Do Democrats engage in soul-searching after they lose an election? Maybe I miss it because I’m not a Democrat, but it doesn’t seem that they do. After John Kerry lost in 2004, did Democrats agonize over whether they should stop opposing the war in Iraq, or become pro-abortion? When Democrats were “shellacked,” as President Obama put it, in 2010, did they debate whether they should come up with a coherent plan to deal with the debt and start adopting budgets? Not that I recall. We Republicans are different. Whenever we lose an election, you can be sure two things
Republican need to stay who they are for the most part.Keep your mouth shut about rape.We didn´t lose this election on issues but personality cult and massive government giveaways and the MSM being 100% in the tank for Obama.You also have an education system that´s rewriting history to make our founders look like villains.
People like Soros knew exactly what to do to destroy this country,all he needed was a willing stooge like Obama.A white Obama would never have gotten re-elected.
I despise my country and what it has become. Where can I go to escape. Please, where can I go and be a white, male physician, veteran, never arrested, never cheated on taxes, never on the dole, paid for everything I ever had and raising some very decent law abiding kids. Is there a country that wants me?? Willing to travel!
I don´t despise my country but I do hate what it has become.
I don´t know much, I´m just a guy but I say fight the dems and let them have what they want now, when the the crash comes, I mean the catastrophic crash comes, we will be the savior of the country with clarity and fiscal sanity.
Right now the population wants Santa Claus, let them have it in spades but be against it all the way.
When people find themselves selling apples on the street corner it will clarify their minds like nothing else... let it come, sooner rather than later, get it over with.
There should be a list of faux Conservatives, even Republicans. Whenever the MSM tries to trot them out as "conservatives", or even "Republicans", we can nip them in the bud. Lets begin with the Stupid Media´s favorites: David Brooks David Frum Peggy Noonan Steve "Dumbass fat bald MF" Schmidt
My core values come from the Bible -- period. Hollowed-out politicians on both sides of the aisle with their eye fixed on society´s moral weathervane will inevitably wind up pandering to the sewer. Christians must resolutely stand with the unchanging word of God.
Will we ask ourselves that same question when the brown shirts come to take us away...where do we go from here ? I look at my neighbors with deep suspicion now. More than half of them are plotting an end to my America .
The author makes valid points . Somewhere along the way , the attitude towards a big tent party was deemed to be heresy. Republicans will be looking at a pup tent if they don´t take Hinderaker´s sage advice.
I agree with the author´s approach on abortion and gay marriage. But I think the welfare issue needs more fundamental thinking.
Running against ´welfare´ is a non-starter, for it depends on what one means by ´welfare´. Seniors don´t think of their Social Security payments as ´welfare´, but once they have received back what they and their employers put in, plus interest...it is welfare, plain and simple. And Republicans don´t intend to run against Social Security.
I think we would all agree to government payments to people who are unable to work due to severe disabilities. Millions of families have a disabled loved one. When Republicans talk about the fat, lazy nonworkers on welfare, it drives away these families who have responsibility for a severely disabled adult who would love to work...if he could.
I respectfully disagree with you, #14. I collect social security, after I and my various employers paid into the fund for 60 years! And I also paid both sides of ss for my self employment for 31 years. If I had been able to invest the money put into my account over 60 years, I would be much better off than I am now, with the mandated monthly benefit. So I don´t consider my monthly check to be welfare, but a relatively low rate of return on my investment.
The worry of gay marriage isn´t just gay marriage per se. Many are concerned of the slippery slope. If gay marriage is allowed why not polygamy? Gay marriage will of course be advocated in the schools and if it conflicts with your religion you and your children will be bigots.
Good points, #14, but many of us who have adult children with disabilities on SSI know the GOP isn´t referring to our kids when they speak of the Gimme Crowd. It´s not always articulated well by our party´s candidates, that´s true.
I was touched when Mitt Romney mentioned his sister, who has an adult son with Down syndrome, at one of his last campaign stops. He should have made his position on government assistance for this group clearer much earlier in his campaign.
However, I think Republicans should also study and learn strategies to combat election fraud. That was also a factor in Obama´s win, and it has nothing to do with the parties´ positions on various issues.
No, #15, you haven´t "paid" into SS. FICA taxes are general budgetary revenues and are used for current expenditures--war, welfare, foreign aid, interest on the debt--it goes into the general pot. There is no trust fund or "lock box." You haven´t paid a penny into SS.
You´re also taking out far more in benefits that was supposedly "paid" in on your behalf. You´re collecting welfare, period. Not saying we junk SS, but let´s at least be honest. But no one is going to take SS away, so it´s a bit of a red herring. Your comment, however, shows how hard it is to talk honestly about "welfare," corporate or otherwise.
When families were strong, before skyrocketing divorce rates and out-of-wedlock births, people never needed government to be the answer to all their problems. Families cared for their own. The government is a poor substitute and as government attempts to be Mommy and Daddy to 50 million or so people, they are destroying the future of the other 250 million people.
I do not see how we can separate out social issues from fiscal issues. Why? Because the bar keeps getting pushed, by the left, further and further towards the absurd.
For example, my liberty is threatened when I am told that I must play along with some poor deluded soul who was born with male parts and DNA but who now wants to be a female - even if he wants to share the restroom with me. In the workplace or school, notices are posted that promise state sanctions against anyone who shares a differing opinion.
I understand Hinderaker´s view here, but life is not so simple any longer. Ramona (the Pest)
Yup, we lost a crucial election. Nope, we are not doomed, done for, killed off or moving to Canada. Not if we retain our love for country and everything it has stood for all these years. I was as depressed as anyone else, but I refuse to allow Barack Obama´s victory to reprogram my confidence that my party can learn from our missteps (perceived or real). And, I will not be defeated by the media and David Axelrod. Those of you who are lying down in surrender should be ashamed.
Thank you, John Hinderaker. I agree with almost everything you said.
I guess I will be fine with a government that is fully socialised, as long as we all pull the cart and I dont get treated like a pack mule because Im white. Hence, I will not be living in the US, because when the US goes full socialist, it will be Venezuela, not Sweden. When I do move, it will be to an all white, no mexican hispanic country, wherever that may be.
Great advice to politicians, ignoring the fact that many hold deep concerns about social issues, including marriage, abortion and "welfare". So, the best strategy is to expect those with "nowhere else to go" to show up along with a number of lightly-principled-centrists to vote for conservatism, if not exactly buy into it. Genius...?
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