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"Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demand for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen."
- Ayn Rand, "America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business" (1961)

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Coulter - Symptom of GOP's Flu

Now Playing: At the moment, Rock 'N' Roll Widow from the Wishbone Ash classic Live Dates.

[Reference: Columnist Ann Coulter's "f-word" remark before the 2007 CPAC convention on Friday, March 02.]

Thanks, Ann, we really needed the unwarranted stigma of "Bigoted Yahoos" resuscitated and draped over the Republican Party - on the eve of a campaign season for what is one of the most crucial, life-or-death Presidential elections in American history.


Certainly, the "f-word" is on a rough par with any of the rest of the gutter-sludge that passes for discourse and "entertainment" in the sewer that is contemporary American culture. One does not have to be gay to comprehend the right of people to choose their own lifestyles, nor to recognize the strategic (not to mention intellectual) stupidity of putting a cheap slur where a substantive argument against Edwards' hardcore leftism should have been. But what's really infuriating - more even than the fact that she unleashed her juvenile-delinquent epithet before a gathering that ostensibly represents the GOP core, therefore me, indirectly - is what her sinking to that level has said to the watching world.

The present-day GOP "leadership" doesn't know it, but there are in fact unassailable arguments for our Party's principles, and we out here beyond Fantasyland, D.C. can not only articulate those principles but also point to their proven results. Logan Clements of FreeStar Media once framed it in an excellent analogy to marketing, as a simple comparison of intellectual "products."

We offer: Our priceless (though besieged) rights and freedoms; an historically-incomparable standard of living that would seem opulent beyond belief to the wealthiest monarchs of centuries past; a future of untold prosperity and advances in the human condition that promise to be even more spectacular than the horse-and-buggy-to-interplanetary-travel leap of America's first 200 years.

The collectivists offer: One hundred-odd years, dozens upon dozens of shattered economies, and a mountain of corpses estimated at well in excess of one hundred million.

So what does the CPAC's Coulter deliver to the eyes and ears of the world?

A mindless ad hominem slur any bright first-week logic student could identify blindfolded and drunk.

We are at war for the very survival of America and Western Civilization, and that is the best the conservative movement's star speaker can come up with in the way of a substantive argument on its behalf?

Robert J. Bidinotto is right when he says that the conservative movement, as a positive force for ideas in defense of individual rights and Western Civilization, is dead. From its remains we of the GOP rank-and-file, as well as any and all independents and libertarians, will have to rebuild the Party as an institution of scholarship and principled argument.

If we can't find leaders capable of constructing an argument for Americanism and Western Civilization at better than Beavis & Butthead caliber - or indeed even of recognizing the imperative of doing so - we're not just wasting time in hoping for a 2008 election victory that we can be proud of, we're all as good as dead. Recall that we're in a fight for our lives, and that the predators require but one thing to take us down: philosophical default.

Thanks, Ann. Beavis says you "rule."

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"Can't we find the minds that made us strong?
Can't we learn to feel what's right
And what's wrong?
What's wrong?"

- Neil Peart, A Farewell to Kings 1979

Truism #57,814:
There is a Rush lyric for every situation in life.

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