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A XMAS TREE BOMBER STORY….EXCERPTS FROM THE LUNACY OF BLUE OREGON

This is the Conversation that is Taking Place in Portland Oregon Among the left! These People are Teaching our Children!

(Excerpts from 1 thread on the Portland Xmas Tree Bomber from Blue Oregon …I could not make this up!)

THE VERY FIRST COMMENT OUT OF THE GATE

“But you know what, more than anything I’m most scared for our fellow Americans this morning. Not the light-skinned ones like me, but I can’t help but fear a backlash because a stupid 19 year old kid who happened to be a misguided extremist Muslim was responsible for the foiled attack”

TOUCHING …ME TOO… REALLY …THEN WE GET ‘BLAME AMERICA SPOKESMAN PART 1

“Hmmm…I wonder why anyone in NW Pakistan would want to attack the United States’ civilian population? Could it be because well over 900 hundred Pakistani-Pashtun civilians were killed by US drone strikes in 2009? And, I assume, the “collateral damage” continues apace, if not to a greater degree, as the drone strikes have become more frequent (The terrorist was from Somalia you dumbass)

OF COURSE WE TRAINED HIM WITH JOHN WAYNE MOVIES…NEWS FLASH 19 YEAR OLD MEN DON’T KNOW WHO JOHN WAYNE IS!

“And we train our youth, with John Wayne movies, lies, uber patriotism and slick commercials.
They got me and I ended up complicit in the murder of a whole lots of Vietnamese.”

YES YOU ARE CORRECT …YOU’RE A VICTIM PLEASE LINE UP FOR FREE THINGS IN THE LINE ON THE LEFT! THIS NEXT MAN ‘S ‘NAME’ IS ADAM SMITH AND I QUOTE HIM HERE MORE THAN ONCE …THIS IS THE ONLY TIME I WILL IDENTIFY HIS STATEMENTS AND WILL LEAVE IT UP TO YOU TO GUESS WHICH OTHER STATEMENTS HE MAKES …IT’S FUN PLAY IT AT HOME!

“He’s a high school boy who went to go blow something up. Lots of high school boy go to the woods and blow stuff up all the time. The FBI walked into a Portland area high school shopping for terrorist suspects”

WOW…THEN THIS LUNATIC

“I’ve seen you right wingers “declare” lots of real wild things on e-mail and on the internet. Shall we go over to freerepublic.com and see what’s there? How many of tea baggers you think have made violent threats in e-mail or on the internet on the President, Pelosi, or Reid this year? millions? If every tea bagger that ever threated someone by e-mail was taken into custody, they’d have to build a huge razor wire fence at the Mason-Dixon Line.”

THE VOICE OF REASON (ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS)

The tea party voted you all out of office, perhaps they just meant political death , looks like they backed it up, but wait! it’s not a crime. buying bomb parts and constructing a ‘bomb’ planting that bomb then trying to detonate it , that’s a crime! two words “supermax prison” where we can change them from young people to old people

THEN THIS GUY:

I have two thoughts on this:
1) Notice it was police action, not military that took him in?
2) The fact that the FBI was ‘faking correspondence’ with him hints that they may have encouraged him. Isn’t that entrapment? Or perhaps the line between “deranged” and “murder in the name of a god” is so thin as to be irrelevant.Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Exactly right, Carla.

AHEEEMMMM….. (ZIP)

“How many other high school boys would go join the FBI guys to go blow something up? Lots of high school boys think blowing stuff up is cool. Most high school boys in fact”

OH REALLY …HERE COMES COLD WATER IN YOUR FACE FOR YOU THEN… (same voice of reason from above)

“No high school boys would join anyone in blowing up 10,000 people you moron?”

HERE IS THE ‘IT’S ALL ABOUT OIL’ FOOL

“To be fair, we’ve been inserting ourselves into the governments and tribes of the Muslim world for generations, including killing innocent civilians. That doesn’t justify blowing up innocents here, but let’s not pretend that this is some one-sided affair where we’re the innocents. That’s simply not the case. Look, if you are going to play the innocent in this conflict, and you don’t mention the word “OIL” in your argument, you aren’t credible”.

