“Why Democrats Are In Trouble”

Interesting column by Bill Murchison that details why things may not be so doom and gloom for Republicans – and America.  While 2012 was a tough pill, there is new hope and great potential on the horizon – so long as we get tough and fight hard.

(“Either give better ‘n you get, or get what you’re given”)



The so-called “Rising American Electorate” appears to hanker for, among other things, larger investments in education, “protection” of Social Security and Medicare and fairness for women. Thomas B. Edsall, in the New York Times, calls attention to a Pew Research Center poll showing rising support for socialism as the remedy for capitalism.

Yes, yes, fine. Let’s see how it all works out. To put it another way: Let’s see what works out in practice and not just post-campaign rhetoric. The instant temptation, from the conservative side, is to go all weepy at such news. I would counsel resistance to such temptation: this, for a couple of reasons.

…Shall we try socialism? What a great idea — Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela as our models and pole stars! Ought to be an effective formula for weight loss.

A continuing problem with left-wingery — a problem not grasped by some of the analysts — is that it doesn’t work. Socialists, as Maggie Thatcher astutely observed, always run out of other people’s money. They can’t replace it of course with their own. Socialism isn’t about creating wealth; it’s about grabbing someone else’s.

Republicans need to cheer up. It always hurts to lose a vital election: for instance, the one immediately past. And yet to victors sometimes belongs something more depressing than spoils; namely, the obligation to make good on lame, idiotic promises. Might we hold the national obituaries pending proof that the 2012 outcome was the will of the gods?

In the short run, what about a little indignant and forceful resistance, according to the American tradition, as exemplified 70 years ago by “Uncle Joe” Stilwell while the Allies reeled from a near knock-out by the Japanese? “I claim we got a hell of a beating,” Joe told the press. “We got run out of Burma and it is humiliating as hell. I think we ought to find out what caused it, go back and retake it.” And you know what? We did just that.    LINK


Mr Murchison is right.  There’s been far too much crying, complaining, and expressions of wanting to give up among conservatives – myself included. 

No more.  If that kind of attitude had been what this nation was built upon, it would have crumbled away long ago.  I am reminded of a tussle with one of the neighborhood bullies many years ago back in Northern Ireland.  I arrived home busted up.  It was my first real ass kicking by someone else other than my Da.   Ma was horrified.  Da looked me over, asked what I was going to do about it…”In this life you can take it, or you can give it.  Ain’t no in-between.  So you decide what kinda person you are gonna be right now.  You either do nothin’ or you do somethin’  Either give better ‘n you get, or get what you’re given.”  The next afternoon – I gave better ‘n I got.

Let’s roll…    -UM

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14 Comments to “Why Democrats Are In Trouble”
        • SBSpecks
        • You know, we can’t depend on politicians to do our fighting for us. REAL Change, something the Dems seem to understand pretty well, comes at the level of the PEOPLE, not the Government. Instead of complaining about not having anyone to back us, mark their names down so we can kick the crap out of them when we’ve won, and make sure they never work in anything better than the Fast Food Industry again.

          • silverdust
          • Not only does Boehner run unopposed, he and Cantor (and I’m sure McCarthy) control campaign funding. No one can come close to what they spend. You have two solid years of them making decisions on behalf of the party while the economy collapses.

    • Canadian Conservative
    • Yes there is always hope on the horizon.

      But the issue is that everybody is forgetting is that the current administration is digging a hole America might not ever recover from.

      So somebody in the future is gonna make things alright?

      They are going to repel all the harmful legislation that has been and will be put out?
      They are going to remove all the restrictions to freedom?
      They are going to strike down the laws that helped create this mess?

      That alone is a job and a half.

      And when will they get back to governing a nation to the fulfillment of the ideas and values of the founding fathers and their idea of America?
      To uphold the constitution?

      That is the issue.

      Hope is one thing.
      Action and deeds are another.

      And I’ve yet to see older harmful legislation ever stricken, repealed, or removed ever.
      I’ve yet to see regulations removed that hinder.

