Burn It Down

Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection notes:

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said Sunday morning that he’d received opposition research from other Republicans about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in advance of Cruz’s appearance this morning, a serious indication of how upset the GOP is with the Senator leading the risky charge to defund ObamaCare.

“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington,” Wallace said. “As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.”

I saw Chris Wallace say this live earlier this morning on Fox and Friends as he promo’ed his show. The more I thought about it, the more enraged I became. Congress has become nothing but a criminal enterprise with members who will do anything to assure that they can remain engaged in their own criminality, up to and including turning on one of their own if they have the temerity to deviate from the approved status quo. The very fact that “high placed” Republican sources are sniping at Ted Cruz is evidence that the whole festering, fetid mess needs to be cleaned out. Perhaps the only thing that can sanitize a body covered with so many little pus filled cysts is a cleansing fire.

Let it all burn.

To the ground.

Until this past election, I thought that the Republican Party was reformable…and I also thought Romney was electable.

Well, screw that. I was wrong…about both.

Until earlier this year, I had been a lifelong Republican. I turned 18 in January of 1977 and my first presidential vote was cast for Ronaldus Magnus. I have not voted for a Democrat or Independent in my life but the performance of the Republicans since the 2010 mid-terms leads me to believe that the sooner it burns, the sooner we can try and rebuild. I’m sick to death with variations on a losing theme, Republicans tripping over themselves to be loved by the press and turning into Democrat Lite.

I’m sick of the fear of confrontation. When Obama’s sycophants say that he has created a bazillion months of positive job growth resulting in 4 million jobs, I want to look them in the eye and ask them how we stay ahead of population growth with so low of a creation rate and have them explain about the 10 million or so people who have dropped out of the labor force. I’m sick of being Mr. Nice Guy and losing elections. If you are going to lose, let’s lose on principle and not because we hired idiot consultants.

I happen to believe that classic liberalism is a simple, easy understand message to sell. It shouldn’t be this hard.

The problem with burning your home to the ground is that you have nothing until it is rebuilt – like the Israelites, we may be in for a rough time of wandering in the wilderness until we can rebuild…but the longer we wait, the longer it will take.

18 thoughts on “Burn It Down

  1. How is it that lifelong Republicans are smart enough to see that their GOP politicians are nothing but pieces of shit, yet the Demos are unbelievably still in love with theirs, even though they are worse than ours?

    • Dusty, In my line of work (company turnarounds), there is a concept called the “Big Bath”. That is when you decide that it is better to take a 30 million dollar loss this year and start rebuilding the business now. Rather than limp along, you clean up the balance sheet, clear out the dead timber, restructure the management team, instill a new vision and a will to win – and stop letting the past weigh you down. Instead of wasting energy dealing with things that happened in the past, you can set about working on the future. Wall Street treats a 30 million loss the same way as they do a 10 million loss – but to keep losing 20 million a year won’t be tolerated. We get rewarded for performance and advancing toward improvement. Maybe it is time for a Republican Big Bath. We have been too afraid to do it and that has resulted in a death by a thousand cuts. The Democrats are certain to benefit in the short term but they have always been playing the long game. The quicker we fix the structural issues with the Party, the faster we get in the winner’s circle.

  2. As far as I am concerned the voters are as gutless as the leadership. Who keeps voting for the GOP leadership? C’mon folks, you want term limits, make it happen at the ballot box.

    • FlyDiver,

      Not all of them are gutless. They sincerely believe they can reform the Republican Party from within. Or they accept the argument of lesser of two evils. Or they know better but keep voting R because they think it is the only way to wield political power other than with the D’s. In whatever case, many are sincere and honestly want to do something about the corruption and dysfunction. But getting them to see the game they have been forced to play is the trick. It’s just that, well, honestly, it is not so easy to help people see that game because they have been told people who do so are conspiracy nuts. 🙂

  3. I KNEW you would get here. And — before you think I am gloating — stop and remember that I also told you that, when you did get here, you would see that I am NOT happy about where we are. However, now that we are here, we can finally start looking for a way to fix things that will actually work. Letting it burn down does seem to be a good start, though. It seems to be the first step in how God re-sets things everyt ime we mess them up. 🙂

    • I’ve always been here – I just don’t believe that a third party will accomplish it. I thing the whole freaking thing needs to be hollowed out and refilled with people of conviction, purpose and character.

      I don’t think we have ever disagreed about the destination, just the route to get there.

    • The progressives and the federal bureaucrats are the ones starting a million grass fires all over the continent. Then they blame us, the “firefighters” for stopping “progress”.

      We aren’t burning it down. The progressives, “the Borg”, are stealing and burning everything down.

      They will not stop until they have consumed all of the fuel they can. And once they have done that, they will turn on themselves and starve to death.

      Everywhere the progressives have been successful, they have failed. Be it Detroit, Chicago, California, etc.

      We merely have to learn how to stop being sucked dry by these vampires.

      We must continue to point out at every instance their lies. And leave their territory to them; merely get out of their way and allowing them to be successful as the progressives burn it their own homes down. Just like the “riots of the 60’s” or the “Rodney king” riots, or post Katrina New Orleans.

      We continue to shine the light of truth on the real criminals. And good people refuse to support the thieves in any way.

      • Tex: I agree, but it scares the crap out of me to think of our entire country in shambles like Detroit, Chicago, etc..

  4. If we are going to “burn it down” I can only agree with Utah. Lets crash and burn while in a full speed strafing run. Let’s run some third party, principled, candidates. We may lose a few elections, but we’re losing them anyway, and the RUBBISHLICANS we’re getting are as bad, or worse than, their opponents.
    So , I add my vote: BURN IT!

  5. Thanks for the kind words, Joe, to a Reagan Capitalist Conservative Republican. (Notice Republican is last). I have always believed in the ballot box as the ultimate political change of our government, as long as our government concedes to my voting preferences. 2010, still keeps me conditioned for a classic turnaround in the Senate to major majority as well as an even bigger majority in the House. The American Conservative public has nothing to prevent this huge event from taking place and will not disappoint me. There are too many Americans boiling for the chance to create the process to overthrow the socialist/communist bunch now destroying our country. I’ll have to wait for the 2014 election cycle results before I consider any political changes in my party preference.

    • EdwardS,

      I have nothing but compassion for all of us who care about what this country WAS — but, sadly, is no more. But there is something I want you to consider, and it will be difficult to do so. Still, it is a valid question:

      Do you REALLY think the govt. cares what the people say anymore, on EITHER side of the isle?

      If your answer to that question is the same as mine, then the ballot box is not going to be our solution. I suggest we start giving Mark levin’s suggestions some SERIOUS consideration, instead.

  6. Am reading Mark Levin’s book. I totally agree with everything he suggests, but as Levin says, the process is going to take years, maybe after many of the dinosaurs currently in the Senate/House are buried. What I am suggesting is that if a major political change advances our cause in the 2014 election, more of the voting public will want to get on board to effect Levin’s proposals. Right now we have to challenge and nullify the loud RINOs who have NO real support but their own words.

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