Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Shock and Awe

Democrats Conquer America

I had a nightmare last night, and then I went to sleep. When I woke this morning, the nightmare returned. I guess it’s true. It’s worse than anyone thought. The Democrats have taken over the House, and probably the Senate. Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco values will Speak for the House. Governorships have fallen. The Republican Revolution? About as healthy as Castro.

Congratulations

First, congratulations to all you Democrats for your thousands of races in which you worked so hard. I know you are passionate about your beliefs, and you have won fair and square. The American people have spoken. We live in a democracy, and there is something to the collective wisdom of the people. So, I say to you America, you must know something that I don’t, and I humbly bow to your will.

A Few Bright Notes

Joe Lieberman won. The demagogues did not get this fine man.

Many of the Democrats who beat Republicans this election were actually conservative or moderate. This means that the country did not necessarily turn its back on conservatism. In fact, the Democrats, in some cases, may have learned a lesson from Bill Clinton and moved to the center, despite the leadership of the far-left Pelosi and Dean.

The Schwarzenegger Factor

Arnold terminated Angelides. Why? After his defeat in the special voting two years ago on all his losing, conservatively economic propositions, Arnold took a sharp turn to the left, firing conservatives, hiring liberals, but also engaging a crack Bush campaign team. The whole combination worked, and Arnold is back. He manages to remain conservative fiscally if in no other way. He’s not my dream Republican office holder, but I have to admit his formula is working.

The Pelosi Factor

I have to concede that this whacky raging liberal with her San Francisco values is a tough charmer, which makes her formidable. I, along with half a nation, cringe if her priorities and values ever become mainstream. We’ll get into San Francisco values in a near future post. Suffice it to say, she has reason to crow today, and she can relax her Runaway Bride eyes for a few days.

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The Dean Factor

Howard Dean is another reason to mourn. His demagogic tactics have paid off. This hateful man is now looking like the new Carl Rove. Democrats have also improved their get-out-the-vote drive, their internet prowess, and their general organization skills, beating Republicans at their own game.

Voter Fraud?

Where are the cries about voter fraud, my Democrat friends? I thought the Republicans were going to steal this election? With so many close races, voter fraud should have guaranteed Republican wins. What happened? Realize, Democrats, that you have been duped all along. The hysterical media you follow has always, and will always, lie to you. Again, yes, there is voter fraud. It is not organized, though, on a party-wide basis. There is no lurking Watergate with this Republican Party. At least in this area, the Repubs are clean. Learn a lesson from this, and start to be more discerning in your reading and viewing habits. Your hysterical sources are just that, hysterical and demagogic, simply untrue.

The Nightmare

So, now my friends, we live in the nightmare. Pelosi, Dean, Kennedy, Sharpton, Rangel and Reed will run the Congress and the nation, with an opposition, lame duck president. You get what you deserve. I hope that either these folks rise to the occasion and transform with power into something more than screeching demagogues, or that the next two years serve to show the American people what they have wrought.

A Few of the Good Guys Fallen

I deeply regret the fall of some great leaders. I’m sorry, for example, that Democrat Harold Ford fell. I love this guy. I regret that Republican Rick Santorum didn’t make it. Many good Republicans just got in the way of the Democratic tsunami. They apparently didn’t have a chance.

Why Did We Lose?

Republicans, and some conservatives, lost their races because there was a genuine desire for change with the American people. Republicans blew their chance. They botched Iraq and communicating about it, spent like drunken sailors, tolerated or participated in corruption, and failed to act on immigration.

I said before the election that the Republicans needed a spanking at the very least. They got a whipping. They were taken to the tool shed.

The Future

I fear for the future of my country. I will get behind our new government, but I lack any trust that they will act in the interest of the American people or the world.

