Republicans in the US, The Conservatives in the UK, the Liberals in Australia and the Nationals in NZ are all virtually indistinguishable in political character from the Labour/ Democrat opposition.
The answer lies in the mainstream political narrative. Gradually this narrative has come to be more and more owned by the left. As they have gradually infiltrated our culture, they have set the talking points until today they are almost the only driving force in the mainstream political discussion.
Its not totalitarianism enforced by arms, its cultural totalitarianism and its enforced by left wing believers who control the media, our entertainment industry, our education system and in the end and as a result of controlling the former, they control our political system.
So how do we change this? Well the obvious way is to rescue our cultural institutions from the left. Not so easily done when they outnumber us and more importantly fill most positions of power.
One thing we can do is refuse to buy into the very concepts the left use to bind us. Divisive Marxist ideas like racism, sexism, and a host of other isms all designed to fracture and weaken our society and render us powerless to resist the leftist onslaught.
The left will not defeat us if we unite in resisting their cultural domination and that unity is best expressed in identifying every idea that splits us, and refusing to buy into the argument these ideas generate.
Let’s take a recent example- Food in schools. This is a great idea of the left for in one fell swoop they divide so much. This ideas sets race against race. It sets poor against proud. It sets the generous against the cautious.
And of course the National Party went for it. When what they should have said is- that I am sorry, but the National Party is not prepared to discuss this idea because it is Marxist cant and designed not to bring relief to families unable to feed their kids (what utter bs) but designed to break down our society and therefore make it in the end a lot harder for everyone to feed their kids. We believe in unifying our society not dividing it, and we believe a unified society will enable more kids to have better breakfasts.
But the National Party is so ineffective it can’t even muster the initiative let alone the courage to say this. As the Republican Party is full of RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) so is the National Party full of NINOs and the Conservative Party full of CINOs and The Liberal Party full of LINOs. Tragic for in most cases all of these parties in their original founding state stood for something worthwhile.
Since the left have owned the political narrative we do not talk about things like freedom, liberty, property rights, individual rights, small government. Its all about feminism, racism, homophobia, and a hundred other concepts that divide us. And you’re not permitted to talk outside this paradigm. Check out any of the comments in any part of the blogosphere where the left dominate and you will find the same by rote attacks on anyone who might threaten to break the mould. Mark Steyn. Rush Limbaugh. Sarah Palin. Mention any of these and/or their ideas and the level of vitriol is intensified beyond reason.
As far as the NZ National Party goes I am not sure it can ever be returned to its founding principles. I was stunned to see news items suggesting the ideas of one Simon Lusk would provide a blueprint for its recovery. Apparently Mr Lusk thinks the road to salvation is through what he calls the ‘right wing blogosphere”. Apparently by this he means Cameron Slater and David Farrar’s blogs. Absent from any of Mr. Lusk’s writing (I have seen) is any reference to Social Conservatives, so one can understand why he imagines Farrar and Slater are right wing.
All I can say to this is if Kiwiblog and Whaleoil truly do represent the right wing in NZ then we’re in far greater trouble than I thought. Slater is IMHO an under-educated politically incoherent Progressive who didn’t until a few months ago even know that the National Party had any founding principles. Kiwiblog is another Progressive outlet that always enthsiastically buys into every bit of Marxist cant the left can come up with. If Mr Lusk thinks these two bloggers will save NZ I have to reserve my judgment on his judgment.
The way forward is to support any outlet or party or idea that challenges the suffocating left liberal/ progressive orthodoxy. Kiwiblog and Whaleoil don’t challenge it. They buy into it.
Let’s get one thing clear. Congratulations are due Messrs Slater and Farrar for building well patronised blogs. They worked hard to get their sites established and to attract so much patronage and they deserve credit for their success. They are not however cutting edge political blogs that will lead us from the progressive swamp. There are better blogs from a Conservative political view and I think most reading this would already know where they are. (If you don’t, look in the sidebar.)
So in closing I can summarise all of the above with a piece from an excellent post on the Bogpaper blog defending the UK Independence Party against its many attackers in the Conservatives and Labour.
“the UKIP’s value is as an agent of change. It doesn’t matter if they lack what it takes to form a government. What matters is that they give a platform to ideas that challenge the sclerotic liberal orthodoxy around which the major parties and their media cheerleaders are huddled. To my mind, anything that breaks this ideological death-grip is worth supporting.”
