It has been five days since the election. It has been five days since Mitt Romney lost and the establishment started its narrative. It is also starting to push the Republican Party and conservatives down a path that will result in another defeat in 2016, if we let them.
What are they doing and how do we stop them?
The establishment has hit the ground running trying to pin the blame for the defeat of Mitt Romney and the disastrous Senate races on the Tea Party and on conservatism.
Peggy Noonan, the Doyenne of RINOs, made the talk show circuit again to explain that once again, all of the problems in the world and the Republican Party are conservatives’ fault.
She breathlessly thanked the Tea Party for what it did in 2010 and for not splitting from the GOP, then said the Tea Party should not be the brand of the GOP.
This coming from the woman who endorsed Barack Obama in 2008?
And of course, her advice is the same as the other RINOs. We should “moderate”.
Mitt Romney was the most moderate Republican we have ever had run for President. Short of changing the symbol of the GOP to a Jackass, how could you get any more moderate?
Noonan’s great claim to fame is that she was, for a period of time, a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan. The left wing media loves her because she will always come on, claim to be a conservative Republican, then proceed to announce to the world that conservatives are wrong and the only way for the Republicans to get ahead is to become just like the Democrats.
Lest she be alone, Bill Kristol was out on Sunday demanding the Republican Party abandon its core principles. Kristol hit Fox News and bravely surrendered to Barack Obama and the Democrats by announcing that the Republicans should go along with raising taxes on millionaires.
You have to give Barack Obama and the Democrats credit. They did a good job of demonizing the so-called “rich” during the campaign. Obama tries to sound reasonable by saying we want millionaires to pay a little more. After all, they “can afford it”.
One thing the Republicans should be excoriated for is the fact that Republicans do not explain their beliefs well.
Sound bites sell. Liberals excel at sound bites. One of the reasons they do is if you get beyond the sound bite, you realize how bad their ideas are.
Republicans are fighting against a guy whose message is “free stuff”. Republicans have to explain that tax cuts put money in the pocket of the average citizen. The GOP is giving them something.
The GOP wants people to keep the money they have worked hard to earn. The GOP wants businesses to keep more of their money so they can hire more people.
The problem is spending. Americans understand this. Republicans are not talking about this. Out of control government spending is driving the economy into the ground. Out of control government spending is putting Americans out of work. Fraudulent and wasteful government spending costs America hundreds of billions of dollars a year.
Tax increases are a mask. Tax increases never work. Just look at France. Francois Hollande raised taxes on the “rich” to 75%. The rich fled France. In Maryland, six years ago, they imposed a millionaire’s tax. What happened? The millionaires fled Maryland.
When RINOs like Bill Kristol embrace Obama’s mantra of raising taxes, we lose.
The problem is not that we have a bad policy. We have great ideas and, unlike liberal ideas, ours work. Our messaging is the problem. We need to get out and explain our ideas so that Tea Party ideas prevail.
We need to make sure that the ideas of freedom and liberty win. The last thing we need to do is to listen to the RINOs that were responsible for the devastating losses of 2012.
The following article IMO goes to the mindset of the "establishment" GOP. . .it's either their way or no way at all which is why they can't field a winning candidate:
No support for Rand Paul in 2016 among Washington insiders
As one of the commentators after the article stated:
The establishment Republicans don't want Rand Paul -- that's the best endorsement in his FAVOR that I can think of. Rand 2016!
That is why we need to support him now and get our ground game going
Sometimes "the sins of the father are visited upon the son" and Ron Paul has the sins of his considerable racial writings in his early newsletter acting as the anchor chained to his leg that would drag his son to the depths. It would be best to find a candidate with as few past mistakes of judgement as possible yet strong conservative values that favor individual liberty. There are those lofty souls with fire in their belly.
agree with you but some one is out ther but who?
You are correct. How about Rubio? Don Trahan
The last few things I've heard from Rubio seem to indicate he has hung his hopes on rising up through the ranks of the GOP. He made a name for himself being a contrarian but now he seems to be right in there with them. I don't trust him anymore.
After this reading this article/discussion, we contacted Sen. Paul and here's his reply:
December 6, 2012
Dear Mr. and Mrs. XXXXXXXX,
Thank you for taking the time to express your support of my efforts to rein in spending in Washington, D.C. I appreciate your kind words of encouragement.
As you know, the size of the national debt has grown considerably over the past few years. Our deficit has grown to the point that we are fast approaching the government's debt ceiling of nearly $16.4 trillion, yet President Obama responded by proposing a budget that will add another $6.4 trillion in overspending. It is time for Congress to end the irresponsible practice of spending money the country does not have.
