The Republican Establishment has Abandoned Conservatives

GOP-Establishmentby FJ Rocca8/14/15
More than a dozen years ago, just after the attack of 9/11 2001, George W. Bush stood on a pile of rubble at Ground Zero with New York firefighters and promised that NEVER AGAIN would America’s enemies be attacked as we had that day. He vowed to use all of America’s strength and power to punish our enemies and make America a guiding light for all nations. Then he took us into Afghanistan and Iraq.

At first, confidence was high. People watched on television, through the eyes and ears of cameras mounted on tanks and armored personnel carriers as the might of the US military forces presumed to take city after city, driving Saddam Hussein and his Republican Guards, into hiding. The Republican Guards came back later under a different label: Insurgents. But that’s another part of the story.

All this impressive military effort cost us a half-billion dollars a day, but, well, we thought it just might be worth it. We were going to free the world of its enemies, especially terrorists, and make us safe as we had been before 9/11.

George W. Bush did other things, too. In a grand gesture that was intended to convince Americans he had the war on terror firmly in hand, he, with the help of Congress, created one of the biggest, sloppiest, potentially most dangerous bureaucracies anyone could have imagined of a Republican president. He created Homeland Security and something called the Patriot Act, which enabled the government to spy on Americans with the excuse that we must be willing to give up some of our freedom for eternal safety. He ignored Benjamin Franklin’s sentient warning that “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither” and will likely get what they deserve. Of course, he did not ask the American people whether they favored his take or Franklin’s.[pullquote]This meant, without our realizing it, that the whole shebang might someday be put in the hands of people less scrupulous than dimwitted, but doubtless well-intentioned George Bush.[/pullquote]

Indeed, many people questioned this policy and dislikes the camel’s nose they saw peeking into the tent of American life. Still, most people felt grudgingly complied, taking off belts and shoes, emptying pockets and suffering other indignities while going through baggage handling at airports.

Then, with the help of an equally dimwitted Congress that was not so well-intentioned, Bush federalized a bunch of ill qualified baggage checkers, many of whom had questionable backgrounds, and made them into the TSA. Thus, he created yet another Federal sink hole into which American dollars would be flushed and into which yet another privileged class of Federal employees could take refuge.

The creation of the TSA not only made travel agonizingly slower, but worse, it legitimized physical invasions of privacy and even, in some cases, assault. Yet TSA employees, who, under the previously private system, could and would have been fired for incompetence or the commission of crimes, instead would now enjoy immunity from discipline or job loss, and be given a salary and level of benefits most Americans do NOT enjoy. Some of these newly minted Federal employees even supplemented their newly minted salaries by going through checked luggage and making off with valuables and money passengers had been told were safe from theft.

We complied because we thought this was all necessary. We also thought it was temporary. We didn’t realize that our pockets were being emptied whether we went through baggage handling or not, by a bloated government that was bigger after Bush than before. The bureaucracies Bush created were permanent, because nothing Congress puts into place ever goes away. This meant, without our realizing it, that the whole shebang might someday be put in the hands of people less scrupulous than dimwitted, but doubtless well-intentioned George Bush.

As time went on, Americans grew dull with disappointment. Beating the enemy was taking years and costing a fortune we did not have and with few exceptions (the capture of Saddam Hussein from an underground dugout) we saw no significant victories. Our efforts at nation building among people who do not want a nation, but a theocratic tribal system were proving abortive. Money we were pouring into Afghanistan was being stolen from under our noses. The national debt rose, as did the budget deficit, and, although George W. Bush pushed through tax decreases to make everybody feel better, personal budgets tightened.

The brief post-9/11 patriotic zeal dampened. Barely a year later neglected American flags hung limp from backyard fences, front doors and flower plots, until they dissolved in tatters. Apathy returned, as the shrines disappeared from the firehouses. People stopped shouting their love and pride of America and instead complained about having to wait for airport check-in that took hours. By election time 2008, George W. Bush had proven less than competent to lead a nation, let alone a coalition of Conservatives, to bring prosperity and restoration of our American way of life and American dignity abroad. In fact, by November of 2008, he had instead, without our realizing it, led us directly to Barack Obama and a series of crises not experienced by the American people since the Great Depression.

