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Monday, January 25, 2016

Get off your high horse and stop Bernie Sanders

Over the weekend, I watched the AFC championship and as a Browns fan I was torn between my hate of the Patriots (Bill Belichick was a crummy coach) and the Broncos (the Drive, the Fumble). Plus although the sun was shining, it was not a topdown day, mainly because there was a foot of snow on the top. I should have been miserable, but I felt great. I had a wife who loves me, a son who shoveled most of the walk, and hell, I'm retired. (Sings: Let it snow, let it, let it snow.)

For misery, I have to go back nearly seven years ago, when the Reign of Obama the Overrated began. Conservativism seemed dead. Democrats had control of both houses of Congress and of course, the White House. The press gleefully and openly mocked us. The Republican Party teetered on the edge of extinction. The CPAC convention the last weekend in February seemed like a wake.

Then on Saturday, February 28, 2009, Rush Limbaugh gave the closing speech. It was rock 'em, sock 'em speech that made 90 minutes go by faster than a wedding night. He hit home run after home run as he injected new life -- new hope -- into a conservative movement that had reached its nadir in the post-Reagan era. Fox News carried it without commercial interruption, as did C-Span. CNN joined later when it realized news was happening.

After some humorous, Limbaugh rattled the rafters with his defense of conservatism. His speech was punctuated by applause. He was rallying the most dispirited people in America.

"Let me tell you who we conservatives are:  We love people. When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don't see groups. We don't see victims. We don't see people we want to exploit.

"What we see -- what we see is potential. We do not look out across the country and see the average American, the person that makes this country work. We do not see that person with contempt. We don't think that person doesn't have what it takes. We believe that person can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path like onerous taxes, regulations and too much government.

"We want every American to be the best he or she chooses to be. We recognize that we are all individuals. We love and revere our founding documents, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

"We believe that the preamble to the Constitution contains an inarguable truth that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life. Liberty, Freedom. And the pursuit of happiness.

"Those of you watching at home may wonder why this is being applauded. We conservatives think all three are under assault."

The whole speech is here. Please read it again, because it is his doctoral thesis on conservativism.

So here we are today with the National Review forming the He-Man Trump Haters Club, and the Weekly Standard threatening to take its ball and form a third party. They tell us they do not care if that gets Hillary elected. They live in a cocoon in D.C. and have no idea of the devastation and destruction caused by their Democratic pals in Washington. Not a clue. Not one.

First, Hillary lost the nomination. Bernie Sanders will be the nominee. It is too late for anyone else to enter, and Martin O'Malley is lost in the woods. If you think it is McGovern all over again, I hate to tell you this, but we are in a new century where socialism is no longer a dirty word.

I do not want to go back to February 28, 2009. I do not want a President Bernie Sanders just so a bunch of conservative elitists in Washington can stroke their egos and brag about how pure they are.

Who in the hell do the members of the capital gang of conservatives think they are?

I am 62. My time remaining is short. I will be damned if I will let these jackasses kill my country in the name of ideological purity.


  1. The problem is Trump is an Authoritarian Democrat with no scruples. It's true that Bernie is going to win the Dem nomination; Hillary will implode in Iowa, burn in New Hampshire, and when Obama has seen enough his Justice Department will lean on some of the people at State who (at Hillary's bidding) broke all the laws and regulations governing how classified material is handled.

    It will be Bernie versus Trump, and Limbaugh's speech notwithstanding that's the matchup our country currently deserves.

    1. For years Republican /slash Conservatives have had a major problem: they have not had their own Tina Fey who could ridicule the Democrats without mercy, the way TF mocks and stereotypes Sarah Palin. Having watched Donald Trump in action on TV for the first time the other night, I think Conservatives have at last found their Tina Fey. If The Donald fails in his bid for the Republican nomination, IMO he has a bright future in stand-up comedy. He is irreverent, quick, and very amusing: "Take my wife, Melania! Please." I thought he was channeling Henny Youngman. When you steal your material, you should steal from the very best.

