Friday, March 20, 2015

Today's Big Deal-"Quits"



Glenn Beck: I'm Done With the GOP

“I’ve made my decision — I’m out," Beck said on his radio show Wednesday, according to "I’m out of the Republican Party. I am not a Republican; I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I’m out.”

The former Fox News host and founder of the Blaze supported the GOP during the last election cycle but has become disillusioned with the party in recent years over what he believes was its failure to stand up to the Obama administration — specifically, the Affordable Care Act and immigration reform.

“Four years ago I was with them," Beck said. "Four years ago I said, ‘Work from the inside, let’s change it, let’s get new guys in there.’"

But those efforts have proved futile, he said.

“They’re torpedoing the Constitution, and they’re doing it knowingly,” Beck said. “They’re taking on people like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and they are torpedoing them. Knowingly. And these guys are standing for the Constitution.”

ALLAHPUNDIT "This is what I've learned..."

I take Beck at his word, but as for the millions of grassroots righties who’ll be pumping their fists and shouting “yeah!” as they listen to this, let me tell you what I’ve learned from blogging two presidential election cycles. Not only will they not leave the party, even if Jeb Bush is the Republican nominee, by next summer they’ll consider it treason to the cause of conservatism if a RINO like me decides that I’m staying home in November because it doesn’t much matter which royal family’s princeling actually assumes the throne....

Ace of Spades
Allah keeps chortling, saying, "No you guys will be back," but I don't think he understands.
Something has changed.
No, we won't be back. Not in the way he means it. If AllahPundit means that I, for example, will still prefer a more conservative president over a less conservative one, sure, of course, but then, Communists preferred the more liberal Bill Clinton over the less liberal George Bush, without actually supporting the Democratic Party with anything stronger than a velleity.
In 2014, the Establishment went all out to defeat its foes not just on the electoral battlefield, but in the battlefield of the mind as well. They wanted to teach the upstarts a lesson: You have not only lost, but you will always lose; you will not be permitted to win, ever. The entire Party will rise up to crush you should you signal any intention of bucking our Rule.
I warned them about something then: A hopeless soldier is a soldier who will desert the field.
Yes, Establishment GOP, you can teach us that you will always lie to us, stab us in the back, humiliate us and crush us; but if you teach us that, be aware we are learning another lesson, too. Not just that "The Establishment Will Always Crush You," but the lesson that There is no hope in any kind of conventional politics for those of us who want better than this Pile of Shit the two parties give us.
You can deal someone a defeat, but you contend with hurricanes when you seek to kill all of their hopes as well.
I am now well and truly convinced of the Object Lesson our Establishment Masters sought to teach us last fall and this past winter:
They will lie to us, always, so that we cannot even have an argument about policy differences with them. We cannot explain to them why amnesty is a bad deal because they lie and claim that they are already against amnesty.
They will not even respect us enough to have the argument with us.
They will betray us constantly, because they think they can.
They think that our desire for a better America will draw us to vote for the Least Worst candidates.
But many of us now feel like the Communists, or the hardcore paleocons: There really is not a large enough difference between the two parties any more to bother oneself in terms of emotional and financial investmentany longer.
Either way, we will have some form of repressive, unresponsive socialism in this country; what should we care whether the National Welfare Depot is painted in Red or Blue?
I'm not coming back. I'm done. For the past ten years of my life, I've made arguments, some of which I knew to be false, to defend and apologize for the GOP; I see now that I was a fool to do so.
I actually do not care very much if Hillary Clinton is president. What would really be different? Oh, of course she will be cruel to her political opponents, siccing the machinery of the government on them; but I no longer intend to be her political opponent, not in any more than a chiding way, so what do I care about that?
Besides, her Enemies List is long and luscious; I'm sure I'm way down on it.
Now actual Republicans may have cause to worry but that's their own business.
This party has betrayed me for the last time.
You won your battle, GOP establishment. You taught us all that us Lowly Voters were not going to tell you People of Rank how things were to be run.
Well, I believe you. You will never permit we Lowly Voters a say in how we manage our lives and our country. You have to Deliver your Deliverables to your Donor Class.
Well, I hope they have enough money to buy people's votes, because a lot of us are done with politics, except in an abstract, philosophical way.
I'm now a spectator. I will root for this team or that, as I might root for European soccer teams: that is, out of boredom, not conviction.
You killed all hope that I had. You killed the hope in many of us.
Good luck with your convention and all. I'm sure there'll be a lot of people who are Totally Psyched about the balloons and confetti.
Some of us need more, or need less, and I as I can't have more, I'm choosing less.
Here's Some Truth: We all know this, but being Part of the Team, I felt obligated to lie, because I figured you expected me to lie, even though you didn't believe it.
So yeah: The GOP is never repealing Obamacare or even trying hard to do so. They will make false efforts at doing so which they can present to voters as a Good College Try, but aw shucks, we couldn't quite do it.
It's a relief to no longer have to propagate this obvious, feeble lie.
I know very few of you believe the GOP has much intention of repealing Obamacare, but, being a Republican, I have previously felt the need to present The Official Party Position even knowing it was total bullshit.
I've known it was a lie for a year, which is why I hate when it comes up on, say, the Podcast. What am I supposed to say? Am I supposed to pretend the GOP is going to repeal it?
So they're not. They never were.
It was always a lie. To get you to vote for them. We lose on the issue, so then we Have The Issue to run on.
So now we should just start appreciating the Good Parts of Obamacare, because there's no sense being angry about something the Establishment has decided you can't change.