Read it, for it hits the nail on the head.
We must break the ideological death grip the left have on our culture and just as importantly, on the political narrative. A big part of this is ensuring the RINOs CINOs LINOs and NINOS whose political presence perverts parties that once stood for something are rounded up, drafted down the side race and sent off to the freezing works.
To my friends who blog far more consistently on these issues, my respect and admiration. Keep up the good work. You’re making a difference.
Sorry Chuck, if I’ve become more moderate, it isn’t by design.
You see I have never really had any wish to convert or persuade progressives to join our forces. You can’t do that, because progressives are generally suffering from a mindset that cannot be altered by reason. Bring them into our ranks and they will spend more bullets firing upon us than on our adversaries.
In the US now we have a classic political battle between the Tea Party and the RINO Republicans that have destroyed the Republican Party. Karl Rove is at last feeling heat. The Bushes are under siege. The Republican establishment, completely infiltrated by RINOs and progressives, is fighting for its political life.
Sensing the rising threat, fake Conservatives are coming out of the woodwork and are posturing and preaching and desperately trying to shore up support for actions and ideas that have for decades now under-mined Conservatism, and destroyed our civil society. These ideas, in a gross perversion of their mission statement, have been pushed by the Republican Party in the US and The National Party in New Zealand and the Conservative Party in the UK.
Battling Rove and the other fake Conservatives (like for example Jon Huntsman or David Frum) are a new breed of upcoming politicians promoted by the Tea Party and dedicated to restoring Constitutional Government and our civil society. These new politicians are not wasting time trying to appease Rove or other betrayers. They are bent on replacing them.
The strategy is clear. First, the enemy has to be identified and their territory marked out, and then that territory has to be invaded and the betrayers have to be DEFEATED.
My advice is this- don’t waste time trying to appease and persuade such an entrenched enemy as the progressives are. Here in the NZ blogosphere, you will never persuade committed progressives like Whale and Farrar and so many others to change their minds. You’ll never sway John Key, a dedicated progressive and surrounded and advised by a dimwitted gang of ultra-liberal believers sourced of all places from NZ’s corrupt and dying mainstream media sector.
They must be defeated. Persuasion is just not an effective option. Progressives must be displaced from their places of influence. Like Conservatives are supporting Ted Cruze and other Constitutionalists in the US, and trying to vote them into places of influence in the Republican party, at the expense of the treacherous old guard, so must progressives be replaced here in NZ.
I am sorry I can’t update this site more regularly. When I was blogging constantly, I was always surprised at the growing support I enjoyed. This told me that the forces for Conservatism are out there and they are far far greater in number than many people realise. We will defeat the Progressives, and defeating them is the only strategy that will work.
There are many more blogs out there today advocating for new wave Conservatism. My good and always courageous friend Crusader Rabbit is still battling on. As are my old friends at NZ Conservative, a site they started after an argument to protect my freedom of expression on another blog they once shared ownership of. Trevor Louden still fights the good fight. These guys are the true heroes.
More recently we have Terry Wallbank’s The Conservative, and John Stringer’s CoNZervative, both great sites offering badly needed relief from the progressive echo chambers that are Kiwiblog and Whaleoil (for the most prominent examples).
There are links to all of these sites in my side bar.
Go there and support these guys for every day of every week they have an interesting and fresh set of views that represent the Conservative alternative. They’re trying hard to bring our country back from the abyss of liberalism and they deserve our support.
Remember this- we are not always going to agree on all things all the time, so that is something we should not worry too much about. However, we all know WHO THE ENEMY IS. Adolf Hitler was never going to be persuaded. Neither was Joe Stalin. Neither is Fidel Castro. Neither is Barack Obama. Neither is Louisa Wall. Neither is David Cameron. Neither is Andrew Cuomo. Neither is Michael Bloomberg. Neither is John Key. Neither is Cameron Slater. Neither is Julia Gillard. Neither is David Farrar. Persuasion is a waste of time, progressives must be defeated.
Footnote: A great article by Angelo Codevilla in Forbes magazine on how the current Republican leadership has betrayed Conservatives, leaving them with no one to vote for.
