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)