Quote of the week 1/28/2008

bush-sunders-party-7575.jpg“Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size of government, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration and other issues.

Were there other causes? [of the breakup] Yes, of course. But there was an immediate and essential cause.

And this needs saying, because if you don’t know what broke the elephant you can’t put it together again. The party cannot re-find itself if it can’t trace back the moment at which it became lost. It cannot heal an illness whose origin is kept obscure.”

~ Peggy Noonan        

Two men, three first names, Part 3: The TWO DAYS

w-nrlc-shoulder.jpgIn Part Two we saw how Fred Thompson was the last man that could have pulled the old Reagan Coalition back together without re-building, without major surgery, without  re-engineering the Party, without a brokered National Convention. I reported that he is the candidate the Clintons least wanted to face (by their own estimation, not mine). We noted that he even got the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee. But I also made the outlandish claim that they destroyed his 2008 Presidential candidacy.

 Part Three Continue reading

Two men, Three first names, Part Two: Everything you need to know about 2008, Fred Thompson and Re-booting the Republican Party

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alice-falling-80.jpgIn the final chapters of “Lewis Carroll’s” (Charles Dodgson’s) 1865 Classic, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” Alice (in her dream) attends a bizarre trial. The conduct of the proceedings by the “judge” (The King of Hearts), the testimony of the witnesses, and the whimsical mindlessness of the jurors merge in a disjointed hilarity that seems a little too familiar.

Coming to a verdict in Wonderland at one point involves writing down a series of dates from an appointment calendar, adding their numbers and reducing the sum to currency. At another, it involves deciding whether lack of evidence is “important” or “unimportant” based on which of those words sounds better in a sentence.

All of the major players in the scene have incompatible ideas of what is actually taking place, different criteria for making decisions, and absolutely no ability to understand what any of the other characters is thinking, saying or doing or why they are thinking, saying or doing it. Alice, on the verge of waking up, finally says, “You’re nothing but a pack of cards!”

In other words, it is a perfect picture of the 2008 Republican Nomination contest.

Who are the players in our surrealistic drama?

The Mainstream Media, it is clear, has had a lot of fun acting as arbiters of the process for the Party they hate, with an obvious, single objective: to reduce the field of those competing to only candidates who have absolutely no real intention of returning to the Reaganesque agenda of shrinking government to Constitutional limits.

They have a lot of help:

Groups thought to be charter members  of that old Reagan coalition, having drifted apart over the course of our decade of philosophical famine, have each come forward to push candidates unacceptable to other members. Continue reading

Our Roots in Freedom!

churchill75.jpgThe older ones know of it because they lived it and are aghast to watch it disappear.  The younger ones have it in their genes but it lies dormant, ready to be catalyzed.  It is just a matter of an awakening. 

From Ron Ewart (rymes with “Stewart”):

Everything that is alive today longs to be free.  Free to “move” unimpeded.  Freedom to “do”.  And for humans, the freedom to make their own choices on where to live and work, what to eat, what to wear and how to spend their time, just so long as those choices do no harm. Continue reading

Best of 07 Series: Jack Metcalf and the American Spirit

metcalf-wayne-eastwood-reagan.jpg Written by Doug Parris March 18, 2007  

Jack Metcalf walked right out of the old West into Washington State Politics. Boots and all. His chiseled good looks could have filled the role of one of the guns on “Wagon Train” or a figure in a Clint Eastwood film. But Jack was no actor. He was the real deal. And he was a real conservative.

Hewn from the land in the far West

The Metcalf homestead was built from logs Jack and his father cut from trees felled on Metcalf land. After the army, but before he went to college, Jack was a U.S. Marshall in the Alaska territory twelve years before it became a state. Continue reading

BLACKLISTED! Michael Young’s anti-Republican War

gossett-addresses-reunion-cap-50.jpgIn honor of Dr. Martin Luther King we’d like to re-publish this article that originally appeared in 2005. It centers on the revisionism that opposes the things that Dr. King stood for and it upholds the true meaning of his life.

If you’re old enough to have known the America of Ronald Reagan and John Wayne you must regard the fact that a man like Larry Gossett could even hold public office as stuff of the Twilight Zone. That “Mainstream” King County Republican Chair Michael Young would work to keep Marxist Gossett in office is off the charts for irony. Continue reading