HERE IS MR. BLAME THE CHRISTIAN:

“The problem here Joyce is that I agree that U.S. foreign policy helps fuel terrorism, but your faith-based belief system blinds you to the fact that faith also fuels terrorism.”

HMMMMM …WONDER WHO SAID THIS….

“You’re not seriously asking why a high school boy would want to blow something up, are you? Because blowing stuff up is cool for high school boys. Half the high school boys in the America would have fallen for someone walking up to them and asking them if they wanted to go blow up.”

Show me or play me a tape with suspect saying all that. I’m not taking just the agents word on this. The FBI already walked into a Portland area high school to hunt for a terrorism suspect. That’s bizarre enough. They lost the benefit of the doubt right there” HUH? WHAT?

A NEW REASONABLE, SMART, CLEAR THINKING ‘WINGER’ FROM THE RIGHT

“Fascinating, a young Muslim seeks to blow up a couple of hundred Portlanders at the annual Christmas tree lighting and the following observations ensue: Christians do it too — which is why you hear no end of Catholics, Methodists and Lutherans targeting civilians en masse in terroristic plots. We’re just as bad as they are because some military people are encouraged to be missionaries. The U.S.’s foreign policy effects on Northern Pakistan made this particular Muslim want to blow up “polytheists,” so, presumably, the U.S. should shape its foreign policy in conformity with the demands of the warlords of Northern Pakistan.All teenagers want to blow things up, so why be surprised at this teenager wanting to detonate six 55 gallon drums of explosives next to a crowd? The only reason to talk about terrorist plots is to keep us in abject fear — an observation which leads in many cases to the conclusion that successful terrorist attacks were orchestrated by the objects of one’s paranoid fantasies”.

BLAME AMERICA!! IT’S OUR FAULT …WE HAD IT COMING!

‘I find it fascinating that our elected leaders can order the murder tens of thousands of innocent civilians and we blindly except it and then wonder why we are subject to this type of blowback. War is terrorism with a bigger budget”

REASON ALERT REASON ALERT!!!

Read for comprehension Stephen. He is referencing the stated POV of various apologists up thread, including your own. Dang Anthony, You beat me to it! Some of these lines remind me of the rationalization used by domestic abusers. “Look what those drone flights in Pakistan made me do. Don’t make me do it again”. Bottom line: Because the US gummint is engaged in illegal bombings, blowing up a few hundred Portland civilians is an understandable and rational response.

REASON ALERT REASON ALERT!!!

Stephen, Reasonable people can disagree with U.S. military action in NW Pakistan, but whether you like it or not, it is military action engaged in by a sovereign country against hostiles. It is not aimed at civilian non-combatants, and I think you know that. If one believes that deliberately killing crowds of civilians is a justified response to military action against belligerents, then you are saying that atrocities are just fine, if that’s what gets the job done. Either you stand against deliberate attacks on non-combatants or you don’t.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…..ZIP! WONDER WHO THIS IS…??

“I guess were gonna have to ban the FBI from Special Olympics ceremonies and events. Can’t have the FBI shopping for trusting dupes at for their next big terrorist bust at Special Olympics events. Same can be said for abortion clinic bombings, killing in the name of “Allah” and doesn’t matter that there could be people there that are not seeking abortion services (Planned Parenthood does more than just abortions BTW).”

IS IT UNCLEAR TO ANYONE WHY WE HAVE THE PROBLEMS WE DO TODAY? THESE PEOPLE ARE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN …THESE PEOPLE SPEND MORE TIME WITH OUR CHILDREN THAN WE DO!

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The Intolerance of Tolerance- No Longer a Virtue ….Just A Logical Implausibility

The Intolerance of Tolerance- No Longer a Virtue ….Just A Logical Implausibility

“Tolerance” ….I am sick of that word being misused and I am not going to tolerate it anymore!

OK… granted we live in a society that has thrown a cog and broken it’s moral compass…leading us down the path of relativism…moral and otherwise. BUT I AM NOT OBLIGATED TO LIKE IT. I remember reading the marker on Einstein’s memorial which said:

“As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance, and equality of all citizens before the law prevail.”

