Kurt  Schlichter
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The establishment has declared us defeated, but we’re ready to fight like rabid wolverines. Now we need to think carefully about how we defeat our opponents over the long haul. And “the long haul” means many election cycles.

Our objective is not merely to take back power for a term or two but to permanently and decisively eliminate this fascism-derived chronic infection of the American body politic, progressivism. The first step is to finish the transformation of the Republican Party from an echo of the statist consensus into a liberty-focused opposition.

The shutdown/debt limit fight is properly understood as a fight within the GOP between the old guard and the up-and-coming, anti-status quo outsiders. The “RINOs” versus the “Tea Party” struggle is all about power and position. D.C. is now the richest town in all of Panem – I mean, America. To them, that’s great; to us, it’s obscene. Their priority is to maintain their perks. Ours is to achieve policy goals that would eliminate their perks.

Understand that if we win, the foundation they have built lives and careers upon goes away. Their lucrative K Street futures dissolve as the lobbyist cabal shrivels because a simplified tax code and the end of crony capitalism means fewer federal favors to dispense. Their Northern Virginia home values will shrink as we return the Capital to its proper status as an unpleasant backwater. And, as is already happening, instead of being able to strut about as petty gods, senators and representatives will be mercilessly observed, rated and measured, with those found wanting primaried out.

No wonder so many folks on our side of the aisle are terrified of us. We not only want to crush Democrats’ dreams, we want to crush the dreams of a bunch of Republicans too.

So, how do we get ourselves in a position to crush those dreams? We start at the bottom and work our way up until we absolutely control the GOP. In some ways we already do – even the establishment types pay lip service to our objectives even if they flail and fail when push comes to shove. The GOP’s agenda is now our agenda, no matter how much David Brooks and Jennifer Rubin whine. We now need to finish replacing the people who merely repeat what we believe with those who actually believe what we believe.

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Kurt Schlichter

Kurt Schlichter (Twitter: @KurtSchlichter) was personally recruited to write conservative commentary by Andrew Breitbart. He is a successful Los Angeles trial lawyer, a veteran with a masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a former stand-up comic.