Last week, on Hannity’s radio show he discussed a recent column by Jeffery Lord/The American Spectator, called American Tipping Point. In it, Lord discusses Malcolm Gladwell’s book Tipping Point and makes comparisons to America’s tipping points at different times in our history and the rise of conservatism and the Tea Party.
Lord says that: Thanks to the Tea Party movement, Conservatism is on the verge of a major victory that dwarfs the technical and actual realities of whatever the details of the resulting deficit deal passed last night. Yes, there is a long, long way to go. But the idea that America doesn’t, in fact, have to be governed for eternity as a debtor nation with a mammoth, out-of-control, ever-expanding government is winning the day. It is tipping the balance with increasing decisiveness against an idea that has become so much a part of conventional wisdom that even some conservatives, startlingly including, inexplicably, the Wall Street Journal, have displayed the wobblies at the thought of confronting the Leviathan. The WSJ’s attacks yesterday against Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann and Sean Hannity, saying “sooner or later the GOP had to give up the hostage” — follows another editorial in which the paper railed against Tea Party members as “hobbits.” The paper, sounding like cranky British Tories in 1775 Boston rather than the bold, forward-looking paper that championed the much-derided ideas of Ronald Reagan, wildly bought into the liberal notion that the Tea Party from Hobbitville is somehow holding the government hostage, instead of the other way around. In fact Big Government liberalism has spent decades holding and trying to hold the average American hostage to all manner of outrageous tax rates, taxes and regulations on everything from capital gains to sex (in Harry Reid’s Nevada) to soda, SUVs and poker.
Lord chronicles the rise of conservatism from Senator Robert Taft’s strident opposition to FDR’s mega New Deal in the 30’s, through William F. Buckley to the great Ronald Reagan to Mark Levin’s landmark best seller and Tea Party bible, Liberty and Tyranny and how all these little, or sometimes large events, are causing a tipping point in American history. He says that conservatism is spreading almost like a virus: in Gladwell’s vocabulary, “connectors” — “people with a particular and rare set of social gifts” who have the ability to “spread” an idea like an epidemic, a Tipping Point is in the works. Henry Regnery, for example, published and made a star of Buckley, who befriended Reagan who inspired Limbaugh, who was befriended by Buckley and placed on the cover of National Review, with Limbaugh in turn aiding Hannity and Levin and Levin’s book inspiring the Tea Party etc., etc.
Reading Lord, once again gave me hope. And reminded me that in Beck’s words, we are not alone. Most of America is conservative to some degree. Most of Americans want to be or remain at least, middle class and we see that vanishing under Obama’s ideology. Most of America finds communism (call it socialism or European socialism but it’s still a form of communism) to be antithetical to the fundamentals of our beliefs and our founding. And most of America will fight it.
I hope they don’t think for a minute that we will forget being called racists, nazis, homophobes, Hobbits and terrorists. We will not. The real revolution will occur on November 6th, 2012 – bloodless, gunless and in a voting booth. They are being fore warned and to disregard the tipping point signs will be at their own peril.
It’s a must-read by Lord and I hope you will take the time to read it.
“Americans have to make tough choices about how to live within their means while still investing in their future and the President’s choices are no different. The President is looking forward to talking directly to the American people and sharing his commitment to making deep cuts, so that we can continue to invest in areas like innovation that will help our economy continue to grow,” said Adam Abrams, a White House spokesman. (from here.)
It’s amazing how one paragraph can say so much about a person, an ideology, a regime.
Americans do have to make tough choices about living within our means. No questions about that and no argument here. But in my lifetime experience, you first live within your means and pay off your debts and then you save and invest for your future. You get out of the hole you’ve dug for yourself and then you move on to a, hopefully, brighter future. You can’t invest in your future, you can’t save for your kids college fund when you’re $200,000 in debt. The debt comes first. Or your kid has no college fund and your family will probably not have a home to live in, either.
It’s not the governments job to invest in innovation. And it’s not the governments job to determine what businesses to invest in. The private sector is in the best position to judge that, through competition and whatever drives the marketplace. When the government starts meddling in the creation of business, it invariably starts paying back political favors and not doing what’s best for the citizens as a whole. The government can create a climate where businesses can grow, by lowering the tax base, for instance, as Rep. Paul Ryan has spelled out in his budget plan, but it’s not capable of creating jobs in the private sector. It can only expand itself with more useless bureaucrats and regulations. We’ve all seen plenty of that in the last 2 years. And we’ve all been paying for it, too.
That original first paragraph screams socialism to the sharp eye.
