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We Have Found the Enemy--and the Enemy is Us
self | February 2, 2008 | exit82

Posted on 02/02/2008 1:05:56 PM PST by exit82

Today is February 2, 2008.

I am over fifty years old. I am a product of American values, observed and experienced in the 1950s and 1960s, and sorely tried in the Vietnam, Watergate, and Carter years of the 1970s, and again in the Clinton years of the 1990s.

This is the timeframe and events that formed my political worldview. I grew up when we still said a prayer and read Psalm 23 at the beginning of the school day. I remember doing the duck and cover in elementary school, to be safe in the event of a Cold War nuclear attack, even though being only 12 miles from NYC, the odds of surviving such an attack or its aftermath was just about a negative number. I remember the pride in America and its flag; the meaning of independence, especially on the Fourth of July. My father's parents were immigrants and my mother was an immigrant, and the old country was just that--the "old" country. Most of my uncles served in the US Army and Navy during WW2, while my father was a foreman in a defense plant. The prosperity,music, and the social fabric of America in the 1950s and 1960s are still a source of inspiration to me. Because of my parents' background, we always helped anyone in need that came our way. My parents would brook no discrimination, even when at the time it was common to discriminate on the basis of skin color. No, the promise of America was for everyone. Sometimes, only an immigrant can appreciate America's true value, as did my parents.

I remember well the Carter years, with its mind numbing cowardice in the face of dangers from the USSR and Iran, and how it caused us to doubt our greatness. And I remember a man named Ronald Reagan, and how he inspired an entire nation to rendevous with its destiny once again, and in an inconceivable turn of events, won the Cold War and knocked down the Berlin War without firing a single shot. His courage and belief in America inspired policies that freed all of Eastern Europe and kept budding Islamofascism at bay, all the while he was opposed and reviled by the Democrats, the America-haters and the Communists worldwide.

I remember the horror of the Clinton years, when a rapist and abuser of women was the Commander in Chief, aided and abetted by a power hungry woman who hated the military. I remember fighting for his impeachment, only to be betrayed by a Republican Senate that had no courage, or that was compromised by stolen FBI files and failed to discharge its lawful duty to remove a lawbreaking President who brought shame to the Oval Office. I remember recoiling in horror and shame when a six year old boy whose mother drowned in an attempt to bring him to freedom from Cuba was removed from a private home under the force of arms and returned to Fidel Castro.

I remember crying tears of gladness when our current President said the words of his Oath of Office on January 20, 2001, ending my personal nightmare, an eight year long nightmare, of having Bill and Hillary Clinton in the White House.

The events of these last seven years are nothing what I expected that cold, clear January morning. The events of September 11, 2001, the invasion of Iraq, the War on Terror, all of them returned me to the patriotic days of my youth. I saw a nation united in purpose for the first time in my adult life, as the nation had been torn since the Vietnam War.

But I saw a Republican President I believed in, and a Republican Party that was my home politically, shift in a slow, determined, unstoppable drift away from its principles, adopting the policies and views of the Democrats, to the point where we now face having as our Presidential candidate, John McCain, an enemy of conservatism, of Republican principles, and of American sovereignty.

As I pondered these things today, February 2, 2008, I have come to a very troubling observation.

We conservatives always had a home in the Republican Party. President Reagan even came here when the Democrat Party became too radical for him in the 1950s. We were the foundation of 12 years of the Reagan Bush era and we fought for the current President to give him eight years, even in the face of a national election being stolen from him.

But when our country was threatened by the prospect of a mass amnesty last May and June, allowing 20 million or more illegal immigrants to become defacto citizens by fiat, we erupted in a display of power that had Washington DC recoiling in terror. We derailed their plan to ensure the Balkanization of America by giving it 20 million more citizens who would not assimilate into the culture, and to ensure a cheap workforce, and to permanently undercut American worker's wages. Together with Global Warming and carbon credits, America could be brought to heel and managed.

We stopped McCain-Kennedy and its cousin, alright. But there was a price to pay for our insolence.

