I’m a peaceful guy. I don’t pick fights. That being said, I’m always ready to argue my case in print and in person. I’ve done lots of debates. I prepare for all of them. I’m preparing for a Symposium in Reno, Nevada, on February 23. There will be two other men who will take a position different from mine. I’ve prepared long and hard for the encounter. It should be fun.
We saw how Dr. Ben Carson energized the conservative base like no Republican has, except, maybe, Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin. His message was short and understandable. He offered solutions to government mandated expensive and complicated programs. In his interview with Neil Cavuto, Carson said: “[There] is a group of people who would like to silence everybody and have everybody go along to get along, but that’s not going to be very helpful . . . in the long run.” He added: “Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies.”
Liberals are bullies of the worst kind, and conservatives are the playground victims.
One of the most infuriating things about the Republicans is that most of them don’t fight for their position. Now, it could be that they don’t a position to defend. They’re in politics because they have a god-complex. They know what’s best for me. If that’s the case, they should collect their pension and get out of politics.
They apologize and appease hoping the other side will give in.
There’s a scene in the animated film Finding Nemo where Nemo’s father, Marlin, and Dory are with three sharks who are trying to curb their addiction to fish eating. They’re doing OK until Dory gets a bloody nose and Bruce, a great white shark, gets a whiff of Dory’s fish blood. Bruce goes crazy and starts attacking Marlin and Dory.
That scene is what happens when Republicans decide to play nice and give up their principles. It’s like blood in the water to sharks.
Dr. Carson stood up to the bully President in public, and the people loved the good doctor for doing it.
Then there’s Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who takes issue with leading liberal Carl Levin from Michigan. This is how Joel B. Pollak at Newsbusters describes the exchange:
“In today’s debate in the Senate Armed Services Committee over the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) engaged in heated debate with committee chair Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) over the question of whether Hagel had complied with the committee’s questions and standards on financial disclosure.”
Then Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) joined the bully Levin, suggesting Cruz had “crossed a line.” Did any Republicans come to stand with Sen. Cruz over against the charges made by Levin and Nelson? Would Sen. John McCain come to stand with Cruz over against the bullying tactics of the Democrats? Pollak writes:
“Sen. John McCain, who had earlier described Hagel’s testimony at his confirmation hearing as one of the worst he had seen, interjected to defend Hagel’s character, indirectly rebuking Cruz.”
This is how the Establishment Republicans work in Washington. They go along hoping to get along. All they end up being is fish food for liberal sharks.