Let’s Take A Timeout

I was finally diagnosed a week ago, with an annoying problem that required some urgent surgery. I’m fine now and pretty much ready to get back to work. The week away from the grind has given me plenty of time to catch up on my reading. Fortunately I was able to get the ‘pulse’ of where we are right now and I have a lot of concern for what I found.

Once again, it seems the right is engaged in a bit of internecine warfare. We’ve seen this before and most times it ends up in a draw. This time we can’t afford to end with a stalemate. There is clearly a right and wrong direction we must take gearing up for next year. I’m convinced that over these next months we’ll see a battle like never before in modern history. Yes it sounds alarmist, but I don’t think the republic has faced such a critical juncture as it faces now. I honestly believe the choices we make now will determine the fate of our beloved country. I could of course, be wrong but I think we’re looking at that ‘Hill to make a stand on’. Never have we seen the forces of evil tyranny come together as they have. Every nook and cranny of our unique, American culture seems under attack.

In spite of this all, many on our side seem determined to fight this battle as gentlemen, keeping some chivalrous sense of niceness while engaging for our cultural existence. In my mind, I see the parallels between what we’re doing now to Abe Lincoln in the early months of the civil war. Old Abe went through a lot of generals before he found Grant. Grant’s predecessors wanted to plan and re-plan, retreat for better battlefield conditions, reorganize, change strategy, on and on. They all suffered from the ‘Kiss of Death’ in warfare –INDECISIVENESS. What was needed then as needed now was a general that’s willing to say to hell with conditions, I’m going to attack the enemy and hard. Forget all the BS details, get the troops together and attack ! One side of our party is the crowd that insists we have to pick our battles, we aren’t strong enough now, we have to accept reality, ad nauseum. The thin gruel of explanations to why we ‘won’ this round, that are patronizing at best, deceiving at worst. Sound familiar?

We’ve always had our David Brooks types, here’s a perfect example Save Wrath For Obama. I read that this morning and had to stop in the middle of the piece and check the byline. It was downright patronizing in it’s tone, and a classic elitist viewpoint. In other words a losing argument.

The elites are in full spin mode, gently telling us neanderthals that this or that isn’t a good idea. We can’t do that, because the other side or the general public might think we’re mean. Of course that completely ignores the fact that the LSM has been doing that for decades anyway. Duncan Hunter (the son), one of the new crop of congresscritters told Laura Ingraham last night on The Factor, that we shouldn’t have taken the risk of a shutdown-showdown. Even after having the fact that Ogabe might have blinked first, he insisted we shouldn’t have done it because maybe he wouldn’t have blinked. That made me puke a little in my mouth. [Note to Rethuglican Pols: do NOT take up casino gaming as a living.] That’s a losers perspective and this guy is a battle-proven Marine !!! That’s the power the elite beltway insiders have over our party.

This latest battle boils down to our side pointing out the Lose-Lose we took on the fake $38 billion deal- A deal that was actually a Win-Win for the dems in reality by 1) Not giving up a damned thing and 2) Getting to claim how draconian the cuts demanded by the rethugs and Tea Partiers were. The other side is insisting it was the best deal we could expect since we don’t control the Senate or the White House (gee…thanks for telling me that, I didn’t know) and we wouldn’t risk a government shutdown because the military wouldn’t get paid. If that viewpoint was really, really a win, why are y’all going to such great length explaining it to us plebes?

I try to explain my point- that at the end of the day it wasn’t about dollars, it was about principles and doing the job that the folks that elected you expect to be done. The Tea Party movement was about an intervention to get D.C. off of their spending addiction. That addiction needs to be treated by changing the mindset of our elected representatives. The lesson is we MUST stop over spending and that means using all available tools in our arsenal. Numbers don’t matter, we must show the other side, that we’ll go to the brink (and beyond) if necessary to win. The shutdown was exactly what was needed to demonstrate our resolve.

We can only hope the next fight over the 2012 budget and raising the debt ceiling will find our leaders with some real resolve and intestinal fortitude to hold fast and bring us a real win.

