Tom~~Agreed all points~you have to have the right horse for the right course–in a number of the races I will be tending in 2014~~we are sending moderate men–which is good because they are in moderate districts–as far as I am concerned we can go as far right as the world turns–but reality is that what we really need is numbers–numbers stir the drink–we already control the lower chamber–if we have the upper chamber in 2015–and we will–I don’t care much about the beliefs of the men in my red jackets–I just want to see floods of red jackets–I just want control of the two chambers–initially so to block any further shenanigans from white house and then to set the table for a red President in 2017~~and of course Rush et al are in business to excite the red meat eaters and he gets paid for that–it’s a business–I don’t begrudge Rush his living–as long as his living does not diverge from my interest in getting as many red jackets as possible elected~~if we win majorities with vegetarian moderate men in red jackets or of raw red meat-eating Tea Party men in red jackets–it’s all the same to me–but I don’t want any losses–losses ruin my disposition–Bernie wrote earlier–and correctly–that our Party has an uncanny ability to lose races in which our horses are heavy favorites to win–no more–and I agree with Ramin–it is a strategic error to slam the door on Dr. Paul, Governor Palin or any other jockey in red jacket–we are supposed to be the big tent–and not lock our own people out of it–Ramin was right–Romney’s guys made a strategic decision to lock Paul and Palin out of the convention–and it cost them the White House–learn from our mistakes–to repeat Reagan–“never speak ill of another Republican”~~if they wear red they are our friend–if they wear blue–they are our enemy~~this ain’t higher math, kids~John Daniel Begg Public Affairs
Dear Tom and Bernie~~thanks for your input–Bernie–the men you venerate, Goldwater, Reagan, Laxalt–worked within the Party to make their branch of the Party dominant. They were Party men. The same dynamics existed in 1964 as they do today~~the dominant wing–led then by George Romney and Nelson Rockefeller was even more unkind and savage to Goldwater than are any of the Washington insider types who face down Tea Party, Dr.Paul, Palin and the rest of right flank of the party today.
If you think as I do that we are, at a minimum, a centre-right nation–and likely right now further right than that in desire of a massive over correction against the Party of the incumbent Executive–so–back a guy who holds your views in the Party–there are many of us.
Goldwater won the nomination despite his being an outsider and things said of him then were very reminiscent of what is said of Tea Party and others today–said by both Democrats and George Romney and Nelson–but Goldwater won despite them all–and even though he lost the general election he paved the way for the eventual rise of Reagan who likewise remained to the end a Party man.
The major Parties are clean slates–get enough support for your guy–do the dogged, boring work necessary to get him nominated, use the priceless–on the ground in the districts and states–free labor of committed Party workers~~and take the White House and both chambers.
Then~~we can do anything we want.~~
There is nothing inherently evil or immoral about either of the Parties–if they are now run by men you don’t like–run a guy you do like–within the Party apparatus–as did Reagan, Goldwater and Laxalt. There really is no realistic way to win any other way.~~and Tom Clark is, I must say, most correct here that if you choose to sit out the race altogether or support one of the peripheral Parties that virtually no one has ever heard of–it benefits the Democrats because they are always lock step behind their nominee~~we just lost a Governor out here in Virginia in large measure because the Libertarian took about 8%–well more than twice the spread of difference between the major Party standard bearers~~
For me–there is only one issue of consequence in this country right now~~
The rich man ought not be taxed at all~~he ought be compelled to employ the poor man~~directly~~
~~The principal need in America today is~~financial and industrial De-Globalization~~to facilitate the promotion of the possibility for the average man to get and keep a good job with good benefits paid by the employer~~as was done not very long ago.~~
If you ran a man–in either Party–whose platform was that–and only that–he would win in a landslide and his down ballot followers would do likewise~~John
John Daniel Begg
There is no question that it is troubling to many here that Tea Party and other groups of a generically conservative populist tincture are very much disparaged by the Democrats~~understandably because they fear them so and know they will never have their support–but likewise by the Republicans~~who consider them to be ignorant rubes and nags.