On the other hand, maybe this loss will be a lesson for Republican leaders to listen to their base, and to blogs like this. You cannot ignore your base like you did, Mr. and Mrs. Republican leader, and Mr. Bush and company, and expect your followers to enthusiastically support you. Again, you did not live within your budget. You allowed our country to become more Third World with your open-border policies. You are fighting in Iraq the way we bungled Vietnam. You were corrupt, or turned a blind eye to the corruption in your party.

We are conservatives, Mr. President, and we elected you and your colleagues to be honorable, well-spoken conservatives, and you have failed us. Next time when we say close the borders, we mean close the borders. Don't think you can fool us with last minute electioneering and slogans about gay marriage.

The Demographic Time Bomb

One reason why the Republicans lost is changing demographics. America is becoming more urban, and more ethnically diverse, usually considered an advantage for Democrats.

In this area, I do think Arnold is smart, and Bush. Both never gave up on the minority vote.

My only problem is the way they have done this. They’ve both become panderers. Arnold and George refuse to stem the tide of illegal immigration, for example.

I think there is an alternate method of courting minorities. Invite them in. Bush has done this with his many African-American and Hispanic appointees, but he and Republicans must do more. Republicans and conservatives must actively court minorities. They must go to their churches and functions, recruit them as conservatives, and offer them even more leadership roles in the Party and in government.

I and my philosophical compadres deeply believe in the values of conservatism. I judge that Hispanic Catholics are a natural match for conservatism, and African-American churchgoers too. Plus, other minorities will join the cause if and when they realize that conservative values will help them financially as well.

Formula for Winning

Yes, we can win future elections by becoming liberal Terminators like Arnold, or, we can have the courage to act like Reagan, and become true conservatives again.

Believe me, Reagan would have won this election, Democratic tsunami or not.

Bush is no Reagan. Though I love George W. Bush for some of his stances, and for his doggedness and common decency, he just isn’t conservative enough.

And, he needed to study English in his formative years when he was anesthetizing his brain with alcohol. We need another Great Communicator.

Our Mission

Our mission is just and good and right. We can welcome Arnold into the fold, but we really need to find the next Reagan. Then, we need to do a better job of engaging.

Let’s get to work.

Rock


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4 comments:

Tom said...

The new leadership has a great deal of pressure on them. Unempoyment is at its lowest, stock market is at a peak, gas prices are low, etc. Can they maintain it? My guess is that we won't see much different go on in DC. They wont stop funding the war in Iraq and will continue to harp about it.

My biggest fear is that Bush shows his moderate side and raise the minimum wage and offer amnesty to illegals in order to be liked.

Tarek said...

Hey dude, well first of all commiserations on losing...

Again, I'm not American, nor do i live there, so I wouldn't know how positive the Republican's contribution was to the US, but I have to say that maybe it is time to see some change with regards to more global issues and in particular the war on Iraq... With regards to my country Lebanon, the Bush administration helped the Lebanese drive the Syrians out of Lebanon (ever so thankfully) but unfortunately, during the July 2006 Israeli offensive on Lebanon, Condi (who is a person I GREATLY admire btw) was saying: no the offensive should not stop and Israel should keep pounding Lebanon... Now while I was someone who felt like I owed Bush for driving the Syrian army out of Lebanon, my pro-Hezbollah dad was telling me look what your ally Bush and Condi are doing supplying Israel with the bombs they were using to level Lebanon to the ground... And he was right: the Shiite areas in the Suburbs of Beirut and in the South of the Lebanon were LITERALLY levelled to the ground, and now the people of other opinion here in Lebanon use that as their chief argument against the Bush administration, and really there is nothing I can say to counter that, because it is true; Rice, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld were with the attack on Lebanon, on the basis that it was an attack on Hezbollah, but in reality Lebanon's infrastructure, roads, bridges, power supplies were targeted and civilians were massacred... And don't get me even started on the racist Bolton who said something of the sort that Israeli blood is more precious than the Lebanese children's.. (I'll get you the exact quote if i can find it)

So, on a more personal level, maybe it is time to see change in the US administration... Again, if the Republicans were hard workers on national issues in the US, then hats off, but on a global level, especially the Middle East, I think we need change...

