Carpe Diem, Republicans!

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This guy loves carp

An Open Letter To The Republican Party:

A lot of you have been moping around like butt-hurt puppies, looking at polls and wondering how you were ever gonna get your mojo back. Well here’s your chance to jump-start your political comeback.

Seize the day. Become born-again civil libertarians. Defend the Bill of Rights against Big Brother and the National Security/Police State.

It’s gonna take some adjustment, because your party is primarily responsible for the growth of the National Security/Police State. But it’s not too late to “see the light”.

You guys tried taking on Big Nanny and the Welfare State but that didn’t work so hot. Too many people like getting something for nothing. You might as well of tried to ban Santa Claus. But “borrow and spend” liberalism will eventually collapse under it’s own weight. Until it does, your arguments will keep falling on deaf ears.

But Big Nanny and Big Brother are Siamese twins. Forget about Big Nanny for a while and use the IRS and NSA scandals to attack Big Brother. Come out strong in defense of freedom and liberty. Put “civil” in front of “libertarian”.

Drop the fiscal conservatives’ wet dream of abolishing the IRS. It ain’t gonna happen. Go for reform and strengthened privacy and anti-partisan protections. Propose some strict new laws protecting digital privacy that apply to both the government and private companies.

Go all “states rights” on marijuana. Establish strict national standards for DNA testing. Get out in front of the domestic drone use issue. While you’re at it it wouldn’t hurt to de-emphasize your party’s opposition to abortion and gay marriage.

Be the party of civil liberties.

The time is NOW. Barack Obama and the Democrats represent Big Brother. If you attack, they’ll dig in their heels and defend him. Let them. Even if your hearts aren’t really in it.

Or you can keep moping around and whining how politics is unfair.

It’s up to you.


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52 Responses to Carpe Diem, Republicans!

  1. myiq2xu says:

    This reminds me of the most frustrating part of being a lawyer: Giving really good advice and knowing your client wasn’t gonna follow it.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    Repeal the 3rd Amendment!

  3. myiq2xu says:
  4. In other words, run Rand Paul in 2016.

  5. yep—if only they would follow this advice….

  6. Mary says:

    Quote from Hot Air:

    “Edward Snowden: ‘ I mistakenly believed in Obama’s promises.”

    THIS, folks. It will shake the millenials (those that pay attention). They will feel betrayed by the very prez they adored, once they understand that ALL their digital information has been collected by the NSA. They will see Obama as worse than Bush was, even though his “words” suggested otherwise, and nothing the Bots say will change that shift.

    I’m not suggesting that will help Republicans at all , as in carpe diem, but it will diminish Obama et al in their eyes and break the logjam of adoration. Bout time.

    For now, I see Rand Paul gaining from this shift. We’ll see.

  7. yttik says:

    “Republicans” won’t follow your advice, but it’s possible the R party will be taken over by more libertarian leaning populists along the lines of Sarah Palin and Rand Paul. People are hungry for it.

    The establishment Republicans of course, are just as greedy and excited about abusing power as the current Chicago thugs are.

  8. wmcb says:

    THIS. The old-line GOP mouthpieces and neocons on Twitter are running scared, urging caution, and trying very very hard to quash the liberty-loving new blood in the R party. And there is an awful awful lot of that conservatarian new blood.

    I am not saying the GOP has to go full-on large-L, Ron Paul style Libertarian. That would likely be too scary/extreme for most.

    But if they have a brain in their heads they will tilt decidedly civil libertarian. That is the ONLY path for them. They can take it, or die.

    • 49erDweet says:

      In my view, because their fingerprints are all over that law, the eRepubs are on their way out – and may sense it. It won’t be pretty for some of them. How many will soon claim a come-to-Jesus moment? Hmmmm?

      • myiq2xu says:

        Remember when they said “Only Nixon could go to China”? The GOP has the national security cred to go after national security laws.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I have no illusions about what will happen. The GOPers are not going to suddenly change into the ACLU. But this is an opportunity for them. It remains to be seen whether they can or will take advantage of it.

  9. votermom says:

    This is an NBC poll?

    • 49erDweet says:

      Merely because cohorts of, and Their Precious, have driven the last six private jobs left in America to other climes, apparently is not a good enough reason to blame their circumstances on their lifeline, rather than their skipper.

  10. votermom says:

    Even Iowa Hawk is missing the point

    • yttik says:

      What a brave armchair warrior. I bet he’d rethink that if he were taking on the NSA.

  11. I don’t remember him saying anything like that. He went to Hong Kong because of their basic allowance of “protests” and said he wanted to go to Iceland.

