February 19, 2009 — Assigned Reading

Awkward.

Steele: GOP Needs ‘Hip-Hop’ Makeover
(FROM: The Washington Times) Okay, so early feedback from some of my conservative buddies seems to consist of rolled eyes and shaking heads, but I tell you what — Steele is onto something. I’ve been saying for a long time now, especially in the commentaries immediately following the election in November 2008, that the GOP needs to get sleeker, needs to get faster, needs to get more effective in order to compete with Barack Obama in 2012. We need Apollo Creed. Obama mastered the ground game in 2008, and we’ve got some catching up to do. For too long, conservatism has been misbranded as an ideology fit only for old, graying white guys. While you know I’m not a big fan of building a bigger tent when it comes to La Raza types or to people in the center-left, I’m a huge fan of showing off the merits of conservatism to people who may not normally hear them. For the GOP to compete in 2010 and beyond, we must show people of all shapes, sizes, races, incomes and more that, whether or not they realize it, they likely practice fiscal conservatism in their own lives or, whether or not they want to admit it, they know they should in order to get ahead. I happen to think that Michael Steele can pull it off — but I tell you what, it’s got to be a little less disingenuous than Mitt Romney’s cringe-worthy attempt at relating to the people.

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GOP Governors Clash Over Cash
(FROM: Politico) There’s no good answer for this. Stick with principles and refuse the money, and down the road face attack ads depicting how you put political aspiration ahead of the needs of the people; take the money despite your principles, and down the road face attack ads insinuating that you were spineless and hypocritical. It’s a bad situation to be in, all around. I do think, though, that given the situation, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is handling it well in saying that he took his personal stand given his personal convictions but at the end of the day needed to keep his people’s needs in mind. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, too, seems to be doing what Congress did not — taking his time. “We’ll have to review each program, each new dollar to make sure that we understand what are the conditions, what are the strings and see whether it’s beneficial for Louisiana to use those dollars,” Jindal told a New Orleans news station. Whew. As much as I applaud these governors for sticking to their conservative guns with regard to the so-called “stimulus” package, they sure put themselves in an awful position.


Maverick is as Maverick Does
(FROM: National Review) No matter what, I just cannot get away from my belief that, had John McCain displayed back in October the same hard-nosed fiscal conservatism he displayed during the recent debate over the “stimulus” package, he might be the one in the Oval Office today. In this piece, author Mark Hemingway argues that refusing to jump on the stimulus bandwagon is nothing new for McCain; I beg to differ. If that were the case, November 4, 2008 could have turned out much differently.

Listen Up, While You Still Can
(FROM: Human Events) Perhaps it’s where I’m comfortable as a Philadelphia Eagles fan and an Auburn University alum, but I liken a lot of politics to football. So far, like a head coach who scripts the progression of each play for the first few offensive series before going toward instinct-based improvisation for the rest of the game, the liberals have been going down their script like a checklist. Everything we’ve seen so far is by design, a plan devised by Democrats over 14 frustrating years. The Fairness Doctrine is next. Yes, even the liberals’ approach to the broadcast media flies in the face of the free market: Cannot compete? Try a government mandate! Liberal radio going bankrupt? Never! The ideology is too big to fail — bail ‘em out with restrictions on political speech!

Interesting Overview on Keynesian Economics
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  1. Anonymous says:

    As a first poster (who has been lurking here after reading about the birth certificate issue from one site that linked to here), Steele is right IMO.

    For some time, I knew the GOP had to be ethnically diverse if it wants to survive in the 21st century. W did pave the way for future Republicans to be diversity-oriented in their administrations. His 1st Cabinet is a great example of that.

    Republicans and conservatives would do best to study on how the Conservative Party in the UK and Canada manage to be conservative, but also diversity-oriented. Both parties have more people of all races in their ranks.

    The GOP is getting slowly better with that, new stars like Bobby Jindal, Joseph Cao and Sarah Palin will help with that image. I think Obama was a wake-up call. I’m hoping Steele can bring in new blood for the party.

    Anyhow, good article!

