In 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.
Some Social conservatives, enamored of the rhetorical frosting with which he smeared himself, have sworn allegiance to a fiscal liberal and habitual liar. They tell me he’s so “good” they don’t mind his gaping character flaws.
Some Defense conservatives have endorsed the Senate’s biggest opponent of border security, the First Amendment and Constitutional Judicial appointments. Patriot?
Some Business types, apparently ignorant of the real fundamentals of free enterprise, have endorsed a Big Business CEO who is drawn to the economic principles of Early 20th Century European Fascism and flip-flops on, literally, everything else.
And still yet to make his late run is another former poll-leader: an Eastern Big City liberal Mayor, wearing a bra and pantyhose, trying to convince us he is the heir of Ronald Reagan.
And into this circus steps a quick parade of former and faker conservative leaders racing to be the first to declare futility and defeat, to endorse one of the charlatans, to disgrace themselves: Pat Robertson, James Bopp, Jay Sekulow, Ed Rollins, Paul Weyrich.
Forward troubles, Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn!
There’s a giant doing cartwheels, a statue wearin’ high heels
Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon? Doot Doot Do. †
Conservative movement leaders that have had twenty years to re-group and begin to get the Reagan Revolution back on track are suddenly exposed as having done nothing of the kind. They have, instead, gotten comfortable in the DC establishment, sent out creative fundraising letters, spread their enormous bottoms over Washington D.C., and sat down. Instead of developing a viable candidate for President, instead of getting behind one of the excellent, but officially-dubbed “non-viable” candidates, they have shouted to be waited upon, like the Queen of Hearts, from the luxury of their throne.
While men who have labored long in the fields and hard on the front lines of the battle to defend the principles of freedom struggled to be heard as candidates, members of the Queen of Hearts sat, indolent, and waited. Then, when the most “viable” of the conservatives, Fred Thompson, committed to the race, they turned up their royal noses. Now they scramble for crumbs-from-the-table of counterfeit candidates in whose laps they aspire to be dogs: Romney, Giuliani, McCain, Huckabee.
Those are the candidates hand-picked for us by the “Mainstream” Media/”Mainstream Republican” Coalition. All of them would, if elected, make government bigger. All of them would, if elected, empower the environmental communists. All of them would, if elected, facilitate taxpayer rewards for illegal immigrants. All of them would bend over for the gay rights movement.
This is the road to despotism and tyranny.
If Hillary or Obama is elected we’ll do better than the four charlatans.
If history repeats itself, in that circumstance we’ll take back Congress. If history repeats itself, they’ll pave the way for a real conservative in 2012. You have to understand the reasons we’ll be better off with a Democrat. Bush grew government faster than Clinton. If a Democrat is President he’ll have Republican opposition, but if a GOP squish is elected, no one will stand in the way of his socialist expansionism, just as none could de-rail the “Prescription Drug Benefit.” None of the counterfeits will stop the flood of illegals.
Fred Thompson was the last man that could have pulled the old Reagan Coalition back together without re-building, without a brokered National Convention. He is the candidate the Clintons least wanted to face (by their own estimation, not mine). He even got the endorsement of the Group that I believe destroyed him, the National Right to Life Committee.
Fred was a national resource the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) squandered. What am I talking about? Chickens coming home to roost.
Click here for: Part Three.
† lines excerpted from “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1970