The NYT’s, that bastion of unbiased reporting…cough, has a story today entitled “Divisions in G.O.P. Are Laid Bare on First Day of Conservative Conference”.
The largest annual gathering of Republican activists began here Thursday with appearances by rival presidential hopefuls offering their party starkly different paths back to prominence — and diagnoses of what ails it — after last fall’s demoralizing losses.
“We don’t need any new ideas,” Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told a room packed with cheering grass-roots activists, anticipating what he predicted would be liberal critiques of his remarks. “The idea is called America, and it still works.”
Speaking immediately after him, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky declared, “The G.O.P. of old has grown stale and moss-covered.” A “new G.O.P.,” he said, “will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and the personal sphere.”
The yearly assembly of the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, is a showcase of the Republican Party’s top presidential prospects, whose reception before a crowd of critical, future primary voters and volunteers is watched carefully by party leaders, donors and news media handicappers.
…Mr. Paul and Mr. Rubio, the most anticipated speakers on Thursday, displayed differences as bare as those within the party at large. Mr. Rubio called for a reassertion of the traditional, Reagan-era values of limited government at home while Mr. Paul called for a more libertarian approach that would shrink America’s role in the world.
The NYT’s tries to find some kind of war of ideas between Rubio and Paul but that is just not the case. The real civil war is the one between the old guard establishment and true conservatives. Between the young TEA Party constitutionalists and the old bulls.
Just look at the disgusting display put on by John McCain and Lindsey Graham after their dinner with Obama. They went to the floor of the Senate and chastised Rand Paul for him daring to buck the establishment. Obama has circumvented Congress over and over again making appointments and regulations and the like so why shouldn’t a congressional leader ask for clarification on the use of drones to assassinate American citizens on American soil?
Obama has broken almost every rule in the play book so many of us wonder how far this guy will go. Rand Paul asked for an answer and received one. Good for him.
But instead we get the old guard, McCain, Graham, Boehner, and old guard talking heads like Krauthammer raking him over the coals.
On a side note listen to Mark Levin rip into Krauthammer and the like over this issue from yesterdays show:
The establishment gave us McCain, gave us Romney, gave us losers. It’s all status quo with these guys. No new ideas, no bucking the system, just pretend that we have a united front against the Democrats while all the while they vote with the Democrats.
JeffG said it perfectly in 622 words:
And even now, many of them are trying desperately to cling to power, to maintain the status quo, because it is within the current broken system — the one that benefits politicians while screwing over their constituencies — that they thrive. And they’ll be goddamned if any presumptuous set of “citizen legislators” — that is, those who aren’t looking to make a career out of living inside the DC bubble and adapting to its tony ways — is going to come along and upset their well-stocked, perpetually refilled apple cart.
They are concerned only with themselves and their own perks and powers. And just because they wear an R behind their name, or sport a flag lapel pin and mouth conservative pieties from time to time, doesn’t mean they are at all on the side of the people, of the Constitution, of individual liberty and autonomy. In fact, the vast majority of them reject such antiquated principles and instead seek to have a more efficient Leviathan running the lives of the masses. And that’s deplorable.
But against that is rising a new breed, many of whom appeared at CPAC and delivered rousing, principled, optimistic speeches that celebrated the US, that celebrated free market capitalism, and that blasted the old guard for presuming to run the party whose base has come to despise them.
And not all of these were Republicans. Because as I wrote back in 2009, a pro-liberty movement will likely attract those Democrats who believe in the Constitution and are worried about the trajectory of a government that is no longer left and right within the context of a free market capitalist system and representative republic, but one in which the contemporary left represents and embodies the ideology of the Marxists and socialists who the JFK Democrats utterly rejected.
That is, the return of the Reagan Democrat will mark the way back from the New Left authoritarianism and liberal fascism that we’re currently living under. And to get the Reagan Democrat back, you don’t run a mushy, Dem-lite “maverick” like John McCain, or a wavering, pragmatic technocrat like Mitt Romney, both of whom have a history of being much harder on conservatives than on “progressives”.
To get the Reagan Democrat — and to inspire the base, and carry along libertarians — you run principled constitutionalists who are willing to stand up and in clear language reject the arguments of the left. You run pro-liberty candidates who are able to articulate the principles of classical liberalism upon which this country was founded, those who don’t run and hide from unfair characterizations of their positions but rather use those opportunities to make corrections, to amplify their actual beliefs, and to counterattack. Reagan knew this; the GOP establishment, because they don’t really stand for any of those things, consistently fights against those who act in just that way. A big government benefits both parties. That’s the dirty secret about DC and the one the GOP old guard is willing to kill Republican rising stars to protect.
Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert, Mike Lee, Pat Toomey, Tim Scott, Allen West, Sarah Palin, Steve King, Marco Rubio (and there are others) — these are the kinds of Republicans many of the establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle despise. Not just dislike but literally despise.
And that’s because it is politicians of this type who are insisting on returning to first principles, on reining in government, on freeing up the economy, on addressing serious economic concerns, on speaking the truth and on taking the fight to the statists of both parties who daily, hourly, and by the minute molest us and infringe upon our rights and freedoms.
I have concerns with Paul’s foreign policy, I have concerns with Rubio’s stances on a few things, hell…I have concerns with every politician across this land. I don’t agree with any of them 100% but I sure the hell agree with JeffG on this. The Republicans needs to embrace the ideals on which the party was founded, and these new kids bring exactly that to the table.
Because if they don’t I guarantee you they will lose the house and the white house will stay Democrat.
And then we are all up s**t creek without a paddle.