  2. I agreed with Surber eons ago that there would be no Bush or Clinton in the presidential finals when many were predicting it. I don't think it will be Trump still unless Trump supporters love being insulted by the man ("my followers are so loyal, I could shoot someone in the middle of the street and they would still vote for me."). BTW, why would Surber's head explode if a D said that but since it's Trump, it must be ok/presidential?
    As for Rush, he is openly questioning now whether Trump is a real conservative and Glen Beck is speaking out against Trump (bringing the standard, "he [Beck] is a whack job, okay" reply from Trump.). I would love to see Michael Bloomberg enter the race and though his Wall Street background will be great ammo for the R and D nominees, he could also make a lot of disenfranchised voters go from "none of the above" to "it's time to go independent" on election day.

    1. Beck said he will support Sanders if Trump is the nominee and he went to the southern border with teddy bears to welcome illegals into the country. Whack job or not?

    2. Thanks for agreeing me on Bush and Clinton. I said I would endorse the Republican candidate as long as it wasn't Jeb. Wish Walker or Carly caught on. By the way, Trump full quote meant the opposite and a few posts back I showed that. Trump is interesting but so are Cruz and Rubio. Also, as I was glad Patriots aren't in, I have no pony in that contest either. Won't bolt for the team I wanted to win, the Browns

    3. Did you not read Don's post on the Trump shooting someone lie?

  3. Ron, consider this: Belichick resurrected the Browns. In 94 he took them to the playoffs, with Vinne Testaverde at QB! Their defense was excellent with a collection of no-names. In 95 they started off well before owner Art Modell kneecapped his own team by announcing they were moving to Baltimore halfway through the season. They predictably went in the tank from there. Full disclosure: I hate the Patriots. Hate them. It's hard not to appreciate Belichick though. He's had only one losing season as Patriots head coach.

    1. Belichick is one of the best pro football coaches of all time. However, he is a mediocre GM, and that's where the Patriots main problem lies. Robert Kraft, the owner of the team, needs to hire a true GM before the next draft, stat!

  4. I am not convinced that Hillary Clinton is going to lose the nomination. Certainly, Democrats who are completely without scruple would have no issue whatsoever in nominating a felon as their standard bearer -- indicted or unindicted (does anyone really expect this Justice Department to pursue charges?) know...first woman president. First woman president. First woman president, etc.

    Sure, there's a new strain of Clinton fatigue going around. And maybe from a purely practical standpoint, some Democrats -- who again are completely without scruple -- might be worried about her electability.

    But I think she's still going to get the nomination.

    In addition to "first woman president", she has another not-so-secret weapon -- the same one that Al Gore used 16 years ago when he told African-American voters that George W. Bush would lynch them and enslave them once he became president.

    That enabled him to obtain a 500,000 popular vote victory anyway, even if the Electoral College count didn't work for him.

    Well Hillary Clinton is using the same weapon now, this time against a "fellow" Democrat. I don't think that she is announcing that Bernie Sanders will lynch and enslave African-Americans. Def Con 1 is only imposed on Republican opposition.

    But, looking past Iowa and New Hampshire towards states with more favorable demographics for her, she IS announcing that Bernie Sanders is a "racist".

    Now, if there's one thing that Democratic voters can't STAND, it's "racism". They don't like being lynched or enslaved, and they don't like "racism".

    Sure, it's a "desperation tactic". But it works every time.

    So I'm predicting a Hillary Clinton nomination, even if the prediction seems to be swimming upstream for now.

    I am not as cheerful as Rush Limbaugh. I look out on this country and see a lot of wasted potential -- or perhaps no potential at all -- from large numbers of people who will never do anything else but wallow in their own sense of victimhood.

  5. In Re Hiltery, I refer you to the story of the Cajun cock fights, "the Duck won."

  6. Thanks, Don- bookmarked the Limbaugh Speech of 2008 for reference.

  7. If there was one city I could wipe off the face of the planet, it wouldn't be Pyongyang, Moscow or Beijing- or any of the other manufactured "enemies".
    It would be D.C.