October 22, 2014

Mitt Romney will NOT unite the GOP

Like a parasite that just won’t go away, one-time failed U.S. Senate candidate, one term Massachusetts Governor, and two-time failed Presidential candidate Mitt Romney keeps coming back for more. As if prideful ambition was not bad enough, Romney’s diehard supporters from the elitist, exclusive, privileged Cocktail Party wing of the GOP keep building him up like a golden calf in the desert.

Some Republican elected officials of the Cocktail Party persuasion (The “Establishment”) are delusional enough to believe that perennial candidate Mitt Romney can be a unifying force in a deeply fractured party and that he should run for President again in 2016.

It is laughable that Mitt Romney can be a unifying force for the GOP when many of his diehard supporters quietly or openly harbor contemptuous, condescending disdain for Sarah Palin Republicans and Ron Paul libertarians and wish to drive them out of the party.

Don’t believe the Cocktail Party’s rhetoric of “unity”. They are interested in “uniting the party” only if they or their buddies are the nominee in order to secure the votes they need to win so that they and their incestuous Cocktail Party buddies can once again have access to power and privilege in the White House and on Capitol Hill. Beyond that, they will never give libertarians and working-class, populist, blue collar Republicans a seat at the table or staff jobs in the White House and the Hill. Cocktail Party incest and groupthink is killing the movement.

Maybe a third Romney loss is what the GOP needs in order to completely discredit the Cocktail Party Establishment so Republicans can clean house and start anew with fresh young talent not beholden to the traditional power brokers of Washington.

Mitt Romney just won’t go away

Mitt Romney, the worst Republican Presidential nominee since Wendell Wilkie, is the gift that just keeps on giving. From Redstate:

When conservative candidates lose their bid for elected office, they tend to fade away from public life and are never heard from again. But for Rockefeller Republicans, losing an election is evidently a resume enhancer for them to continue advising and interfering with Republican politics and policy…

Not only did he lose the election to Obama, [Mitt Romney's] status as the grandfather of government-run healthcare completely took the issue of Obamacare off the table for two years – until Senator Ted Cruz and other conservatives were able to bring the issue back to the forefront of political discourse.

Many of us thought Romney would recede back into private life and enjoy his affluent retirement lifestyle and his close-knit family. Instead, he has slowly crawled his way back into public life and is trying to become the kingmaker of the Republican Party. A one-term governor of a liberal state with a moderate record, Romney has never fought and bled for the conservative cause. He has never accomplished anything to earn him the right to play the role of elder statesman in the party…

http://www.redstate.com/2014/05/09/mitt-romney-severe-conservative-just-wont-go-away/

That Mitt Romney is still relevant in Republican circles illustrates the cultural proclivities of the Republican “Establishment”. The Establishment does have a number of white collar anti-Tea Party conservatives with hardcore conservative Tea Party voting records. I would never paint the entire Establishment as a bunch of moderates because that is actually not true on the whole despite their acceptance of Rockefeller Republicans.

What separates the Establishment from the Tea Party is the fact that they welcome any and all politicians who adhere to their cultural norms. Washington cocktail party circuit. 5 star restaurants. Nantucket getaways. Starched white shirts and white collar jobs. Well-coifed hair. Exclusive parties with Inside the Beltway “celebrities”. Elite northeast private school education. If you vote like a RINO and act like the Establishment, you are welcome in the Establishment. If you vote like the Tea Party but act like the Establishment, you are welcome in the Establishment.

Politics is tribal. A hardcore conservative Republican of the Washington Insider persuasion may disagree with Mitt Romney on several fundamental issues, but will ultimately carry water for him and adhere to his talking points because Mitt is “one of them”.

Sarah Palin was never “one of them”. She is blue collar. She went to junior college and later graduated from Idaho. She does not care to cozy up to the Washington elite. She doesn’t go to exclusive parties and wine and cheese receptions on the Hill. She doesn’t eat foie gras. She eats food she hunts. She hurt her potential after 2008 by refusing to play the game and be “one of them” in a cultural sense.

Washington Establishment Republicans culturally have more in common with John Kerry than they do with “Joe Six-Pack”. While some Washington Establishment Republicans may vote like “Joe Six-Pack” they will always rather have a glass of wine (not beer) with John Kerry/Mitt Romney than the uncouth, unwashed masses.

Wholesale change with Republicans in Washington starts with culture, not ideology. Want a Republican Party that is more Main Street than K Street? Change the culture. Empower blue collar folk to win elected office on Republican principles and groom them for higher office. Washington Republicans will become more representative of the people when it looks more like Southeast DC and less like Northwest Washington.

Roy Moore (R-AL): An embarrassment to social conservatism

Roy Moore, of the Ten Commandments controversy is back on the headlines. The Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court claims, among other things, that because Buddha did not create human beings, the First Amendment only protects Christians.

