Thursday, February 7, 2008

What To Do, What To Do?

Kudos to Dr. Horsefeathers who called it back on Jan 4. That is, he said then that it would be McCain vs Obama in November. He's got half of the bifecta now. I hope he put some money on it. (Which reminds me of a guy, his name escapes me, who put $500 on Bobby Jones to win the grand slam and won $30,000. That was pretty serious money in 1930).

As I see it, there are 3 options for conservatives.

1) Do an instantaneous turnaround, ala Hugh Hewitt, and take your will captive to the idea that John McCain is actually a pretty great guy to carry the GOP banner in 2008.

2) Take the Michelle Malkin middle ground, which is actually more "grown up" than those in the first option, in my opinion, and work your butt off to support all the true conservatives in the GOP that are still struggling to find a place in our body politic. Her view is that things often happen quickly in politics (e.g. Obama was a nobody in the Illinois state legislature just 4 years ago) and the best thing we can do is find and promote as quickly as possible the next generation of conservative Republicans. I don't know that she says this, but I assume tacit in this position is to cast a vote for McCain in the fall.

3) Then there's Ann.

I love Ann. I never read her without thinking she is far and away, the sharpest knife in the political drawer. Here's what she says-

If Hillary is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with Republicans ferociously opposing her, followed by Republicans zooming back into power, as we did in 1980 and 1994, and 2000. (I also predict more Oval Office incidents with female interns.)

If McCain is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with the Republicans in Congress co-opted by "our" president, followed by 30 years of Democratic rule.

There's your choice, America.


So, what do I propose?

It seems to me that McCain is not the problem. Nor is Huckabee. The problem is how far the people that have voted for them have fallen, in terms of their political intelligence. How do we account for this?

Since the GOP doesn't send us to indoctrination school, how do we form our opinions? Family, school, media and our own ability to think. If you're lucky enough to have a decent family and the ability to think rationally (in contrast to emotionally) about issues, then the struggle is between family/reason versus academia/media. If you have any hope for changing the dynamics that have brought us McCain and Huckabee, the battle must be fought to neutralize the extent to which we allow the media and the universities (not to mention our pathetic churches) to shape our thoughts.

The blogosphere has made real inroads toward loosening the media's grip on America. Consider the exposure of Dan Rather for the buffoon he is by the 'right' side of the blogosphere. Or the unmasking of the NYT, AP, New Republic, etc. There has been a lot of progress made. Likewise, Horowitz and Students for Academic Freedom are waging a good fight to liberate students from the Indoctrinati (hey, did I just make up a word? ...... No, I just googled it and got 9,320 hits. Oh, well-) . I hope and pray these fights pick up steam and warriors.

I don't see any reason to be hopeful that America will wise up anytime soon on the basis of these battlefronts. So how can we expedite the wisening up of America?

I can't escape the conclusion that Ann Coulter is right! If the American people can go thru 9-11 and witness the strategic invasion that occurs daily across our southern border, and still vote for idiots who think "waterboarding" and the fabricated crisis of global warming are bigger deals, then the only hope for them is to give them what they want! We woke up briefly after 9-11, but quickly went back to sleep. We couldn't even bring ourselves to profile Muslim-looking males at airports! Apparently 9-11 was big enough to awaken the Bush Administration (barely) but hardly enough to do the same for the American people.

Sometimes you just give people what they want when they're too stupid to know what's good for them. There are plenty of examples of this in the Bible. The first that comes to mind is the clamoring of the people for a king. God told them he didn't appreciate their dissatisfaction with the covenental arrangement he had with them, and he told them that having a king would bring consequences they were overlooking, but they insisted. So God gave them what they wanted, and everything he told them came to pass.

Look, we've survived as a nation thru some pretty crappy Presidents. We can survive Hillary, or even Obama. We can't survive for long, since we're a democracy, this downward spiral of amnesia and ignorance. I think Ann has crunched the numbers pretty astutely. We've brought ourselves to a place where we've got to pay a short term price for any hope of long term results.

Does that mean I'm pulling the lever for Obama or Clinton? Frankly, I don't think it matters.


Anonymous said...

You left out some pretty serious alternatives beyond the three you listed. I suspect that your humility prompted you to overlook what seems obvious to your campaign workers. Fill in the void by moving up the targeted date of your campaign 12 years. Another option that you overlooked is related to this: have a Michelle Malkin-style grass-roots campaign to write in a conservative name on the ballot in November all across America (your name or Romney's would be obvious choices). Otherwise, I am sympathetic with Ann because I am betrayed by a Republican Party who presents a democrat as a republican

steve4prez said...

Thank you for your vote of confidence anonymous.

It is not humility that forestalls my candicacy, but the very real need to spend the next 12 years in preparation. That will involve reading a lot of important books, mostly historical in nature, that a good president should have in his toolbelt. Also economics, constitutional law, public administration and so on.

I don't want to make it more difficult for the next regular American who the country may want in its time of need, by screwing this up.

Could I do this in 8 rather than 12 years? I suppose, but then when would I have time to improve my golf? They say that what makes Bush a easily misunderestimated world leader is that while the rest of the world plays chess, he play poker. Golf is more powerful than poker!

Anonymous said...

I'm so discouraged by what is being offered...can I wait for you to run...I guess I will have to. In the mean time we will have to suck it up and ride the rollercoaster and hope that our whole country doesn't go competely down the drain.
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