Sound virtuous? It was and still is … Unfortunately, one of America’s noblest virtues has been so distorted it’s become a vice. Supposedly, the “tolerant” person is completely impartial and others around him are therefore permitted to freely and openly make any choice they want without anyone imposing their views or judgments on him (or her ) But wait a minute… this ideology fails on the spot when it is not reciprocated right? If I tolerate what someone else does and their actions interfere with my own actions we have a ‘toleration dilemma” of sorts don’t we? Do we then turn the horn or do we not? Something has to give at this point …and how do we determine what and who wins when there is a ‘toleration standoff’ … ”rock …paper… scissors?” Without delving in the theories of personal choice let’s use the KISS method (keep it simple stupid) here are the initial permutations of our possible reactions where R = Respect and DR = Disrespect;

We can:

R-R
DR-DR
R DR – DR
DR R – DR

Right? Or wrong? ….Well wrong of course … if only life were that simple. I read an interesting paper that used the additional variable (v1) of picking and choosing our battles. I will get back to that thought in a second, as you will see we don’t even have to reach that far at all.

Webster tells us the word tolerance in this context means:

“To allow or to permit, to recognize and respect others’ beliefs, practices (behavior), and ideas without sharing them, to bear or put up with someone or something not necessarily liked”

Broken down there are at least 4 elements to tolerance: (1) to permit or allow, (2) a belief, practice, or idea (3) not shared, (4) put up with anyway in a respectful way. We don’t need to dig too deep to uncover the logical implausibility of it all. We can’t “tolerate” someone until and unless we disagree with him…right? We don’t “tolerate” people who share our views…we have them over for chicken dinner. They’re on our side. There’s nothing to put up with. Tolerance is reserved ONLY for those we think are wrong.

This essential element of tolerance…DISAGREEMENT! has been completely lost in the modern distortion of the concept. Judged by today’s standards if you think someone is wrong, you’re called intolerant.

Tolerance of other people assumes that everyone’s views have equal value or merit and that my views are no better or more correct than anyone else’s and their views are no more correct or meritorious than mine? I can’t decide if that idea is more irrational or more ridiculous. Taking the position that some views are immoral or wrong doesn’t’ violate any of the standards of tolerance. The definition of tolerance propounded on us all from the ‘if it feels good do it left” is that when we call out and question someone else’s belief, practice, behavior, or idea then we are automatically being intolerant of the person… (see the difference?) what a load of tripe! In our morally relativistic world it is not possible to tolerate the person and not the behavior …why not? Because under that theory there can exist no apology or rationalization for wrong or morally repugnant behaviors…which is unacceptable to the left…I mean come on isn’t that why we are being force fed this new definition of tolerance to begin with…to rationalize and excuse wrong thinking?

Sheeple, what we are being sold as tolerance today isn’t tolerance at all ….it’s an invitation to share in the mind numbing freedom and joy of the left’s moral and intellectual cowardice.

Those who hide behind the myth of today’s “new and improved snake oil” being labeled as ‘tolerance’, will not allow contrary opinions to be vetted or even considered. To do so would necessarily require opening up a whole Pandora’s box of dispositive moral and intellectual rebuttals. It is much easier to hurl invectives like “hater” and “bigot”, or my favorite…”is that all you can do is repeat what Glenn Beck/Rush Limptard/Faux News/Sarah Palin/Bill O’Reilly/Michael Savage/Lars Larson/Sean Hannity (and our own IQ’s over 60) tells you to say” …. Ahhhhh NOPE!

Today ….“tolerance” has become the new “intolerance’ ,….how do you like it?

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The Liberal Fascination with Other People’s Money and Other People’s Greed!

Is anyone else tired of reading one crackpot liberal after another quoting one meaningless statistic or another about the existence, growth, widening, unfairness or immoral ‘income gap’. Do these ‘deep thinkers’ really believe that this latest campaign against societies most productive members is their “foot in the door” and ‘rallying point’ for more wealth redistributive governmental policies and intrusions? Tired of this one yet?
I am!
Is anyone else also tired of listening to the endless litany of tired and worn out tripe about the evils of greed? It doesn’t even matter what type: personal greed, or corporate greed, we are quickly devolving into a sort of recursive liberal induced hell in this country where everyone is either a racist or greedy or if you are truly loathsome …both. You know what?