Now we are faced with not mere encroachments upon our freedom, but outright assaults against it. Liberal Democrats in power are now emboldened by what they see as the apathetic ignorance of the American voter. It makes sense, when you get right down to it, because it was not the grand following of positives in Barack Obama and his cronies that got this administration elected twice. It was the failure of the rest of us, that vast majority of Middle Americans who despise what these people stand for, who do not vote their conscience or indeed do not vote at all. With the onslaught of illegal aliens who are automatically registered to vote, there is a danger that the “fundamental change” Obama promised for America will take place with a demographic shift that ultimately will destroy American citizens’ control of the vote!

Think about it. Who do Conservatives have to rely upon in the Senate, for example? John McCain? Lindsay Graham? Marco Rubio? Mitch McConnell? Do we celebrate victories of independence and individuality over the downward slide over the precipice of collectivism? Not often, because we do not have those victories to celebrate, at least on the National level.[pullquote]Our efforts at nation building among people who do not want a nation, but a theocratic tribal system were proving abortive.[/pullquote]

Instead we have the pending theft of the 2nd Amendment and other provisions in the Bill of Rights, which are supposed to guard our individual freedoms as citizens. We suffer legal assaults on our 1st Amendment rights by a series of politically correct dogma made into law, such as statutes that allow for insulting Christians but punish insults against Islam. Obamacare has been solidified and even underwritten through the support of John Boehner. Boehner also promises to support the legalization of MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS who will vote for the permanent establishment of the Liberal Democrats’ power.

There are a few Conservatives who fight the good fight, but only a few. Rand Paul seems a good man, as does Ted Cruz, but we don’t know for sure. Donald Trump trumpets his intentions as does Carly Fiorina and they sound good. But without the force of an electorate who demand the restoration of the American ideal, they may not have enough power to do what they promise, if indeed they intend to do it.

Like the cat who has been once burned, some of us are twice shy. There is Allen West who deserves to be put back into office. As I said, there are a few. But where are the rest to represent the vast, quiet majority of Middle America? I hope they are coming soon, because we can no longer depend on the Establishment of the Republican Party. They have abandoned us and betrayed us.

Beware the establishment Republicans as you would beware wolves in sheep’s clothing, and in regard to them, the Boehners, McCains, Grahams, Rubios and McConnells, invoke the old prayer: God protect me from my friends and I will take care of my enemies.


FJ Rocca was born the day after Pearl Harbor in the same hometown as Johnny Appleseed. He is a trained classical musician, a published illustrator and a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction. His website is candiddiscourse.com. • (1347 views)

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FJ Rocca was born the day after Pearl Harbor in the same hometown as Johnny Appleseed. He is a trained classical musician, a published illustrator and a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction. His website is candiddiscourse.com.
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18 Responses to The Republican Establishment has Abandoned Conservatives

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Liberal Democrats in power are now emboldened by what they see as the apathetic ignorance of the American voter.

    Mr. Kung has several guiding principles he has often espoused. One of them is “Life is complicated.” Another is just as you’ve stated above. When politicians look at the really offensive and dumb stuff that we will swallow down, that has to embolden them. Perhaps one day Mr. Kung will engrave his list in stone tablets for us to reference when convenient.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Perhaps one day Mr. Kung will engrave his list in stone tablets for us to reference when convenient.

