January 23, 2014

Dear Republican Party

It is time to decide.  Which is more important, money or votes? You cannot deride your base and expect them to vote for you. On the other hand, you can't win without money.

Decisions, decisions.


Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

Well, they ain't gettin' any of my money, that's for damn sure. I was never one to give money to politicians in the first place, but the next to the last group I'd give it to would be the Republicans.

Anonymous said...

The problem with clinging to the base is that on many issues, the rest of the country has left the Republican party behind. (Pun intended.)

If you want the 10 Commandments on the court house lawn, you shouldn't be surprised to see any number of other monuments. (Yes, including the satanists, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster.)

You won't win national campaigns calling for an end to abortion. Only 20% of the population thinks abortion should always be illegal. And of the restrictions people want, most are in place.

It used to be the case that all you had to do was whisper "gay marriage" and you could ensure a Republican landslide in any given state. That strategy fell apart a while back, and shows no sign of turning around. 50% of all straight marriages fail - that isn't the gay's fault.

I could go on.

Of course the Dems are just as out of touch on gun control, and taxes, and now to see Obama & Co. defending surveillance regimes that would have made J. Edgar Hoover blush is a case of life-imitates-the-onion.

mts1 said...

The trouble with playing defense is it limits your options. The left is like a guerilla army in the hills that comes to town when it feels like and hit targets of its choosing, while the local detachment has to mostly clean up, since the band is back in the hills before anyone can say, "Wha' happ'n?"

Copnservatives are trying to use the legislature to lead instead of follow public opinion long after the left used an i.v. drip of poison into the system for years via the media and entertainment. I forget who said he'd rather have one troubador than 100 preachers try to spread his message, but it nails it.

The Indiana speaker's push for the bill to make a referendum for the autumn ballot 1) changes no current state law, 2) enacts no new restriction already in place, and 3) takes the ball away from the legislature and courts and lays it before the people. But he's sexistracisthomophobe for getting it through. Power to the People is a liberal slogan only when it goes their way.

So now Cuomo says anyone against abortion or sodomite marriage is not welcome in his state. What happened to Obama's call for more civility in public debate? The left considers any opposition to their plans hate speech and incivility. And why should conservatives take a hiatus on social issues when the left is doubling down and getting more shrill everyday?

I'm watching the current procedings as intently as one listens to and looks at a dying relative to hold the memory of that person before he passes. It may be the final time in my life that I see a politician fight for what is fitting and just instead of selling himself out for the filthy lucre like a $10 crack whore.

Joe said...

If the Indiana Legislature sends a Constitutional gay marriage ban to the people in a referendum, it will likely be defeated.

the only cure is term limits, then politicians will do the right thing on budgets, etc. instead of voting to get re-elected.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter as long as people believe they can get something for nothing,they will vote for the lying asshole that promised it. I also love people who say percentages of anything, hell I can find a poll that supports damn near any position. In fact 56% of America thinks polls are bullshit.

James Old Guy

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

My attitude about polls is that they didn't ask me, so their poll is automatically bogus.

Wheelgun, so 50% of straight marriages fail. What does that prove about gay marriages? The fact is that they'll fall apart, too, human nature being what human nature is. Frankly I don't give a shit what happens behind the bedroom door, but I am getting sick and damn tired of the lifestyle of 3% or fewer of the population being shoved in my face as being mainstream and worthy of being recognized as such.

The real solution is to get government the hell out of marriage altogether. You want to get married? Go to a priest or a judge or a lawyer and have them solemnize your vows. Or stand on a beach or in a forest glade and say your vows to each other. I don't give a good goddamn. Make a contract if you have to have some legal or financial basis to work from. But put a stop to the issuance of marriage licenses and hand it back over to the religious folks or whatever.

And while you're at it, simplify the tax code and eliminate the concept of "married filing jointly" and "married filing separately". Everybody should just file for themselves. If you have joint property, fine; take half the deduction each (or change the deduction schedules so that the deduction is half of what it currently is). Got kids? Fine, take a dependent deduction ditto. Or I dunno -- maybe get rid of deductions altogether and just lower the FUCKING TAX RATE? Jeebus.

Anyway, get the government out of marriage and this stupid shit stops, and we can get on with more important things like the economy and jobs and national defense. And throwing Democrats out of office.

Joe said...

Exactly Fuzzy. The Government should get out of the marriage business. That includes mandating "marriage class"in Colorado.

We need to start asking why the government -- at any level-- gets involved with a lot of things. Too many people just accept whatever the authorities shove down our throats.

Maybe we need to go back to studying the Founding documents and actual American history in school,

And mayhap draw and quarter a few corrupt politicians.

mts1 said...

In fact 56% of America thinks polls are bullshit.

James Old Guy

I just got this Tullamore Dew Single Malt after it took weeks for the liquor store to get it in, and now you've made me spray a mouthful on the monitor. Reminds me of when Emo Phillips would yap about something then drop the zinger in when you least expected it. Very well played, sir.

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