      We continue to build on a foundation that can no longer carry the weight and burdens of the great nation that was America.

      My final line will be “So what.”

    • ShainS
    • One of the big problems, UM, is that there’s a third party (the LSM) who’s telling everybody in the neighborhood that you got your a$$ kicked the second time too — and, by the way, that you deserved it because you’re a homophobic, misogynist, xenophobic racist — with the entire neighborhood believing them …

      • Queechy
      • There is only one road to salvation for this great nation. The fifth column which is the mainstream media must be taken over from the inside. The way to do it is by investing in it, buying it and eventually turning it away from socialism. Some of you may have observed that Fox News took a noticeable turn to the left after the Saudi Prince, Alwaleed bin Talal, bought a 7 percent stake in News Corp, the parent company of Fox News. That investment made the Prince the largest shareholder in News Corp except for the Murdoch family. Soon after, Fox stopped covering the issue of President Obama’s eligibility and generally began to observe the “politically correct” point of view on most issues. Wall Street Insider attempted to sway the media’s coverage of the recent election by pressuring advertisers, and as we all observed, it had negligible, if any, impact. What would have a noticeable impact is following the example of the Prince and beginning to invest in all the major mainstream news outlets, CBS, ABC, NBC, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, etc. Theses companies don’t have to be totally bought. A significant minority stake is enough to turn the direction of any of them as the Saudi prince recently demonstrated. There is ample wealth on the conservative side to accomplish this. Sheldon Adelson, Bob Perry, Jerry Perenchio and Robert Rowling are just a few of the many heavy hitters who saw their huge investments in campaign-related organizations and Super PACs amount to naught. Their money would be far better spent buying stakes in the mainstream news outlets.

        I wholeheartedly disagree with Republican Insider’s analysis that the “new media” is the answer for conservatives. It’s a start, no doubt, but it’s far from the answer. Anyone who looks at the past election honestly will have to admit that, in the immortal words of Mark Twain, “rumors of the death” of the mainstream media “have been greatly exaggerated.” They covered up the travesty in Benghazi, they skewed the polls, they covered up the truly dire state of the economy, they painted an ugly and false caricature of Mitt Romney and they won the election for Barack Obama. While the mainstream media may be diminished in comparison with twenty, thirty and fifty years ago, the sheer number of people it still reaches dwarfs the reach of the so-called “new media” by at least a factor of between seven and ten to one, depending on which cable channel is being measured http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2012/08/nbc-fox-news-channel-are-ratings-winners-again.html. When all three major networks are measured against all cable networks, the gap is even wider because only Fox News has viewership in excess of one million.

        The mainstream media has been eroding liberty, morality and free-market capitalism in America since the war in Vietnam, a span of fifty years. Conservatives need to stop whining about it and start doing something about it. Own the mainstream media and we will turn this nation away from socialism.

    • Ylem
    • Until Conservatives buy into Hollywood and the MSM to get their message out, no matter what we do, it won’t be enough. Most people do not read the news — they watch TV to relax. They tune out and allow their subconscious to receive information without a filter. It’s the perfect situation for brainwashing and the Left in Hollywood and on Madison Avenue do it very well. They know how to do it in a 30 second commercial. I know — I worked in the business. Conservative Talk Radio, Fox News and the New Media are not enough. Republicans need to understand that their messaging is not hitting the mark.

    • cqd
    • “…to victors sometimes belongs something more depressing than spoils; namely, the obligation to make good on lame, idiotic promises…”

      The difficulty with this is that, even though O has clearly, obviously NOT delivered on his promises – and is known even by his supporters as not having done so – he has been given a pass by the voters: “He needs more time.” And for all of the coming four years, he will STILL be given a pass, no matter how damaging his policies may be even to his most devoted admirers.

      I would like to take heart from the above column, but the columnist’s view only makes sense in a rational world; the rank and file of O’s supporters have no interest in judging him objectively.

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