  2. Anonymous says:

    GOP’s makeover has been online for months . . .hip 36 year old Alphonso (aka ZO) makes the conservative’s point in video format at his youtube “machosauceproducations” account on a regular basis.
    Check it out . . .you won’t be sorry!
    Declaration of Dependence

    The Dream and the 44th

  3. Anonymous says:

    What good is Freedom if you have no Liberty?

    The conservation and advancement of Liberty is what Conservatism is most about. Every American of every creed and color is willing to listen and discuss what you have to say about that; how to reduce the risk of indentured or institutional servitude. Conservatism is about the realization and the conservation of our lives as Sovereign Individuals under the Constitution.

    Conservatism is not about being pathologically cheap, pathologically histrionic or pandering to loudmouthed Catholic malcontents on talk radio, whether they hail from the Left or the Right. Nor is it about alcoholics, pathological narcissists and drug addicts masquerading as career journalists in the heavily unionized corporate media.

    Neither is it about precautionism or prohibitionism, or enslaving us in an endless tyranny of Legalism selectively enforced by regulators and officials immune to meaningful political redress by the rest of us.

    The Democrats have unquestionably become THE party of Bad Ideas. What Steele is eloquently admitting: The GOP is a party of NO IDEAS. News Flash: even the Republican faithful already know that. That’s why Palin caught fire. She’s a thinking person ready to put new ideas to work. We’re done with the Beltway zombies.

    We The People are hungry for solutions. Hungry for simplifying and liberating structures. We don’t expect miracles. We don’t trust saviors. We don’t like cookie-cutter people and duplicitous clowns like John McCain who cover up for Usurpers like Barack Obama.

    Michael Steel. He can lead, and must, or the GOP is done for.

    The majority of voters think even bad ideas are better than no ideas at all.

    It’s not enough to be against things. The public and the times demand more than that.

    That said, Michael Steel, the fate of the nation may well be resting in your able hands.

  4. tm says:

    Steele is the man !

    Question:
    If they strip the senate seat away from Burris – doesn’t this null and void that porkulus bill ? or at least bring the count down to 59?
    Since they are basically voiding him being a senator?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Must see the hypocrisy of the outrage on the left!

    Very true!

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/rnr/1041936201.html

  6. PattyW says:

    Regarding State Govs: My worthless, bobble-headed Gov, Tim Kaine, sent word via the local newspapers, that he was open for suggestions on how to spent the stimulus headed Virginia’s way. “Just go to my website,” he said. And so I did. I suggested he take the total amount, divide it by the number of taxpayers in the state and write each of us a check for OUR money. That way we would have it when the bill comes due!
    The whole concept of getting money when you don’t even know how you will spend it is just ludicrous! And no, I didn’t refer to the money as C.R.A.P. but I should have.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Excuse me, the GOP does not need a hip-hop makeover.

    America needs a leader, not a superstar. When this administration’s term ends, americans will be begging for the return of leadership, honor, and class.

    The GOP needs to concentrate all of it’s efforts to getting back to the core values that have made it, and America great.

    Nobody wants to see their mom, dad or teacher as a sex symbol.

    Gross.

  8. sharon says:

    I think the Republicans have to get rid of the stigma attached. People still view the party as the “party of the rich”, that has never really been the case, just for capitalism. They also need to fight back, and I think Michael may be the guy. I found the Black Republican site in Oct. quite by accident. What a teaching tool that has been. I agree with Meghan McCain on the internet issue… Our leaders of the party are lagging in that area big time, and the Democrats have that nailed down.

  9. elspeth says:

    Jeff,

    I disagree with you about any possibility of anyone except Obama being in the White House right now (especially McCain).

    Too much money and too many people were determined to get him there.

    Once all the lies are uncovered, money traced, votes confirmed, and sealed documents unsealed, it will be obvious that this man and those who want him in the White House would do everything and anything to make it happen.

    McCain didn’t stand a chance, nor did anyone else.

  10. Anonymous says:

    “Interesting Overview on Keynesian Economics”

    Reading that title with a quick glance, I first thought that it said “Kenyan Economics.”

