|Liberals to the Law: Get Lost!||We're Done Mr. President|
by Christopher Chantrill
July 16, 2013 at 12:00 am
THE THEME OF the 2008 presidential election, you will remember, was post-partisan, post-racial. It was a meme started by young Senate candidate Barack Obama in 2004 in the lull between the publication of his primary opponent’s divorce records and his general election opponent’s divorce records.
Well we know what the young presidential candidate really thought as he intoned those pious shibboleths. Sucker! And anyone that still didn’t get the message only has to read the newspaper. From Lois Lerner at the Federal Election Commission to Lois Lerner at the IRS to the Community Relations Service, a unit in the Department of Justice that deployed agents to Sanford, FL in 2012 to organize and manage rallies against George Zimmerman. Hey sucker!
This is the end of the road that started with George W. Bush running for president in 2000 as a “compassionate conservative” and trying to govern as a “uniter not a divider.”
If Republicans try to be unifiers, we get called racists and bigots and extremists. And if we fight back we get called the Party of No and racists and bigots and extremists. It’s time for a breakout.
So let’s review the basic principles of Politics 101. Government is force: Either we force the government to lay off our lives, our families, and our sacred honor, or the government will force us to bend to its will. Politics is division: Either we divide the the other guys or they divide us, as on immigration. System is domination: When the ruling class runs the health care system, it gets to tell you when and how you can get health care; when the ruling class runs the education system, it gets to determine what goes into the heads of your children.
Why not try some of that Politics 101 on your liberal friend. Look, government is force, you’ll say. No it isn’t, she’ll say; government is helping people. Oh yeah, you’ll say. What part of men with guns is helping people?
Mr. Nice Guy doesn’t work. The lesson of Obama is that the Democrats use government bureaucrats to harass conservatives, and the bureaucrats have no problem with that. But bureaucrats might not be such conformable Kates if they started to fear for their pensions.
So let’s adapt the Zero-based Budgeting concept and give it some teeth. I call it Zero-out Budgeting. Whenever some bureaucracy gets involved in some scandal, zero the suspects out until we have found the guilty party or realized that the whole thing was a misunderstanding. And that applies to the intelligence community and the Pentagon. After all, it’s not like we are fighting a world war or anything right now.
And every little bureau that gets zeroed out for a couple of years means less government force, less political division, and less system domination.
Cato’s Michael F. Cannon has some even better ideas for taking the battle to the Democrats, by linking Obamacare scandals to the debt ceiling.
If House Republicans then passed an Obamacare-repeal bill attached to a debt-ceiling increase and an HHS appropriations bill that each lasted through 2014, the move would dominate the August recess. And it would force vulnerable Senate Democrats to spend the month explaining to the folks back home whether they are willing to risk the U.S. economy and the governmentís credit rating to protect fraud, not to mention their own presidentís trammeling of Congressís prerogatives.
It would also help my usgovernmentspending.com, which is hurting badly now that debts and deficits are off the front page.
As Angelo Codevilla writes in War: Ends and Means, you have to think like a Macchiavelli or a Cesare Borgia.
Borgia stuck to the basics... Win battles that encourage your side and raise the enemy’s incentive to negotiate... Make sure that in every move your reach is equal to your grasp, and think several moves ahead.
War? With the Democrats? It is a kind of war if you believe that politics is civil war by other means. And Republicans really need to get their Democratic friends into a position where they have a raised “incentive to negotiate” because they are Senators running in red states and the polls are really starting to look iffy for 2014.
We conservatives and Republicans have got to get it into our heads that we don’t have any interest in propping up today’s government and making it easy for the ruling class, as in Gang of 8 bipartisanship to help pass ruling-class immigration reform.
The first step towards conservative reform is to delegitimize and demoralize the ruling class with attacks on its corruption, its lies, its failures, and its disdain for ordinary people that look just like America (hello George Zimmerman).
No more Mr. Nice Guy.
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300‚Äď301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization
What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph
These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self
There was nothing new about the Frankish drive to the east... [let] us recall that the continuance of their rule depended upon regular, successful, predatory warfare.
Richard Fletcher, The Barbarian Conversion
The Union publishes an exact return of the amount of its taxes; I can get copies of the budgets of the four and twenty component states; but who can tell me what the citizens spend in the administration of county and township?
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America