Thursday, January 17, 2013

Conservative on Target! 1/17/13

Why We’re Losing the Messaging War
   The Republican party has a serious problem, and it’s not that the party isn’t conservative enough. The problem is that Americans are having a hard time understanding what we stand for and whom we represent. Put plainly, it is an identity crisis.   
   This identity crisis recently almost cost John Boehner his speakership. Those who voted against him — and those who planned to vote against him — did so because they feel that the GOP is being pushed in a direction that requires abandonment of their conservative principles. They went to Congress to defend these principles, not compromise them...
   Let’s quit falling and start standing. “Democrat-Lite” is not a winning formula. We need principled leadership to stand up for the type of pro-growth policies that created the two decades–plus of economic expansion that began under Reagan. Lower spending, lower taxes, entrepreneurship, less regulation, free markets, and a strong dollar is the recipe for growth. These are the principles that Republicans must fight for if we intend to win the message war and the American people.

The Tango of Decline
   ...Inexorably, the character of politics soon becomes epidermal and the satiation of desire with the material becomes the greatest and highest political aspiration. It is here that the individual, spiritual, and political consciousness of a people becomes wholly debased---How else can we explain the galactic level of debt mounted so self-righteously on the backs of our children to satisfy the rapacious appetite of the tyrannical "Now?"
    With such a descent into the abyss of self-absorption, the possibility of politics and the Good Life vaporizes. Passion trumps Reason, Desire and Carnality strike down Wisdom, and a people of the disheveled soul each goes to his own house in a spirit of unreflective abandon-leaving in their wake the rusted hulk of what had once been a great and proud people.

"Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the opportunity to choose." 
-- C. Wright Mills

The Facts About Assault Weapons and Crime
   If we finally want to deal seriously with multiple-victim public shootings, it's time that we acknowledge a common feature of these attacks: With just a single exception, the attack in Tucson last year, every public shooting in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed since at least 1950 has occurred in a place where citizens are not allowed to carry their own firearms. Had some citizens been armed, they might have been able to stop the killings before the police got to the scene. In the Newtown attack, it took police 20 minutes to arrive at the school after the first calls for help.


Gun Sales and Background Checks: Lying Obama's Bogus 40 Percent Stat > Actually < 10%

Obama & Children: What about #abortion survivors left to die for whom Obama worked to deny protection?

The Obama Hat Trick: 3 Hockey Sticks: Some charts to make your hair curl &  what we can do about them

Line in the Sand > Time for the AARP to go! Boycott?

Why Does Anybody Need an Assault Weapon? Because They Want It & 2nd Amendment Allows It, Stupid!

'Gun Culture' -- What about the 'Fatherless Culture'?