Thursday, September 4, 2014

Not even Ronald Reagan could eliminate the Department of Education-Freeman

9/4/14, "The Conservative Moment," NRO, by

"GOP leaders squelched the opportunity offered by the Tea Party, but it’s not too late to get it right."

"In 1985, to skip to the bottom line, we came eyeball to eyeball with Leviathan, and we blinked. Even worse than the lost opportunity was the fact that we were persuaded to learn The Lesson, which went like this: If not even Ronald Reagan, the sainted Ronald Reagan, could trim or pinch or crimp the edge of bureaucratic sprawl, [ie, eliminate the Dept. of Education] well then, nobody could. The Lesson to be learned, in other words, was that ours was an impossible dream: The cause of limited government was lost, and men and women of sound mind would be well advised not to waste their time blowing on the embers or sifting through the rubble."...via Free Rep.


Comment at FR to above article:


"Interesting piece. But I think that Freeman is fooling himself. The GOP-e will continue to play its role within the Uniparty until they are made utterly irrelevant or are forced out.

Therefore, as far as I can see, there are only two potential courses of action:

1) Say to hell with the GOP and stand up a third party

2) Infiltrate the GOP establishment starting at the county level and replace them. Once we have enough votes at convention time, toss the existing GOP-e state and national leaders out on their ears.

1 posted on 9/4/2014, 5:59:56 AM by markomergedmalley"

My comment: I agree that the author is mistaken. After Mississippi, if he thinks the GOP E is going to let conservatives have a candidate, he needs medical attention. The GOP E happens to love the same things liberal democrats love. Not just a little, a lot. This has been the case for years. In their minds they've already merged with Democrats. The GOP was effectively dead after Nov. 2008--the only logical result after the Bush crowd's actions, though they planned to hold onto the Republican brand name just to rake in $1 billion every four years running fake candidates. After Nov. 2008 the only reason anyone started talking about the GOP again was the Tea Party surprise. This was a rude awakening for the GOP. They immediately co-opted large TP groups. Flattered proprietors of TP groups became national celebrities. They hob-nob with GOP E at conferences and meetings. Their groups still raise millions but little or none of the money actually goes to conservative candidates. Eric Cantor's removal, the biggest GOP E loss of the past few years, had nothing to do with the Tea Party. Tea Party honchos either ignored or rejected college professor Dave Brat. To this day Cantor's removal is incorrectly described "a Tea Party victory."

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