Me too.
I am also tired of reading everyone else’s need to comment and whine and call for ‘government action’ to “put a halt’ to my ability to see, or do, or read, or listen to, or watch, whatever I choose. (Wow, that’s more punctuation than I have put into one sentence in 25 years) Have you ever wondered why liberals feel the constant need to micromanage what everyone else does? What is motivating these people? It reminds me of one of my favorite William F. Buckley quotes about the tolerance of he left:

“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”
I mean come on…If they don’t find any value in watching Fox News then they shouldn’t watch it. Similarly if they are ‘offended’ by the ideas espoused on the Fox News commentary shows …they shouldn’t watch those either. If you ‘hate’ Glenn beck and think he is a liar …Don’t watch him and if you want to tell me all about what a liar anyone on either side of the political spectrum is then you had better come with so something more specific than a your name-calling rants.

I was reading away earlier today and found this great rant-lite on a blog called “The Thinker”


There’s a long tradition of classical liberalism – boasting names such as Adam Smith, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Madison, Jefferson, Tocqueville, Macaulay, Gladstone, Cobden, Mencken, and Hayek – based on the understanding that forced “charity” is not generosity; that no agency better serves the narrow and anti-social goals of the truly greedy than does the state; and that individuals left to regulate their own affairs with a minimum of interference from government will create extensive and deep patterns of social cooperation that are far more effective at meeting human needs than will any bureaucracy or program imposed by the state.”

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The Cowboy and the Yuppie Joke!

Cowboy and the Yuppie Joke

A West Texas cowboy was herding his cows in a remote pasture when
suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban
sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If
I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will
you give me a calf?”

The cowboy looked at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looked at his
peacefully grazing herd and calmly answered, “Sure, Why not?”

The yuppie parked his car, whiped out his Dell notebook computer,
connected it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfed to a NASA
page on the Internet, where he called up a GPS satellite navigation
system to get an exact fix on his location which he then fed to another
NASA satellite that scanned the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opened the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and
exported it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within
seconds, he received an email on his Palm Pilot that the image had been
processed and the data stored.>

He then accessed a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel
spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes,
received a response.

Finally, he printed out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech,
miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turned to the cowboy and
said, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” said the
cowboy. He watched the young man select one of the animals and looked on
amused as the young man stuffed it into the trunk of his car.

Then the cowboy said to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly
what your business is, will you give me back my calf?” The young man
thought about it for a second and then said, “Okay, why not?”

“You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government”, said the cowboy.

“Wow! That’s correct,” said the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?” “No
guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here, even
though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already
knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter
than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about
cows……..

Now give me back my dog.”

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Do You Have a Panglossian Disorder? or Economic and Planetary Collapse: Is it a Therapeutic Issue?

Thank You Chester! Too Funny and Very Much True!

“I have spoken elsewhere about the label “Doomer,” and I’ve come to believe that this frame is outdated. Instead, I would like to suggest that we must stop asking ourselves, given the lateness of the hour, why there are those pessimistic about the future, and begin asking, instead, why there are those still blindly and enthusiastically optimistic about it. Could this be a disorder, in itself? Here’s my proposal:

Panglossian Disorder: “The neurotic tendency toward extreme optimism in the face of likely cultural and planetary collapse.”

Panglossian Disorders and Their Subtypes
Temporal Subtypes:
Scarlet O’Hara-ism- “I’ll just have to think about that tomorrow.” A strategy of denial that allows the person to temporally compartmentalize the feared event(s).
Futurism:
“Sure, that will happen, but it will occur after all of us are long dead.” A belief that something that might happen in the distant future is no concern in the present.
Y2K features: “They said everything would collapse with 2000, and it didn’t.” A belief that any prior concern about societal problems that didn’t occur demonstrates the impossibility of any others happening in the future.