We have seen currencies and countries fall under their unsustainable debt, and it is the duty of lawmakers to prevent such catastrophes. On the first day I could introduce a bill in the 112th Congress, I proposed S. 162, which would cut $500 billion from the federal budget within one year. However, the cuts outlined in S. 162 represent a mere down-payment on the cuts that need to be made. At the end of my first year in the Senate, I returned $500,000 from my office's operating budget to the U.S. Treasury.
Additionally, for the second year in a row, I proposed a budget that will bring spending below the historical average in the first year and reduce spending by nearly $11 trillion relative to the President's budget. My Platform to Revitalize America will cut $8 trillion in 10 years, repeal Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, as well as institute a 17 percent flat tax for individuals and corporations. This is the only budget proposal that balances within the Balanced Budget Amendment window, a measure that is supported by all 47 Republican Senators. For a more detailed view outline of my budget plan, please visit http://paul.senate.gov/?p=issue&id=8.
Again, thank you for joining me in standing up for common-sense principles and fiscal responsibility. Rest assured that as I serve in the United State Senate, I will continue to introduce and support legislation that will return our nation to sound financial footing.
Rand Paul, MD
United States Senator
Rand is not Ron. I certainly like what I see and know of Rand. If, however, he, like his father, believes that is alright for Iran to have an atomic bomb while they are saying they want to wipe Israel off the face of the eatrh, then he will be just as big a nut job as his father. I do not think that is his stance, but I will check. That idea alone is enough to know that Ron could never be President without great threat to all for us all.
A couple of articles for everyone's consideration. . .what do you all think?
Welcome to the Rand Paul evolution
. . .In the wake of Barack Obama’s reelection win and ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid of his own, the Kentucky Republican plans to mix his hard-line tea party conservatism with more moderate policies that could woo younger voters and minorities largely absent from the GOP coalition. It’s the latest tactic of the freshman senator to inject the Libertarian-minded views shared by his retiring father into mainstream Republican thinking as the party grapples with its future.
In an interview with POLITICO, Paul said he’ll return to Congress this week pushing measures long avoided by his party. He wants to work with liberal Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy and Republicans to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for pot possession. He wants to carve a compromise immigration plan with an “eventual path” to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a proposal he believes could be palatable to conservatives. And he believes his ideas — along with pushing for less U.S. military intervention in conflicts overseas — could help the GOP broaden its tent and appeal to crucial voting blocs that handed Democrats big wins in the West Coast, the Northeast and along the Great Lakes. . .
Jindal: End 'dumbed-down conservatism
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday called on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” and make a concerted effort to reach a broader swath of voters with an inclusive economic message that pre-empts efforts to caricature the GOP as the party of the rich.
. . .“We’ve got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything,” Jindal told POLITICO in a 45-minute telephone interview. “We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”
He was just as blunt on how the GOP should speak to voters, criticizing his party for offending and speaking down to much of the electorate.
“It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that,” Jindal said. “It’s not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can’t be tolerated within our party. We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.”
Calling on the GOP to be “the party of ideas, details and intelligent solutions,” the Louisianan urged the party to “stop reducing everything to mindless slogans, tag lines, 30-second ads that all begin to sound the same. “
He added: “Simply being the anti-Obama party didn’t work. You can’t beat something with nothing. The reality is we have to be a party of solutions and not just bumper-sticker slogans but real detailed policy solutions.”. .
Both of them are jerks. I have never trusted Rand Paul--the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
The average citizen earns less than $60,000. In much of the south, half of folks make less than $30,000. We should be fighting for low taxes on average citizens, since most people agree with that, not fighting for lower taxes on the wealthy, since even many Republicans think their taxes should go up. And we should write our congressmen to use some of that money to fund the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, which is currently an unfunded mandate.
The notion that increasing taxes will increase revenues to the government only makes sense in a static world. The minute you increase them, those affected change their spending behavior so that the government actually ends up getting less revenue.
The income tax was not in the Constitution until the 16th amendment, and of course it was supposed to be temporary. Since that time it has increased far above the original level, because it has been used to transfer money from one group of people to another through various "social" programs. It should make any American violently ill to know that none of those programs have decreased their targeted problem one iota.
Therefore, it doesn't make much sense to me to increase the taxes on the wealthy just to keep giving the money to somebody else. That is a redistribution of money from one group to another, and we should all remember that laws were originally invented to keep one group from taking another group's possessions. Any mechanism, such as the income tax, that enables this transfer of funds, is really just using newer laws to accomplish what laws were supposed to prevent, the theft of other's possessions for redistribution.
Advocating a continuation or an increase in such laws makes no sense if you believe in the original intent of the Constitution. Remember, the federal government was never meant to be a philanthropic organization.
The solution is to gut social spending and decrease taxes, (the latter will increase the revenues collected by the government). All we need are politicians with guts and morals, and a public that refuses handouts in order to regain their pride and freedom. But at present all we have are people that continue to advocate the lie that the handouts actually help people, while they are really just a bribe for votes.