So I’ve been relatively quiet the last several weeks. I have spent most of my time reading.
A little Mao, a little Card, a little Smith and little Goldberg… along with every article I can find on this latest loss to the Left.
It’s always interesting to hear those I respect, and many I don’t, suffer the same attempt to understand why the United States chose the Socialist… once again. Luckily for me, these folks have done so in type…
From what I have gleaned there are three basic themes:
1. Republicans do not, or are incapable of, running a candidate with a solid foundation of Free-market principles (aka Capitalist) who is willing to espouse them in a cogent concise manner. Over, and over, and over.
2. The Republicans fall in line every time the Socialists say “We need civility, cooperation and bipartisanship”… which actually means “help us make these horrible Socialist ideas work… or at least let us blame YOU when they predictably don’t”.
3. The country is divided between those who make and those who take… and the takers voted. (I know this is offensive… particularly to the “takers”, which is why I’m convinced it is truth. Nobody is ever offended by ridiculous assertions… because they’re ridiculous. Clowns are funny, not offensive.)
These three points are the wheat, separated from the chafe. These are what survives poor logic, and the socialist republican thought, we have been subject to for decades.
So what are the “solutions” to this problem?
Let it burn.
We have an opportunity to allow Socialism to Fail Epically. The “Fiscal Cliff” is a Socialist wet dream. And, in the words of Barack Obama, elections have consequences… well, I agree.
While I do not support a stance of “walking away” from the issue, I do support adopting a tactic of the left. A tactic so common that the American people have come to accept it. A tactic so old that Machiavelli shared it with his Prince.
Tell everyone, repeatedly, that you want to help “solve” this problem. Let everyone know how dangerous it is and that you agree with the Democrats regarding the election results… Tell every listening ear that you’ll welcome whatever solutions the Democrats and Barack Obama send over… then do nothing. Never once acknowledge any proposals sent up for consideration…
In fact… ignore any “solutions” that might be sent over no matter how ridiculous. Don’t laugh at them, don’t critique how stupid they may be, don’t acknowledge them at all. Just stay with the above plea and offer of immediate cooperation and bipartisanship when the Democrats come to the table.
Then stay quiet. In other words, if you’re not talking about how cooperative you’re going to be and busy being “civil” while doing nothing… you should have a steaming hot cup of Shut the F*ck Up in your hand sipping away.
“But Mike… but Mike… that means we go over the Fiscal Cliff! Aghhhhh…”
Yep. It’s time for some pain. It’s time for the takers to see what Socialism is all about in a way that cannot be ignored, spun or placed at the feet of Capitalists.
“But Mike… The press will blame the Republicans!”
Yep. But not the few who openly stand for Free Market Capitalism. And this will be the opportunity for them to rise up and shine.
Genuinely pay attention to the foundations of the candidates you support. (The ability to recognize these values will require YOU to understand them first. So, get to work.)
In other words, not what they say… talk is cheap… but what they do… all the time.
If the Great Experiment is to succeed, we must… must, with no exceptions… seek out and elect those whose beliefs are founded in Free-market Capitalism and Individual Liberty. They must believe it. They must practise it. They must understand what limited government means and how that benefits every citizen in the U.S., not just all the little groups the Left wants, needs, us to identify with.
It is the single “Big Idea”. It is a unifying message. It is the “Big Tent” under which all of us can get underneath if we choose to. It is exactly what the Socialists fear… and right now they have no fear, evidently for good reason.
It will be the platform our current and aspiring leaders must run on during the mid-terms. It will be the platform all of us must insist on during the primaries for 2016. The rest of the republicans I don’t care about… aside from removing them from office and replacing them with Capitalists.
Call it what it is.
Call this crap Socialism. Why are we 16 Trillion dollars in debt and headed for Fiscal Oblivion? Socialism. Why are our kids failing in school? Socialism. Why are there no jobs out there? Socialism. Why did the housing market crash? Socialism. Why do the banks control everything? Socialism. Why are our taxes going up rather than our government stopping the out of control spending? Socialism. Why does everything cost more? Socialism. Who wants to get ahold of our savings and 401k’s? Socialists. Who wants to nationalize more companies forcing taxpayers to support the Unions? Socialists. Who are the Socialists responsible for all of this? Name them… from both parties. Often, and as loud as possible.
This may sound “too simple”.
I would offer that if it is too simple why hasn’t it been done since Reagan?
The Left chastises those who “still live in the era of Reagan.” They think Reagan is idolized as Reagan the man… Well I happen to idolize Reagan, not as “the man” but rather as the guy who stood for what this country was founded on. If you give me someone else who truly believes in those same things and shows no fear, ever, in espousing them and then actually doing them once in office I will idolize them too.
So there you have it. The Political Consultant class will call this naive… fine. I expect nothing less because the above “Big Idea” doesn’t require their input… thus will not generate foolish amounts of money headed their way.
I will offer only a single defense.
“Attention Political Consultants… I’ve read all your stuff… every bit of it. I’ve watched all your brilliance closely, campaign after campaign. The only winners, or at least those who profit, at the end of the day are you. I know Socialism… deeply. You also profess to as well, yet you preach “reaching out” to disparate groups, the same groups created for the purposes of the Left you supposedly oppose. You promote Bipartisanship and non-offensive messaging for fear of offending the sensibilities of our home-grown Communists… In your model, “Getting something done” is more important than “Getting only the right things done and nothing else”. Both Lenin and Alinsky agree, a compromise is a win for the Left… and you are part of the problem. You are why we are here.