Skip to comments.The Deepest Source of Our Troubles
Posted on 12/03/2012 5:34:08 PM PST by grey_whiskers
On Saturday, I touched on some of the sources of Mitt Romney's failure on 6 November, noting his almost willful alienation of Hispanic voters and his incompetence in executing a get-out-the-vote effort, but emphasizing, above all else, his decision -- most evident in his contentless acceptance speech at the Republican convention -- to eschew an appeal to first principles, to treat Barack Obama as a decent fellow with decent principles who is merely out of his depth, and to present himself to the voters as a more competent manager.
Of necessity, in that post, I ignored aspects of the situation unfavorable to Mitt Romney's candidacy that were completely beyond the Republican nominee's control. One of the reasons that Romney was unable, despite my hopes, to do in 2012 what Reagan did in 1980 is that, in the intervening 32 years a great many of the American citizens who voted for Ronald Reagan had died and been replaced by Americans educated and morally formed in a very different fashion.
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Geeez, that kind of talk will have one decried as a drug addled code pinko moral degenerate in a Noo Yawk second.
Without adherence--strict adherence--to original intent, the public coffers are laid bare, the door to despotism is flung wide, and Liberty is in chains.
That Liberty, I will say again, is not the freedom from responsibility, but the freedom to be responsible.
When I choose to give to the poor, that is charity, when the government takes from me at gunpoint and gives to the poor, that is coercion. Coercion and Christian charity cannot coexist, because charity is freely deciding to give.
The Almighty gave mankind free choice, the freedom to decide whether we, as individuals, would serve Him. Excessive government removes that choice.
All these arguments about “demographics” is a construct by the left to furthur advance their policies. Proof of that pudding of puke is the eagerness of the media to latch on to it and promote that concept to the general public. In a serious effort to disuade the argument and they are doing a good job..
Romney violated the first articles of campaigning. Policies affecting “Bread and Butter issues”
Why We Lost http://www.theusmat.com/
Let me note that laws against fornication and sodomy existed in virtually every state.
That didn't stop either from happening.
The repeal of those laws, where that has occurred, is a response to society's demands, and not any moral code (rather the lack thereof).
If a law was effective at regulating behaviour, there would be no crime. Instead, people do what they will do, the laws make sure they conceal the results as best they can from society as a whole, and morality suffers because the clear disadvantages of such behaviour become muddled in crusades over laws instead of the behaviour itself and the results of the behaviour.
I doubt the GOP-e crowd, and their friends, are educable. We must purge them from the party immediately.
I assume he meant “soft” because hedonism appears to be soft and comfy but is in truth a prison?
LOL, no law has ever totally prevented any action, there are laws against slitting the throats of children, but it happens.
If laws don’t affect behavior then why are any of us complaining about tax laws?
Where do you guys get this stuff?
Because those of us who the tax laws affect decry giving the Government more authority to take everything we have at gunpoint for not obeying the law.
Those laws only provide the government the authority to take more of what we have--or all of it. They don't attempt to regulate our moral behaviour so much as set the stage for wholesale larceny--and it is guaranteed people will find a way to evade the spirit of that law while complying with the letter of it if possible.
I believe it was former Governor Scranton of PA who came up with the notion of being a “fiscal conservative”, a “social liberal”, and “moderate” on most other things. Didn’t work too much for him, as he only ran for governor one and then talked about a presidential convention bid that went flat. Doesn’t he now live in FL, like so many other former PA liberal people?
THAT'S a platform guaranteed to win elections!
Just ignore the laws you don't like, according to you they don't mean anything anyway, and can't change what people want to do.
I believe Romney thought he was winning and falsely believed that he should “be nice” so as not to annoy liberal women in the suburbs who were pre-committed to Obama. Tom Dewey similarly was so sure he would win that he spent the last two weeks of the 1948 campaign planning Cabinet appointments. But I think Dewey won his native MI, unlike Romney. And he won NY in 1948, unlike Romney’s not even bothering to contest MA in 2012.
You may be too young to remember how the left went to war against American culture, society, and families, it was and is brutal, the cultural/libertarian left leads, and then the people catch up to what they are brainwashed with and saturated with in media and schools.
This new America did not bubble up from the people, it was created by the libertarian elites and imposed on the people.
The vast majority of laws have nothing to do with morality, anyway, they only exist to exert control after the fact.
Cut down a tree in some places without a permit? Is that immoral if it is your property, and your tree? It is illegal in some places, though, no matter if the tree threatens to destroy your home.
Is it immoral to wire your own security light on the front of your barn? In many places it is illegal. You can be punished for doing something which is morally neutral, because there is a law!
Granted not all can, not all desire to live morally, and many will not live a moral life, even with legislation to that effect.
Fear of the law will restrain a few, but Fear of God or even just the natural repercussions of their actions will restrain more, if they are so inclined.
You continually confuse small 'l' libertarian with Libertine, and they two are not the same.
Moral does not equal Legal, either, otherwise we would not have legal decisions like Kelo or Roe.
The left is not, nor has it ever been libertarian (the antithesis of totalitarianism), it is Libertine, insofar as that provides the cultural destabilization necessary for it to achieve its totalitarian goals. Hiding totalitarianism behind a cloak of 'morality', won't pass muster, either (we looked at the man behind the curtain).
Not having laws won't have much of an effect on a stable and moral culture.
Big difference between libertarian and Libertine, but others in this forum have pointed that out to you. Your willfully ignoring the facts tells me I'm wasting keystrokes here, and that the GOP, if you are typical, is a waste of time, too.
I will retain my Conservative values, social and fiscal, and y'all continue your slide to the left. Maybe that'll win another election someday.
Thanks for the ping!
America can live without fulfilling the dreams of libertarians for “gay marriage” and late term abortion and polygamy.
I think you are brain damaged. You'd better get that checked.
Sixty years of libertarian/leftwing victories against America say differently, even the libertarian party says differently in their party platform.
Here is the leftists agenda hidden behind the Libertarian Party curtain.
Libertarian Party Platform:
Throw open the borders completely; only a rare individual (terrorist, disease carrier etc.) can be kept from freedom of movement through political boundaries.
Homosexuals; total freedom in the military, gay marriage, adoption, child custody and everything else.
Abortion; zero restrictions or impediments.
Pornography; no restraint, no restrictions.
Drugs; Meth, Heroin, Crack, and anything new that science can come up with, zero restrictions.
Advertising those drugs, prostitution, and pornography; zero restrictions.
Military Strength; minimal capabilities.
Wrong on every issue. and make no mistake, when they say “no restrictions” they also mean age.
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