    JV

  11. seeks truth says:

    I agree with Anon @ 6:56.

    We have to reach out to everyone with our message as this economist does here:
    http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/69605/

    But we can get the message out and still be classy.

  12. Anonymous says:

    @Poster #2, anonymous @4:41 –

    Just found that the 2nd site listed ‘The Dream and the 44th’ is “no longer available for viewing”! Guess 44 must have some obots combing the blogs and removing those that are deemed ‘distasteful’.

    Tyranny at work!

    bebe

  13. John Lofton, Recovering Republican says:

    Forget “conservatism,” please. It has, operationally, de facto, been Godless and thus irrelevant. Secular conservatism will not defeat secular liberalism because to God they are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and thus predestined to failure. As Stonewall Jackson’s Chief of Staff R.L. Dabney said of such a humanistic belief more than 100 years ago:

    ”[Secular conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today .one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It .is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth.”

    Our country is collapsing because we have turned our back on God (Psalm 9:17) and refused to kiss His Son (Psalm 2).

    John Lofton, Editor, TheAmericanView.com

    Recovering Republican

    JLof@aol.com

  14. suek says:

    Anon at 9:36AM Feb 20…

    Don’t know what’s going on, but at 9AM PST Feb 21, “The Dream and the 44gh” is available for viewing.

  15. Anonymous says:

    bebe, the link worked ok for me . . .try this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C2CjR-kvVM&feature=channel

  16. Anonymous says:

    I agree with elspeth – this seating with B Obama was
    oganized and deceiptfuly orchestrated !!!! EM
    And this must be exposed to stop it in order to give any hopeful candidate an honest fighting chance !

  17. Anonymous says:

    The backlash against the business world is orchestrated to cause a collapse of our financial system so the GOVERNMENT looks like it is the hero and only tool that can fix our problem !!! This is purposeful to make us all dependents so the only jobs we can get are federal gov. jobs and we become enslaved to a perpetual cycle – The middle class will be erased – only those at the top in government and those at the bottom getting free b’s will survive -
    Everybody will be on the misery boat !! We can stop this but it requires not being cowards as Eric \Holder said we are and stand up to government gone maddd !Do not be afraid of your power ! There is a mass appeal to have everyone jump on this bailout of responsibility – credit cards – mortgages – let the government pay your bills – its the year of the snakeoil salesman – SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES – The government is attempting to cripple every American and make them think they cannot live without government aid
    What the heck !!!

  18. Lynn Lewis says:

    To quote "The West Wing" — I FOUND THE GUY!!

    Conservatives are looking for a leader who is a true, dyed-in-the-wool fiscal conservative. Someone with a record of reducing taxes without driving up a deficit.

    We are looking for someone with years of successful experience in leadership, who knows what works and what doesn't.

    We want someone who is smart but not full of himself — a quick study with deeper ideas, but not a stuffed shirt, egomaniac, or a wonk.

    We want someone young and energetic but who can reach across several generations and truly connect with young & old alike and speak their language.

    We need someone who can bring people from ALL races and every ethnicity together and unite them working toward a common goal.

    We've got to have someone who can run an effective campaign on a shoestring and make the most of every dollar that's donated.

    We need another Great Communicator — someone who can give a memorable speech, communicate important ideas well, sprinkle in some humor, bring the house to its feet, and get people motivated and mobilized. He should also be a gifted debater.

    We need someone who knows what it's like to have a hard time paying the bills — who truly "gets it" about what it means to work for a living.

    We must have a leader who understands the threat from militant Islam and isn't afraid to do what's needed in our current world situation.

    I've read three of this man's books and attended 5 of his speeches. I FOUND THE GUY.

    Who is it? Go to MikeHuckabee.com and find out! Don't let other people make up your mind for you. Do your own research, get a few of his books from the library, and you'll be glad you did. OR, watch his TV show on FoxNewsChannel on the weekends at 8:00 and 11:00 PM.

    And — he wouldn't need a hip-hop makeover. He already plays bass in a rock & roll band.

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