Readers eye 2010 comeback, World War I, Inspector General scandal, life under the Sun, and much more — including barbs from Barb. And limp-wristed Obama’s opening pitch.
THINK 2010, NOT 2012
Re: Peter Ferrara’s 2010:
I find very little to quibble with and all of it heartens this gloomy conservative. Especially since, and although I’m thought of as something of a sage in my circles, I called the last two election cycles drastically wrong and, having broken my decades long winning streak, am now a discredited odds-maker of the blood sport. I sit quietly in my favorite cigar hangout while the guys argue politics nowadays not so much in approbation but in shattered self-confidence. My errors then were founded on an empty hope and faith in the basic American character and that the electorate could not possibly fail to see through the Democratic charlatans’ lies and threadbare rhetoric. I sincerely thought, as I put it then, “Americans tend to get the big issues right,” meaning war and national security. I see now my predictions were unrealistically based on the average Joe’s ability to parse political language, ideology and party politics in this modern age of atomized communication, political and historical illiteracy and apathy whereas Mr. Ferrara’s is founded on the real consequences that will have, or begun to have, manifested themselves next year as a direct result of the old hippies’ policies. These consequences will bring home the truth of liberalism in a way political rhetoric alone could never do. And so, thanking Mr. Ferrara, hope springs eternal.
I believe of all the items mentioned in Mr. Ferrara’s list of particulars none will hit every home as hard as the so-called “cap and trade” disaster. The messiah himself calmly predicted it could easily double electricity costs and possibly wipe out the coal industry. He made no mention of what it might do to fuel oil costs come winter time but no American will be spared this drastic taxation on everything he or she touches or eats. It will also mean millions will no longer have a living and it may even directly cost lives. We can live without A/C in Florida if we must but people simply cannot live without heat way up north in the winter. Add a VAT to that and we have the makings of both a real depression and a real tea-party. Add the economy and job killing effects of the latest socialized healthcare proposals and it’s goodnight America as we become not only fatally overtaxed but wards of the state. As of today, the hippies propose to do all three within months without a single Republican vote if need be and for American’s sake it needs to be without a single Republican vote. Thus, if we cannot stop it then the sooner they get on with it the better for it could very well be the long awaited death of contemporary liberalism.
I do have a couple of suggestions that I think Mr. Ferrara would appreciate. We must reinvigorate our language and Ronald Reagan is the stellar example for our cause. First, we must stop using the word “capitalism” solely in our discourse and replace it with “free enterprise” or at the least couple the two. I’m not sure when the transition occurred but I remember Reagan using free enterprise much more. Amongst younger people, schooled in the fever swamps of leftist campuses, capitalism carries a lot of negative connotations whereas free enterprise is a positive, self-contained expression of all that we believe. To have to explain capitalism is to argue technicalities but to say free enterprise is to state a self-evident principle thus free enterprise explains itself: Liberty, initiative, individual effort and reward, all qualities that even reactionary campus lefties expect in their own affairs. It points the way that we want to go rather than sitting as a stumbling block to be overcome. Free to make of oneself what he will is what every American believes so let them argue against it.
Next, we miss the larger opportunity of the mid-term elections if
we simply paint this as “Obamanomics.” Hanging this strictly on
Obama falls into the personality cult trap that has so clouded
our electoral politics, warped our Presidential elections and
allowed this demagogue to rise to power. I was astonished last
November at how many educated, affluent, smart people bought into
the hopeychangey shtick of the Obama personality but seemingly
had no clue he adhered to a larger ideology and party and where
that would actually lead his policies, his soothing words
notwithstanding. All one had to do to know what Obama and the
Dems would do this year would have been to review what liberals
have said and done for the last 40 years and yet the vast
majority of people simply didn’t seem to get that any more. No,
in 2010 we must replicate what Reagan did in ‘80 and Newt
Gingrich did in 1994 and hang the mess around the necks of
Congress, Democrats in general and especially Liberalism. Again,
we must harness language. The looming crisis should not be called
“Obamanomics” but “Liberal Economics” or some such foisted on us
by the “Axis of Liberalism,” Obama, Reid and Pelosi. They are
working as a team and to defeat one is to weaken the whole. We
must follow Reagan’s example and discredit liberalism’s root and
branch not just its individuals. And like Reagan and Gingrich we
must hammer home that these policies are the core beliefs of
liberalism and make it stick so Americans get it once and for
all…or for at least a generation. That way, when the next
Wizard of Oz comes along, Americans will know to check out the
man behind the curtain.
— Mark Shepler
If Republicans and conservatives would only stop worrying about “who’s going to lead the Republican Party in 2012,” and stop listening to the media — on both sides — worming away endlessly about that question and get down to the 2010 elections for the Senate and the House, we might just break through.
The Republican Party must put every ounce of energy and every dime of money into those two elections.
What in heathen’s name will it do to have fretted about the presidential election in 2012 if we have not taken back the House and at least weakened the Democrats’ majority in the Senate?
Get on it, GOP!
— A. C. Santore
I loved your column today about the Democrat rout in 2010 — devoutly to be wished…
The fly in the ointment: The vote gets Black Panthered or Acorned.
How does that get stopped?
— Peter Sour
There are two problems with Mr. Ferrara’s rosy scenario for an “earthquake” in 2010. First, the same ignorant, uninformed, brain-dead electorate that voted for a KNOWN MARXIST in 2008 is going to be marching to the polls in 2010. Is someone going to give them an injection of wisdom between now and then? Second, in order to vote out the scoundrels, a viable alternative must be offered. I see none on the horizon. All that is being offered by the Republicans in most places is Liberal Light.
Chances of an “earthquake” in 2010? Zero.
— Keith Kunzler
You’re all a bunch of right wing nut jobs. Your party screwed up this country so bad over the last 28 years, it’s time for you to sit down, shut up and enjoy the ride. What you think means nothing. Your pieces are strictly opinion and you are no better than Howard Stern & Limbaugh…shock jocks. If you supported the right wing conspiracy at any time in the past your opinion now is moot. It will take more than 6 months for a person to bring back this country from the brink; which Republicans and their cowboy ways have rought on us all
I sit back and laugh as I watch you all squirm. I’m lovin’ it!! I
wish you could, too. Your party is a thing of the past and a
joke. Your party single handedly screwed over our image abroad.
Stop your whining and crying and support this president just like
you wanted us to support the joke I like to refer to as good ol’
boy GW. Who gives a flying*&^% what any of you think. Go out
and try to make the world a better place instead of clogging up
the system with useless opinions and stories.
— Barb Rogers