Well, I have always disliked this unprincipled lame little boy politician, and his bucket list ambition to be PM, and his betrayal of almost everything that the National Party once stood for while seeking the “popularity” that is his be-all and end-all.
His political emptiness has long been apparent, but it was his radio appearances in the lead up to the Christmas holidays that really emphasized (to me anyway) just what a waste of time this fellow really is.
While I no doubt risk being lumped into David Farrar’s “humour impaired” category for not chortling gleefully over what a “natural personality” John Key is compared to say Helen Klark, I found the PM’s descent to the simian level of morning radio, where he out imbeciled the imbeciles, to be the most nauseating event.
Key groveled sickeningly to the audience and his hosts, and danced in Gangham style (made popular by a US hating Korean “pop star”) and carried out a mock homosexual wedding ceremony. Really fitting for Christmas right?
Meanwhile, Farrar proudly advertises that John Key and Barack Obama get on so well. Yep, the NZ PM and the communist crook whose ambition is to destroy the country recognised as the leader of the free world, are bosom buddies. Something to really make you feel all warm and fuzzy and inclusive inside right?
I wonder if Key ever reflects upon how he has so completely betrayed the principles of the party he leads and whether if he does this, it ever causes any reaction other than a smug self satisfied smirk to cross his face.
At the time of Klark’s dismissal, the country needed a political leader of vision and clarity, able to articulate a new political direction and with a rhetorical ability to persuade the country to follow him in his mission.
Well, we dipped out there big time. Key has no vision, he has no rhetoric, he cannot articulate a reformist political position, and his only concern seems to be his lame preoccupation with remaining popular.
Hence his appearance in the cultural waste land of morning radio. Hence the events and news headlines that have characterised Key’s interventionist progressive style and Maori pandering leadership-
John Key on Letterman’s Late Show
Exodus To Australia Hits Record
Key says no to changing smacking law
Foreigners flock to New Zealand
Key and Sharples – Maori flag will fly on Waitangi Day
Govt delays asset sales
John Key Goes Gangham
I’ve never lied about Kim Dotcom
John Key had heard of Kim Dotcom after all
Facebook’s Zuckerberg meets PM John Key
John Key vows no opposition for Gay Marriage Bill
New high for Kiwis leaving for Australia
John Key in Hollywood
Key says yes to Maori flag over bridge
John Key pledges to fight Coro switch
National too timid on MMP review
Gay marriage gets PM’s full support
Is National Deliberately insulting Colin Craig?
Conservatives poll higher than ACT, United Future and Mana
How long will Key continue backing Banks?
Key: Obama Likes My Red Shirt
‘Happy outcome’ to Maori Party, PM meeting
Mighty River: Key leaves door open to Maori shares
Maori Party ‘pleased’ with PM’s meeting pledge
Writing’s on the wall for MMP referendum
Key says MMP voting system has its advantages
Govt probably rueing MMP review pledge
MMP changes bad news for National
Key slams Conservative promiscuous claim
Oh and here’s my message to Key-
Maybe 20 years ago, Lindsay Perigo said he was living in the age of bullshit. An accurate assessment of the culture of that time, but it has occurred to me over the last few weeks that things have deteriorated even from that low point and we’re now living in a time politically characterised by an even worse human failing and that is cowardice.
I despise the left but I give them credit for being fighters. They know what they want and they go after it using methods that eventually bring success. The NZ Labour party for example is not afraid to publicly list its long and short term objectives. They’re odious objectives from odious people, but at least the left have the courage to put their plans on the table for all to see.
I see no similar objectives from the so called right side of the political spectrum. I suspect this is because they’ve been so completely infiltrated by the left that they’re more or less happy to accept the left’s blueprint and just aim for a few alterations in the outcomes. When they should have a list of goals that completely counters what the left want.
For example Mitt Romney’s run for President was characterised by an extremely weak offensive. His advisers (like the hapless Karl Rove) counseled him not to confront the President with matters that might be categorised as personal attacks, and not to go after him on the Libyan betrayal. Neither will the Republicans go after the corrupt mainstream media.
So we have two high level issues here with the Republican Party- one is the lack of a political agenda and two is the perception that they shouldn’t fight too hard or it “might offend people”.