Social conservatism is quickly dying out in a rapidly secularizing, Western Europe-like America. This is of great concern to honest social conservatives whose motivation to participate in politics is rooted more so on social issues than on fiscal issues. Social conservatives should be even more concerned that bad actors on the fringe are unknowingly aiding and abetting the rise of a socially liberal, fiscally conservative Republican Party.

If social conservatives do not police those who claim to stand up for social conservatism, there will no longer be any party in America that will represent their voices. There will only be a socially liberal, fiscally liberal Democratic Party and a socially liberal, fiscally conservative Republican Party.

Let’s analyze Roy Moore’s idiocy play-by-play.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/02/alabamas-chief-justice-buddha-didnt-create-us-so-first-amendment-only-protects-christians/

Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures” who created us.

Roy Moore spoke at a pro-life luncheon. This is why pro-lifers can’t have nice things.

Also, the First Amendment applies to everyone.

“They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship,” he continued. “Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”

The first settlers may not have brought the Koran over, but they were certainly part of warring Christian denominations who wanted religious freedom for themselves and not for others. Baptists, Quakers, Presbyterians, Methodists, Anglicans, and Lutherans did not get along with each other in Europe and none of them got along with Catholics.

He then noted that he loves talking to lawyers, because he is a lawyer who went to “a secular law school,” so he knows that “in the law, [talking about God] just isn’t politically correct.” He claimed that this is why America has “lost its way,” and that he would be publishing a pamphlet “this week, maybe next” that contained copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, thereby proving that all the people “who found this nation — black, white, all people, all religions, all faiths” knew that America was “about God.”

Sometimes I feel like social conservatives hold the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, man-made documents inspired by rebellion and by a failed government in the Articles of Confederation respectively, in much higher esteem than the Bible, the inspired, infallible Word of God. It is like they would replace the Pauline letters in Scripture with Thomas Jefferson if they could.

Speaking of Thomas Jefferson, the first non-Christian President in America (His Deism and denial of the basic tenets of historical, Biblical Christianity would place him outside.) was a staunch defender of religious liberty and would argue that America was for everyone whether they believed in God or not.

Chief Justice Moore later defined “life” via Blackstone’s Law — a book that American lawyers have “sadly forgotten” — as beginning when “the baby kicks.” “Today,” he said, “our courts say it’s not alive ’til the head comes out.”

Pro-life arguments stand up just fine with the backing of medical professionals. Moore does not need to counter judge-made law with the words of another lawyer whose popularity is found exclusively in law schools. Blackstone. Really?

“Now,” he continued, “if technology’s supposed to increase our knowledge, how did we become so stupid?” Discussing Thomas Jefferson’s use of “life” in the Declaration of Independence, he said that “when [Jefferson] put ‘life’ in there, it was in the womb — we know it begins at conception. Why aren’t we going the right way instead of the wrong way?”

“Now if technology is supposed to increase our knowledge, how did we become so stupid?” Good question, Roy. Look in the mirror.

He later said that “you can’t be happy unless you follow God’s law, and if you follow God’s law, you can’t help but be happy.”

Actually, Roy, you don’t have to follow God’s law to be happy. Jesus Christ fulfilled Old Testament prophecies and established the new covenant. No longer are we bound by the law, but we are saved by grace. St. Paul stood up to the Pharisees and spoke at length about this in his letters. All legitimate mainstream Christian denominations – Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, etc. – have always taught first and foremost that we are justified by faith. We are all sinners and there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. That is why Jesus Christ paid the debt we could not pay on the cross and rose again on the third day in fulfillment of the Scriptures. You can follow God’s law if you want. You have free will to do so, but if you do not have faith, it is pointless.

“It’s all about God,” he continued. “We’ve made ‘life’ a decision taken by man,” he said, and “taken ‘liberty,’ and converted it to ‘licentiousness. We’ve taken ‘pursuit of happiness,’ and reduced it to materialism.”

This statement is actually true. Libertine materialism is hurting American culture. Unfortunately, it was spoken by a person with zero credibility so him saying this is a major setback to all pro-lifers who are working tirelessly to change hearts and minds on the issue. People like Roy Moore prey on vulnerable populations, the elderly, and low-information voters and cause them to give their limited resources to fund legal defense teams instead of donating to honest Christian groups to advance their charitable work. Lawyers get rich. Christian stewards get poorer.

The Republican Party will abandon social conservatism in ten years out of electoral expediency. If social conservatives do not get their act together and find fresh new faces to advocate for the movement amidst insurmountable challenges, they will have zero representation in America’s two-party system.

Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll. Democrats win White House in 2016.

