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Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Debate that Wasn’t – Part Two

“Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.” — John Locke

After my last night’s post on the great debate aired on MSNBC this morning I began perusing the news site and blogs to see how far off base my reactions were. To no surprise I found the left-wing blogs and news sites ecstatic over the performance of Brian Williams (NBC) and John Harris (Politico). They were all talking about how the Republican candidates tore each other apart and how Obama would benefit from their miserable performance. I did not have the stomach to watch the post-debate show on MSNBC, I know, as a blogger, I should have. I just did not have the mental courage to watch a bunch of left-wing nuts analyze and spin the Republican position for Republican voters. The purpose of this (these) debate(s) is to allow Republicans to make a choice on the candidate that will represent THEM in 2012. When that choice is made by next July and the debates (if any) begin between the Republican candidate and Obama then these liberals will be entitled to spin their bias for Obama.

On the other hand the conservative sites and blogs attempted to evaluate each candidate based on their conservative and constitutional principles. Some were for Perry and his tough stand on Social Security. Some liked Romney as he looked “presidential” and was the most favorable to independents. Some thought Bachmann was on the decline and of course the Ron Paul loyalists were beating up on the rest for the field. They did not have much to say about Santorum, Cain and Huntsman (please excuse my erroneous referring to him as John when I should have been using Jon – guess his parents overlooked the “H”) personally I do not think much of Huntsman and believe he would be better off running as a liberal Democrat.

The one thing the conservative blogs did like was Newt Gingrich’s taking on the liberal media. So did I.

For reasons that are still inexplicable, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library agreed to partner up with NBC News, parent organization of the uber-left-wing network MSNBC to televise tonight's Republican presidential debate. While NBC representative Brian Williams had more than his share of sneering biased questions, it was Williams's co-moderator, Politico editor John F. Harris who laid on the snark in his attempts to bait and attack the candidates.

Such unbalanced questioning is par-for-the-course for Republicans competing at the national level. More often than not, they take it in stride. Tonight, though, Newt Gingrich was having none of it as he went full-on after Harris's attempts to insert Gingrich into a non-existent debate about an individual mandate to purchase insurance at the national level that Republicans simply are not having:

"Well, I’m frankly not interested in your effort to get Republicans fighting each other," Gingrich retorted.

Later on, he examined more closely what Harris was trying to do by ginning up a false dichotomy between the candidates on the individual mandate:

"I for one, and I hope all of my friends up here, going to repudiate every effort of the news media to get Republicans to fight each other to protect Barack Obama who deserves to be defeated. And all of us are committed as a team, whoever the nominee is; we are all for defeating Barack Obama."

Here is the transcript of Newt’s exchange with John Harris of Politico:

JOHN HARRIS: Speaker Gingrich, it sounds like we have a genuine philosophical disagreement. In Massachusetts, a mandate, almost no uninsured—in Texas, a more limited approach, about a quarter uninsured. Who’s got the better end of this argument?

NEWT GINGRICH: Well, I’m frankly not interested in your effort to get Republicans fighting each other.

(Harris laughs, audience applauds)

GINGRICH: The fact is—

HARRIS: Speaker Gingrich, we’ve got—

GINGRICH: The fact is—

HARRIS: We’ve got—

GINGRICH: No, no we don’t—

HARRIS: We’ve got a choice between the individual mandate or not. Anyway, go ahead.

GINGRICH: You’d have, you would like to puff this up into some giant thing. The fact is, every person up here understands ObamaCare is a disaster. It is a disaster procedurally. It was rammed through after they lost Teddy Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts. It was written badly, it was never reconciled. It can’t be implemented. It is killing this economy.

And if this president had any concern for working Americans, he’d walk in Thursday night and ask us to repeal it because it’s a monstrosity. Every person up here agrees with that.

(Audience applauds)

And let me just say-- since I still have a little time left, let me just say—


GINGRICH: I for one, and I hope all of my friends up here, going to repudiate every effort of the news media to get Republicans to fight each other to protect Barack Obama who deserves to be defeated. And all of us are committed as a team, whoever the nominee is, we are all for defeating Barack Obama.

This was a rare moment in Republican political history that shouldn't be nearly so rare. In the 2012 campaign, the biggest opponent whoever the Republican nominee will face is the nation's rabidly left-wing media elite. Kudos to Gingrich for pointing this out.

Conservative candidates across the country should follow suit and not fear going after the media when they try to attack Republicans and carry water for Democrats instead of playing it down the middle as they proclaim to. To hell with civility our country is at stake and playing nice, nice with media will not serve us well.

There were two other points in the debate when Williams chastised Ron Paul for criticizing FEMA and he editorialized to Rick Santorum about being unconcerned about the “poor.” I wish one of them would have responded to Williams with a quote from Fredrick Bastiat made in 1850.

"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain."

Of course this would have been lost on Williams as he probably has never read Bastiat, Locke, or Hayek. His reading was no doubt limited to Marx and Keynes. Williams and his cohorts are conditioned to believe that if you do not want something done by the federal government you do not want it done at all. They have no respect or understanding for the Tenth Amendment. People like MSNBC’s latest talking head and the race pimp Jesse Jackson call the Tenth Amendment the “slave amendment.”

The 2012 presidential race heats up this week with the first Republican presidential debate in almost a month. As the men and women who would be president spar at the Reagan Library, the GOP contenders need to remember to loudly to remind all Americans why a Republican must be in the White House come January 20, 2013.

The message the candidates convey to Americans needs to be as clear as possible to hit home with voters. Six words are all it takes:

  • Small Government
  • Low Taxes
  • National Security

Smaller government and low taxes will achieve the economic kick start that the United States needs so badly by stimulating hiring and consumer spending.

