controlled demolition

The message of conservatism is at least as equally valid as liberalism, but what we saw, as spectacle over the past twelve months was the effective controlled demolition of a political party. Evidently, the same disease that will hollow out the Democrats as well, except they were able to cover it up better. The GOP philosophy could not  stand up to the standards associated with the style; just a mad cacaphony of squeaky wheels unable to articulate a basic message or make the necessary effort to capture the public imagination. The disease is that conservatives don’t really own the party, it is run by neo-fascist types with little social conscience and their inability to use social media and post- modern marketing techniques just meant a harder fall.

Passive corporate power facing off against Liberals of government bureaucratic power who are not liberals but rather socialists by first nature. Like the alcoholic who just wants one drink, they are going to reach deep into the pockets, well beyond, or beneath the stated income groups they are targeting. The beast will always be hungry. We are a long way from Edmund Burke battle Mary Wollenscroft or Patrick shout of “Give me liberty, or give me death,” Now its a gaming of the system to suck it dry instead of motivationby risk management to achieve the right to self destiny. Obama is clearly not this man of freedom but rather of the spreading of risk, on your dime, and its no wonder he has such broad support among Wall Street, Bloomberg, Warren Buffet, but he never stopped saying how hard he fights for the little guy and gal every day. Its bunk, but if you repeat it enough and throw a few crumbs, the chicken will eat. For the GOP they are going to have to do a major purge and go back to the old playbook and values of Abraham Lincoln that will promote enterprise and individualism in the here and now.  Like him or loath him, Stephen Harper in Canada built a solid conservative constituency in Canada largely by bringing immigrant and new Canadians into the conservative fold by promoting basic conservative values so it can be done.

David Frum:The key message I hope readers will understand: conservatism must modernize. Modernization is not an abandonment of the conservative message; modernization is the only way conservatism can survive. Read More:

The GOP is going to have to put into value the right to self destiny, the risk taking spirit that launched America. They have to get back to basics. The Democrats bought some time her, but their expiry date is not far off as well. The GOP might even do well to dissolve the party and build a new one, getting rid of the wackos, kooks, and the American version of the Muslim Brotherhood. It would be most American, the risk taker, to leave a well ordered established party and its level of comfort for the insecurities of building a new one.

John Sloan: Election Night. 1907. Conrad Black:In the 232 years of American history leading up to 2008, the federal government ran up a cumulative deficit of $10-trillion. In just the last four years, that has increased by 60% to $16 trillion, $17,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States; and there are 5-million fewer Americans with jobs than there were four years ago. In that time, the number of people benefitting from food-stamp programs (supplements to income for purposes of avoiding malnutrition) has increased from about 27- to about 47-million people.
Mr. Obama certainly inherited serious problems, but conditions have in many respects deteriorated, and the potential devaluation of the currency has shaken the traditional, bourgeois, soul of America. Read More:


(see link at end)…And people tend to think by soaking up information they have gained knowledge when, indeed, they have only gained information. Some very unscrupulous people realized this and began massive campaigns to distribute disinformation. It is the latest, most up-to-date methodology devised to exercise power over the masses. Disinform them, divert their attention from real problems by misinforming them about issues. Keep them focused on the wrong issues so they totally overlook the real problems (problems are bigger deals than issues because they represent the core from which all issues derive). It’s called Psychological Operations – or, Psy-Ops.

It is a subtle but mystical conundrum that in the midst of an economic base change rooted in technology and information, few really understand the value of the information they hold. Fewer still appear to know what to do to maximize the value of accessible information. Only when people apply information and understand whether it works or doesn’t work for the good of society or to achieve specific objectives (not good for society) does information become knowledge. Information requires experience to become knowledge. Until then, it is just information. Many people believe this is a major part of what is wrong with the Obama Administration… it has information experts that have no idea they must first test information and understand how it works before it becomes knowledge. My personal opinion is that this administration knows precisely what it is doing. Read More:

Jack Levine. Election Night. —Read More:

David Frum:But Lugar was growing old and — worse — had co-operated too much with President Obama. A Tea Party Republican named Richard Mourdock launched a primary challenge against Lugar, and won. Mourdock then proceeded to share his ideas with the broader Indiana electorate, including this one: “I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins i

at horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Those words were pronounced in the heat of a televised debate. Mourdock later clarified that he did not mean to say that rape is intended by God; only that rape-caused pregnancies are intended by God. The clarification did not help, to say the least, and Mourdock now badly trails his conservative Democratic opponent.

Mourdock was not the only Republican candidate to expatiate on the subject of rape. In Missouri, Democrats had been resigned to a likely loss by Claire McCaskill, in trouble for — among other things — using campaign funds to charter private jets. However, Republicans however nominated a pro-life crusader named Todd Akin, who became world-famous when he told a television interviewer that a woman could not become pregnant from a “legitimate rape.” (Akin later elaborated that he opposed a rape exception for abortion in part because women might lie about rape. McCaskill was saved.

In Virginia, Republicans re-nominated George Allen, who had lost in 2006 after he was caught on video deriding a non-white reporter as “macaca over there.” Nobody quite knew what “macaca” meant, but it did not sound good in the mouth of a politician famous for his pro-Confederate enthusiasm. A more adroit politician than Mourdock and Akin, Allen has kept out of trouble in 2012, but he’s an increasingly poor fit for a state whose fastest-growing population centers are filling with highly educated knowledge workers.

In 2010, Scott Brown won an upset victory to serve the balance of the term of the late Senator Kennedy. Massachusetts is a liberal state, but it often elects Republican governors to police its notorious free-spending state legislature. Could an attractive and appealing moderate hold a Senate seat? Perhaps — until Warren tightened the race with a withering series of attack ads reminding Massachusetts voters that however nice a guy Scott Brown was, a vote for Brown was a vote to turn control of the Senate over to the party that also nominated Mourdock, Akin and Allen. The race is close, but local observers expect a Warren win.

In 2010, Tea Party candidates cost the GOP control of the Senate by throwing away four otherwise winnable seats: Colorado, Connecticut Delaware and Nevada. Now in 2012, Tea Party Republicanism looks likely to enlarge the Democratic margin even further.

If so, more mainstream Republicans will be left after Tuesday to ponder this question: Have we learned our lesson yet?Read More:

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