or me, they know we need someone to lead us around by the nose. But she has a servant’s heart and not a master’s heart, and therein lies the difference between a Godly activist leader and a kingmaker, and the difference between a God-fearing, well-grounded woman of the people and the Ruling Class.

Morrissey appends his Hot Air article with a Byron York article discussing another area the lamestream media is missing the boat on Sarah Palin.

One thing many viewers have probably missed in all the horse-race speculation is that Palin is perfectly willing to discuss her positions on key issues, if anyone wants to ask. In fact, in recent days, weeks, and months, we’ve seen a lot of policy commentary from the former Alaska governor.

For example, during the bus trip, Palin took a stand on an issue that is crucial for candidates considering a run in the Iowa caucuses. “I think that all of our energy subsidies need to be re-looked at today and eliminated,” Palin told RealClearPolitics. “We’ve got to allow the free market to dictate what’s most efficient and economical for our nation’s economy.”

SarahCuda has been talking issues and policy from the get-go; it’s just not covered in the mainstream media because giving it proper coverage would defeat Teh Narrative. What is the narrative? The narrative is that Sarah Palin isn’t all that bright (Ronald Reagan, the amiable dunce), doesn’t know the issues, has no grounding in policy, isn’t schooled, has no experience, is gaffe-tastic (party like it’s 1773). And it isn’t just the Liberals and the media (but I repeat myself) pushing Teh Narrative; it’s the Republican Aristocracy. Charles Krauthammer telling SarahCuda to leave the room (while the men talk about substantive issues), saying she isn’t “schooled,” saying she’s not a serious candidate, saying it’s not “her turn.”

Sarah Palin knows the issues, talks the issues, talks foreign policy, domestic policy, fiscal policy, health care policy, social policy. She speaks with historical accuracy (party like it’s 1773), geographical accuracy (you can see Russia from Alaska). She understands economics far better than any Big Government Keynesian ever will. She understands the harm of over-regulation, to our freedom as the Founders and Framers envisioned and to our economic survival. She has taken on corrupt and criminal Democrats and Republicans alike, many of whom are in prison as a result. And she handles herself very well with hard-hitting media interviews. And she has already proven — in Alaska and nationally — that she can take over a debate and come out of it as if she were the only one there. But that’s not what the lamestream media (who are in the pockets of Democrats and George Soros) or the RCRs want people to know, with their attempts at “gotcha” questioning, “jot and tittle” orgasmic rectal examination, cover-up of her statements to claim she doesn’t know anything.

If the public actually got to know who Sarah Palin is and what Sarah Palin understands and what Sarah Palin stands for, Teh Narrative would die. And so would the Leftist, the Ruling Class, the Media agenda.

UPDATE: Tina Korbe and Mark Levin weigh in.

Talk radio host Mark Levin added to a growing chorus against Charles Krauthammer yesterday, saying he’s “sick and tired” of the pundit’s smears against Palin.

Levin took issue with much of the common criticisms of Palin, particularly those concerning whether or not she can win the 2012 election and how she left her governorship post early, which is normal for presidential candidates, Levin says.

“So what is it? What’s the problem?” he said. “She’s solid on social issues. She’s solid on fiscal issues. She’s solid against these subsidies against big companies – in other words, she is not a corporatist. She’s not a crony or a believer in that. She’s solid on taxes and spending. I’m just confused. She’s solid on Israel. She’s solid on the military. She’s solid with respect to our allies. Is there some big issue that’s disqualifying? What – because the liberals don’t like her? …

“I’m getting sick and tired, as I said yesterday, last week and I’ve said over the months – I’m getting sick and tired of these smears by Krauthammer against her,” Levin said. “He’s a thoroughly decent man, I understand, but he doesn’t seem very decent in this regard and I don’t know why. He’s certainly owes us a column or a better explanation, doesn’t he? He wants to influence the outcome.”

UPDATE: Kimberly Strassel weighs in with her revisionist foolishness (via Hot Air Headlines).

Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty—all have already been through the wringer, and at the hands of conservatives focused on obtaining a competent nominee. If Mrs. Palin wants the most powerful job on the planet, she shouldn’t be averse to the same critical questioning…

Whatever you think of Mr. Romney’s health-care plan, at least he’s got one. Mr. Gingrich may not be brave on Medicare reform, but he’s willing to get into specifics. What is Mrs. Palin’s position on Social Security? What’s her idea of corporate tax reform? How would she handle Pakistan? Good leaders inspire, but they also perspire over the painful nitty-gritty of policy. If Mrs. Palin gets in, she starts from way behind.

Kimberly, seriously, why don’t you actually do something like journalist research? I mean it’d only take a few minutes of your time to answer your own questions. But that isn’t what you’re about, is it? Sarah Palin has already answered your questions… and before you asked them.

I have issues with Sarah Palin’s Tenther position in some aspects, according to the colloquial definition of the term. There are issues Sarah Palin definitely describes as wrong but will leave it up to the states to decide if they want to be wrong or right. That’s the colloquial version of Tentherism. Granted, Palin said even states shouldn’t be regulating like they do, but Palin still leaves too much in the hands of states to steal from We the People when We the People should be foremost and states a distant second (with the Feds being a rare afterthought).

But that’s not what Kimberly Strassel is talking about. She’s talking about “what is Sarah’s position and plan on issues where Sarah clearly stated her position and plan on issues that I won’t tell you about, much less look up myself?” Good luck with that, Kimberly. The dead-tree media just doesn’t have the sway it used to. Sarah Palin already destroyed your concern trolling before you tried your concern trolling. And Sarah is the ultimate “retail” campaigner. The Talking Points (Memo) approach to misinformation is falling apart with the “unwashed masses” who actually vote.

