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The Fragmentary South

Dennis2780 Wrote: Jul 19, 2014 3:51 PM
Isn't that a famous line from a Ricky Nelson tune? Regardless, I like it.
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The Fragmentary South

Dennis2780 Wrote: Jul 19, 2014 3:50 PM
Love the references to Flannery O'Connor, one of my all-time favorites, who also wrote my favorite line in all of literature (from her short story, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find"): "She'd a been a good woman, if there was somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life." As for her grotesque characters, she was once asked why she felt the need to create such characters. Her answer was just like that straight shot of whiskey that Mr. Greenberg remembers so fondly. She said, "When you're writing for the blind, you have to use BIG letters."
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A Crisis Born of Inaction

Dennis2780 Wrote: Jun 20, 2014 1:29 PM
Ms. Chavez makes several assumptions here that I would classify, politely, as "debatable." Many of these children have been airlifted, at taxpayers' expense, to other states, such as Arizona, where the sheer numbers involved overwhelm existing services. Some children have even been transported as far away as Massachusetts, where the governor of that state, supposedly a friend of President Obama, admits that he was not consulted prior to the arrival of these children. Yet, in the face of this chaotic and disorganized activity, Ms. Chavez seems content in assuming that hearing dates will be handled effectively and efficiently. I would label such optimism as "boundless," again politely. Moreover, Ms. Chavez barely even addresses the 900 pound gorilla in this tragedy -- the total lack of border security. I am sympathetic to those like Ms. Chavez, who believe our immigration laws are in bad need of reform. They absolutely do! But unless and until we get serious about border security, reform is ludicrous. I would ask Ms. Chavez what other leverage someone like me has for real border security other than firmly resisting reform. Frankly, I can't see any. Finally, with this current administration in power, would Ms. Chavez be willing to assure me that this administration would enforce border security, even if Congress mandated it?
While I have been consistently disappointed by Senator Collins' voting record, I am still reluctant to label her either a "RINO" or a "Republicrat," even as I understand why others do so. My own definition of RINOs includes what I would describe as an element of insincerity at the least, or deceit, at worst. In other words, the RINOs I most want to target are those who "say" all the right (i.e., Conservative) things, but who vote in ways that betray such words. I admit I have not researched Senator Collins in depth, but my overall impression is that she hasn't made any significant effort to conceal her "moderate" leanings. She is, pretty much, what she has always appeared to be in the sense that I'm rarely surprised when she votes with Democrats. Moreover, I think her positions do largely mirror the opinions of the majority of Maine voters (can the same be said of John McCain and Arizona voters?), so she is probably as good as it gets (for Conservatives) in Maine. I did credit her for voting against ObamaCare; I confess I was surprised (but pleased) that she did so. In short, I don't consider her a "friend" of Conservatism, but she doesn't really rise to the level of "enemy" either.
I am reminded of one of my favorite movie lines, which came from a movie called "People Will Talk," which starred Cary Grant (but it wasn't his character who spoke the lines). I will paraphrase the line so that I may address the students and faculty members who acted so dishonorably. "You're a little people, not just in stature, but in the ways that count the most -- in the heart and in the mind. Today, you tried to hurt someone whose shoes you couldn't touch if you stood on the highest building in New Jersey. And, in the end, you're even littler than you were before."
Well argued. I'm sure Ms. Reisenwitz knew in advance that she would be subjected to ugly ad hominem attacks by taking such a stand; I'm accustomed to reading such invectives toward Conservatives when I peruse the Huffington Post articles, but I had hoped for more polite behavior from Townhall readers. I often wish I could conveniently decide when to apply my strong belief in limited government and when to ignore it, but that's a recipe for having no belief system at all. I can't see a "happy" solution to the issue of capital punishment, but I can't just pretend it isn't an issue either.
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The High Cost of Liberalism