It’s a seemingly simple message, in one short paragraph that says so much to the astute reader. Unfortunately, there are too many in this country who don’t read closely enough and who aren’t keenly listening.
This is why Barack Obama is our president now. And why we have to be, in Mark Levin’s words, the Paul and Paulette Reveres of our families and communities.
So patriots, GET OUT THERE AND CORRECT THE MESSAGE!
And definately read his entire blog, it’s excellent:
What do you need to write cowboy poetry? Words like “tunbleweed” and “chaps.” Also, torchees, spondees and dactyls. Pencil and paper. Total cost: 79 cents. Maybe you and a half dozen other cowboy poets like to book the back room at the local bar once a month for an evening of cowboy poetry and a few beers. Total cost: couple hundred dollars. Maybe folks get word and figure you should get a bigger room and invite the pubic and charge a three-dollar admission. Why does any of this require national subsidies managed by bureaucracy thousands of miles away?
Well because these days, what doesn’t? Once upon a time, the cowboy embodied the rugged individualism of the frontier. In Harry Reid’s world, he embodies dependency without end. To “preserve” the “traditionn,” it is necessary to invert everything the tradition represents. From true grit to federally funded grit. Thus America, bouncing along in the Dead Wood Stage of history.
Jared Loughner is not responsible for his actions, according to Sheriff Dickhead. It’s all Rush Limbaugh’s fault.
“The kind of rhetoric that flows from people like Rush Limbaugh, in my judgment he is irresponsible, uses partial information, sometimes wrong information,” Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said today. “[Limbaugh] attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials and that kind of behavior in my opinion is not without consequences.”
The sheriff goes on to say that “The vitriol affects the [unstable] personality that we are talking about,” he said. “You can say, ‘Oh no, it doesn’t,’ but my opinion is that it does.”
As Mark Levin said on his show last night, I’m sure that the FBI and those who will be prosecuting this nutcase, are all wishing this loose cannon sheriff would shut the hell up. He is doing his best to set up an excellent defense for Loughner by blaming his criminal behavior on every talk show host, an entire network (Fox News), numerous politicians (including Sarah Palin) and an entire political movement (the Tea Party), all with absolutely no connections to this killer and no evidence that he ever paid any attention to any of those individuals, television networks, radio shows or the Tea Party.
This sheriff is doing a great job of guaranteeing that Loughner won’t get the death penalty for his unspeakable and horrendous crime.
Good job, pal. I’m sure Judy Clark is hoping you keep talking.
Ezra Klein is an idiot wizkid. He has no idea what he’s talking about but sure has convinced a whole lot of folks that he knows something about something.
When did it become the common knowledge in this country that in order to know what the Constitution says, we need lawyers and judges to tell us? There is no way that anyone can convince me that the Founders wrote this document so that NONE of us could understand it. This document was not written to keep the populace in the dark about their God-given rights. No way – no how!
But Ezra says that it’s too complicated and written in an old fashion-y way and it’s over 100 years old (no, Ezra, you brilliant 26 year old, poli-sci grad, it’s over 230 years old) so therefore, it’s irrelevant today. And it’s confusing.
Confusing to liberals, yes. Because they are having a difficult time finding ways to twist the old fashion-y text to fit their changing attacks on our rights.
Irrelevant? To progressives, yes. They continue to write law that has no basis in the Constitution. And they are not ashamed to tell you so, either. Just take note of the comments from Congressmen and Senators who state that they don’t consider the Constitution when making law. You’ve all heard and seen those clips of Pete Stark, Pelsoi and others.
Ezra also says it’s non-binding. Non-binding to progressives yes, as they try to find loop holes around it, while they try to tie us in knots by restricting our rights. How can the reading of it at the opening of the 112th Congress be non-binding?
The Constitution is binding on every person who takes an oath to uphold it, Ezra, you stupid jackass! It’s binding every day that those men and women are in session and every day those same people are writing and voting on laws that effect our lives.
Tell me, you big dummy, (now I’m channeling Levin) when in any of our daily lives is that document non-binding? It’s the only thing that is keeping a Chavez-like regime from really taking root in this nation.
Lastly, someone tell me when it became okay, in fact fashionable, to be a self-avowed communist in the body politic of this nation? As a caller asked last night on Levin, how can a communist (or some variation of that – a marxist or socialist) take an oath to uphold the Constitution? It is in total ideological opposition to the communist ideology and therefore, a communist cannot make an honest and truthful oath to uphold our Constitution.
Republicans took over 680 state legislature seats and the majority of governorships on Tuesday. This, in my opinion is where the real power lays – or lies, I don’t know which. Changes have to be made at the state level to prevent an over extension of the federal governments long reaching arms.
