How Do We Fix This?
posted at 11:56 pm on June 26, 2009 by Doctor Zero
In the midst of a sour economy marked by falling market values, rising unemployment, and the specter of rampant inflation, the House passes an economy-killing cap-and-trade bill, which will cost each American household thousands of dollars per year and plunge the American economy into an essentially permanent recession… all to address a hoax promoted with junk science, while ignoring foreign industry that will go on pumping out the “greenhouse gases” the bill purports to control. A supposedly impartial news network hands its air time over to the dominant political party, to promote a massive health-care scheme that will shove another trillion-dollar knife into the economy Congress voted to eviscerate today… and already we hear about special exemptions written into the deadly socialized medicine plan, for the benefit of powerful union allies of the Democrat Party. A confused president dithers for days as peaceful demonstrators are murdered on the streets of Iran, before finally coughing up the stern condemnation he should have offered weeks ago. Fourth of July invitations to the ambassadors of the murderous Tehran regime are finally rescinded, after days of leaving them on the table as festering insults to every American citizen who truly embraces the spirit of that noble holiday.
What can we do to fix this broken, dysfunctional government, before it does any more damage to the strength or honor of the country?
There are things the leadership of the conservative movement and Republican party should be doing. They should be giving the kind of press conferences that call attention to the miserable corruption of the Democrats – every American should know who Monica Conyers is, and why she belongs in prison. A properly informed public might demand the kind of investigation that could send her equally corrupt husband to join her behind bars. A conservative with deep pockets should consider buying one of the struggling cable news networks, or some dying liberal papers, and bring some more real journalism to the hungry ears of American voters. They could staff it with real investigative reporters, like Michelle Malkin. It might shame the lapdogs from the “mainstream media” out of their lovesick stupor.
Those are tasks for the political class, and patrons with big money. What can the rest of us do? First and foremost, personalize these outrages. Every representative from either party who voted for the cap-and-trade atrocity should be made to feel like a dead man walking. Recite the names every chance you get, and if you live in one of their districts, never miss an opportunity to remind your fellow voters what they have done. Let them know their representative voted to steal four thousand dollars from their family, as tribute to the weird state religion of radical environmentalism. Spread the anger at foolish politicians who vote on poisonous trillion-dollar bills without reading them, much less their last-minute 300-page amendments. Spread the worst sections of this ridiculous legislation through local newspapers, and shout pop quizzes about it to the cowardly representatives who didn’t bother to read it before they voted to beat American industry to death with it. Don’t relent on any of this if the Senate manages to kill the bill, and don’t let up the pressure on your Senators for a moment. We cannot afford politicians who vote for economy-crippling legislation, then hope their colleagues in the other house of Congress will kill it before it hardens into a tumor.
Remind your fellow Americans that this nightmare was unleashed by President Obama, who intends to personally execute the death warrant on their futures. This man thinks you’ve got $4000 too much in the bank, and he intends to take it. If you work in the manufacturing sector, he thinks your job belongs in another country. If you’ve been worried about the economy since last fall, here’s a man who thinks it should be 3% smaller every year, stretching decades into the future. We keep hearing that the increasing unpopularity of Obama’s policies has not dented his personal approval rating. That needs to change. Spread the word.
On foreign policy, tell the world that Barack Hussein Obama does not speak for the freedom-loving Americans who didn’t need to wait a week, and check some internal polling, before deciding to condemn the tyrannical Iranian regime. Obama should quietly and humbly stand behind the Americans who were bold enough to name the murderers of Neda Soltan evil while her blood was still wet on the ground. When he said that he wanted to wait and see who came out on top before he made a statement about the Iranian uprising, Obama forfeited all moral authority to speak on this matter. When he finally started to say the right things, days after he should have spoken, he only confirmed his poor judgement – is anyone other than Obama and his foreign-policy gurus surprised the tyrants of Iran spent the last few days perpetrating the crimes that finally compelled the President to speak up? Ignore him and speak for yourself – on blogs, Twitter, and any other way you can reach the eyes and ears of the Iranian people. We are braver, stronger, and more righteous than the man who unfortunately occupies the White House at the moment. Never let the world forget that he will be gone soon enough, but we will remain.
Build the party that will run against the Democrats in 2010, and hopefully put Obama behind us in 2012. Purify and strengthen that party. They will run against Democrat corruption, in the face of a savagely hostile media, so they must be honest and uncompromised. Make an example out of Mark Sanford for starters. He should begin every day facing local voters, and the larger national community of Republicans he once aspired to lead, who demand to know why he isn’t gone yet. There is no room for him in a party preparing to do battle with the ugly mess Democrats have created… a party that cannot escape its own responsibility for clogging up the chlorine tanks of the congressional cesspool in the latter Bush years. The voters need to know this is a different party – chastened, energized, and faithful in its commitment to restore a damaged nation. Help them acquire the discipline to complete that transformation, by letting them know you will settle for nothing less.
Finally, demand the alternatives. When you are told that only a trillion-dollar takeover by the representatives of a deeply corrupt political party can “save” health care, ask what the other options are. When you hear that a new “stimulus” bill might be in the works, ask if there are economic strategies more effective than blindly throwing around bags of taxpayer cash. When junk science is waved in your face as the excuse for naked power grabs, ask what the dissenting scientists are saying. The people trying to steal your freedom and prosperity are trying to shake you down with a false choice – either hand over your wallet or face oblivion. Never stop shoving them back against the wall, and demanding to hear about the alternatives they don’t want to discuss. We should always be willing to entertain a thoughtful presentation from someone who thinks they have the best plan for dealing with the challenges we face. We should never spare a single moment for someone who claims to have the only plan. No one with a truly good idea is afraid to talk about other options.