So someone tweeted this post yesterday, and if I could remember who it was I’d give credit. Just a heads up: language warning. Lots of it is liberal hate speech but I want to touch on a few things, since I think what he’s saying about GOP is pretty much in line with the rest of the left. I’m censoring what I quote.
Global Warming is Real – Even if you don’t believe it, the rest of the world does. That means you have to accept the reality of the situation and adjust accordingly. Suddenly it is cool to be eco-friendly and you guys are still the party that wants to drill in ANWAR. Even if you take the approach of “we don’t necessarily believe in it, but we are going to scale back efforts to <mess> up our environment just in case” that would be leaps and bounds ahead of your current strategy.
No and no. I’m all for taking care of the environment. Yeah, we make a mess of things and should clean it up. I do know that energy independence is critical, and I support drilling wherever there is oil. Our relations with the Middle East and Latin America depend on it. And if we are a nation that values the rights of polar bears over those of unborn children, we have way bigger things to deal with.
Education is Cool – Nominating Sarah Palin told the world that the GOP endorses stupidity. Cut. That. <junk>. Out. Even if you manage to elect a candidate that is obviously a moron, the truth will eventually come out. Didn’t we just go through this with 8 years of Bush? Hasn’t he effectively shown that electing unqualified people isn’t a good idea?
First of all, you’d be hard pressed to find a conservative who still supports Bush. Yes, I acknowledge that the GOP is not conservative anymore. Even so, I’d be willing to wager that most of the GOP faithful aren’t behind him either. Second, are we really still playing the Palin is stupid card? That seems to be the best course of action for the left when they can’t find anything else to shred her for. Did anyone listen to Biden throughout the campaign? Not only did he make FAR more detrimental gaffes, he has 36 years in the Senate behind him… shouldn’t he know better? Palin was an unbelievably quick study.
We want to talk about unqualified? I hate even validating this statement with a response, so I’ll keep it brief. No one has been able to show me one thing that Obama accomplished. Palin has done exceptionally well in her current office. Running a state requires a whole lot more intelligence than voting “present”. If we’re being completely honest, this whole conversation is irrelevant since Palin was running for VP and Obama’s campaign was for POTUS.
Stop Fighting Evolution – This is a hopeless battle that, in the long run, you won’t win. In fact, fighting this is just drawing resources away from more important issues. You need to tell you constituents that if they really believing in Intelligent Design, then they should teach it to their kids at home. End of story, move on.
I think part of this is true – it IS drawing resources away from more pressing issues. However, the ending statement completely lost me. Intelligent Design is a viable alternative to evolution and should be taught as such. Saying it should be taught at home when you fight so hard for public sex education, however, is a logic fail. Personally, I think THAT is what should be taught at home. I’d much rather teach my kid what they need to know about sex and let a teacher handle the theory of evolution. What kind of parent gets offended by the Intelligent Design teaching, but allows their kid to learn about sex from a stranger?
The Internet is Important – If you looked at the top 20% of Internet movers & shakers you would find that they are virtually all Democrats. And why are they Democrats? Because the Republicans have done their best to let the Telecoms, the RIAA and the MPAA run the Internet as they see fit. The DMCA is perhaps the best example of how conservatives don’t get it. You are doing your best to alienate a key group of young, intelligent, industrious innovators. Brush them off at your own peril. (incidentally, if you think I’m blowing this out of proportion look at Obama’s grassroots movement on the web and then look at McCain’s. Nuff said)
This point is one that we should take to heart. We absolutely dropped the ball on the internet campaign. 100%. I’m glad to see the movement on here now, and we need to keep the ball rolling forward. Groups like Smart Girl Politics, The New Republican, The Next Right, #dontgo, and #TCOT are moving us in the right direction. We need to keep that momentum going.
But by far the craziest has to be the notion that in order to fix the party the GOP has to become more conservative. Ok stop, you’re doing it wrong. You aren’t going to win anymore Presidential elections by campaigning harder in the South.
After all, Obama (if you haven’t noticed) is a centrist. And he will no doubt pull the Democratic party more into the mainstream. So what core issue will Republicans run on? Defending the country from terrorism? Good luck with that. Gay marriage is from the devil? Not enough people will care. Fiscal responsibility? Ha ha ha ha ha.
Wow. Could this be any more inaccurate? If we move any further to the left we will be to the left of a lot of Democrats. Conservatives are everywhere, and if Obama does 1/4 of what he says he’ll do, our country will implode and conservatives will be the ones rebuilding it.
Obama is a CENTRIST? His abortion stance is enough to remove that one. Take in to account his blatant redistribution push, his health care stance, and his plan to slash military spending, he is anything BUT a centrist. That just makes my head hurt. If you’re so far to the left that you think Obama is a centrist there may be no hope for you.
The end question, however is a good one. What DO we stand for? In my eyes, that should be small government, accountability for individuals and businesses, and minimal government spending. If we can’t lock down these basic principles, there really is no difference between us and the democrats, and we will be absorbed.