The left of course have no such concerns.
The Republicans, (and the NZ National Party, and the UK Conservatives, and the Australian Liberal Party) are all transfixed and made ineffective by the same characteristic, a meekness and unwillingness to fight that is becoming to look more and more like utter cowardice. They’re too frightened to have a list of goals, or at least too frightened to make those goals public, and they’re too frightened to carry out a real offensive in pursuit of those goals.
After their defeat, many of the Republicans are suggesting they move even further away from their heritage and founding principles and become even more like the left. These are the real cowards, and they can’t seem to grasp the simple point that if you believe in something you fight for it otherwise you may as well not hold that belief.
Was it Groucho Marx who said he had principles, “but if you don’t like them, I have plenty more”? A sad joke on the state of the political right.
It’s clearly apparent that Barack Obama is a communist and a crook and a fraud supported by crooks and frauds and bludgers and no hopers and a corrupt gang of liars and thugs called the mainstream media and he wants to radically transform America and take it far from its constitutional moorings into the stinking derelict swamp of European socialism, and he’s actually doing these things and the current Republican Party seems powerless to stop him.
Since when has it been hard to arrest crooks and confront liars? Only since the Republican Party and most parties on the right in the west lost their collective spines.
The right have to assemble a force prepared to duke it out with the left. To lay out a plan that counters the one the left have and to loudly and enthusiastically pursue the objectives in that plan. They have to also confront the left (and the Barack Obama gang in the US) on what they really are (mostly communists) and crooks and thieves and gangsters. They also have to develop a strategy to destroy the hold the left have on our public institutions like the media, our education services, and our entertainment industry, to name just a few.
Yesterday I listened to Mark Levin and all I could do was nod my head in agreement as the show unfolded and Mark berated the Republicans for cowardice. He was thinking very much as I was thinking and as I suspect many of the readers of this blog similarly think.
The right have the organisation, and they have the money, and they have power, and they have support (around 50% still voted for the Repubs and against Obama) so why did they lose?
They lost because of cowardice. The Australian Builder’s Labourers union motto was “If you don’t fight you lose”. Its time the so called right learned something about why they have been losing for so long and the left have been winning. When it comes to courage and commitment to their cause, the left have it. The right do not.
The Levin show I referred to above is very good value and it can be listened to or downloaded by clicking on this link. (11/15/12)
Obama won a second term. He did it by deceit and fraud. The US elections have been corrupted almost beyond recovery by the left. It’s clear what has to be done to save the US republic. The question is, who is going to do it and how? Here are five simple steps to ensuring that the Democrats in their present form never win another election-
1) Introduce a poll tax. Nearly 50% of Americans, mainly Obama voters, pay no tax. Therefore there is nothing to stop them from voting for higher taxes, because it doesn’t affect them if taxes are raised. They see each election as Christmas, and Obama as Santa Claus. The left must be stopped from using your money to buy the votes of the lazy and stupid. Nearly 50% of Americans Don’t Pay Tax.
2) Switch off on all left wing propaganda outlets. That means most mainstream TV and newspapers. These are the organs that the left use most of all to corrupt democracy and rig elections. Any Conservative who supports these organs of leftist propaganda is only helping the left enslave them. Leftmedia corrupts our culture deeply and it must be put out of business. Don’t buy their newspapers, don’t watch their TV. Don’t give them a cent of your money. See how Republican failure to confront media bias helped them lose the election.
3) (Elect politicians who will) dismantle the public education system. It is a left wing stealth organisation designed not to educate but to brainwash. Youth travelling through this system have little hope of emerging from it with an objective political perspective. It’s sole purpose is to produce gullible stupid and brainwashed left wing voters. If you want a true appreciation of how bad this problem is read Jason Mattera’s book “Obama Zombies- How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation.“
4) Stop illegal immigration and send all illegal immigrants back to where they came from. Illegal immigrants use vote fraud to vote themselves entitlements and to undermine politicians who seek to shore up the barriers to illegal entry. Illegal Immigrants Accused of Vote Fraud.
5) Enforce voter identification and overhaul the voting system so as to eliminate fraud. Duplicate voting, using the ballots of dead voters, and fraudulent identities are all examples of the corrupt means the left use to swing the vote. The Left’s National Vote Fraud Strategy Exposed.
