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.
“Millionaires and Billionaires” laughing at the waste of money and the fact that so many Americans are out of work. The head of GE giggling??? Who does this man think he is?
I was furious the first time I saw it and I’m still furious.
The news of 9.2% unemployment this morning reminded me of how cavalier this president is/was about the mess we are in. And then to hear from his lackey’s that Americans don’t care about the GDP or the debt ceiling. They only care about how things effect them in their own little world.
Oh Paaaaaaaahleaze! How condescending and what an insult!
Who do these people think they are talking to or about? I’m fairly certain they have no idea how smart and informed most of us are.
Arabian Nights: King of the Black Isles by Maxfield Parrish
I’ve had a week or 2 of “just too much.” Too much information and too many events that are too depressing, too frustrating, too sad that I just had to walk away from it all for a while. There are some things I can’t walk away from, in my personal life. But there are things in the news that make me want to cry or scream at the stupidity and callousness of people.
I hate neglecting my blog and I really hate neglecting the blogs of my fellow bloggers, although I know they understand all too well how we all get overloaded on occasion.
Everyone feels information overload now and then, especially in these days of instant news.
One thing that’s really getting under my skin is all this polling nonsense. I don’t want to see anymore polls about hypotheticals. I don’t want to see anymore of those “if this person were running” what the outcome would be stats. If they’re not officially in the race, I don’t care. Let them do their own internal polling to decide if they should be in or not. In fact, it’s all too early to judge and we all have our own personal favorites. Intentional or not, this kind of polling news shapes the mood of the country.
I’m tired of the distortions and double standards in the news, primarily from the left. When will someone ask a democrat politician if he disavows Ed Schultz’ slut rant about Laura Ingraham? They ask the same stupid questions of republicans over anything that Rush Limbaugh says, although the worst I’ve ever heard Rush call a liberal woman is a FemiNazi. Why anyone should be expected to condemn the opinions of another is beyond me, but they do it all the time to republicans and conservatives. Why not ask a democat/liberal that same question?
What we see happening in the south with the flooded farmland and the tornado destruction is so heartbreaking. I don’t see the feds or the president in there doing a whole lot to help those people. Just a lot of lip service from TheOne. Most of those people, though would prefer that the feds stay out of their problems. They’d rather take care of themselves and their own. That’s the mentality of Americans in fly-over country. They are the originators of “YES WE CAN do it ourselves and better, thank you very much!” And they do and will.
You know, I’d rather write about Maxfield Parrish. He’s one of my favorite artists/illustrators. My daughter was born on his 110th birthday.
If Olbermann and other liberals are somehow successful in expunging Palin from public life as a result of this horrific tragedy, it will embolden them to dismiss the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, the whole Tea Party Movement and anybody else they deem to be undesirable. But if liberals succeed in ridding themselves of the riff-raff and still cannot bring about hope and change, then who will be left to blame? Liberals get no satisfaction in taking responsibility for their own actions. Aaron Goldstein/ The American Spectator
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.
This jackass should be shunned by the party he belongs to. Keeping him in their membership is not an act of tolerance. It’s an act of complicity in hate speech.
Imagine a Republican saying this. Everyone would be required to denounce it and the man who said it. No one is asking the Democrats to address this statement. It’s been all okay to wish Rush’s kidneys failured.
[E]very time a member of the public sells more than $600 worth of gold to a dealer, Piret said, the transaction will have to be reported to the government by the buyer.
More taxes. More paperwork for the buyer and seller to send to the IRS. More expense to the small businessman who deals in coins. Everything this government can do to make life harder and more expensive to the little guy… remember him? The little guy that the leftists say they are trying to protect all the time?
But it’s a Republican who’s trying to repeal this part of the law:
Rep. Daniel Lungren, R-Calif., has introduced legislation to repeal the section of the health care bill that would trigger the new tax reporting requirement because he says it’s a burden on small businesses.
Remember the Republicans? the bad guys who are concerned with no one but the CEOs? Well this Republican is looking out for me and I’m not CEO of anything. I have a small amount of gold that I purchased this year. But large enough that it will require more tax forms and more IRS information.
And we can’t go on with this story without mention that Glenn Beck (as well as Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin) are being investigated for some so-called dirty dealings with Goldline:
The recently revealed investigation by California authorities into consumer complaints against Goldline International, which has used Beck as a pitchman, and Superior Gold Group (which has not) has put a spotlight on what one liberal leaning politician, Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., calls the “unholy alliance” between gold coin sellers, such as Goldline, and conservative talk personalities, such as Beck.
This government will not stop until they run and own and tax every portion and moment of our lives. This abuse of the citizens has to stop! We have to stop this and we have to get these people out of office. When I read this story from Drudge, my frustration level went from 0-90 in 2 seconds. Did those people who voted for this man have all this in mind when they cast their votes? If it is, then they are in the wrong country. Venezuela has room for them, I’m sure.
I am sick and tired of my rights being abused at every turn by Obama and his marxists followers.
If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond? As he clutched his chest in desperation and pain, would you call 911? Would you try to save him from dying? Of course you would.
But if that man was Rush Limbaugh, and you were Sarah Spitz, a producer for National Public Radio (update: Spitz was a producer for NPR affiliate KCRW for the show Left, Right & Center), that isn’t what you’d do at all.
In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.
In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”
Spitz’s hatred for Limbaugh seems intemperate, even imbalanced. On Journolist, where conservatives are regarded not as opponents but as enemies, it barely raised an eyebrow.
Point me to the conservative bloggers who are posting wishes of horrendous death on fat headed Ed Schultz or other dimwits like him. I know there are some out there, but they are not conservatives – they are assholes.
I will agree that Keith Olbermann gets a lot of grief but none of what I read wishes him to die an ugly death.
It’s just disgusting to read this stuff from people who are supposed to be providing us with unfiltered (as can be possible) information.
Not only has this story from Carlson put the spotlight on unbiased journalists, but it has made us all more disappointed in the 4th Estate and it’s fairness to provide us with information that we need to make informed decisions. Who can you trust? Is it any wonder that so many are turning to the internet and to blogs and bloggers?
The “new media” seems to be the only place to find any semblance of fact. And the big sites (pardon the pun) like Carlson’s and Breitbart’s are being held to a very high standard. The best news is that they seem to be up to that task.