Finding the Republican voice

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It may go down as a landmark speech in the history of conservatism and, perhaps, Republicanism.

Mainstream media outlets want to ignore it or, at best, spin it as flame-throwing extremism. So you may not have seen much of Rush Limbaugh's address to the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend in Washington.

CNN.com even went out of its way, and misled readers in the process, in its effort to jump over what Limbaugh actually said in order to discredit his speech, with a headline Monday that crowed "Limbaugh comments called ugly." The problem: The person making that alleged assessment, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, was actually quoted before Limbaugh made his speech.)

CNN did play up the Limbaugh speech later Monday night, but only to celebrate the alleged rift between Limbaugh and Steele -- which Steele quickly closed with an apology -- and to smirk at the fact that the Republicans are letting a talk show host lead the way.

Still, Limbaugh's speech had all the earmarks of a watershed event in the conservative movement.

That, combined with a spreading "Boston Tea Party" reaction to the Obama administration's financial machinations, could light a fire under the recently moribund conservative base in the country.

Conservatives are alarmingly concerned about the far-left lurch the nation has taken since Obama's inauguration. The federal government has added to both our children's debt and its own power exponentially in just the first month of Obama's rule.

Both those things necessarily lead to less freedom.

Limbaugh's remarks were essentially a manifesto of conservatism, including support of limited government, low taxation and individual freedom.

Radical? OK, if the liberal media want to call it that.

The problem for Republicans is, Rush Limbaugh is a talk radio host. He's an entertainer, not a politician. He may be the spiritual leader for Republicans and conservatives, but he's not a political figure capable of running with that banner.

The GOP has failed in recent years to find such a political figure, too.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stormed onto the scene last year as John McCain's running mate -- and while she continues to excite conservatives with her values and common sense, she appeared unprepared for the role of national running mate, and the liberal media tried their best to pick her bones clean.

Likewise, the party may have errantly rushed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal onto the national scene when it asked him to deliver the Republican response to Obama's speech to the joint session of Congress. Jindal said all the right things, but his delivery was stilted, and distracted from the message.

One of the great conservative standard-bearers in Congress, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, told us recently he is more concerned with promoting principles than media stars. We understand the sentiment, but will respectfully disagree with the good senator: In this day and age, a party cannot get ahead with even the best principles unless they have someone telegenic and articulate and sympathetic to carry those principles to the public.

That's the GOP's challenge.

An even bigger challenge will be convincing black and Hispanic voters that conservative principles will benefit them. The media and academia have pummeled conservatives and tried to marginalize them. Meanwhile, Republicans have done an abysmal job of upholding conservative principles (see "Bush, George W.") and reaching out to minority voters. The former seems to be improving; the latter has to be Job No. 1 for chairman Steele.

The country is on the wrong track. Conservatives need to speak up. And Republicans need to find their voice.

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jack
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jack 03/04/09 - 11:48 am
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Reader, Rush's listening

Reader, Rush's listening public (approx 20M) pay for him, and yes, many of his listeners are us conservatives. Speaking od shills, there is no bigger political shill than your boy BimbObama. After all, he shilled himself into the WH.

reader54
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reader54 03/04/09 - 11:49 am
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ITDOC:I wouldn't expect

ITDOC:I wouldn't expect anything less ! We may disagree but we can both remain intelligent.Have a great life .

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 11:54 am
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Hypocrite you , hypocrite me.

Hypocrite you , hypocrite me. I believe life begins at the moment of conception, yet I am against restrictive abortion laws. Go ahead, call me a hypocrite. I believe in God, yet I am against laws allowing or restricting religious symbols being displayed on public property. Go ahead, call me a hypocrite. I believe in personal responsibility yet I am against policies which would cut the needy off assistance. Go ahead call me a hypocrite. Just don't call me GOP/DEM/liberal/conservative or any of that rot. Why? Because each and every one of us has views that are in conflict with each other. Hypocricy is actually a common denominator that could be used to accomplish solutions. Hypocricy is no longer an insult, it's now the American Way.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 12:13 pm
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Reader54 :I am having a great

Reader54 :I am having a great life. Nothing but my wishes for success to you and your family. Peace.