We, the America loving conservatives of the Republican Party, are no longer needed by this party. We are too narrow minded and old school. Flag waving and the supremacy of the American Way are passe. We are not inclusive. We are standing in the way of the elites in Washington DC from making their wet dreams a reality--making America an also-ran, not a super-power. America as a third world country, not as better than anyone else. An America that is afraid to face its Islamic enemies,that worries about what the world thinks about it, strangled in political correctness, surrendering its freedoms on a daily basis in the vain hope for security.

We keepers of the flame of American liberty are now the enemy. When Hillary labelled us the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, we took that has a label of pride. But now the Republican establishment has decreed that we are a conspiracy to be defeated within our own party, as we face the prospect of John McCain being rammed down our throats. John McCain, the Manchurian Candidate, the man who has betrayed every tenet of Republicanism in his quest for power,who has railed against conservatives at every turn, who is bound and determined to grant amnesty to 10% of Mexico's population now within our borders, he is the one being annointed by the elites as our candidate.

His job is not only to become the candidate of choice, but to be the means of the destruction of the power of the conservative base of the Republican Party.

Between McCain, Obama and Hillary, there isn't a dime's worth of difference in their political views. The Republican and Democrat established elites have melded into one entity, and they will win no matter who gets nominated or who wins the general election, especially if McCain is the nominee. All three believe in unlimited amnesty, an open border, cap and trade globaloney, giving rights to Gitmo detainees, and the restriction of free speech and gun rights.

The MSM is their collective cheerleader, actively working to marginalize us as a viable force for the America we visualize.

Many of us will vote Republican in November, only because we cannot, in good conscience, vote for Obama or Clinton. The Republican establishment knows this, and knows because we are principled, we can not do otherwise. Rather than enlist us to help, they are engaged in a policy of containment and neutering, because we stand in the way of their vision of America.

McCain as a candidate will be a disaster. The Republican establishment knows this. But they don't care, because the goal is not to win this election. It is to remove us from the political table, and for them to join with their Democrat brothers in the march toward an America subsevient to global interests. Sovereignty is treated as a quaint, outmoded concept, even by many Republican governors who are pushing the globaloney nonsense that will cripple this nation.

The perfect storm of American politics is converging in a bid to elect one of three horrible candidates, McCain,Obama, or Clinton, to be our next President. The odds are that the Republicans will not only lose with McCain, but they will lose even more of the House and Senate, enough to relegate Republicans to a minority status for decades to come.

Where are the national Republican leaders speaking out against where our party is heading? As one looks over the events of the last 15 years, since the ascension and improbable election of a no good, draft dodging, lying huckster like Bill Clinton to President, we have witnessed a snowballing reversal of American values and fortunes. With Clinton II on the horizon, we face a complete collapse of American values and soveriegnty and freedom with the "CHANGE" that is being promised for the electorate.

That "change" is starting right now for us. By Tuesday midnight, we will know if the fate the elites have decreed for us will become reality, if McCain is our candidate.

In the past few days, the lenses through which I view politics have changed in prescription. I see now that we are the enemy to our own party's leaders, whose leaders have decreed that our nominee will be the anti-conservative, anti-Republican candidate. The other candidates still open to us, Huckster, Romney and Paul each have their own problems with our values.

There are only a few short days to stop the McCain Screwball express. As we fought the impossible fight against McCain and amnesty last year, we have but a few days to influence our fellow conservatives and Republicans not to allow the predetermined outcome to occur.

I offer this screed in an attempt to understand what is going on today, to explain the inexplicable in what is occurring to our party and our chances for success in November against the second ascension of the corrupt Clinton Machine. I wish not to tell my fellow conservative who they should vote for, but I ask them not to vote for McCain.

Others, including the Republican establishment, have decreed for us who are candidate should be. American loving Republicans should reserve the right to make that choice.

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KEYWORDS: america; conservatism; deathofthewest; mccain; republicanparty
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To: SandRat; exit82
HA!!! (Great minds and all that...;-)
41 posted on 02/02/2008 1:52:09 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: exit82

You’ve spoken my mind. Thank you. I, too, will vote for Mitt Romney.