Angry Subtypes:

Rhett-Butlerist Features- “Peak Oil? Planetary Collapse? Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Aggressive denial of information not in keeping with one’s world view.
Kill the Messenger Redirection: “Why are you telling me this? What kind of sicko focuses on these kinds of facts? You need help!” The belief that those who bring bad news are doing it for malevolent reasons.

Narcissistic Subtypes:
Rigid Cheney-ism: “The American Way of Life is non-negotiable.” The belief that any undesirable change can be avoided by a sheer act of will.
Survivalistic features: “Hey, if the rest of the world is doomed, I don’t worry about it, because I’ve got mine.” A belief that personal preparation

Religious Subtypes:
“Religiosity:
“God/The Planet/Mother Nature loves humans. He/She/It would never permit massive die-off.” Or “If that happens, I just put my faith in my Savior.”
Neoliberal Econo-manic Tendencies: “The market will sort it out.” A belief that market forces control all— including geological realities.
Nascarian Features: “People love their automobiles. A solution will have to be found to keep us driving.”

Subtypes with Denial or Minimization as the Central Feature:
Pure Denial: “That can’t be right. It’s just impossible.”
Minimalization as a primary defense: “There may be some shortages, but I doubt it will be as bad as you say.”

Subtypes with Histrionic, Helplessness, Acquiescence or Submissive Features:
Submissive Features: You’re probably right. [Shrug]” Too hard/scary to think about… A response that acknowledges the reality of the threat, but is emotionally frozen or unwilling to devote emotional time and energy to the matter.

Histrionic Features: “I just don’t know anything about that. Oh, Golly, I hope you’re wrong. That’s all I can say. Oh Golly, I just can’t think about it.”

Subtypes with Delusional or Magical Thinking:Meglomanic Features:“This simply won’t happen to me.” A belief in one’s specialness, which will save them from the consequences affecting those around them.
Paternalistic Features: “The government/corporations will sort it out.” A belief in the infallibility of organizational structures to resolve problems they aren’t willing to even acknowledge.

Doubting Thomas Features: “Peak Oil is a scam by the Oil Companies to raise prices!” Minimizing the possibility of the crisis by the belief that some one or some group has ultimate control over its happening.
Pure Cornucopian Features: “The more we need, the more they’ll be.” A belief that continued progress and provision of material items for mankind can be met by advances in technology.

The Flintstonian: “The stone-age didn’t end because they ran out of stones.” A belief that modern innovation is eternal.
Frank Zappa-ism: “As soon as things get really bad, they’ll come up with something.” A belief that necessity is the mother of invention.
Magical Thinking: “Don’t worry, we can build a car that can run on air!” Proposes solutions that are clearly outside the realm of physics.
MacGyver-ism Features – A belief that massive planetary problems can be solved with ordinary/common items found readily at hand. Eg.: “Pig dung will be the next fossil fuel.” Or “Coke Cans can be turned into solar panels.”

The Panglossian View..(Cont’d Here…)

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If I Were Queen ..This is How it Would Be!…The Time to Overhaul This Country is Now!

What is wrong with our economy? Here is a great quote that says it all:

“We have outlived the short run and are suffering the from the long run consequences of Keynesian policies” That much is a fact! But how do we fix it …

How Do We Fix a Broken Country? … How Do We Get Our Priorities in Line? We Know We Will Need to Make the Tough Decisions Eventually …When is a Good Time to do it? …..I pick Now!

Here is my personal trip to the fantasyland of pathological narcissism ( the first community Obama organized) where everyone sees things my way …or they get crushed in my wake!

If I were Queen and could do what I think is best then here is my list of things that would happen during my first term as Queen. Let’s take the medicine all at once! (Feel Free to add any additional things I have missed in the comments section) This list has been formulated with the help of 1000’s of pages of reading and the consideration of numerous ideas and philosophies, not to mention and a great deal of time spent saying ..”wouldn’t it be great if __ing…” and in a few cases outright plagarism!