But reading your blog it kinda hit me.. Here in the tiny tiny microscopic country of Lebanon with a mere population of 3 million something, we have around 20-30 political parties representing all sorts of religions and orientations, but in the US, you said the Americans want change and the only other option they have is to vote democrat.. And then when they need change from the democrats, they need to vote republican... No new parties no new outlook no new vision… Good? Bad??

Again, I know you feel like you lost, and am sorry for that, and am not sure if you’re in the mood to have read all of the above, but well, let’s wait and see what will come out of the new House and Senate (not sure what the difference is) and well I guess with elections over, it’s time for the Americans to re-unite to continue building the great American nation of yours… Cheers…

Rock said...

Tom, nice to hear from you. You said:

The new leadership has a great deal of pressure on them. Unemployment is at its lowest, stock market is at a peak, gas prices are low, etc. Can they maintain it? My guess is that we won't see much different go on in DC. They wont stop funding the war in Iraq and will continue to harp about it.

Good points Tom. Actually, though, the Baker commission is going to make a major change in Iraq, and I agree with what they will propose: either a redeployment to centers in Iraq or to countries immediately outside Iraq, or involving neighboring countries directly in keeping the peace in Iraq.

The re-deployment would take our boys out of their present jobs as standing guard in the middle of a civil war, and would still give us the opportunity to re-enter when terrorists set up any centers or camps.

Involving neighboring countries could work too, as an alternate, not because these countries are good guys, they aren’t—but rather, because it will make us look like good guys again. And world opinion would once more be on our side, and would put the pressure on the terrorist enablers rather than on us.


Bush has no choice to but accept one or both of the Baker commissions’ suggestions. He just no longer has the political power to “stay the course.”

My biggest fear is that Bush shows his moderate side and raise the minimum wage and offer amnesty to illegals in order to be liked.

Yes, he might just ruin our good business cycle, and turn this country into a Third-World nation with his immigration policies and other pandering. That’s Bush’s worst trait, and why he lost (but he doesn’t realize it), that he panders to the left and wants to be liked. It didn’t work. I agree with you. Republicans are guilty of the same behavior. They could have won if they were strong on immigration, for example.

Rock

Rock said...

Tyk, good to hear from you. I hope all is well there in Lebanon. You said:

Well first of all commiserations on losing...

Thanks, Tyk, but actually I’m more of a conservative than just a Republican. Republicans are supposed to be conservative, but this group lost their way on this, and we conservatives believe this is why they lost. In fact, the Democrats who won actually were more conservative than the Republicans who lost.

Again, I'm not American, nor do i live there, so I wouldn't know how positive the Republican's contribution was to the US, but I have to say that maybe it is time to see some change with regards to more global issues and in particular the war on Iraq...

You may be right. In fact, the Baker commission, created by Bush before the election will come out with two alternative solutions for Iraq which will make a lot more sense than the present U.S. policy there. Stay tuned for better things in that country.

With regards to my country Lebanon, the Bush administration helped the Lebanese drive the Syrians out of Lebanon (ever so thankfully) but unfortunately, during the July 2006 Israeli offensive on Lebanon, Condi (who is a person I GREATLY admire btw) was saying: no the offensive should not stop and Israel should keep pounding Lebanon... Now while I was someone who felt like I owed Bush for driving the Syrian army out of Lebanon, my pro-Hezbollah dad was telling me look what your ally Bush and Condi are doing supplying Israel with the bombs they were using to level Lebanon to the ground... And he was right: the Shiite areas in the Suburbs of Beirut and in the South of the Lebanon were LITERALLY levelled to the ground, and now the people of other opinion here in Lebanon use that as their chief argument against the Bush administration, and really there is nothing I can say to counter that, because it is true; Rice, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld were with the attack on Lebanon, on the basis that it was an attack on Hezbollah, but in reality Lebanon's infrastructure, roads, bridges, power supplies were targeted and civilians were massacred...