42 posted on 02/02/2008 1:52:58 PM PST by RoadTest ( "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:" - L 12:51)
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To: exit82
'nuff said.

Well written, I couldn't agree more.

43 posted on 02/02/2008 1:53:34 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Tall_Texan

I think we should all contact the GOP and tell them no $$$ from us if McCain is the nominee.

But more important that that we need to contact friends and relatives from Super Tuesday states - ask them- beg them -to vote for Mitt Romney. He is not perfect, but he is much more tolerable than McCain, Obama and Hillary.

The MSM is pushing McCain because they know that the age issue will help Obama and HIllary beat McCain.

MSM knows that the McCain scandals which they are not reporting about now - Keating, his extremely ugly divorce, etc - will finish off McCain one day after the convention.

Romney is our only tolerable choice.

44 posted on 02/02/2008 1:54:10 PM PST by Martins kid
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To: exit82
"We conservatives always had a home in the Republican Party. "

I think that it is time for us to go out into the world and make our own way now. I, as others, feel like the Republican Party has left me. It's time for a Conservative Party.

Exit82, you have written an eloquent post, and you have described very many of the same feelings that I have- Thank you for posting this.

I agree that the first priority is to dump the turncoat McCain. Then, we need to overhaul the Republican Party, or build another from scratch, without Olympia Snow, Michael Bloomberg, Rudy Guilianni, Lincoln Chaffee, Arlen Specter, Susan Collins, and Christopher Shays. I don't have anything in common with those people.

If McCain wins the Super Tuesday, how far will he get if the money dries up? This is in our power. We can "starve" him, and the RNC out, then maybe we can somehow force a brokered convention. Let the illegals finance them.

45 posted on 02/02/2008 1:55:46 PM PST by matthew fuller (None of the Above- 2008)
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To: exit82

Couldn’t have said it better myself..The end of the USA is in sight..All we can do is pray the GOOD LORD will be with us..

46 posted on 02/02/2008 1:57:58 PM PST by 3IDVET ( What will you do when a terrorist TELLS you Convert or Die!!!!)
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To: exit82

He was too dangerous to the establishment. They preferred liberal RINO assclowns. He wasn’t going to play that game and put on a clown suit.

47 posted on 02/02/2008 1:58:18 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: expatguy

Thanks—you have a great blog.

48 posted on 02/02/2008 1:58:46 PM PST by exit82 (How do you handle Hillary? You Huma her.)
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To: devolve; Zevonismymuse; exit82; All

49 posted on 02/02/2008 2:00:18 PM PST by potlatch
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To: exit82

Couldn’t have said it better myself..The end of the USA is in sight..All we can do is pray the GOOD LORD will be with us..

50 posted on 02/02/2008 2:03:42 PM PST by 3IDVET (Ask a liberal, What will you do when a terrorist TELLS you Convert or Die!!!!)
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To: exit82
Fantastic thought piece. Unfortunately we are at the same penultimate point as the old atomic doomsday clock. It is one minute to midnight. Of all of the possible choices on the GOP side, with all of their attributes and flaws, only one remains who has any chance against McCain. Romney is not the first or second or even third choice of most conservatives, but a dispersal of our votes among several opponents of McCain, will be the end of us. For that reason, Romney is the only logical choice left for all who want to defeat McCain.
51 posted on 02/02/2008 2:06:25 PM PST by Truth29
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To: exit82

Excellent analysis. Maybe the checked-pants, country-club GOP Establishment will get the shock of it’s life on Tuesday, if, and it’s a big “if”, the voters clear the fog from their brains and vote for Mitt.

52 posted on 02/02/2008 2:07:01 PM PST by Signalman
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To: SatinDoll

Ain’t no ‘we’ about it. I didn’t tolerate it, and neither have my children.

53 posted on 02/02/2008 2:07:24 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: Twink

No candidate is perfect, but Romney is the best one still standing, in either party.