1. Cut taxes …all of them and start getting people interested in savings and investing again.

2. If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
3. The wars would be only fought to defend ourselves and our allies and we would no longer be the worlds policeman
4. I would squeeze out the shadow government who has brought us to the edge of the abyss we are staring down into now…the financial kingpins would no longer be able to influence what happens in this country (or very little)
5. I would eliminate all public employee unions…the very idea is crazy…people don’t need unions to protect them from the government which is made up of themselves.
6. I would overhaul our criminal justice system which is draconian at best and a crime against humanity at its worst. I read somewhere that there were 850,000 arrests last year for marijuana …what a waste. By enforcing our borders and sealing them as good as possible we will stop a lot of our ongoing needs to incarcerate people. We put way too many people in prison for ridiculous lengths of time and it’s too expensive and it’s counterproductive. We have way too many laws making too many things a crime and we lack prosecutors who are able to exercise restraint and good judgment.
7. Obamacare – Gonzo!
8. Patriot Act – History!
9. I would solve the immigration problem by sealing our borders and squeezing the demand side of the equation (employers) … doing so solves a multitude of other secondary and tertiary societal issues we have brought upon ourselves. Drugs, overcrowded schools, rising healthcare costs, the cost of the entitlements (which I will cut below) are all aggravated by the illegal aliens in this country. Without the ability to find work they will self deport and the ones who don’t we will do it for them.
10. Remove the Federal Minimum Wage, leave it to the states. If the state4s want to hurt the poor that’s their prerogative …not the feds
11. I would stop supporting other countries who aren’t grateful or supportive of our ideals. Period!
12. I would strip the FDA, and the EPA, the FCC, and parts of the DOE (the parts that limit drilling and nuclear development). The FCC would be 95% gone, the EPA would be pruned back and stripped of their ability pas new regulations, the FDA would get cut by at least 50% ..too many people doing nothing but enforcing the red tape quagmire we are drowning in.
13. 70% of our gazillion military bases – Closed!
14. Bail outs….nonexistent …the only thing to big to fail is our creator and he doesn’t need anything like that from us.
15. War on Drugs will be declared a victory and drugs will no longer be illegal … they will be taxed.
16. Reagan said if it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. No more government subsidies to not grow corn or to do or not do anything! It’s crap!
17. School Vouchers!
18. And on the 7th day I would take a cue from God and rest!
In case you don’t think we are in need of some strong medicine consider that we just re-elected david Wu to a 7th term in office and dusted off John Kitzhaber to growl and preside over ungovernable gridlock (when he is not dnacing and playing court jester for the unions) Sheeple …we need to rush ourselves to the ER stat!

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After the Republican’s "Take Out The Garbage" …Then What?

If Republicans Win, What Then?
November 1, 2010 by Bob Livingston

If actual election-day results confirm conventional wisdom and House — and maybe Senate — Democrat majorities are swept away like yesterday’s trash, Republicans will have every reason to be giddy. Constitutionalists, conservatives and Libertarians, however, should temper their enthusiasm.

That’s because Republicans have not yet shown they understand what the original Tea Parties — that is those not co-opted by selfish, big money or globalist interests — stood for, nor have they shown they appreciate the mood of the country. This misunderstanding was made manifest in the Contract with American 2010 that House Republicans released in September and are now touting as their action plan if they gain the majority.

This attractive position paper with a fancy cover, lots of photographs of the Statue of Liberty, politicians, Mt. Rushmore, horses, town hall crowds and elegant buildings and monuments, and filled with highfalutin language is simply a propaganda piece designed to appease the simpletons. Republicans understand that Senate Democrats will filibuster sound legislation and Obama will veto whatever they manage to get passed. In other words, the Contract is classic political doublespeak.

While some of the ideas it contains are good first steps — repeal Obamacare, get the government out of the mortgage business by cutting off Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, extending the current tax rate and requiring the Constitutional authority for each new bill to be cited — others demonstrate the progressive mentality that has infected the GOP — and all of Washington D.C. One of these is the pledge to cut spending back to 2008 levels.

Two thousand eight, you’ll recall, was the last year of “compassionate conservative” President George W. Bush’s term. With the help of six years of a Republican-controlled Congress and two years of a Democrat-controlled Congress, Bush increased government spending more than any of the six presidents that preceded him, including Lyndon Johnson, according to Veronique de Rugy of the George Mason University Mercatus Center.