    They are turning him into a Pinko Commie-lover traitor right before our eyes.

  12. Did I miss something?

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  15. myiq2xu says:
    • wmcb says:

      Yup.The Hong Kong thing was a calculated risk on his part. Not like he had that many options. Some are complaining that if he was really “principled”, he’d have just gone full-on martyr and stayed to face the music. Yeah, maybe. But that’s awfully fucking easy for us to say, huh?

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  19. wmcb says:

    From a commenter on Reason. I’m seeing the same thing. The fascists of both parties are hitting hard on anyone of any political stripe concerned about civil liberties. And people who ARE concerned about civil liberties are finding unlikely temporary allies.

    The best part of all this is that it erodes the left-right stupidity and lets you see who the fascists are regardless of their political affiliation.

    Glenn Beck tweeted praise towards Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, and a conservative and progressive teamed up and started getting pissed with Glenn Beck for ‘saying good things about a traitor.’ Someone who claimed to be a liberal progressive said that ‘Civil liberties don’t matter if you’ve been killed by a terrorist.’

    It’s funny watching the fascists on the left and right fight it out against the civil libertarians without TEAM nonsense getting in the way.

  20. wmcb says:

    The commenters at Reason crack me up sometimes. Like this:

    Zakalwe| 6.9.13 @ 6:17PM

    On this night of the Game of Thrones season finale I see no one is asking the real question: what’s Edward Snowden’s relationship to Eddard Stark?

    I hardly think this is a coincidence.

    Chloe| 6.9.13 @ 6:36PM

    Both of them are going to lose their heads to a prissy, narcissistic, spoiled brat?

  21. SHV says:

    “Yup.The Hong Kong thing was a calculated risk on his part. Not like he had that many options. Some are complaining that if he was really “principled”, he’d have just gone full-on martyr and stayed to face the music. Yeah, maybe. But that’s awfully fucking easy for us to say, huh?”
    If he had turned himself in, he likely would have gotten the New Obama “terrorist treatment” for American citizens: indefinite detention without charges or bond, prison isolation, enhanced interrogation, no contact with the outside world.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Hong Kong has all the benefits of western capitalism and the protection of the Commie Chinese. Snowden can stay safely in HK and if the US tries to go after him he can defect.

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    • yttik says:

      I really don’t like her. It’s probably unjustified and irrational, but I just can’t help it.

  23. myiq2xu says:
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    • catarina says:

      Thank you for that.
      He’s worse than useless lately-and all he can produce is what looks to me like the twitter EQ of a butt dial.

  25. Lulu says:

    The enormity of what our government has been doing since September 11, 2001 is sinking in. It will take some time before people can process it all. I think the reaction in many ways is rather subdued. Will people accept complete the loss of all privacy, independent thought, and self determination for the false sense of physical safety, stable political and social institutions, and their pocket books. Anyone, ANYONE, who thinks that the authoritarians will not come after THEM because they haven’t done anything to anger or offend is missing the point. THEY don’t need a reason. They can do anything they want to you and everyone you know.

    The squawking by fascists who are trying to rationalize this is ass covering. The Republicans under Bush and Cheney started it with the excuse of 9/11. The Democrats under Broncobama have tried to perfect it except their hubris and incompetence got in the way. I’m sick and tired of the suckers on both sides trying to rationalize their lack of foresight and critical thinking to remain a member in good standing of a herd of unthinking animals. There is going to be an enormous amount of spin in the next weeks. The NSA is collecting our thoughts and the IRS is deciding what to do with them. Anyone who doesn’t have a big problem with that is a fascist.

  26. driguana says:

    This was a really great and thought provoking blog….thanks. Does seem, though, that Repubs need to keep “belief systems” out of things. We all have our beliefs in some fashion and it is wonderful and imperative that we have those opportunities but as we search for new governance, we should focus on that….governance… and leave our belief systems at the steps of our personal temples of life.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Does seem, though, that Repubs need to keep “belief systems” out of things.

      No more so than the Democrats. Both parties are coalitions made of of groups with different issues. The GOP is more racially and regionally homogenous, but they don’t all share the same priorities. The key to governance is putting together a winning coalition – 50% + 1 or more.

      Ideological purity and a majority are hard to achieve simultaneously. But you don’t have to have 100% agreement on beliefs to work out a mutually acceptable compromise on policy.

      • driguana says:

        I was meaning “religious belief systems” more than personal belief systems…I was being a bit cloaked. But then there is a fine line sometimes between personal belief systems and religious ones.

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