Tuesday, March 3, 2009

GOP Civil War Part II

subtitle to post: Feeling Better About Being Canadian

Check out this absurd suck up to Rush in the Washington Times by Andrew Breitbart.


Spokespeople for CPAC said it was the best-received speech in the conference's 36 years. And that included Ronald Reagan, who, by the way, was no rhetorical slouch.


Anonymous liberal commentators, the rabid pests of the new media, sought out the most popular conservative blogs to flood the zone with familiar Rush Limbaugh slanders. Their goal: To demoralize the right with layer upon layer of media domination. Only talk radio with its emphasis on Socratic debate over raw emotionalism and with Mr. Limbaugh in the driver's seat has escaped the left's clutches of pure media dominance.

For years, the radio kin of these underhanded online annoyances - coined by Rush as "seminar callers" - have read their Democratic National Committee-produced scripts to muddy the political waters. Talk-show call screeners will be on double duty this week trying to keep off the air anyone who might try to tear down the post-speech unity and elation.

This is serious wacko-ness. Notice the two parts I bolded. They're saying they are the rationalists over raw emotionalism. Next paragraph they say they have to cut off anybody who ruins post speech "unity and elation". Is elation not a raw emotion?

Andrew Breitbart is a big player on the right, especially on the internet. Either he's too dumb, or he expects his audience to be too dumb. Either way, it's not a winning formula.

Why do I care anyway? I'm Canadian. For so many years, the US has lead the way for conservatism. Canada seemed lost. But observing the US over the last half decade, they have dropped the ball on conservatism. They opened up the doors to the kooks and now they run the place. They are a joke. Fiscal prudence and libertarianism are gone. It's now some sort of religious revival type movement where the peasants are dictated at how to think. Breitbart above is saying callers who phone into talk radio who disagree need to be aggressively screened. They don't want to debate. They don't want beliefs challenged. They are sheep.

I don't look up to my big neighbour to the south as much as I used to.


  1. I think most people would agree that the GOP has crossed over and become a religious organization. The born again movement has changed US politics. Bob Jones University rallied evangelical Christians to vote for Bush, and not to vote for McCain. This was during the South Carolina GOP primary. This turned out to be the turning point of the GOP nomination. McCain had been leading over Bush in earlier primaries. Bush won South Carolina, and later went on to become President. The born again movement is a very large force in US politics. Thank God (pun intended) we don`t have this situation in Canada.

  2. Yes, Finnegan. It's amazing isn't it? The Republicans started as the party of the north, industrial, capitalist, urban, libertarain, laissez faire. The Democrats were old south, religious, puritanical. The Rebulicans were Hamiltonian in spirit, the Democrats Jeffersonian.

    This has been lost. The Democrats for the better, the Republicans for the worse.

    For a post I was looking up photos of Presidents pictured with a beer. There was one of Reagan, holding up a mug at a Boston bar with adoring blue collar guys. Seems like a long time ago. He took Massachusetts and California. An impossibility for a Republican these days.