      I’ll call them the dozen, or so, points to ponder. Will have to scratch them into an old 2×4 with a pin knife.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Let’s see, we have:

        + Culture is everything

        + Life is complicated

        + Politicians are emboldened because of our stupidity and passivity

        I know there are others. I just can’t think of them at the moment. Moses had 10. You should be able to at least do the 12.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    The key person for federalizing the TSA (and in particular for unionizing it, which is the main problem) was John McCain. The Democrats wanted it unionized, of course, and Bush didn’t; in a tight Senate, McCain joined with the former to make a deal, just as he did later to make sure that the VA “reform” bill protected bureaucrats first rather than veterans. (This is why veterans supported Trump over McCain in that little dust-up. They know what his eager deal-making has done to them.)

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      “Acceptable Risk” is no longer a publicly acceptable idea. I think that’s what propels things such as the TSA. It’s all “cover your ass” stuff in case a terrorist strike comes.

      Given the potential destructiveness of an Islamic terrorist act, I’m sympathetic to things such as the NSA gathering info. The problem is (and remember, I don’t get high-level intelligence briefings) is that it would appear that political correctness infects the gathering and use of this information every bit as much as it does the TSA who strip-search Swedish grandmas and specifically don’t profile for Islamic terrorists.

      That is, although there is a solid rationale for collecting this information, we can’t trust that the government will use it well or even use useful bits of it at all. Remember, we’re dealing with a regime now that doesn’t even have a word for “Islamic terrorism.”

      I hope Trump finds a reason to slap McCain around again. He’s the kind of career politician who is the main argument for term limits. The man is a disgrace.

    • FJ Rocca says:

      Right you are. I shall consider myself reminded.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    If we were to travel to the Middle East, we would find that our view of the world, of government, of ethics, of economics, and a great number of other things, were completely different. Although we share a basic human nature, how that nature is expressed through culture is enormously different.

    So we find ourselves Strangers in a Strange Land in our own America. No one faction gets things all their own way. This is a pretty big country and has always had very wildly different pockets of culture: Compare and contrast the early Quakers to the Southern oligarchic way of life, for example.

    But what we see developing around us is a sort of State Religion of Leftism which contains many core elements: environmental wacko-ism, feminism, the victim/oppressor paradigm, emphasis on race/class/sex as the lens through which to view ourselves, a soft and disguised atheism, and ethics stemming from political sources rather than religious sources.

    This is creating a new people with different attitudes and beliefs about everything. And, interestingly, this has not necessarily left pockets of traditional Americans or Christians here or there. Most people have adopted the ways of the State Religion of Leftism to some extent. No man is an island, and so this principle is proved daily. We now have a Pope who is, for all intents and purposes, an espouser of Marxism, not Christ, and yet you’ll find very few Catholics who see Francis as anything but Orthodox. That Overton Window moves easily Left, greased by the general outlook of feminism and Leftist culture whereby feelings replace standards.

    StubbornThings was conceived as a place that would not necessarily do little but howl at the moon. I didn’t want that. This is not a place for “conservatism” to be little more than dissatisfaction with one’s own life fed through the daily drama of politics, which I think is very common. As Michael Medved noted on his radio program yesterday (something I’ve often noted), we live in times far better than any that have ever existed, and yet people are generally unhappy and perceive things as being for worse than they are.

    That said, we’re free to see the rot. And the rot is widespread. There is daily lunacy occurring on a national scale. Islam and the war on terror is part of this lunacy. We have, for all intents and purposes, waisted billions (if not trillions) of dollars trying to democratize a tribal culture that has almost nothing in common with us. I’m distressed by conservative howls of patriotic fervor for various military adventures in the Middle East when, at the end of the day, all that bravery and sacrifice have gone for nothing. Territory gained one day is given back the next with nothing to show for it but more debt and more lives lost. It’s become so pathetic that we glamorize movies such as “Lone Survivor” which, in truth, is nothing more but an exposition of our eff-ups. And this passes for patriotism.

