I swore I was done with this crap but...One for the road. An open statement to those who KNOW you deserve it.
We tried warning you. We showed you the very words of the Founders themselves, of Reagan, of any number of knowledgeable and respected sources.
We showed you through historical example after historical example what would happen by supporting left wing presidential/congressional candidates and their ‘lesser evil”.
We begged, pleaded, argued and fought for hours, days, weeks and months to try to get you to see reason. Many of us, including myself came to the unfortunate but realistic conclusion that you had to feel enough pain before you’d come around because contrary all your demonstrated actions and ‘logic’ to the contrary, we still had hope that you had more intelligence locked away in you locked away than the average DU idiot.
Of course the fact that your stubborn pride prevented you from admitting your grave error, as each day the GOP had Scotty hit warp 9 in the Starship Republican on the way to the left, may have something to do with it. And so here we are. It has been a Shadenfreud-like experience these past two months to watch more and more people realize they were wrong, have felt enough pain and decided to abandon the GOP that has long-since abandoned them.
All I have to say is welcome to the party y’all. Hopefully this won’t be another case of all bluff and bluster until election day, when you revert to GOP excusemaking, lesser evil excusemaking and another round of attacking those who stood up and called you on your collective stupidity.
As for me, (and perhaps the rest of us who decided to leave you to your own devices, as I can’t speak for them) having been proven 100% DEAD NUTS CORRECT is good enough for me.
Consider it my official opus.
Norm Lenhart - Done.
I am right there with you, Norm.
I can’t believe how many FReepers still accuse me of sitting on my hands and electing Obama, even though I voted for Romney. I have vowed that will be the last pragmatic, non-principled, strategerized vote I will ever cast.
I have personally fired the Republican’t Party. They have failed to do the job they claim on their party platform. They attack conservatives with many times more fury and frequency than they attack Democrats.
Geez, Norm. Don’t leave now. I have refused to reregister as a republican since I moved and I will not vote for any gope backed candidate unless they come on board with US because they no longer even pay lip service to me. The hell with them.
I for one am NOT a republican.
The GOP is the second party of government.
No scratch that they are the "right wing" of the Uniparty.
And the Uniparty hates anyone who doesn't conform to their group think.
Anyone who calls out the corruption or incestuous relationship is attacked and the members of the Uniparty believe it.
Be an Independent thinker!
To Hell with the GOP I say.
Well good luck Norm. I understand where you are coming from. Politics is always about comparative choices - always. Romney would have certainly been better than Obama. Bush was better than Gore. It is a judgment call and I don’t support either extreme of that argument - blind support of lesser of evils or never support lessor of evils.
Our problem is not romney, boehner, dole or whoever. One person or a few people can’t fix this. We need an army of conservatives and we have just a few stragglers. We need to rebuild the republican party from the ground up, seat by seat and consolidate power not splinter power which is how romney got nominated. 3rd pty option makes it worse. There is no quick fix and no matter what - you have to have the votes and we don’t right now.
We have some good conservatives like Cruz, Sessions and need to get more like them elected and grow our numbers. It is that simple and that hard. Blocking and tackling not hail mary’s.
There’s one thing more stupid than voting for liberal Republicans.
The one thing more stupid than doing that is to have allowed Obama to win every state by too many people following your demand that everyone withhold their vote in the past two elections.
McCrazy and Romneycare were nothing but temporary place holders to avoid Obama taking every state even the hardcore Red ones like TEXAS.
We are in a different time now and what is called for now is unique to this time.
I for one will do whatever possible on the side of the warrior conservatives as it appears JB openly declared war by sacking this fine man and attacking Heritage Action and the rest.
Well Norm, you know that I fought in the trenches with you last year. We lost the battle early on, and could only wonder what would become of our movement after the Great RINO Hope lost the election.
Predictably, our side became demoralized and scattered. The bitterness and infighting that followed was (in my mind) destructive and unnecessary. After thirteen months there are still residual pockets of it remaining. We’ve slowly begun to cohere, but we’re still not the unified front we need to be.
Make no mistake. Our lack of cohesion is being engineered. It’s to be expected. We’re in a war for the future of the country, and the other side will employ every underhanded tactic imaginable to keep us at each others throats.
It’s good to see you. Sad to see that it’s only your parting shot to this community. You’ll be missed, buddy.
I heard ya, I left the GOP during Bush’s 2cd term. The national GOP turned hard left under Bush and is now as corrupt as the Rats caring only about maintaining it power at almost any cost. We have a handful of good conservatives in the GOP they deserve support, the rest can go fly a kite.
I hope that wasn’t an Opus in the FR Opus sense... I really don’t see that FR is loaded with Krauthammer’s. Just sayin.
Norm, i wish you’d reconsider leaving.
hearing arguments like yours, a few of the blind like myself (thanks to our Lord opening eyes), must still be waking up. otherwise, i reason that this world would no longer be.
I think an Opus has to be its own thread, or it doesn’t count.
I was thinking that since Reagan we’ve had 16 years of republican presidents and 12 years of democrats. You’d think we’d be ahead of the game. I regret my last two votes. It won’t happen again.
I was listening to Issa on Hannity a while ago and Hannity asked him what can be done about obama not following the constitution. Issa rambled on for a while about congress controlling the purse yada yada yada and never answered the question. He basically admitted there is nothing that can be done.
The problem shall remain the uninformed Republican primary voters.
Norm... please do not leave. There are more of us than them and Jim is one of us. This fight must continue and you are fighting for good over evil. I have been driven from this place twice but I stood my ground and I do not regret it... and I am still here. I feel that GOD wants me here and I believe that HE wants you here too... at least I want you here... so don’t leave.
Consider it my official opus. Norm Lenhart - Done.
Huh? You want to take your ball and go home? No, I don't think so. You call yourself a FReeper, right? Do you know how many of our class were in the streets, and townhalls these many years? You were there too. Now, we are diminishing in numbers.
You know this stuff.
FReeRepublic has changed history man. Among other things, we helped get bjclinton impeached. And you have been apart of that. To quit now tells the democRATs/marxists/progressives/socialists (sorry for the redundancy) reading this, that you quit the premeire conservative web site on the Net? Because you are not winning?
No, you can't take your ball and go home. WE have a game to play...
Nicely done Norm, nicely done.