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Cowardice Improves Nothing

Posted on | September 13, 2011 | 8 Comments

by Smitty

Just because you’ve become comfortable with the list on the ship of state does not justify inaction to correct the flooding problem.

Althouse references Ed Kilgore:

Every moment they spend sparring over the New Deal and Great Society is a boon to Barack Obama. Even if the incumbent cannot win a referendum on his own presidency, he can win a competition between the ghost of Barry Goldwater and the ghosts of FDR and LBJ.

Boo, hiss. I voted for Ross Perot in ’92, and I’m unafraid to support a non-GOP conservative with the integrity to face down our problems.

  • Quantitative Easing is theft.
  • Social Security, and all federal entitlements, really, are a Ponzi scheme.
  • Frivolously spending more than we can ever possibly repay is immoral.

I can moderate that slightly by allowing for some gradual righting of the ship of state: we don’t have to try to do things so rapidly that people are wildly tossed about. That’s a style point. Substantially, any candidate had better explain where they’re rigging pumps and doing some serious de-watering.

Trying to ‘make nice’ with our problems, in the name of appeal to moderates does nothing but ensure the ship of state will capsize. At that rate, shag it: just vote for BHO, and let’s flip this byotch soonest. I, for one, have good swimming skills.
Therein lies the rub: it’s not about me, it’s about caring enough not to let a ship driven by Progressive fools capsize without an extended struggle for liberty.


8 Responses to “Cowardice Improves Nothing”

  1. Anamika
    September 13th, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    And I would add on to that: Like Einstein said — If you want to get different results do different things.

    Irrespective of the justice, righteousness, sincerity and whatnot of your cause (and irrespective of the perfidy, maliciousness and betrayal, etc of the ever-growing cabal of wrong-doing others) the current approach is a sinking ship. The intelligent communicator looks at whether something is “working,” and if it isn’t, changes his/her approach and tries SOMETHING ELSE.

    Maybe we are all in the same boat here. The same boat that someone recently was gently rowing down a stream or dream….

    Now my burning question is: “If that boat sank would that event be a ordinary event or a special event?”

  2. Anonymous
    September 13th, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    Smitty, that’s what I’ve been saying (though not as well) since 2007. And that’s why I won’t vote for a Mittens. Since the ship’s going to sink unless different policies are tried, I want the Captain and crew wearing Copperhead snakeskin uniforms.

  3. Charles
    September 13th, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    “I can moderate that slightly by allowing for some gradual righting of the ship of state: we don’t have to try to do things so rapidly that people are wildly tossed about. That’s a style point.”

    No, not a style point, that’s the whole ball game.

  4. Quartermaster
    September 13th, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    A lot of so-called moderates want compromise instead of allowing the whackos of both sides dictate what happens.

    The problem with that is we have reached a point far beyond where we could have gradually walked the cat back. It’s entirely possible it’s entirely to late, but it’s a lead pipe cinch that it’s far too late for compromise. We either swallow some very bitter medicine now, or far worse will forced down our throats. The latter is far closer than most people want to admit.

  5. Adjoran
    September 13th, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    Courageous stupidity doesn’t improve much, either.

    We can debate the issues that threaten the country RIGHT NOW or we can argue, as Driscoll terms it, the New Deal and Great Society. 

    Medicare and Medicaid are bankrupting the country.  They are emergency cases in need of reform.  If we must speak specifically about entitlements, why not concentrate on the big problems?

    All the argument over Social Security does is give the Democrats a more credible club to beat us with their scare tactics.  SS in insolvent, but curable.  It’s a lousy retirement deal, to be sure.  But once the big bubble of Baby Boomers do the right thing (thanks Gov. Lamm) and die off, it will be once more sustainable for decades.  And all that’s needed to get it through are the same common sense reforms that Clinton and Gingrich were almost ready to propose when the Monica scandal broke.

    I understand that fringe idiots will find any candidate impure and vote for some third party loser out of spite, but they are fringe for a reason and not great in number.  But we’re not going to overturn the New Deal in one election, period.  Get used to it.

    If you want to use your vote to reelect Obama and “send a message” to the GOP, don’t worry, they will get it.  The message is “I am too stupid to be relevant; you should ignore me because unless you adopt my program completely I will oppose you, and even if you do I will find another reason because that’s what idiots like me do.”

    Loud and clear!

  6. rosalie
    September 13th, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    With this administration, I feel like I’m on the Titanic.     

  7. Anonymous
    September 13th, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    Doesn’t the steel superstructure overhead interfere with your WiFi signal?

  8. Tennwriter
    September 13th, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    There is an increasingly large number of us, Adjoran.  Perhaps you’d be better spending time telling the RINOs how to surrender gracefully to the Conservatives.