Left Coast Rebel: Down but not Necessarily Out...

By the Left Coast Rebel

Hi folks,

As many of you have likely gathered, I've taken a bit of a break or hiatus from the political scene (or at least poli-pontificating on a regular basis). If I'm like any of you, I find our nation's demise (especially after the November election, though I harbor no love/faith in/for Mittens Romney or the GOP in general) to be beyond alarming, depressing and altogether breathtakingly indescribable).

But beyond my alarm for America's re-election of the the Collectivist, recently I've been more than vindicated in my distaste for elephant meat...
The utter stupidity of the Republican party in "negotiations" with re-elected King-American-Bankruptcy Obama -- both post- and pre-mortem (thank God) -- have been ever more alarming for me. It's not that I have any faith in the Republican party, it's just that I, -- even I -- didn't think they were necessarily that stupid.

But... just because I haven't been checking in here at LCR doesn't mean I've been silent, though. For example, I've been checking in with my local Tea Party group here in San Diego -- the SoCal Tax Revolt Coaltion -- on my thoughts re: the trumped-up "fiscal cliff" nonsense and teh GOP's tear-stained John "Boner's" capitulation in particular. I guess I'm an opinionated mofo but that's what makes me... well, a limited-government freak opinionated mofo. For example, I wrote this to Tea Party Patriots star Dawn Wildman regarding Boehner and useful idiots in the GOP in an email thread:
Low information Republican voters are just as misinformed as Dems, only they cheer on the "good guys" that increase spending almost as much as the Democrats (Boehner, anyone?). I'm so disgusted how, regardless of the Tea Party handing the GOP a comfortable majority in the House circa 2010, nothing has changed. In fact, Boner is probably even more corrupt, inept and disingenuous than those holding previous leadership.

I also, from time to time, text my good libertarian friend WC Varones on the state of the nation and all things apocalyptic. It's cathartic, yes that's for sure; but where does that put me going forward with speaking my mind in a public (net) sense? I'm not sure...

As I leave you, I thought I'd pass on something to chew on; a comment taken from Leslie Eastman's Legal Insurrection post on John Boehner:

If the Republican Party cannot be transformed, or cannot be transformed in time to have an effect on the larger problems; what reason is there to stay? If you remain, does staying implicate you as collaborating with the Institutional Republicans failure to act? Does staying in the Republican Party actively help resist the Left, when the Party will try to crush any attempt to resist?
For now, I'm banking on the Libertarian Party though my local chapter is a joke. From hereto forward, I'm going to put my energies toward any candidate(s) that stands for individual liberty and limited government, however sadly few they may be.

Justin Amash: I've been looking at you.

What will the future bring? Damned if I know but there's always that Texas secession possibility, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Canada, no?

22 comments:

  1. Don't blame you one bit. I feel the same way anymore here.

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  2. It's hard to continue Tim. I understand. Such brilliance once again in one paragraph. "But beyond my alarm for America's re-election of the the Collectivist, recently I've been more than vindicated in my distaste for elephant meat...
    The utter stupidity of the Republican party in "negotiations" with re-elected King-American-Bankruptcy Obama -- both post- and pre-mortem (thank God) -- have been ever more alarming for me. It's not that I have any faith in the Republican party, it's just that I, -- even I -- didn't think they were necessarily that stupid."

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  3. I had an email exchange with a friend recently who opined that perhaps I was too downbeat. He pointed out the huge number of people who do not vote, and suggested that voters may wake up at some point soon. He wrote, "When their back is against the wall, which soon, it very likely will be, they may surprise you Grant."

    I responded, and because it addresses a point you just made, I'll paste it here.

    "Most of the people who don't vote are either the deadbeats who collect prizes from government themselves or they are the perpetually stupid who wouldn't have a clue or the inclination to vote for the people or policies that would correct the problem. When they stop getting their free stuff as the system implodes they will just vote for the people who promise them to re-instate it somehow. That is, if we still have a vote."

    I continued:

    "Alternately, there is a small glimmer of hope that many of the current Democrats will be given the chance to vote for a party or candidate who will drop all the social issues that government promises to fix by force and instead focuses on the fiscal and over-regulation issues that are sinking the ship. Current Democrats must be convinced somehow to change, Republicans are no hope and aren't even interested in real change in most cases."

    "In order for that to happen, either the GOP must disappear like the Whigs did, or change drastically. I wouldn't hold your breath while you wait for that to happen. But I could be wrong, I frequently am."

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    1. Thanks for the response Grant. I vote for the GOP to dissapear. If they can't reform and change in the days of the Tea Party and Obama's rule, they never will.

