"If the Republican Party has any chance of regaining its leading position, it must put to "death" George W. Bush's "compassionate conservatism," says top talker Glenn Beck.
Beck, a rising ratings star at Fox News and one the nation's leading talk hosts, has earned his popularity taking on some of the most cherished shibboleths of the Republican establishment.
During a Fox News interview with top radio talker Rush Limbaugh this past Thursday, Beck used the occasion to slam Bush's policies as inherently detrimental to core Republican principles.
Limbaugh agreed with Beck's assessment that Bush had gone off the GOP reservation.
President George W. Bush was the largest social spender in history, according to a recent report by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In his first term Bush increased discretionary spending 19 percent. During Bush's second term federal spending increased 49 percent.
Beck suggested the stakes are high unless the GOP gets back to its roots.
He told Limbaugh: "And I'll tell you, they keep making the argument that if you vote for a conservative — oh, well, we're going to round up, you know, all of the unwed mothers and throw them in furnaces or whatever it is. That's not what this movement is about, at all. You're right on the social aspect. What this movement is about is they are destroying our children's future. Look, I don't care what you do in your own bedroom. You — we won't have a bedroom left anymore. We're all going to be living in Hooverville or Obamaville if we don't stop the spending."Tell us something we don't already know. Congress is the entity that really spends all the money but Republicans had to go along with what Bush wanted in order to preserve party unity. Or at least they said so. Bush figured that inching closer to center would show the warm and fuzzy side of Conservatism, but then it isn't real Conservatism and America doesn't work that way. Not a healthy America.
And this is one of the reasons I shy away from politicians and madmen. In essence, they're both one and the same, or usually so, and it tasks me to talk to someone whose mind is made up before I've even entered the room.
Back when Florida was fighting for the Guns-In-Cars-At-Work law, I busted my frickin ass in writing to, speaking with, and calling upon elected representatives and fellow Conservatives in order to get the damn thing passed.
There are two things that true Conservatives do not do, you see. They do not tell me when I can pack heat and they don't favor killing babies. I was and of course remain against infanticide and my personal record is one of railing against it at every opportunity, but our 2nd Amendment woes is a different story altogether.
Some believe that they can disarm you if your vehicle drives upon their property with a gun inside. Not on MY land, the saying goes, at least not without MY permission, they say. I disagree. I don't think that you can tell a man to be somewhat less free, just for now, just because you say so. Particularly not businesses, but that's another story and I'm using this to illustrate a point and don't want to get into an imbroglio over the deal because my knee is killing me and I just don't have the energy.
Glenn Beck swapping spit with Limbaugh isn't going to solve any of our problems. We desperately need a way out of the mess, and do not need otherwise intelligent men constantly harping upon the painfully obvious. Everyone needs a living, yes, and these fellas happen to earn a good one so may God bless but fer chrissake can we focus upon the HOW and leave the bitching to the liberals where it belongs.
ANYONE can preach to the choir. I for one am on the lookout for someone who can lead by direction, and not by beating a dead horse. We lost. We didn't have a Conservative running for President and our milquetoast lost to their milquetoast. Time to get over it. Not that its going to be easy, what with the Yellowstream Media lying to the masses at every turn, but who said it HAD to be easy?
And, as far as Bush's compassionate Conservatism "dying a violent death", it ain't gonna happen, not like that anyway. Ma and Pa Kettle despise Obama but the talk of violence scares the shit out of them. What needs be done is telling the truth, speaking the truth, writing the truth, and living the truth. America is NOT some liberal playtoy, and we want it back the way it was. And this is how we're going to do it...
(Insert brilliant plan here)