If we could ever implement the above five steps, the left in the USA (and other places) would never win another election.
Its not a question of Conservative values being outdated. There is no reason to give up on the principles of Conservatism, which are still the only existing rock solid defence against tyranny.
The problem is systematic vote fraud and widespread and endemic corruption of the electoral process by the left, and until we confront and deal with that issue, everything else is just a sideshow.
I’m agnostic myself.
I understand that people may disagree with the concept of a creator.
I also understand that people may be dismissive of what is written in the different books of the bible.
I’ve got no problem with any conflict of ideas. What is starting to annoy me more than a bit about NZ at the moment is the depth of the opposition that I observe towards Christians and Christianity.
This opposition is more than just a conflict of ideas. It is in so many cases obsessive and pathological. Too frequently it is close to hatred.
NZ is a society with a strain of Marxism quite deeply embedded and I am sure that the fierce opposition I see to Christianity is a subset of this. Public opinion in this country has been manipulated for many years by means of a politically corrupt education system and a similarly corrupt news media. Both of these public institutions, along with a largely Progressive controlled entertainment industry, subliminally preach the Marxist message and therewith the anti Christian message.
The increasing intensity of the opposition to Christianity is (I believe) a result of this widespread secular progressive/ Marxist influence. Many people hold Marxist views without for one minute understanding the origins of those views or, because the views are so commonplace, even knowing that they have them. With so many, Marxism is just the default position.
Karl Marx opposed Christianity because his ideology demanded atheism. Max knew that his vision of a dictatorship of the proletariat would not happen while Christianity remained a force. He decried religion as the “opium of the people” but in reality such criticism was only strategy-based in that Marx wanted the people to buy his own drug, a toxic and destructive brew that reduces all who ingest it to despair and hopelessness.
Marxism/socialism/Progressivism is the greatest threat to our freedom and way of life that exists in NZ. It is bemusing that people (even if they do perceive it as a negative social influence) choose to put energy into attacking Christianity when Marxism is not only breathing down our necks, its actually got its damn hands around our throats and is choking the life out of us.
The truth is that this fierce opposition to Christianity is part of the Marxist plan. Disagreement is one thing, but when you wage war against Christianity, especially if you do it in the name of freedom, you’re making a mistake.
Those political forces who currently seek the destruction of religion and ultimate power over this country have a fate in store for you much worse than you ever thought Christianity might bring upon you. And while you have been obsessing over this relatively piffling issue, they have made great strides forward in achieving their long term totalitarian objectives.
If you consider yourself a protector of liberty, don’t assist our enemies by allowing them to manipulate you into hating a force they want to see destroyed because it is a major impediment to their plans for a modern day dictatorship of the proletariat. Anyone intelligent should know better.
From a Conservative Party press release-
“The idea of allocating special ownership rights to any person or group is unwise. As New Zealanders we are tired of the continual litigation and bargaining that promotes and encourages division.”
Yes we are..!!!
This is what the National Party should have been saying years ago.
And it is important to recognise that even when Craig’s press release has been prompted by the water rights debate, this is a statement that has wide ranging political and legal impact in other areas where legal title is important.
For example, it can also be applied to land.
There should only be one title to land, and to pretend that others have rights to the same land through any other title (such as “customary” title) is completely wrong.
Here is a practical example of why it is wrong-
An oil exploration company wants to drill on a farmer’s property. So the company negotiates with that farmer to enter his property and drill their well.
Simple right? Except it does not work that way. Present NZ law requires an extension to that process.
Along comes a group of people of no special distinction other than claiming to be of a certain race, and who claim to be the “customary owners” of that land, and force the exploration company to jump through all kinds of hoops before they will also give their permission for the company to enter the property.
They can actually legally challenge any agreement that the farmer may already have with the company. Just like a state sanctioned Mafia.
Craig’s statement suggests that the Conservative Party would require wide changes to policy from the National Party cowards if they wanted him as a coalition partner.
No wonder the National Party and the rest of the left are so intent on destroying Colin Craig, perhaps the only force in NZ politics capable of inserting some steel into the jellyified spines of John Key and his group of progressive impostors.
Thanks to Crusader Rabbit and The Gantt Guy for bringing this to my attention.