Regardless of how good a representative Dave Brat becomes, regardless of what policies he champions and whether he does right by his constituents or wrong, regardless of whether he becomes yet another jaded and cynical beltway blowhard or retains his purpose and resolve and stays the course; what he has accomplished already is the most important thing.
By beating a sitting House Majority Leader, an entrenched and out of touch member of the beltway elite, a representative who had lost contact with his district, and a favorite of the Republican establishment, economics professor Dave Brat has shown nothing is out of reach.
The Republican leadership will definitely consider this a fluke, ignore the warnings, and continue on as they have, fighting for the big guy instead of championing our ever-shrinking freedoms. That much is a given and it will take several more similar upsets before they get the message.
But, we the people see blood in the water. We see leaders who don’t listen to those who elected them, we see fat cats and scalawags, K street bunglers and capital hill cronies, we see them all weak and vulnerable.
Listen up all the rest of the Boehners and Cochrans and Roberts out there: we see no reason we cannot do to you what was done to Cantor. You have long outlived your usefulness in Congress. Like old, decrepit horses, it is long past time to put you out to pasture.
That goes for you too, GOP.
Nothing is sacred. Nothing is safe. Dave Brat saw to that.
The cover of the October 15th, 2012 edition of the New Yorker. I hope this is further indication of a general disillusionment with the President on the part of the more stridently liberal members of the media. Even if it isn’t, it still indicates that it is The Governor who is setting the tone, the pace, and the topics for this election, and that is a good thing.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
Lax credit and easy spending policies are products of both Democrat and Republican leaderships in years past. The conservative movement has recognized the failures of this more so than their compatriots in the liberal movement. Calls for the privatization of Fannie and Freddie, two of the main contributors to the whole system of easy credit, are not likely to be heeded by the current elected leadership in Washington D.C. And Fed Chairman Bernanke believes such easy credit is the best policy, despite it’s contribution to the economic failures of the last several years.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
Political correctness is losing favor across the ideological aisles. This false equality of outcome which relies on enforced restrictions on true equality, that is, the equality of potential, has been a pernicious evil in our country. But other perniciously evil policies continue to thrive here. Policies that drag down those who have achieved in order to not unnecessarily burden those who will not achieve with that natural and good desire to become something other than the abject failures. Except that’s not right, you can only fail if you’ve started at something. Many of these haven’t started anything and therefore aren’t failures but worse. Any system that encourages people in any way to remain nothings is evil for it robs them of their humanity as surely as Nazi extermination program robbed so many of their humanity.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
In that iconic moment when Joe the Plumber‘s question drew out then Senator Obama‘s statement that we need to spread the wealth around, it revealed a misunderstanding of economic systems that time has not changed. If you want to grow jobs, you make it easier for companies to make and keep money. If you take what they make for your own wealth redistribution programs and to “spread it around” you hurt not just the business you wanted to stick it to, but all its employees and potential employees as well. This isn’t rocket science.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.
Ever since FDR, liberal leaders have been adept at pitting class against class. There is no inherent nobility in the individual man whose mind and heart must be won. There is only the group, the LGBT, the blacks, the whites, the lower class, the middle class, the upper class, the “them”, the “us”, the hispanics, the wage earners, the corporations, the haves, the have-nots. Targeted fiscal policy meant to assuage the ire of a particular class are unconstitutional as they do not benefit every American equally, which is a requirement of federal policy. It’s vote-buying and favor peddling. And the result is a torn and fragmented society beset by such tensions within it cannot unify to address situations without.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
The poor will always be among us. This doesn’t free us from a responsibility to assist them. Instead it requires we develop consistent and repeatable patterns of assistance with several criteria. There must be a filter that prevents moochers and freeloaders from taking resources that would be better appreciated and taken advantage of by those deserving poor. And the money for such charity must be given willingly, not taken without recourse. A rich man who does not give to charity only illumines the shallowness of his own soul. He does not deserve theft of his goods, only the scorn of society.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
This is a failure of nearly everybody in leadership in Washington D.C. and a result of an uncareful electorate who do not take real pains to determine the true character of the candidate or who believe that character doesn’t matter.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
Just as by helping a butterfly escape it’s chrysalid prison you doom it to a short, painful life and quick, ugly death, by taking away the responsibilities of a person or natural societal group, you end up with stunted and immature people who will continue all the ills aformentioned.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
There are few things more evil than to do for someone else what they are capable of doing themselves. Particularly when they are not in dire need and what they need to accomplish is a task that would encourage or build in them traits of character not already full-fledged in their being.