A continued concentration on national security is necessary to make sure that Americans continue to be safe as we have been for 10 years since the attacks of 9/11.

The use of such a simple summary, of course coupled with a detailed plan for revitalization of America, is perfectly timed.

Recent polls find that Americans are overwhelmingly tired of the seemingly useless and complicated sausage making that is going on in Washington, D.C. The general discontent afoot across America provides a perfect opportunity for the strong GOP field to use the six word mantra to build support for Republicans going into the general election.

Barack Obama has repeatedly failed to convey such a crisp and concise message.

Public relations disasters such as the rift last week with Speaker Boehner over this week’s address to a joint session of Congress have also added to the negative and inept image of the president that is now held by well over fifty percent of the electorate.

With a year and 2 months left before the general election, President Obama has left himself extremely vulnerable against the GOP presidential field, but that in no way ensures a victory for any Republican in 2012.

However, if the Republican candidates are able to relate to the electorate by using a concise message such as the 6 words spelled out above, Obama could and should become a one-term president.

This infighting must stop! People such as Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer should back of on their criticisms of the Republican candidates in order to expound on their intellectual prowess. The main stream media wants Romney as the candidate, as they wanted John McCain. The New York Times and Washington

One of my favorite bloggers, Robin of Berkley writes in American Thinker:

The moment Obama became president, he upped the signals. At the swearing in, the entire family eerily chose to wear black and red, colors associated with communism and Black Nationalism. Obama's first radio address was broadcast in the Arab world.

Obama returned Britain's gift of a Winston Churchill bust while embracing dictators. He gave a white police officer a dressing down for doing his job, in effect calling the officer a racist.

Obama's greatest magic trick? Brainwashing the masses to believe that racism is a greater danger than radical Islam, and that Obama himself is in constant peril.

Opposing health care means you oppose Obama. Oppose Obama and you are the enemy.

Thus, more and more people are finding themselves on the receiving end of a fist, figuratively or literally. After the White House released a directive for his followers to strike back hard, a frail, diabetic black man at a Town Hall was beaten up.

Even women can get slugged in the face. Obama signaled during the primary that women were fair game.

Obama and the left are making sure that there is an increasing number of persuadable people. By displacing workers, panicking business owners with draconian laws, and whipping up rage and paranoia, they amass more lackeys. And people go along with the programming because they know that, as with all cults, they'll be ostracized if they balk.

The American hard left knows how to create a cult because it is a cult, one with a violent history. The Black Panthers, Symbionese Liberation Army, Weathermen, Black Muslims -- all nefarious cults.

And lesson number one of cults: group members must have their spirits broken. The young Weathermen, for instance, were required to participate in forced wickedness, such as animal abuse. Patty Hearst morphed into bank robber Tania after weeks of isolation, rape, and beatings by the SLA. Huey P. Newton sent his Black Panthers to the hospital or to the grave if they didn't practice total obedience.

Isn't the left doing the same thing to the masses today, albeit in a more clandestine manner? Aren't people's spirits being broken by the helplessness and horror of Obama's acting as our king, with little regard for the Constitution -- of beholding our economy in free-fall and the world exploding in flames?

So what's the endgame here?

The first goal is power. The left has an insatiable need to control every aspect of our lives.

But there's a deeper reason, one much more insidious.

The left wants to tear Americans down. Just as the Weatherman did to those naïve lost kids, they want to break our spirits. This goal of degradation is more crucial than their one-world government.

The progressives want to turn us into them, to make us feel as deprived and depraved and deadened. It's the only way that they can silence the roar of shame and self-loathing.

What they don't understand is this: it's not going to happen. There are too many of us who won't be hypnotized, who have a light in us that will not be extinguished.

We see right through them. We know who they are: the most piteous of human beings, and the most dangerous. Men without a country, orphans far from home. The forsaken and disowned.”

These Republican elites and pundits must realize and focus on the unity of the message. Stop quibbling over who created more jobs or who has a better or worse health care record. Stop focusing on the differences and focus on the unity of the conservative message if we want to beat the anointed one.

The main stream media has the strategic goal of reelecting Barack Obama and one of their tactics is to create division within the Republican ranks. Let Republicans decide who they want as a standard bearer and then get behind whoever it is. I have my favorites and in time I will no doubt tell you who it is. Now is not the time. Let’s practice Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment — thou shall not speak badly against any other Republican. Let the candidates express their positions, polices and principles in detail without challenge from the experts and let the Republican voters, though their caucuses and primaries decide on the standard bearer. We don’t need any help from the likes of Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, and Karl Rove. Just allow us to listen and make our choices.

This will be one of the most important elections in this nation since 1860. Obama will not face a primary challenge and will be free to make his speeches unchallenged by another Democrat. The media will, therefore, focus on the Republicans attempting to build a case against each one of them and set them up for the debates with Obama, if there are any.

I hope the next Republican debate is moderated by intelligent unbiased people without an agenda who will allow each candidate to give a compete answer. No gotcha, questions, no editorializing, and uncalled for retorts. Let the candidates state their positions without attempting to create a sham dust up so as to make “good TV.” The voters are intelligent enough to make their own choices.

As for the Republicans it’s time to take the gloves off and throw civility out of the window — the Democrats already have. This nation has never had non-partisan politics and the Democrats with union thugs and race baiters will never back off. They will make off the wall statements and walk away with impunity. It’s tantamount to saying you have ten million hairs on your head and when challenged say. “count em.” The media will not criticize anything the Democrats say, but will look with the magnifying glass of Sherlock Holmes at every statement a Republican makes. As Obama said in Philadelphia during the 2008 campaign; “"If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” And, Barack Obama told a crowd in Elko, Nevada. “I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”

It’s time for the Republicans to take off the gloves and fight for this country as a team and stop worrying about what the media will say.

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