54 posted on 02/02/2008 2:08:05 PM PST by gruna
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To: exit82
but also, when you add the McCain vote (36 percent) to the now-withdrawn Rudy Giuliani vote (15 percent), you see a shift: A majority of Republican voters are straying outside the ever-pure conservative base

There it is in a simple nutshell.
The RNC and the GOP K street boys have wanted to marginalize the conservatives for some time now so that they can get on with the agenda.

I’m certain that they thought that they were a bit farther along the last year or so, what with all of the creeping big spending, entitlement bills being passed and signed, and so they went for the home run - McCain/Kennedy amnesty and the permanent changing of America into a multi cultural part of a Global entity that needs to allow the free flow of inexpensive labor and manufacturing wherever it is best utilized.

Now this does indeed lower most to the lowest common denominator, but that is of little concern to any of the people who believe that nationalism is secondary to the realignment of order being crammed down our throats.

And it is.
Why, McCain was furious when a college proposed a bill to make English the national language.

Rove had stated regarding the immigration bills that, “Conservatives will follow” and he was correct, but premature.

This election will be proof to the GOP elite that they no longer need to factor in the conservatives, especially if they can get some of the new hispanic voters with more socialist give aways that are certain to follow.

We have been marginalized if McCain is nominated, and we had best deal with that reality.
I will not vote for McCain over anyone at all.
I am seeing the indications of a 57 seat Senate and a stronger democrat seating in the house and that is enough to pass just about anything that hillary wants.

Should the democrats be obtuse enough to nominate Obama - which I do not predict - then the paradigm is changed, because, unlike so many starry eyed forecasters, I believe that Obama can be handily beaten in the general, due to a number of intrinsic factors.

IMO, the GOP learned absolutely nothing from 06, seeing it as more or less a setback or speed bump to their plans, but nothing that has caused them to change plans.

So one group or the other is wrong. - Either the GOP McCain/Kennedy types can be ascendant in this country without us, or they cannot.

They can be, and will be, but only if we let them.

In fact, McCain would not rule out signing an amnesty bill, resorting to mumbling nonsense at the pointed question.

It is up to us to understand this dynamic being played out and to plan for it rather than deny that this clear trend, does in fact, exist.

55 posted on 02/02/2008 2:09:35 PM PST by bill1952 (The right to buy weapons is the right to be free)
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To: mike-zed

I never thought I would see this day

56 posted on 02/02/2008 2:18:36 PM PST by mel
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To: exit82

A very well thought out and brilliantly constructed piece.

Thank you for your effort.

57 posted on 02/02/2008 2:24:04 PM PST by Gator113 (McCain will lead our country....into the valley of darkness, with Hillary holding our hand.)
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To: matthew fuller
re: like the Republican Party has left me

It’s like we’ve been going to the lodge meetings every Tues. night for 40 years and then one night we get there and it’s been moved and no one told us.

It’s a cinch the things that we conservatives believe in have not changed. We’re still where we’ve always been, it’s the party that’s going on somewhere else.

One thing about this election is that it will help to identify the people who’ve gotten us into the problems we have today. For my money, anyone who endorses or supports McCain is identified as being a part of the problem. Sometimes it’s been difficult to know who exactly was bringing all this grief to conservative values. If you ask me, now we have a litmus test of our own! Just stand back and see whom they endorse. If they go for McCain, bingo, you have a part of the problem, if they endorse Mitt you have identified a part of the solution.

58 posted on 02/02/2008 2:24:10 PM PST by jwparkerjr (Sigh . . .)
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To: Tall_Texan
Other than voting for against the Democrats I haven't had anything to do with the GOP for 10 years now. The way Fred Dalton Thompson was undercut by the establishment GOP has finished convincing me my decision 10 years ago was correct.

Not sure if I will even go to the polls on November 4th, which will be the first election in over 40 years I will not have at least voted in, but if McCain is the GOP candidate I certainly won't be even voting GOP this time around.

59 posted on 02/02/2008 2:26:07 PM PST by ImpBill (Greg Adams - "America ... Where are you now?")
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To: fieldmarshaldj

We're living the political version of this movie.

60 posted on 02/02/2008 2:28:10 PM PST by Loud Mime ("Life was better when cigarette companies could advertise and lawyers could not")
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