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.