I’m sure I don’t have all the answers for these points you raise. They’re all legitimate. Part of the problem, though, was that Israel is terrified. Their very existence is in jeopardy. What they did in Lebanon was their answer, perhaps deeply flawed, to the arms buildup in Lebanon by Hezbollah and Hamas. This must be difficult for you to talk about if your father is pro-Hezbollh, so I’ll keep this in mind when I express my opinions on this.

On the other hand, Tyk, I know that if Israel were left alone, and not attacked, there would be a Palestinian State, and Lebanon would return to peace and prosperity, assuming that Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas would allow this. Israel fought a clumsy war this time. They were not careful with collateral damage. Again, part of the reason was that those against them are now so well-armed that they felt their existence was in jeopardy, and they needed to be ruthless in their response. They see that weapons continue to come in, with rockets that can reach Tel Aviv, and they can foresee a day when they won’t be able to defend themselves. So, they attacked hard, too hard perhaps.

And don't get me even started on the racist Bolton who said something of the sort that Israeli blood is more precious than the Lebanese children's.. (I'll get you the exact quote if i can find it)

Tyk, Bolton is not a racist and would never say anything like this. He is a diplomat, and would be fired on the spot if he said this. Whoever reported this about Bolton is just trying to make people hate him. Yes, go ahead and show me the quotes; show me the full context; and show me the source of the quotes. If Bolton ever said anything so terrible, it would be reported day after day on the liberal media. I would condemn him too. But, it's just not possible that he said this stuff. Don’t fall victim to the liberal press, nor to the anti-U.S. rhetoric in most of the world today. Truth is what matters, not “gotcha” politics. If you guys hear stuff like this, no wonder you get angry.

So, on a more personal level, maybe it is time to see change in the US administration... Again, if the Republicans were hard workers on national issues in the US, then hats off, but on a global level, especially the Middle East, I think we need change... 

But reading your blog it kinda hit me.. Here in the tiny tiny microscopic country of Lebanon with a mere population of 3 million something, we have around 20-30 political parties representing all sorts of religions and orientations, but in the US, you said the Americans want change and the only other option they have is to vote democrat.. And then when they need change from the democrats, they need to vote republican... No new parties no new outlook no new vision… Good? Bad??

Great point. Does the two-party system work best? The advantage of a parliamentary-style government, like Israel, is that you get all kinds of points of view. The disadvantage is that you have a hard time getting the government to go in one direction or another. You have to form coalitions. Plus, the government can fall easily in new elections.

The advantage of a two-party system is party discipline, which can help get things done. The disadvantage is just what you said—there is not enough diversity of opinion. I’d prefer a three-party system—meaning the two major parties and at least one independent party. The only independent party in American history that nearly got elected was Ross Perot’s party in 1988 I believe, when he could have been elected president, but then showed himself to be a bit crazy and so lost.

Again, I know you feel like you lost, and am sorry for that, and am not sure if you’re in the mood to have read all of the above, but well, let’s wait and see what will come out of the new House and Senate (not sure what the difference is) and well I guess with elections over, it’s time for the Americans to re-unite to continue building the great American nation of yours… Cheers…

Again, Tyk, you are very kind. Thanks. I’m not unhappy, though. I was frustrated with the Iraq policy. Though I felt we should have gone in, I don’t think we were fighting it well. Plus, Bush abandoned his base. Democrats now have a chance to do better, on this and on other issues, and I wish them well. If they constrain their spending, stay strong on defense, and respect the conservatives who elected them, then they have a chance to make things better, for the whole world. I’m behind that 100%.

I hope, too, that things get better in Lebanon, and that Israel clarify by its words and deeds that it is pro-Lebanon. I hope the world will allow Israel to exist, without threat, so that these wars end forever.

Peace.

Rock