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LC Gunsniper
LC Gunsniper

We can only hope the next fight over the 2012 budget and raising the debt ceiling will find our leaders with some real resolve and intestinal fortitude to hold fast and bring us a real win. That’s up to us to keep the pressure on not only the opposition, but especially our own representatives. The donks love to hold their… Read more »

Tallulah
Tallulah

I’m afraid we’re going to ride the elevator right down to the sub-basement before our comrades in whining will decide to get OFF. This is like watching our nation sleep-walk right off a cliff, while most of the citizens are sitting around debating what to do, or cursing the enemy but not actually doing anything destructive to him. Which is… Read more »

LC Anniee451
LC Anniee451

Right, but what does one actually do? Phone the representatives ten times a day screaming? (Not that I wouldn’t; I just don’t know that it would even register.) Well I’ve already got my own plan. If there’s no justice left (and I’ll know in days) I’m in open revolt. By myself. Anyone can join, of course; but I doubt anyone… Read more »

LC Gunsniper
LC Gunsniper

If there’s no justice left

Justice will continue to flourish in those who are willing to take up its cause.

LC Anniee451
LC Anniee451

LC Gunsniper says:

If there’s no justice left
Justice will continue to flourish in those who are willing to take up its cause.

I guess we’ll see.

The Other Les
The Other Les

This year in my upcoming posts on by blogs for the anniversary of the Waco Massacre (yes, I still remember) I was going to do something more than to remind the readers of the event. I was going to raise the question of whether or not we are heading into a real live shooting civil war. And right now I’m… Read more »

LC Xystus
LC Xystus

The Other Les:

I was going to raise the question of whether or not we are heading into a real live shooting civil war.

And right now I’m afraid that the answer is going to be in the affirmative.

Then they will die.

LC Anniee451
LC Anniee451

That’s the point. Is it time for action or isn’t it? And what form does the action take? I have a fair idea of what mine will be; it’s forming. I’m drawing my boundaries – what wouldn’t I do? Lots of things. I wouldn’t climb a bell tower or strap on a bomb or pull a Loughner. No, but there… Read more »

LC Anniee451
LC Anniee451

LC Xystus says:

Then they will die.

One would hope, in the final analysis. Who goes first? Gonna need more than one for that. And some provocateurs willing to lose everything. 🙂 Or who don’t have much to lose.

LC Anniee451
LC Anniee451

Jackboot – Our nation is in deep trouble because we have a president and Senate who actually believe that government creates progress. No they don’t. I don’t think there is a man or woman in either house that believes that. Some just have a different goal than progress or a radically different definition of progress. Assume they know the truth… Read more »

LC Anniee451
LC Anniee451

BTW Jackboot; hope you recover quickly. Surgery is awful.

Shaitana
Shaitana

:em96:

Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery

The Other Les says: I was going to raise the question of whether or not we are heading into a real live shooting civil war. And right now I’m afraid that the answer is going to be in the affirmative. Well, the polarity between the two sides in this country is strikingly similar to that in 1860-61, but if you… Read more »

LC MuscleDaddy
LC MuscleDaddy

Hey JB,

I just read through the article you referenced above

Maybe you want to go back over that – in the words of Indigo Montoya: “I do na’ thenk it means what you…thenk it means”.

To me it sounded more like ‘The Right Needs to Quit Squabbling and Get It’s Shit Together’.

– MD

LC Anniee451
LC Anniee451

“great words, lots of courage and principal, but what will be the end result?” As to the things going through my mind; that is all being quite carefully weighed. I can not be sure what any end result would be; I can try to maximize benefit and minimize any risk to others. The actual point, actually, is to HELP others,… Read more »

LC Anniee451
LC Anniee451

The problem is one side takes that idea (of being nice guys) into the battles with the other side. Frankly anyone who hasn’t gotten past the necessity of “being nice” when merely verbally discussing issues is not going to get the hint until it’s far too late for him to do anything but be consumed or speak a few brave… Read more »

BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)
BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)

Wow … such grim determination, Anniee … I f’ing love it! I respectfully disagree with the ultimate conclusion of Jaybear (even though there is a lot of truth and wisdom in what he says) … I do think that a small faction of determined and prepared non-government types can successfully revolt. Though I don’t admire them, look at what the… Read more »