Dennis2780 Wrote: Apr 22, 2014 11:21 AM
Good article (as I've come to expect from Thomas Sowell). I think he might have added one more jab at Liberalism by pointing out who gets hurt the most by such land policies. It is those "precious" (to Liberals) minorities, who get priced out of such homes. I've looked at a similar situation in my state of Colorado. Try comparing percentages of minority home ownership and minority owned businesses in Boulder, Colorado with Colorado state averages. What you'll find is that the so-called liberal bastion of Boulder does significantly worse in those areas than does the state averages. But the elites of Boulder still think Conservatives are the real threat to minorities.
Your argument has merit, but, even so, I reject it, and here's why. I think we can all agree that what we witnessed in the period 2008-2010 was a dramatic tilt to the Left in our politics and policies (Obamacare was just a prime example rather than an isolated case). The election in 2008 of a Democrat President, a Democrat Senate, and a Democrat House of Representatives was certainly the proximate cause of that tilt, but how did that "sweep" happen? Did the country view President Bush as a genuine Conservative, trying to advance a Conservative agenda? Anyone trying to make that argument will have a hard sell. And did the public see Republicans in the House and Senate fighting tooth and nail to hold down deficits and limit the size and reach of government? I can't speak for everyone, but I saw quite the opposite. In short, I would argue that the GOP's failure to define a clear case for Conservative policies, and, further, their failure to demonstrate any committment to their supposed values gave voters no reason at all to vote for them. It was altogether too easy for a charismatic charlatan to promise them "hope and change." Obama's success is equally attributable to his political skills and our own failures in terms of defining who we are. I liked George Bush, and I think he is a true gentleman, but he and the John McCains and John Boehners of this country are the ones who delivered us into the mess we have now. And we won't be rescued from it by their followers, not in one election cycle or a hundred election cycles.
Certainly, I have no disagreement with Ms. Coulter on the amnesty issue. She does an outstanding job of reducing the arguments of proponents to absurdity. I confess my enjoyment when I read her spirited attacks on common political enemies. Still, I cannot completely accept the other aspects of her argument. I have voted Republican in every presidential election, starting in 1980, and only twice -- in 1980 and 1984 -- has the Republican Party given me a candidate I was happy to vote for. The rest have ranged from mildly objectionable (George H. W. Bush) to putrid (John McCain) to hopeless (Bob Dole). And in 2012, the GOP somehow managed to find that rare, rare candidate (and this task was clearly difficult) who could NOT credibly run against Obamacare AND who was afraid to attack President Obama personally. I've watched Democrats attack outstanding Conservatives with some of the most vile and contemptible invectives imaginable, with virtually no pushback from the GOP. When will the GOP fight back? Ms. Coulter ASSUMES that because no Republican voted for Obamacare, those same Republicans would actually repeal Obamacare if they had the power. I confess I am deeply skeptical of that assumption. It's no longer acceptable to me to have Republicans in office whose only goal seems to be slowing down the Liberal agenda. I want people in office who will push back with all their might and who will start implementing a Conservative agenda. Ms. Coulter can label me an idiot all she wants, but if she thinks John Boehner is that kind of person, then she can go looking for another idiot in her mirror.
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Tea Party at the Crossroads: Part II

Dennis2780 Wrote: Nov 13, 2013 10:32 PM
Sowell does have a point, but I would respond that it was not the Tea Party that started the internal war in the GOP. Tea Party candidates ran by the book, entering Republican primaries in states such as Nevada, Delaware, Alaska, Indiana, and Missouri. I realize that several of these candidates lacked the experience and the sophistication you want from a candidate in a rough and tumble campaign. Nevertheless, they won their primaries fair and square. But when the general election came, they were betrayed by the GOP establishment and left to twist in the wind. This year, the establishment pulled the same backstab against Ken Cuccinelli. What would Mr. Sowell recommend when the Republican Party refuses to properly aid a candidate running on the Republican ticket? And why does his article assume that the Tea Party must be the one to change their approach? Why doesn't Mr. Sowell call out the Republican Party for their actions? Why isn't he recommending that they change? It is my opinion that our country is on the precipice, and the battle to save it can only be won by those who are willing to stand up and fight. Who would you want in the trenches -- Lindsey Graham or Ted Cruz? Do you honestly believe that President Chris Christie would go all out to roll back Progressivism? To employ Mr. Sowell's pre-Civil War analogy, Chris Christie is no Abraham Lincoln, and neither is Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, nor John McCain. Those establishment types continue to act as if our mission is a rear guard action, a retreat aimed at slowing down the enemy. My response to that approach is unmistakably clear -- Not Now, Not Ever!
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