“Panics do not destroy capital; they merely reveal the extent to which it has been previously destroyed by its betrayal into hopelessly unproductive works.”- John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) English philosopher and economist
Three areas the Right should address, financially and intellectually
Life is short, said Hippocrates, but art is long. There is a practical corollary to that great truth: elections are won and lost in the politics of the moment, but it’s the culture that makes the nation.
In the aftermath of President Obama’s victory, conservative political thinkers will have to ask themselves some hard questions. How much of our defeat was due to strategy and how much to structure? How can we reach out to struggling workers without sacrificing our commitment to free enterprise and individual liberty? How can we speak to single women without losing voters committed to family values and the lives of the unborn? How can we welcome the children of illegal immigrants without compromising our belief in the rule of law?
The smartest political writers in the country, all of whom are conservative, will now be addressing those questions. I’m an artist; I play the long game.
To win that game, to create an electorate more deeply committed to true liberty and resistant to the sort of cultural scare tactics the president’s campaign team used so effectively, there are three areas to which conservatives need to commit intellectual and financial resources—three areas that our intelligentsia and funders, in their impractical practicality, too often ignore.
The mainstream news media. Major news outlets, like ABC, NBC, CBS, and the still influential New York Times have now become so ideologically corrupt that they are engaging in the sort of Nixonian cover-ups they once prided themselves on exposing.
WILL THE NEXT GOP CANDIDATE NOT ACCEPT THE MSM’S TERMS FOR DEBATE? I don’t just mean adopting Newt’s ability to use liberal debate moderators as chew toys. (Though that’s not a bad start.) I mean accepting which topics are and aren’t on the table to discuss during the campaign itself.
But in 2008, John McCain was afraid to mention Rev. Wright, for fear of being branded a crypto-racist. It didn’t matter; the media did so anyhow. (And then, like previous allegations against Joe Biden, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, once McCain lost, nobody cared or remembered; the r-word’s constant use by the left has denuded it into a tactical weapon, not a nuclear one.)
In 2012, Mitt Romney was afraid to bring up Benghazi for fear it would make him look like he was losing the election. Again, it didn’t matter – he lost.
I realize that being a presidential candidate is the equivalent of being the very visible CEO of an immense multimillion dollar enterprise that seeks to influence sixty million customers to buy its product. And life in that fishbowl existence makes anyone increasing reluctant to shoot from the hip, particularly as November approaches. And particularly, when you’re a GOP candidate who knows that your every statement will cause an enormous negative counter-reaction from the left.
But could the next GOP candidate grow more of a spine, and stop accepting what the MSM determines is and isn’t out of bounds for him to discuss?
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters” Benjamin Franklin
While the administration stone-walls anything informative about the horrendous event in Benghazi, one seldom reported aspect is terribly bothersome.
A Turkish diplomat met at this compound with our Ambassador early in the evening of the deadly assault, left, moved through a checkpoint and almost immediately thereafter, the assault began. It is beyond belief that there have been no news releases from the Turks and I have to wonder why. What was the reason for the meeting as this largely unprotected location ? With two reasonable important diplomats in a relatively unprotected area, why in the world was security so lax?
Something in this entire episode reeks and while it is unfortunate that our election allows little time for comment, the American people are due full disclosure…..at least, in usual times, the American people would have a right to expect full disclosure . Noting, however, that this administration has been successful in sweeping all kinds of things under the many carpets blanketing most, it seems, of Washington, it is a cause for serious concern that not one investigative reporter has deemed it a duty to be informative. Sure, if the truth were to be come known, the course of history would reflect this new and important awareness and the sitting President would be facing calls for resignation. Perhaps that is why the media and, in fact, most of our Congress have been so pitifully silent – they do not want truth and objectivity to upset their precious little ‘ inside-the-beltway’ world.
In the consideration of the obvious lies and distortions that have been characteristic of this muck-raking campaign, it is a real wonder why the American people seem to be content that the election be a close one. Public ire should be at a fever pitch – instead, it is as docile as a lamb.
Many years ago as I entered the military service of this nation, I took an oath that I still regard as a very special and sacred thing. More recently, as I won election to a city council in Virginia, I was sworn again and that oath joined the first in standing and in my resolve that both were special obligations which I undertook. I do my best to honor those promises to this day.
Today, in full knowledge that those now serving in many Federal, State and Local offices willingly lie, twist truth or do other things to deliberately mislead America, I can say without hesitation that all of them dishonor their country, that their lies stain them with the shame of corruption which will never be washed away and that most are disgusting, unworthy human beings.
I am ashamed of most of you .
“Of all dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness – these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens….reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles” George Washington
New Hampshire, whose residents have “Live Free or Die” etched on their license plates, is weighing an amendment its constitution which states: “No new tax shall be levied, directly or indirectly, upon a person’s income, from whatever source it is derived.”
The measure’s supporters say it will make the state more attractive if the uncertainty over the possibility of new taxes is erased completely. Among New England states, New Hampshire has a competitive advantage over the four other states because of its lack of income and sales taxes.