FrankRizzo
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FrankRizzo 03/04/09 - 12:14 pm
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Liberal or conservative, we

Liberal or conservative, we all strive for one thing and that is GREED. Everybody blames #43 for this mess but it was actually #42 who forced the banks to give mortgages to people with bad credit. If they cannot pay their gas card what make you all of a sudden pay a mortgage. then you say well the banks should not have made the loan, If they don't then people will sue for discrimination. If they qualify according to the law then they have to give it. If the Democrats are as good as they say. Let's just stop one program called "Wellfare" and see how fast they shut up

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 12:18 pm
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I WANT OBAMA TO FAIL. Not

I WANT OBAMA TO FAIL. Not because of any "socialistic policies". Not because he's multiracial. Not because I believe he's a Robbing Hood (great cartoon, Rick). Not because I think there's a conspiracy afoot to gain government control. Certainly not because I hate America (see also JRHC). I want Obama to fail due to his insistence of proposals without plans. I want him to fail because he pays no attention to details nor possible outcomes of his actions. I want him to fail because he incites panic for partisan political gain. I want him to fail because he is not the peacemaker people elected him to be. I want him to fail because I want my children's children to make or lose their own fortune, not pay for my financial irresponsibility. I WANT OBAMA TO FAIL. When it comes to his promises of change, he already has failed. May God Bless America.

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southernguy08 03/04/09 - 12:24 pm
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ITDOC, great post. Don't
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ITDOC, great post. Don't expect the libs to ever admit hypocricy though. It reminds me of Whoopie Goldberg's recent rant against Bill O'Reilly because he compared Helen Thomas to a witch, saying he was being disrespectful. She, Goldberg forgot about her performance in the first Comic Relief concert when Reagan was president. She, Goldberg, said she thought Nancy Reagan, "had her head up her [filtered word]." Can you imagine the uproar if some conservative comic said that about Michele Obama? The press would crucify him!

FrankRizzo
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FrankRizzo 03/04/09 - 12:29 pm
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You know everybody is blaming

You know everybody is blaming GW gor his failed policies, well the democrats have had 8 years of relaxation to think of a game plan to fix this mess that started before GW. I really would have like to see GW as president if 9/11 did not happen. I do have one question for President Obama, It is September 11 2001 and you are president, what do you do? What do you do?

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bdittle 03/04/09 - 12:35 pm
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FrankRizzo... Invade Iraq?

FrankRizzo... Invade Iraq?

FrankRizzo
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FrankRizzo 03/04/09 - 12:42 pm
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bdittle.. it has been 7 1/2

bdittle.. it has been 7 1/2 years since the attack i would think somebody could come up with a better game plan. I am glad we did not cry so much after Dec 7. The problem is, that everybody thinks they are so smart and could save the world if they did not have to work for it. All we do as a society is cry, I want more, i want more i want more and when we say you are going to have to pay for it we cry some more about having to pay.

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convertedsoutherner 03/04/09 - 12:56 pm
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So. What does it mean when a

So. What does it mean when a person, pbho, says there will be no lobbyists and there are at least 20? What does it mean when pbho says his administration will be the most honest and transparent and admin has the most crooks, tax cheats, liars, socialists, etc.? What does it mean when we're told we must have the smartest and most intelligent in an office and we get tax cheat, geithner, who can't answer questions and has NO plan, after months of working on finances? What does it mean when the leader of the country tells us that the dow is just a popularity poll? What does it mean when dim followers compalin about rep invading their privacy and watch this pbho,congrss & admin take over their day to day care? What does it mean when congress complains about what private citizens do and do the same? What does it mean when pbho tells us he's going to do one thing and does another? This proves the American Way is now hypocrisy at its finest. Also proves "Do as I say - not as I do" is a perfect example of this administration.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 01:09 pm
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CS: I'm going to try to

CS: I'm going to try to briefly answer you question, but it will probably consume two or three posts. From the end of the Civil War, throughout the 1950's, America treated the black race poorly. So poorly in fact, that in the 1960's, MLK Jr probably knowing he'd be killed, began a crusade of peaceful civil protest to encourage the government to enact laws regarding equal rights for blacks since people/states failed to do it without the laws. The Civil Rights Act is similar to a parent saying to a child "you had your chance to do the right thing, but you didn't do it, now I must force you to do so for the good of yourself." contd

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Niko Mahs 03/04/09 - 01:12 pm
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The GOP has Rush and that's

The GOP has Rush and that's the best that they can do. What a freakin' sad state of affairs.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 01:13 pm
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Since then, The Civil Rights

Since then, The Civil Rights Act has been used as a wedge to attempt to force Americans to do things they do not wish to do. A group creates a lobby. The lobby goes to Congress. The lobby says "We (insert group here) people are being discriminated against. We need protection. Since their parents won't force them to do what is right, Government must step in like they did with the Civil Rights Act." Over the interceeding time, this "precedent" has removed virtually the entire act of parenting from the individual. In fact, most folks look to government to take over their children's education before they leave the womb. contd