    And I’m not to be mistaken for an ideological libertarian kook or a Leftist hate-America-firster. But we see how deep the multicultural rot goes when people can’t be honest that Islamic cultures cannot be Westernized because Islam is too different and too inherently in opposition to the West. The entire “war on terror” enterprise got off on the wrong foot when George W. Bush called Islam a “religion of peace.” No, it is not. It is a supremacist religion, compatible in many ways with Nazism, that has been a plague on this world since its inception. (But people, including Carly Fiorina, have learned a different fairy tale.)

    Ignoring this central fact has meant that most of our efforts, other than tactical operations which have had to do with eliminating specific targets, have been a strategic failure. We’re no better than when we began. And with this pussy-footing with Iran, we are likely now worse off. So deep has been the influence of the State Religion of Leftism that it’s truly become a case, as Orwell said, where the truth is nothing less than revolutionary.

    Establishment Republicans are steeped in the culture, not sound principles or the Constitution. They blow like the wind. They are afraid to death of pissing off that winning coalition out there that they perceive they can obtain if they just soft-peddle, if they can convince everyone that they’re not like those flaming conservatives who say and do such outrageous and “insensitive” things.

    They thus throw a fit when Trump points out the darker side of illegal immigration but are relatively silent when it’s disclosed that Planned Parenthood was selling body parts for profit. (And I agree completely with those show say that abortion itself rises to the level of egregiousness, even if no body parts are sold.). For Establishment Republicans, it must always remain a cheery “Smiles, everyone, smiles.” Challenging people with uncomfortable facts is not what people steeped in the State Religion of Leftism want to hear. In this Utopian ideology, there are no trade-offs necessary. Everything can just be made to work out if Good Vibes are the order of the day. In fact, people believe that actually holding to standards is the very problem itself. It’s been redefined as “intolerant” if not also bigoted.

    This is a child-like ideology not for serious adults. But who said we were serious adults anymore? That’s a big part of the problem. Look at how pussified people are becoming. The newest Utopian obsession is “micro-aggression” whereby the point is to wipe out that third line in “Home On the Range”: Where seldom is heard a discouraging word. But rather than “seldom” this infantile mindset wants “never.”

    So the Establishment GOP from the get-go, by embracing “tolerance” and all the other PC buzzwords, is in no position to fight anyone…except conservatives who are a threat if only because they threaten to expose these Establishment types for the fakes, frauds, and finaglers that they are.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I think you do a good job of explaining why the GOP leadership is so feckless. It’s not that they’re evil; it’s that they’ve absorbed too much liberal culture without the clear understanding of what’s wrong with it.

      As for happiness/unhappiness, my understanding is that polls show that, even today, conservatives are happier than liberals, and think better of America. We may be very unhappy with the direction our nation is going, but we mostly have good personal lives. Also, those who know history will know that life was always harsh for most of the population until very modern times in the West and areas sufficiently influenced by it. What we don’t want is to backslide back into the grim historical tradition of common misery.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        I think you do a good job of explaining why the GOP leadership is so feckless. It’s not that they’re evil; it’s that they’ve absorbed too much liberal culture without the clear understanding of what’s wrong with it.

        You can definitely glimpse this in the many badly-screened yutes and interns at National Review Online. Goodness gracious. “Overton Window” ought to be a concept foremost in everyone’s minds.

        And if one wants to adopt some of the beliefs of the Left because they’ve become dominant in the culture, then honestly say so (as opposed to Jonah Goldberg’s dishonest explanation for his adoption of the idea of homosexual marriage).

        No man is an island. We’re all a product of our culture to a large extent. I realize that. I try to keep that in mind when viewing movies and reading books. I don’t have to wall myself off from the culture, per se, as long as I’m aware of the man behind the curtain, so to speak.

        And we can fulfill that purpose here. And I think we do. And we can at least be honest and rational about certain ideas that we do adopt. If I use “organic” ingredient in my garden, I’ll do so because I think it’s a better way to do it, not because I’m “healing the planet.” Good gracious, what does that mean?

        If I like hiking and am appreciative of the many trails that have been created for just that, that does not commit me to the global warming fraud or environmental zealotry in general.