For instance, card check being trounced in Arizona and numerous states that have voted not to recognize the expansion of the feds power in health care. It’s in the states where many of these federal mandates can be stopped. And it’s where state rights has to be forced.
But the most important thing is redistricting that will begin in many states subsequent to the last census. I have confidence that the Republicans will more fairly redistrict these states than the democrats have done in years past.
As Sean said yesterday, the state houses are the “farm leagues of politics.” This is where the men and women who run for federal office are educated and prepare for the “big leagues in DC.” This is another important reason that we took so many state legislatures on Tuesday. If we start with ethical, intelligent and hard working people here, then we are investing in our future. It’s that simple.
All this talk about middle class tax cuts got me thinking today. The term “middle class”, according to Mark Levin, was coined by Karl Marx.
The democrats are pushing more class warfare by promising no tax increase to the middle class (whatever that means to them THIS week) but the Republicans are saying no increase to ANYONE.
This more than anything crystalizes the difference in ideology.
As Rush said in his speech to CPAC (and I paraphrase) “Republicans look out and see people. Not race or class, just human beings.”
Democrats see groups, not people, in the form of minorities and in the form of dollar signs (tax dollar signs.) They divide and conquer. They calculate which group they can pit against another. Black Americans versus white Americans, Hispanics versus the State of Arizona and so on. In this case and in Alinsky fashion, they can always fall back on the “have a lots” versus the “have less or have nothings.”
So, in their typical Alinsky style, they are renaming who’s rich (how much is it this week, $350,000/year?) and demonizing them in the name of so-called tax cuts for the rest of us. Which by the way, are not tax cuts. This is another misnomer put out there by the media and the left ruling class – there I go, using that class word.
Have you noticed that, during this election, every time a Republican candidate appears on Fox, his Democrat opposition “can’t be reached” or “declined to appear”? The cable news channel with, hands down, the largest viewership in every single time slot, and the opposition refuses to be seen on it. Charlie Crist is a the most recent notable example of a non-Republican candidate who actually did appear (on Greta last week.) And there have been debates on Chris Wallace’s show where both candidates appeared. But for the most part, the Democrats stay clear of Fox. I guess they don’t care about the likely voters they might connect with or the donors that they are snubbing. Nothing has become more apparent than the fact that every single election, whether it’s in New Jersey or Oregon, have national implications and money from all over the nation come into those campaigns.
A few weeks ago I signed a petition at Americans for Prosperity and when doing so, I signed up to volunteer making phone calls. I didn’t do that on purpose and in fact, had no idea I had done it until I got a phone call last week asking me “how I was doing on my phone calls.”
“Oh,” I said, I’ll be getting on that tonight.” Great save, I thought.
Ah geeze. I had no idea I had volunteered to do this but then I thought about what Levin had said about doing the least this election while others, in Afghanistan, were giving their all for our freedom. So I went online and read the stuff and tried to make the calls but numbers wouldn’t show up on my screen. After a half dozen attempts, I finally realized that – duh, you have to be plugged into a phone line. So, I dug out a phone cable and plugged myself in. Okay, all set to call folks and tell them to vote for the Republicans in Arizona this election day.
But still no numbers appeared on my screen. Then I realized that I had basically shut off our lan phone. I can receive calls in but can make no calls out (except for 911) and only kept the line for the internet. We don’t even have a phone plugged in at our house because we use strictly our cell phones. You can find my phone number in the phone book but no one will ever answer it.
So my almost good, although accidental intentions were for naught. But I’ve decided that by ’12, I will have my home phone up and running to do my part.
Make no mistake about it, the 2012 campaign will begin this week, on November 3rd. It’s going to be an eternity. But as s nation we can’t survive another 4 years of this guy.
I think the most despicable part of this whole election cycle is the ballots that will not arrive in time for our soldiers overseas to vote. Nothing expresses the incompetence of our elected officials better than this. They knew over a year ago that the second day in November was election day (like that never changes, you dumbasses) and still they could not have the ballots ready and mailed in time. Elections should be held up until every single soldier who wants to vote, is able to.
This is nothing short of shameful and a transparent suppression of voters who will likely not vote in the Democrats favor!
I don’t know about anyone else, but I welcome gridlock in Washington. I’m proud to be the party of NO. I remember the story Levin tells about what Senator Laxalt told him years ago: “Every day that Congress convenes, is another day of lost liberty for Americans.” (or words to that affect, I’m paraphrasing here.) The less those people can do, the better for all of us. I hope they tie up things and gum up the works. There have been enough damage done in the bills and presidential appointments that have already been passed.