“During his eight years in office, President Bush spent almost twice as much as his predecessor, President Clinton. Adjusted for inflation, in eight years, President Clinton increased the federal budget by 11 percent. In eight years, President Bush increased it by a whopping 104 percent,” de Rugy writes.

So what the Republicans pledge to do involves rolling a massively over bloated, overregulated, profligate government back to a hugely over bloated, overregulated profligate government. And while the Contract talks in nebulous terms about cutting back on regulations and eliminating fraud and waste, it says nothing about eliminating unConstitutional government agencies, repealing unConstitutional laws, eliminating (or at least auditing) the Federal Reserve, requiring the President to prove his Constitutionally-required eligibility to hold office or defunding the offices of Obama’s dozens of unconstitutional czars.

Nor does it mention ending the permanent, ineffective and fabricated war on terror, except to say that it promises to pass “clean” bills to fund the troops. In essence, Republicans are promising more of the same never-ending, undeclared wars foisted on us by the last four Presidents and funded by fiat, and apparently a Republican Congress intends to continue abdicating its responsibility by allowing the military invasion of the Middle East to continue — and even plans to expand it by strengthening sanctions against Iran.

Those who predict such things anticipate a Republican gain of at least the 39 House seats they need to take the majority… and perhaps a gain of as many as 60. Some are even throwing out numbers like 70 to 100. In the Senate, the Real Clear Politics average gives Republicans 45 seats and Democrats 49, with six races too close to call. In other words, a Republican-controlled House is as safe a bet as there is in politics. But a Republican-controlled Senate is a long shot that would either require all six of toss up races to break for Republicans, or a major surprise to occur in one or more of the leans- or likely-Democrat seats.

With all the Tea Party-backed candidates invading the “hallowed” halls of Congress come January, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) — the man establishment Republicans love to hate — is going to have a lot of company and prospective new House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is going to have a lot of headaches. But at least Boehner has been on board endorsing Tea Party candidates.

Not so Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). He’s as firmly entrenched an establishment Republican as there is, having been in the Senate since 1984. He endorsed Rand Paul’s Kentucky primary opponent Trey Grayson. He’s not been very receptive to the Tea Party message and, like most of the rest of the Republican establishment, sees Tea Party candidates as a threat to the status quo. It’s going to be interesting to see how he’s able to lead should the Democrat collapse become complete and Republicans win control of the Senate.

For McConnell, keeping the likes of new Republican Senators such as Nevada’s Sharron Angle, Colorado’s Ken Buck, Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, Utah’s Mike Lee, Alaska’s Joe Miller, Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell, Kentucky’s Rand Paul, West Virginia’s John Raese, Washington’s Dino Rossi, Florida’s Marco Rubio and Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomy in Republican lockstep will be akin to herding cats — and probably as successful.

In other words, Tea Partiers and Constitutionalists, tomorrow is just a first step. While the election will probably derail — or at least slow — Obama’s Marxist agenda, there will still be a lot of work to be done. First, establishment Republicans must be held to their promises in the Contract. Second, establishment Republicans have to be willing to work with their newly-elected brethren by putting them into leadership positions and listening to their ideas — particularly those ideas that got them elected. Establishment Republicans must realize that if they don’t embrace the new batch of Representatives and Senators then there will be more establishment seats on the chopping block in two years.

And finally, the new batch has to stay true to the principles they espoused on the campaign trail. If they betray their voters their terms will be short indeed.

It will behoove the establishment to understand once and for all that the Tea Party is not interested in Republican Party insider politics as usual and has no interest in playing their silly political parlor games. Karl Rove and his establishment ilk can denigrate king-and queen-maker Sarah Palin and Tea Party favorites like O’Donnell and prove their own irrelevance and allow the Republican Party to die, or they can embrace Tea Party candidates and change the GOP’s paradigm.

Tea Partiers are fed up with politics as usual and are clamoring for a return to the Founding principles of small government, free markets, sound money and secure borders. The elected class ignores these issues at its peril. (For the Original Article click here…)

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