1.06.2015

FRINGE REPUBLICANS DAMAGE IMAGE OF CONSERVATISM

Reclaiming the conservative movement by leaving the fringe where they belong.

Written by R. James Towe  james@sollicitus.us


Representatives Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) campaigned to thwart the re-election of John Boehner (R-OH) as House speaker. Mr Gohmert received three votes while Representative Yoho received one vote. I'm guessing Mr Yoho's vote was his own.

They even secured an endorsement from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. 

I empathize with the contention that Mr. Boehner lacks the conservative fortitude demanded by members of the Tea Party and conservatives at large. Unfortunately, surmounting an anemic campaign with a few TV sound bites only reaffirms the fringe reputation of Tea Party leaders like Mrs Palin.

The Speaker was going to be reelected all along. Sarah Palin further isolated herself by endorsing men with little name recognition and no chance of mounting any serious challenge to Mr Boehner.

The RNC avoided much of this lunacy in the run-up to the 2014 mid-term election by denying the left-leaning news media fodder, with mockery and criticism of Tea Party candidates that made unfortunate remarks sprinkled with grammatical and social unseemliness. It damaged the Republican brand. 

Conservatives have to distance themselves from demagogues that create an environment destined to elevate liberal candidates to mainstream status, simply by ascendency through relativism. In other words, compared to that guy, this guy seems reasonable.

Let's hope that the Tea Party learn to take a more responsible approach to our politics.

11.23.2014

AMERICA'S GREATEST GEOPOLITICAL THREAT LIES JUST TO THE SOUTH

The culture and values shift flowing through America's southern border has ramifications far beyond simple immigration.

Pew Research Center

                 "We are practicing  'La
                  Reconquista' in California." 
                                           - José Pescador Osuna, Former Mexican Consul General for Los Angeles

Written by R. James Towe   james@sollicitus.us


During the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney (R-MA) described Russia as America's greatest geopolitical threat. Recent events have validated this position, much to the embarrassment of the Commander in Chief, recalling how he mocked Governor Romney in a presidential debate for being stuck in a Cold War mind set.

Generally speaking, geopolitical threats are matters of foreign policy that impact short or medium term outlooks with regard to the national interest. 

A more subtle and slowly developing threat to the national interest has emerged from the south. This threat may have long-term implications and threaten the America's very existence before the end of this century. This is a danger far beyond any current geopolitical foe.