Monday, November 8, 2010

The Democrats are in denial, what will they do?

The Manchurian Candidate goes to India. He thinks he didn't get his message out well enough. I assure you President Obama, outside of re-education camps, you can't get the message out any clearer. We know what Obama will do. He'll double down on stupid, I mean, his progressive/Socialist agenda. What we don't know is what the Republicans will do. Will they start tearing down the Leviathan or are they simply going to give lip service while the Federal Government gets ever larger?

As far as the Democrats come-back strategy they are bringing out their race card again. I'm hearing the "Republican Southern Strategy" rearing its ugly head again. Of course people willfully distort the story of Nixon's Southern Strategy, turning a political calculation based upon a 3-man race, into a Republican attempt to turn Democrat racists into mainstream Republicans (more on this Southern Strategy sillyness in a subsequent post).

The real question of the moment is: are the Democrats going to fight the Republicans with ideas - pitting their ideals of a big government liberalism/progressivism/socialist utopia against a small government Goldwater, Friedman, Randian heterodoxy? * Or are they simply going to bring out and rely on the same divisive tropes that they usually do?


*I'm not suggesting that that would be the position of the Republican Caucus but I can dream can't I?


Marcos Gp said...

The worst thing that ever happen to republicans is the neocon, warmongering infection. The tea party is now being infected too.

Republicans need to distance themselves from gay marriage, drugs, wars and fake patriotism and Religion.

Less Sarah Palins and more Ron Pauls is what they need.

Nice blog btw

The Classical Liberal said...

Marcos said:

"Republicans need to distance themselves from gay marriage, drugs, wars and fake patriotism and Religion."

That's not going to happen. The best that's going to happen is that Social Conservatives will decide to argue their case in person and with media buys and not by the legislative process.

The left can help by not calling Gay Marriage "marriage," that is, after all a religious term. The drug war is waged by both left and right. Too many people think that we need to stop people from doing bad things to themselves. It's not neo-cons and Republicans who are passing seat-belt and helmet laws, and trying to have people stop eating fatty foods.

Regarding war: specifically how best to stop a war-mongering, fascist, Islamist theocracy willing to do almost anything to achieve their means, that's a tough question and requires more than this comment.

The Classical Liberal said...


You seem to dislike Sarah Palin. I must say there's a lot about her that I like: I like her sense of individual freedom, her latent dislike of a big, remote government accruing power and telling people what to do "wear your seat belts, stop eating greasy foods, eat your greens, don't do this, don't do that."

She also has the balls to back little known candidates: some were flops some were great.

Her folksiness doesn't connect with me - but it plays well with small-town America. As of right now I think she is a terrific asset for the cause of smaller, constitutionally-limited government. And, as the role of the States become comparatively larger the roll of the Presidency and the Executive Branch will focus more and more upon foreign policy. At that point I think most Americans will choose Presidents with a less intrusive foreign policy. When you couple that with the rise of China and India I think you will see fewer "neo-con" policies.

The Classical Liberal said...


Regarding the "war-on-terror" I do think that we need to remember that we are at war; by that I mean that people have declared war on us. I wrote about that in an earlier post:

There is a quote from Winston Churchill that I find very relevant for our situation:

"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

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