This is troubling because nobody–except for a few here–would have ever heard Jake Boehner’s name had it not been for the Tea Party. I am personally very troubled by this dynamic here today at Washington, as it smacks of Royalism and its attendant notion that certain elite groups have taken it upon themselves to decide who the Americans ought to vote for.
Evidence how the polling men are already asking not “whom do you favor for President in 2016” and let you answer but rather~~ “OK, which of the these do you favor in 2016?” It never appears to dawn on the polling men that the only thing the Americans would likely decide about all the choices given, if they even knew anything much about most of these putative candidates, is that the Americans would likely say that they can all go hang themselves.
That said, unless somebody who knows what’s what and can be forceful in the eye of the storm presents himself, the horses being loaded into starters gate by the press and the polling men, are likely to make up the field in 2016~~from which gate will very almost certainly spring the winner. The only qualification for getting in starter’s gate seems to be a presentation and comparison of very dull, yet also, gaudy, resumes of what the horses going in the gate have accomplished here at Washington~notwithstanding that the Americans hate the Washington class.
All this is odd on a personal level as I met Mrs. Palin about 2 weeks before McCain trotted her out to meet the Americans and I remember thinking~~she has entirely to fetching a shape to her to waste on anything as dreary as politics. I remember being alarmed at the fury with which the combined forces of Washington’s power groups became so instantly frantic to destroy her reputation~which they certainly succeeded in doing in spades.
What was generally said to me was “she’s so stupid,” a charge that at Washington ought to be used with great caution as the political men here and those in the press services are no big bargain in the brains department. I remember thinking that they must be afraid of her as otherwise they would simply have ignored her.
One of the fellows in this group pointed finger at me and said “Begg–if that girl gets in, you are personally responsible.” I think that says a lot in that many here at Washington really do think that we make the rules~which is, Royalism. I told the fellow that “it is none of your business, or mine, who the Americans want to elect and if this girl gets in it will because the people wanted her.”
This maybe the crux of the trouble here~~a system of kingmakers, king breakers and little tin kings themselves. This is not a pretty thought given the backgrounds of so many of the men here who prance around as though they were heir to the throne of England when in fact they arrived here many, many years ago from some nondescript part of America having failed at insurance selling or some such.
Harder yet to fathom the reporters~~members of a class that used to be exclusively filled with men with holes in their shoes and cheap pint of liquor in their back pockets. All of a sudden, these groups are Royalty.
That aside, the Americans are a very disparate people–it would be hard to think who, if anyone, speaks for any appreciable number of them. The better men from the better families have, particularly so after Romney, abandoned politics altogether~~and understandably so. Who, having anything in the way of social background, save perhaps the Bush family~~a mixed blessing~~would stand for office?
I do not pretend, as others here do that I know the American people in my bone marrow, but it seems to me that the men of Washington have, in the last 20 or so years, become, evermore ostentatiously, self-ordained experts on what the Americans want and need from their government–and likewise obsessed with stealing money–personally.
I do not think it overstatement to say that we have arrived in a place not unlike the America Jefferson looked out at in disquietude and remarked, particularly having seen a fair amount of Europe~~ “the people are pressed down by an aristocratic class and have no advantage except poverty and perpetual war.” Sounds like home to me.
This observation, collectively agreed by the framers, led to revolution~~which is why I sence that another such revolution is fast coming here~~I very much don’t want that, as revolutions are invariably messy affairs, but I can’t see a way out~~save our finding a leader who will slice off some crowned heads around here.
Jefferson would, most assuredly, have been a Tea Party rabble-rouser because he so detested entrenched, codified, Royalist power. Hence the title of this now labyrinthine essay in which we find ourselves called–“what would they make of us–our founders–if they saw how the government treats the American people today?”
A rather odd duck, and a terrible philosopher, summed up the attitude of official Washington as it is today constituted~comme ca~~
~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man~~
Finis Origine Pendet~
Rejoice and Glad!!
~~The Original Angry Bird~~The Catholic University of America Screaming Red Cardinal Mascot~~
~~THEOS EK MĒCHANĒS~~
Thursday, 12th Decembre, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013
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