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  4. Indeed the rEpublican party is rapidly becoming irrelevant. The architects of their own demise. Fighting for liberty requires more than just being obstinate and intransigent. It requires an honest assessment of reality based in objectivism and truth. There was a reason Ayn Rand had no use for rEpublicans or American conservatism in general, and she stated it clearly for those who have actually studied her beyond snippets from Atlas Shrugged.

    I for one. while sharing a sense of lost opportunity will continue on Tim. In the only way I know how. In the spirit of Classical Liberalism and reasonable compromise. It is the example our founders ultimately set for their posterity.

    Time progresses forward. Realities change. It is up to us to find a way to fuse our principles with the rest of society and affect change in a way that makes sense to the greatest number of people. That is, after all how our republic is supposed to work. That is after all how this republic was formed.

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    1. Les, the problem with the GOP in my eyes is worse than irrelevance: I think that they are just as destructive (if not more because they are supposedly the limited govt alternative) as the Democrat party. And I totally agree with you on changing minds and hearts and that Objectivism is a HUGE component of that.

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  5. Time to learn Portuguese? Brazil looks inviting.

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    1. I'm banking on Costa Rica but perhaps that's only because I was recently there.

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  6. I say Don't Tread on me. We're just beginning to learn how to fight, figuring out how to do what the Left has been doing for decades.

    Do not conform. The battle is not to the strong alone, but to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

    Now is the time to prove vigilant. Not last year. Now.



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  7. I believe our current strong point is that we have an excellent idea of what this administration and its leader is all about. Know thine enemy.

    "Time progresses forward. Realities change. It is up to us to find a way to fuse our principles with the rest of society and affect change in a way that makes sense to the greatest number of people. That is, after all how our republic is supposed to work. That is after all how this republic was formed."

    Our blessing is that time does not stand still. While we are catching our breath, recouping, grieving and thinking, the world continues to turn and events happen to which there are reactions. Everywhere. We are involved as a Country. And, while this leader is planning to stunt our growth, and is cheerily undermining our resolve, we are still here, an ugly thorn in his side. I would like to be able to think that although we have been outvoted in 2012, that you, the commenters, would be willing to make a private pact with yourselves to fight for this Country; to help retrieve the trampled meaning of what our Constitution stands for, and live for those standards. If we have to go underground, then that's what we have to do.

    If we do not rebuild, we lose our future. Cowboy Up!

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  8. most elected republicans want exactly what the dems want, they just can't come out and say it simply because they represent constituencies who mistakenly think that the republican party stands for limited gov

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    1. Jason: I couldn't have said it any better myself. To make a difference and change the nation we are going to have to look far beyond the Republican party, which in reality is 50% of the problem.

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  9. Necessity it seems, is not the mother of re-invention. At least it seems true for the GOP. Whatever course of action is necessary, it needs to get sorted out in the next two years, not four.

    I would only counsel avoiding the 'grass is greener' thinking and avoid finding someplace else to go. As weakened as the foundations of America are becoming, it is still the greatest opportunity for the future of liberty and prosperity for people. That's evidenced by people, like myself, who yearn to be there. Even now, with a conservative Prime Minister in Canada, and our nation on the right track (but moving slowly), I'd move to the United States and fight to defend her liberties and opportunities in a second if given the chance.

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    1. We came from Canada in 1962 and would not go back on a bet! I am so glad to live here, you have no idea. Became a Naturalized American in 1968! This is my country!

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    2. Exactly. A very belated congrats on the move and the naturalization! I wasn't born yet in '62 but I agree completely with your sentiment. The good news is that many people really do get it. The bad news is that more and more they are from outside the United States and those within seem to get it less and less. They either want to give up and move (a growing feeling on the right) or want to change the country to resemble Sweden or France (on the left).

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    3. Thanks, Dean. Very inspirational.

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  10. The GOP is all sold out. How do we know who really won when we don't have paper ballots or tangible ways to count the vote. I don't believe any of it --it's all a big joke. The entire Congress is making money hand over fist and that's why cockroaches are more popular.

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    1. The best example is big pharma trading while passing the healthcare bill. Read Throw Them All Out. More like lower than whale poop.

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  11. I'm glad I'm not alone in feeling this way. Myself and a local candidate (client) left the Tea Party when they took on social issues (and in fact, moved everything the wrong way). The Nov election was just the icing on the (shit) cake.

    I'm also headed to the Libertarian party, but first taking a year off from stressing over daily political news. Life is too short.

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