        And on and on. We can have preferences, and even adopt new things that come about in the culture, but we don’t have to be blind or stupid about it, telling ourselves we do so for bogus reasons.

        Right now our culture is truly a theatre of the absurd. Very little is real anymore.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          but we don’t have to be blind or stupid about it, telling ourselves we do so for bogus reasons.

          “You can lie to everyone, but once you start believing your lies you are in big trouble.”

          One of my dozen or so points to ponder which I am scratching into that 2×4.

          It truly is a huge problem for a person start believing the lies he or she propagates. They lose touch with reality and lack the ability to solve problems which arise as they are unable to correctly define them. Their mental vision/perception becomes astigmatic and reality begins to look like the figure in a fun house mirror.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            But enough about liberals.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            The bubble phenomenon. There are indeed people, usually on the Left, who live in enclaves where “never is heard a discouraging word.” And if there is, they’ll come up with various ways to silence people such as “hate speech,” “micro-aggression,” or whatever.

            I shall state that conservatives generally love delving into different ways of thinking. That’s why we read books. And travel. And consider other ideas and do not prefer the hive mentality. We can be like herding cats.

            This is the true essence of a “liberal” republic which indeed tolerates a diversity of opinions, even while trying as best we can to unify under the import stuff (such as not snuffing babies and selling their parts to buy expensive automobiles). It’s a tricky balance and there is no perfect formula. And we know that, which is why we are not Utopian kooks of one variety or another (excluding the subject of Sinatra, of course).

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Allen Drury observed that professional liberals are very illiberal by the other common meanings of the word — in particular, closed-minded and intolerant of dissent (i.e., bigoted).

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Yes, I was thinking of NRO as I wrote that posting. As for tastes, note that Ayn Rand expected everyone to share hers. To be precise, they should make up their own minds — but if they disagreed with her, they must be less that perfectly rational.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            Rand was brilliant and stupid at the same time. One has to pick and choose with her, as you do with most things in life. Kung rule #2: “Life is complicated.”

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      The Germans have a saying, “young, dumb and gluttonous”. I don’t know about the young part, but the last two words describe a large percentage of today’s Americans.

  4. David says:

    From my perspective it hasn’t really been about Democrats OR Republicans for a long time now in the U.S. Both American political parties; first – the Democrat leadership had their party high-jacked by communist sympathizers. Then the Republican leadership, who at first hid their agreements with Democrats in ‘back office’ deals kept from the American public, are now openly brazen about their decisions. Of course they have abandoned their conservative base. At this point it is clear they now believe the Republican party membership – and the American public cannot stop them.
    These groups regard freedom and liberty as their main enemy. Oh, their leadership has changed from time to time, but they are united in this common goal. You can see it in the results of their actions. Always it is a reduction in rights, freedoms, and citizen liberty. It may be couched in cleverly disguised sophistry, but it is what it is. Riots, bigotry, wars, violence follow their decisions as inevitably as the sun rises in the east.
    That is what is under attack in this country – and throughout the world – freedom and liberty. The U.S. was the only aberration in world history to provide such high levels of freedom and liberty to it’s citizens. And it is precisely this freedom and liberty that has united such disparate groups focused on the single goal – to remove these fundamental rights. It’s as simple as that.
    It’s not the Illuminati, not the Bilderberg… or any other ‘shadowy tin-foil hat, nut-case single evil entity’ silently pulling the strings from behind the curtain. It’s these several disparate groups united only in their common purpose to fight liberty and freedom in any form.
    Any casual historical study will reveal that such disparate factions have ALWAYS united to reduce the threat of liberty and freedom.
    Our challenge is what to do about it.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I agree, David. This is why Rush refers to “the ruling class” in American politics. I do believe that is their attitude…in either party. The humble man who has some idea of being a public servant with the enormous responsibility of safeguarding this rare idea called “America” is almost extinct.

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