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 01:19 pm
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For almost 187 years, our

For almost 187 years, our country was full of parents who taught their children to be respectful of others, to be self-motivated, to dream of personal success through personal effort. Let me be clear: The Civil Rights Act was a necessary move upon the Government's part. The use of that necessary Act as a precedent by the people with all the personal agendas was an act of treason. Now we have a nation of people who were raised by Government law, not by parent's values. It doesn't surprise me the youth of America voted for Obama, for he promises less personal accountablility, less personal responsibility, and more instant gratification. Obama uses hate and panic for partisan political gain. What WILL surprise me is if the youth of America continue to support him when they watch their own parents lose jobs, homes, and hope due to their wishes.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 03/04/09 - 01:26 pm
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Why is it that the dims are

Why is it that the dims are so concerned about Rush and do their best to demonize him? Why is it that the dims were so concerned about Sara and did their best to demonize her? Why is it that the black dims demonize Steele and call him a 'token'? Why is it that the black dims demonize Thomas, Sowell, Williams, and Rice and call them 'tokens'? Any black that is a success in the repub party, they do their best to try to destroy. These people are an angry group with more animosity than any one group. They ignore information with facts about their dim 'annointed one' and use rhetoric and false info to destroy anyone that disagrees with their beliefs. They post/say anger/hate filled comments and condemn others that disagree as haters, racist, bigots, and on and on. Those that complain about the agenda of others, continue to have their own agenda.

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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 01:35 pm
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The vast majority of black

The vast majority of black people in America do NOT call their own successful examples "tokens". 100% of the black people in America who do call successful blacks "tokens" are full of hate for themselves and their own deficiencies. I pray for the children being raised by these hate filled people.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 03/04/09 - 01:39 pm
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The attack of Rush is a

The attack of Rush is a deliberate attack by pbho and emanuel. This is the lying Chicago thug mentality continuing to come out. In every barry hussein campaign for office, in IL, he used intimidation and threats against his opponents. That is how he continued his push up the line. emanuel, who gave an opponent a dead fish wrapped in newspaper, continues with his Chicago thug mentality. Even pbho co-dim politicos in Chicago said they didn't like his actions. This is the type of agitating, thug people that we have leading and making decisions for this country. These thugs want to shut down anyone that disagrees with them.

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johnsmith 03/04/09 - 01:40 pm
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"but to not give him credit

"but to not give him credit for the management of our economy is to be as blind " ITDoc, NOBODY, no single individual or govt agency, no matter how enormous or how loaded with "indispensable" people and "brilliant" minds, is capable of MANAGING an economy. They're not. To say that Clinton "managed" the economy is a fallacy. "His" dot-com bubble had the same effects as "Bush's" housing bubble; the difference is, when people give in to irrational exuberance and buy waaaaaaaaay too many shares of pets.com and lose the value of those shares, we say, "Well, too bad, next time diversify." But when people buy waaaaaaay too much house and have to give up the house and go live in an apartment that they CAN afford, you get the liberals whining about people "losing their homes." Nobody is losing THEIR home, because it's not THEIR home until it's paid for... The only other significant difference is that Clinton's bubble (which wasn't "his" but happened during his term, is all) collapsed, putting the economy into recession on Bush's watch, which led all the MSM to (SHOCKINGLY) attribute it to Bush, who had, at that point, not yet figured out where the Clintons hid all the "W" keys...

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johnsmith 03/04/09 - 01:44 pm
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Meanwhile, "Bush's" bubble

Meanwhile, "Bush's" bubble (which has been decades in the making and, to be fair, was predicted by the Republicans and denied by the Democrats) collapsed well before the election, thus getting laid at his feet. Now, some liberals do at least have a gleam of intellect and will say, "You can't criticize Obama for bailouts, Bush did the same thing!" Well, that's one approach. The other is to do what free-market conservatives do, and revile BOTH of them for creating huge problems in a market that is perfectly capable of adjusting itself without "help," thank you very much.