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Carter, Clinton And Obama Land Grabs

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/06/03

Here is one of many reasons why merely defeating Obama isn’t good enough. Only a Conservative President will suffice. From Right Pundits, March 2010:

Clinton and Carter were grab happy – Carter for land, Clinton for land…and other things. According to a Washington Times article by Sen. Jim Demit, Carter snagged 50 million acres in Alaska, despite strong opposition from the state, and Clinton snatched 5.9 million acres across the country creating 19 new national monuments.

But Obama has big plans for his 10 million acres. He’s going to save the prairie chickens in New Mexico, a “center of climate change scientific research” in Nevada, and an oil-rich plot of land in Colorado because it’s under the threat of being developed for actual usage.

Clinton’s land grab stole 1.7 million acres from Utah — land that has a massive “clean coal” field, which could produce 100 million tons of clean coal over 45 years. And it was purely political.

Michelle Malkin has been keeping up with the Obama Administration’s land grabbing and Independence-minded people fighting to put a stop to it.

Since day one of the Obama administration, I’ve chronicled Loathsome Cowboy Ken Salazar’s War on the West, War on Jobs, and War on Science/Rule of Law. The last straw was his attempted Wild Lands grab. GOP leaders rose up with farmers, ranchers, and Western governors to stop the scheme in its tracks. Utah and Alaska have filed suit. Wyoming joined the litigation this week.

And now, Salazar has officially announced the backpedal:


“On December 22, 2010, I issued Secretarial Order 3310 to address the BLM’s management of wilderness resources on lands under its jurisdiction. Under Secretarial Order 3310, I ordered the BLM to use the public resource management planning process to designate certain lands with wilderness characteristics as “Wild Lands.”

On April 14, 20II, the United States Congress passed the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (Pub. L. 112-10)(2011 CR), which includes a provision (Section 1769) that prohibits the use of appropriated funds to implement, administer, or enforce Secretarial Order 3310 in Fiscal Year 2011.

I am confirming today that, pursuant to the 2011 CR, the BLM will not designate any lands as ‘Wild Lands.'”

That may put a temporary halt to the Obama Administration’s land grabbing. But it may not. As you may recall, the Obama Administration is in contempt of a Federal Court Order to re-open the Gulf for off-shore drilling and end the moratorium.

Regarding George W Bush, Tom DeWeese wrote in March, 2001:

For those who thought the election of President Bush was the solution to America’s property rights problems, think again. The issue of property rights is rapidly emerging as a major battleground for those who remain legitimately fearful of the federal appetite for more and more land. This runs counter to the basis for our entire economy, the right to own and manage land for its development and use.

Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton has stated that the Bush administration will not overturn any of former President Clinton’s arbitrary designation of millions of acres of federal land as “national monuments”, putting them off-limits to mining, timber, grazing, and other commercial activity.

Instead, the Bush administration offers vague promises of working with western lawmakers and private property owners to ‘adjust the boundaries’ and ‘alter the rules’ governing commercial activities.

This is Beltway talk for doing nothing. The federal government currently owns an estimated quarter of the entire landmass of the nation. It is land Congress has mandated for ‘multiple use’ to insure that the vast natural resources of coal, oil, natural gas, and timber can be accessed to meet our current and future needs. This do-nothing property policy, coupled with an apparent lack of an energy policy, exists despite the obvious need to vigorously reverse the restrictions put in place by the Clinton administration.


Map via Frank Jacobs, Strange Maps blog/Big Think

As you can see, Big Government Liberals have been grabbing tens of millions of acres of land for decades. Energy-rich land. Natural resource-rich land. For purely political reasons. And Big Government Republicans have not returned that land back to the states and private citizens. Simply slowing down the land grabs will not do. Simply putting a stop to the land grabs will not do. As soon as a Liberal becomes President again, ever more land will be stolen from the states and from We the People. It is imperative that a Conservative be elected President in order to actually reverse the land grabs and return the land to its rightful owners (which is NOT the Federal Government).

UPDATE: Very related, Jazz Shaw reports on the Obama Administration’s outside-the-Legislature-where-it-belongs power grab and war on the coal industry.

While much of our attention on matters of domestic energy production has been focused on questions regarding oil and natural gas, (and to a lesser extent, nuclear) which, as Ed pointed out earlier, might be more plentiful than we currently imagine, the EPA has certainly been a bunch of busy beavers on other fronts as well. Even though cap and trade went down in flames through legal routes, as The American Legislative Exchange reports, the commission has been using extra-legislative procedures, cloaked under the guise of the Clean Air Act, to to effectively declare war on the American coal industry.

Do read the rest of Jazz Shaw’s article. It’s very informative. And Ed Morrissey’s article Jazz Shaw linked is likewise very informative. Do read Mr Morrissey’s entire article. His sourcing and quoting suggests we may be at the beginning of the fossil fuel era and not approaching its end. His conclusion? “As I said earlier, the energy crisis in this country is entirely self-inflicted, mainly because the demagogues and Chicken Littles have controlled the narrative for far too long.”

Just more evidence that simply stopping the Big Government and radical Leftist power-grab and land grab is not enough. Just throwing Obama out is not enough. We need a Conservative to actually reverse the Big Government, anti-Freedom, anti-Individual agenda, not just stop it.

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