In the past I was he whom Allahpundit described; the guy who shouted and snorted threats of staying home, only to allow the specter of a Leftist regime get the better of me. No more.  I've come to believe that this organism we call  a two party system have achieved a certain
what?a certain comity of understanding; that it's good bidness to rotate control.  It is the GOP's turn this cycle; bet on it (Bush will beat O'Malley).  But the left ratcheting never, ever, ratchets right enough to get back to the original state.  The ball is in your court Mr. Jefferson.


Skoonj said...

I changed my registration to "no political party" a few years ago. My wife did last year. Who will we vote for? I'm not sure, but it won't be a RINO. We won't stay home, and we'll support some non-RINO down-ticket, but Jeb Bush? No. Cristy? No. There are several I know I won't vote for, several I will. We'll just have to see who is nominated.

Anonymous said...

I still don't get it. They run moderates and lose, so they do it some more. Reagan won easily once and by a landslide the second time. Is/are the republican leadership elitists? If they do not offer anything other than big government only slower and with more lube why do we bother? The country is desperately begging for a true conservative leader.

Wabano said...

Anonymous said...

Voting Out The Bastards, or at least the illusion of voting them out is a pressure release. It's meant to prevent civil wars. It works as long as people can be convinced their votes make a difference.

That stop working after a while.

Helly said...

I feel your pain, but you have misplaced the blame.

The Congressional check on the Executive is the power of the purse. With so many Americans dependent on that purse, that power has vanished.

So I'll continue to be a Republican. Why should I give up all that shrimp cocktail?

Anonymous said...

I know that getting all fired up , and trying to sway my friends opinions on FB , only to have the people that I pushed for , win , and within a week turn into the same assholes that I was voting against has gotten OLD ! I'm sick of "WIDE STANCES" , and "Jim Jeffords" , and Boners . I''m sick of showing up at work every day seeing MORE , AND MORE HISPANICS taking our jobs ! The fix is in , and our country is being stolen in front of my eyes . Those sons of bitches don't even fake trying to speak english anymore ! They huddle up in their own work crews , and just take more , and more , day by day ! I was on the job last year , at the National Gallery Of Art , and was singing the song from "West Side Story" I WANNA BE IN AMERICA ! The hispanic crew complained , and said they felt threatened by me singing ! I was pulled into a meeting , and told , that if I sang on the job again , I would be terminated ! I go to work at HIGH SECURITY BUILDINGS IN OUR NATIONS CAPITOL , AND THE PEOPLE THAT I'D PROFILE AS A THREAT ARE THE ONES IN CHARGE OF SECURITY ! WE ARE BEING PUSHED ASIDE , AND IT'S NOT EVEN SUBTLE ANY MORE ! THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE ARE BRINGING IN FULL HISPANIC CREWS THAT DO NOT HAVE TO FOLLOW THE SAME SAFETY RULES THE WE AMERICANS WOULD BE FIRED FOR ! DAY BY DAY WE ARE BEING PUSHED OUT , AND NOBODY SAYS A DAMNED THING ! DON'T KNOW WHAT TO TELL YOU BOSS ! I'M BEGINNING TO THINK IT'S LOST ! ... --- ... ; ( > SMIBSID

Anonymous said...

Remember, too, that Ronald Reagan started out as a Democrat, but was a Republican through and through. He said once that he did not leave the Democrat Party, the Democrat Party left him. As they are famous (infamous) for.


Mike C said...

As I have noted here before I have been an ACTIVE GOP member, campaigning for the party in my county. The local Chairman told a crowd once that "If I had 2 or 3 more workers like Mike, we would win every election in this county."

BUT I have to say I am on the cusp too. If given a choice between Jeb and O'Malloy, there really is no point is there? I'll stay at home, work on my gun collection, and let the illegals cast my vote for me (they are doing it anyway, and my party doesn't care).

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