So Republicans and conservatives gathered for their annual drunken debauchery, err…CPAC, and decided in a meaningless, but otherwise telling, straw poll on who their next Presidential nominee should be.

Rand Paul ran away with the straw poll. Ted Cruz was a distant second. The people who barely registered a blip after Paul and Cruz are even wackier if that is even possible.

So conservatives have a love affair with Rand Paul. Let us see. Is it this Rand Paul who thinks white-only lunch counters should be legal in the name of “liberty”?

That sound you hear? It is the sound of Democrats dancing in the streets for 2016.

Regardless of who Republicans ultimately nominate, they better hope Hillary Clinton is the nominee for the Democrats. Because if Hillary is not the nominee, we are looking at a President Andrew Cuomo or Martin O’Malley who both will be even more left wing than Hillary is.

5 Years of Obama

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I would say that Barack Obama has done a pretty good job overall in difficult circumstances. Still, we continue to hear apocalyptic cries from Republicans. I will bet my bottom dollar that if Mitt Romney was President right now, he and the Republicans would be claiming these numbers as their own instead of dismissing them.

Americans are tired of spin and want results and cooperation. It would not hurt the Republicans to acknowledge that Obama is doing a pretty good job executing the duties of his office. Our economy is much better off now than it was when Obama first took office. With five years under his belt, we can no longer claim that Obama was the beneficiary of Bush’s policies, nor can Obama continue to blame Bush for any deficiencies.

These latest economic numbers belong to President Obama. He owns it.

Kool-Aid Kills

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/10/11/20-signs-youve-drunk-the-kool-aid/

This is so money. I would add the following.

11a. You have drunk the Kool-Aid if you think running a right-wing primary challenge to oust Congressman Frank Wolf is a great idea. This applies to all the sick people in the extremist Loudoun County Republican Committee.

Sidebar: I know 10th District Republicans in Virginia. If Frank Wolf ever retires, the Republican nominee will not be a Fairfax County resident espousing positive solutions. The real Republican nominee to succeed Frank Wolf will be a firebombing, Tea Partying hybrid between Dick Black and Bob Marshall. Don’t believe me? In the past two decades, 10th District Republicans of Virginia with very little power and privilege have defeated Lieutenant Governor candidate Bobbie Kilberg, Lieutenant Governor candidate Pete Snyder, Delegate Beverly Sherwood, and Delegate Joe May in nasty and bitter Republican primaries and nearly toppled Loudoun County Chairman Scott York, who is invincible in general elections but highly vulnerable in primaries. Why would the future GOP primary for Frank Wolf’s successor be any different?

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21. You have nearly died of Kool-Aid intoxication if you seriously believe E.W. Jackson is an inspiring candidate who will win his Lieutenant Governor’s race.

In the interest of balance, stay tuned for a future piece attacking Kool-Aid drinking Capitol Hill-elite, moneyed, insular, cocktail party circuit, Washington Establishment types entitled, “Incest Kills.”

Ted Turner wants to ban men from politics for 100 years.

Here is your funny video for today. Ted Turner wants to bar men from politics for 100 years. Women will rule the world. If you knew who sent this to me by e-mail today, you would laugh your butt off. The person who sent this video to me was not joking! Haha.

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/red-eye/blog/2013/09/24/ted-turner-bar-men-politics-100-years

Lighting rrrrroooooouuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnndddddddddd. Lightning round.

Government shuts down. Life goes on.

After several days of frantic noise, camera hogging, manufactured hysterical fundraising e-mails filled with self-righteous anger, a long-winded filibuster with no solutions from a politician with Presidential aspirations, a spike in global warming as a result of the hot air from Washington, and a “countdown to armageddon/shutdown” clock on the useless 24/7 cable news networks, the government has shut down.

The sun rose this morning. If are reading this article, you are alive and functioning at baseline cognitive levels or above. If you are reading this article, your internet is still working. Chances are that you still have a roof over your head and food in the kitchen.

The government shut down and life goes on. This will surely deal a crippling blow to the egos of both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, who above ideology, are both interested in preserving their “relevance” in the eyes of the public and enhancing their “celebrity” in the media.

Politics has always been a sleazy business, but television has run a business from the gutter into the ground. They don’t call politics “Hollywood for the ugly” for nothing. Politics is a surprisingly easy way to gain attention in America. Most people are not particularly noteworthy and live otherwise mundane lives in anonymity. Politics gives these people an outlet to super stardom. This is so especially true in this day and age of the 24/7 news cycle and cable news networks.

Ninety percent of elected officials and their posse (staff, consultants, groupies, etc.) would not be doing politics if they could gain fame, attention, and healthy compensation by singing, dancing, or playing football professionally. However, thanks to the 24/7 news cycle, some attention-seeking talking head with a big job title (those things are easier to get than you would imagine), but with a thin resume and very little accomplishment can get a Saturday 3:17pm slot on a cable news network to comment on a political situation while no one is watching.

