Many readers will be at least somewhat familiar with the writings of Dr. Angelo Codevilla, having been introduced to the same here, or via other conservative pundits. Codevilla’s postulations are in the vein of the “false left-right paradigm,” wherein an elite ruling class holds the reins in America and that party politics is essentially a ruse. He paints these rulers as shortsighted egomaniacs – spoiled, narcissistic and even poorly educated, for all their financial wherewithal.
On April 28, I echoed these sentiments when I mentioned that the job of Democratic lawmakers appears to be that of shepherding America into the global socialist fold, while it is the mission of GOP power players to pretend they have an interest in stopping them from doing so.
Codevilla addresses this sad reality in his writings, and a few commentators have been on board in speaking out against it for some time. While it is still too difficult for conservatives to conclude that some of their icons are de facto ruling class operatives, some have come to that sober realization, discouraging though it may be.
On May 16, radio host Rush Limbaugh commented on the flawed politics and probity relative to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich calling Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare and budget ideas “radical” and “right-wing social engineering.” Limbaugh also slammed Gingrich for equivocating on the position of the government requiring an individual mandate for health-care coverage. While Ryan’s proposals may be bold, they are just the sort of courageous and refreshing reforms Americans have been crying for – and the co-architect of the Contract With America is shooting them down.
The former speaker’s argument, which was repeated by others, is that there are other expenditures more detrimental to the budgeting process than Medicare. There is merit to that contention; however, this is not to what millions of American conservatives have taken exception. Gingrich could have disagreed with Ryan’s plan; it was the tenor of his comments that sunk him. His subsequent apology to Rep. Ryan was like trying to turn hamburger back into cow.
You know, they said we needed to triple the Border Patrol. Or now they’re going to say we need to quadruple the Border Patrol. Or they’ll want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied. …
– Barack Obama, May 10, 2011
While we can remain sure that an appropriate reaction to President Obama’s unabashed elitism will never be forthcoming from the establishment press, the idea that he could utter such words at all is what is horrifying. Indeed, they come from the very same sort of mentality as Let them eat cake. I’m sure that in Obama’s mind, this was cute and clever, but people in America’s southwest aren’t laughing. The border region’s current state has far surpassed the proverbial specter of Dodge City; with murders, kidnappings and immigrant-related crime up not only on the border, but in cities and towns hundreds of miles inside the U.S., Obama’s flip oratory left residents in these areas slack-jawed with shock.
Yet, the border itself is a prime example of that which lends credence to the “ruling class” paradigm. No president nor Congress, Republican nor Democrat, have ever enacted any decisive policy regarding illegal immigration from Mexico, despite the electoral equivalent of screaming from American voters.
This may be old hat to some, but these are the reasons conservatives are admonished by other conservatives to keep up the momentum of the 2010 midterm election, and why commentators maintain that the tea-party movement is even more important now than it was prior to that election. At this juncture, we are seeing who among our would-be conservative captains are posers, those who must be culled.
No one is above suspicion, and all must be appraised by their actions, not their words, because the left has gained frightening momentum, and the GOP is tainted, particularly at the level of decision makers in the RNC. Given their druthers, they will offer up a sterile succession of smiling RINO whores (for presidential candidates) who have no more interest in preserving the republic than I have in signing on as a Lady Gaga groupie.
I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate. …
– Newt Gingrich, May 15, 2011
The hell it isn’t – particularly when we have a nation that is teetering before the abyss of full-blown socialism and with an administration that is positively lousy with communists. It would take decades of so-called right-wing social engineering to reverse what liberals have wrought over the last 50 years.
The few lawmakers who are walking the talk are the ones who need our support, not those who abandon their values – if ever they had them – to get a chance for the brass ring. Few could have said it better than Rep. Ryan on Monday:
“With allies like that, who needs the left?”