There you go again, Lindsey. The most liberal Republican in the Senate (just a shade more so than his pal Mush McCain) seems intent on being the last best hope for an Obama-directed police state. Fortunately, the odds are that he will fail … at least for now.
As the whole world now knows, RINO Lindsey Graham recently told New York Times Magazine, “The problem with the tea party, I think it’s just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out.”
Bingo! Without realizing it, Lindsey, you gave yourself away. Tea-party people have no vision for governing because they don’t want to be governed. They want to be left alone! Got that? Probably not, because most of those who live in the congressional glass bubble are incapable of understanding how people think in the outside world.
The truth be known, the tea partiers have the clearest vision of government I’ve seen in my lifetime. And the central focus of that vision is an antiquated little concept known as freedom. You’ve heard about freedom, haven’t you? You know … do what you want, when you want, how you want – and it’s none of the government’s business!
Graham’s South Carolina peer, Jim DeMint, responded to Graham’s breathtaking comments with, “The tea party is just the tip of the iceberg of an American awakening.” Double bingo! Sen. DeMint has it absolutely right. I’ve been saying for more than a year now that if elections are actually held in 2010 – and even allowing for the standard massive voter fraud on the part of the left – Republicans are going to win more seats in both houses than the most optimistic media projections, and win by bigger margins than anyone is now projecting.
Clearly, Graham has absolutely no clue as to what the tea-party movement is all about. How is that possible in this day and age of Fox News and the Internet? Easy. He spends all his time in a club called Congress. He’s not evil; he’s not (totally) stupid or ignorant; he’s not (totally) naïve. He’s simply been in the congressional glass bubble too long.
What’s puzzling to me is that names like Bob McDonnell (Virginia), Chris Christie (New Jersey), and Scott Brown (Massachusetts) seem not to have made any registration at all on the minds of politicians like Lindsey Graham, Mush McCain and a majority of those in the Democratic Party. They have totally missed the message: It’s the freedom, stupid.
The crowds at the tea-party gatherings are impressive, but I agree with Jim DeMint that they are but the tip of the iceberg. I doubt they represent much more than a small fraction of the number of people who want the government to get out of their lives – who want politicians to understand that they have no authority to redistribute wealth or engage in social engineering. None. Zip. That’s not what “promoting the general welfare” was intended to mean.
But the Lindsey Grahams don’t get it because throughout their careers they have operated on the assumption that people actually want to be governed. Psst – they don’t. Even progressives don’t want to be governed. They want to do the governing, of course, but they don’t want to be governed. Which is a nice way of saying they want to call the shots in a police state.
Lindsey Graham absolutely loves governing, which shows up in such statements as, “Everything I’m doing now in terms of talking about climate, talking about immigration, talking about Gitmo is completely opposite of where the tea-party movement’s at.” Stupid is as stupid says.
But the coup de grace for Graham’s progressive comments is, “I want a Republican that can attract Democrats.” In other words, he wants the one-party system (Demopublican Party) to continue on undisturbed.
Graham must have gotten the above idiotic remark from Mush McCain’s daughter, Meghan, who boldly describes herself as a “progressive Republican” – at the same time her old man is trying to convince voters he’s a hard-core conservative! Little wonder, though, since father Mush has repeatedly said that the original American progressive, Teddy Roosevelt, is his hero.
If the Republicans want to save their party from extinction, I believe they must stop kidding themselves and put into motion The Final Solution: Encourage Graham, McCain and other clubby “me-toos” to join Arlen Specter and exit, stage right, into the waiting arms of the Democratic Party. Don’t try to reason with them; don’t try to humor them; don’t try to cure them. Progressivism is a terminal illness.
The tea-party people have made it clear that the treacherous policy of “compromising” (i.e., giving in) is no longer acceptable, but that’s not enough. They must get rid of the stench, once and for all. As a now-forgotten student of human nature once pointed out, you’ll never smell like a rose if you roll in a dunghill.
I hope we survive as a semi-free nation long enough to have elections in 2014, because, if we do, loquacious Lindsey will get firsthand evidence that the tea-party people forgot to die out – because he will be out. Mark it down that I said it on this date. I don’t make predictions often, but this one is too easy to pass up.