Yet, that clown will do a screen capture of his unworthy television appearance and post it on the internet to get 100+ likes, retweets, and blog comments. Ego is supersized. Statues crumble, memories fade, but television and the internet are forever, baby!

Xerxes I of Persia wished he lived in 2013. He would not have to depend on statues and Aeschylus to perpetuate his legacy. Xerxes I of Persia would only need to get on cable news at any time of the day and post that on the internet to get his 1,000,000 likes, retweets, and comments so his fragile ego can survive another day.

If it is Sunday, it is church. It sure ain’t Meet the Press for the rest of us. Heck, as I continue to do political consulting for purely personal reasons, since the early days of my political involvement aeons ago, I can’t recall watching Meet the Press in its entirely. Who, other than insular, elitist, mutually backscratching Washington insiders watches television on Sunday morning?

Our country is held hostage by attention-starved, celebrity-seeking Members of Congress. This celebrity culture in Washington has got to stop for the preservation of the nation. Shutting down the government is a small step in the right direction. Perhaps if the Members of Congress would just go away and live normal lives like the rest of us, life in America would be much improved.

Whistling Vivaldi

http://mobile.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2013/09/jonathan_ferrell_shooting_death_the_perils_of_stereotype_threat.html?fb_ref=sm_fb_share_toolbar

Jonathan Ferrell, former Florida A&M football player with a 3.7 GPA majoring in chemistry and engaged to be married, was shot to death by the police ten times. He was unarmed and knocked on a door to seek help after being in a car accident. Instead of rendering assistance, the homeowner panicked upon seeing the man and called 911. Police who responded perceived Ferrell to be a criminal threat instead of a car crash victim and shot him ten times. Jonathan Ferrell was African-American.

That last sentence matters because, as a black man myself, here in America in 2013, we are still living with negative stereotypes of black men that society reinforces, puts lives at risk, and deeply affects the psyche of responsible black individuals. You have to live it to understand it.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/15/justice/north-carolina-police-shooting/index.html

You did not build that. God did.

The right wing’s Horatio Alger myth and rugged individualism worldview is incorrect.

Mitt Romney and the Republicans are wrong. They did NOT build their businesses by themselves. They had to deliver their goods and get their employees to work on roads paid for by the taxpayers. Have you ever tried starting a business in Somalia or Bangledesh? I have done some mission work in developing countries. Americans take infrastructure investments and law and order for granted. We have a government and law enforcement agencies who enforce the rule of law and make the country safe for business. This is paid for by the taxpayers, not by the businessmen themselves alone.

It takes two to tango. I do not know of any businessman who did not have a good mentor to coach them on the best practices of their trade. I do not know of any businessman who became successful living on an island without interacting and working with colleagues in the industry. I do not know of any businessman who became wildly successful without leveraging his time and talents through quality, reliable employees. I do not know of any businessman who lasted in business for long who did not have clients and customers who trusted them in order to purchase their products and services. Every successful businessman I know, despite their rhetoric of “building it themselves,” reflects on and thanks the numerous individuals who impacted his or her life in a meaningful way to allow them to be successful themselves. They did not wake up one day on an island with all the knowledge in the world and make money.

You did NOT build that.

President Obama is actually right. His worldview is accurate. Unfortunately, many on the far left in my political party promote policies that are quite antithetical to business. I don’t mind paying taxes to enjoy the benefits of living in a civilized society. However, I don’t know who thought it was a good idea to tax hustling (income tax) in order to fund the government. We should be taxing the crass consumerism of our culture that has led to the secularization and commercialization of Christmas, but I digress.

God made this world and “every good and perfect gift comes from above.” That money you just made, ultimately is not yours. I concur with the right wing that the money does not belong to the government, but it does not quite belong to the individual either. It belongs to God. God gave you the talent and opportunity to succeed. God also blessed you through the work of others who made your success possible. You did not physically build that store, stocked those shelves, made all those products, set up that security system, paved those roads, supplied electricity, and physically take part in all five vertical phases of production from resource extraction to final sale. You sell diamonds? Did you go to Congo and mine those diamonds yourself under the sweltering hot sun? I think not. No man is an island. You did not build that.

The only thing you can take full credit for as a human being is your sin (Credit to Reverend Monsignor Charles Pope of Washington, DC for this thought). God had no part in that. That sin was all you, baby.

Thank all those you work with and learned from who made you who you are today. Humble yourselves and acknowledge that you need God’s help directly and through others for your success. Give it all back in the end because you can either store up your treasures on this Earth or store up your treasures in heaven. Where your treasures are, there you will be.

“You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” Listen to the sermon that inspired my thoughts here.