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Dollarbill 03/04/09 - 01:45 pm
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Rush is the perfect face and

Rush is the perfect face and voice of the disgruntled GOP.
1. Brain-addled and oxycodonized drug addict
2. Three-time divorcee
3. Flunked out of college
4. Narcissistic personality
5. Bloated and endomorphic appearance
6. Empty ideologue
7. Jackbooting and goosestepping personality.
8. Unpatriotic loon who favors national failure over success.
Perfect fit of form and function.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 03/04/09 - 01:49 pm
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Think I'll take a little

Think I'll take a little break from these boards, though. Even my poor little puny, underpowered conservative brain can figure out that the liberals are trying to run a rope-a-dope on us, here. Get us all worn out responding to the same crap, researching, reading, thinking logically, you know, all that lame-o stuff, to bring in evidence that shows that the market recovers in SPITE of government "remedies," not because of them, that Hussein had proscribed weapons, found by the UN (that bunch of conservative hacks!) and documented by that body, up to and during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, so "Bush lied" is just a stupid thing to say, and that there was no UNDERLYING crime in the Plame affair, much less a "secondary" one to convict Libby of... We go out and find video of Democrats saying that the regulator should be fired for trying to "lynch" Fannie Mae's CEO, and the libs say that conservative DEregulation caused the mess...it's all a rather transparent plan to wear us out, while Obama spends more in 45 DAYS than Bush did in his entire last TERM, and the Dems, abetted by the media, hold FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY SUMMITS.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 03/04/09 - 01:50 pm
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I mean, you have to be

I mean, you have to be freaking kidding me, right?

johnsmith
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johnsmith 03/04/09 - 01:59 pm
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Enjoy:

Enjoy:

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WClark40 03/04/09 - 02:03 pm
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I believe that finding ones

I believe that finding ones voice is important.But finding ones "pinciples" and Values is tantamount.The american public is to savvy for a smooth voiced charismatic speaker to be able to only look and sound good to be sucessful.There will have to b e substance!!That substance will come in the form of an actual coherent and workable plan.You can't sit and deride the other guy as marxist and stalinist and hope to get any traction there.The people are too smart for this sophmoric type rhetoric.What today can be called "LEFT or RIGHT"?Today there are no fundamental differences between the two.There so far is very little daylight between what Bush supported and what Obama has so far practiced.Virtually the same military philosophy and the same big spending priciples.They are both for the same thing,KEEPING AND HOLDING ONTO POWER.They just styalistically do it different.The repubs have let the dems define them.There decline continues to be precipitous!They'll need more than a voice they will need an IDEA!!!

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 02:05 pm
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ITDoc, NOBODY, no single

ITDoc, NOBODY, no single individual or govt agency, no matter how enormous or how loaded with "indispensable" people and "brilliant" minds, is capable of MANAGING an economy. That I agree with, John. I base my statement upon results. Clinton did indeed cut welfare rolls, cut taxes, cut spending. He did it with the cooperation of many, many others, too many to name. He did it by working with others and inspiring confidence in our economy, not intimidation or panicking the American people. Since I have publicly proclaimed we are all part of the problems today, I have no reservations in giving credit where credit is certainly due. Partisan politics on all sides is the barrier we need to remove. Of the people, by the people, for the people. Term limits on Congress. Citizen legislators, not Kings and Queens. The people deserve a common man to lead them, not a poliltician who is only concerned with re-election.

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convertedsoutherner 03/04/09 - 02:07 pm
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dollar proves just how

dollar proves just how desperate and continue their personal name calling attack on anyone that disagrees with them. They prove they don't read and understand as in: yes Rush wants barry hussein to fail due to his implementing socialist plans. If Rush is wrong, please give us the positives about the 7million earmarks and the money in the stimulus. That would prove that the dims are studying those plans and have the knowledge to speak on the topic. Please tell us how you like the pbho administration. We want to be able to see how spending all this money is a good thing and we can be proven wrong. Please give us the benefit of your knowledge on this subject. Comparing barry hussein to Rush is like comparing apples and onions. Looks like the barry hussein followers are trying to distract people from the real issues.

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Obamessiah 03/04/09 - 02:16 pm
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Again, the liberals on here

Again, the liberals on here are showing their ignorance, so I will explain it again.... The legislative branch proposes all bills and this includes those that deals with the ECONOMY and the BUDGET. Democrats have had control for 2 years and this is their mistake that they need to try and fix for the coming years.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 02:22 pm
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Distract, divide and conquer.

Distract, divide and conquer. It's the Congressional Way!

Obamessiah
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Obamessiah 03/04/09 - 02:25 pm
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Its so funny and yet so sad

Its so funny and yet so sad how predictable these intellectual ants like Cain, willis, etc are. Before they post, I know what they will say and its just depressing to see such angry simpletons.

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