Republican candidate Scott Brown is now Senator-elect Scott Brown, filling the vacancy left when Senator Edward Kennedy shuffled off his mortal coil.
Winning with 52% of the vote so far (as of 9:30 CST), Brown will deny Senate Democrats they’re 60th vote for health care. Now if we can shore up the ranks by shaming Ben Nelson (D – Nebraska) into coming back to his real principles.
While health care has passed the Senate already, the bill in the House must be reconciled with the bill passed by the Senate in conference. The big vote sold to Mary Landrieu and Ben Nelson was only to settle the Senate’s version. House Democrats don’t like the Senate bill as it stands, but because of the loss of the Massachusetts seat, their only chance of passing any health care socialization is to accept the Senate bill as it stands. Any edits they make would require the Senate to reexamine the bill and vote on it again.
So the Tea Party movement and the backlash to President Obama’s, Harry Reid’s, and Nancy Pelosi’s ugly ideology have won this battle. The problem is, there is still a war to be fought.
We have won this battle mainly due to a strong upheaval in the populace continuing from the waves of the Tea Parties. But if there’s one thing I know about people who live conservatism, it’s that they just want to get back to their homes and families and work and lives.
Will this victory last? Will we dance back to our houses, clapping each other on the shoulder and then go to bed and sleep the sleep of a clean conscience and then awake and forget what has transpired?
I hope not.
What needs to happen now is education.
We need to talk in our workplaces, in our social clubs. Get in discussions at church and in restaurants. During the half-time shows and at the bar.
We need to cash in on those myriad relationships which make up our broader lives, using the fact that we have credence with our friends based on our friendship to cause them to think. Even a little thought, properly motivated and directed, can go a long way towards straightening out the skewed thinking of so many.
We need to strike at the cult of celebrity which surrounds our current President and demand substance and truth in candidates along with their rhetorical skills.
It’s not that we need to talk politics, we need to talk ideology. Ideology is much easier to talk about because it applies to so much more of life. Politics is just one small corner of the extent of our lives. Politics wants to control more of life, but it belongs in the corner.
Ideology is the big “Why?” of our life. Our worldview informs our entire perception of life, and as such, you can talk about it from any perspective.
How do you respond to a medical emergency? Do you call the government or do you drive to the hospital?
If you see a promotion opportunity at work, do you try to make yourself the better candidate?
Is the government the best source for your pursuit of happiness?
Would you rather the professor gave some of your high grades to the slob in the back row of class so he can pass too?
And most important: Is Jesus a liar, a lunatic, or our Lord?
After all, if our friends haven’t got the bedrock of their life philosophy connected and rooted in the most accurate explanation for the entirety of life, nothing they believe will really match reality. And that’s what conservatism is, the most political philosophy that most accurately corresponds to the true nature of humanity and the world.
So congratulations America, you’ve forestalled oblivion yet again. But what happens tomorrow? And the next day?
Do you forget and go on with life, accepting the tranquil bonds of servitude until you awake yet again and find you’re no longer allowed to amass political power to right the ship again?
Or do you start making changes on all fronts, attacking the lies of our world at every turn. Each time maneuvering, like a chess master always circling the opponents king, to touch the heart of the matter.
We’ve been harmless as doves long enough, now let’s become shrewd as serpents.
A conservative is an idealist who's been mugged by reality