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    Saturday Night different strokes for the happy folks

    Saturday Night different strokes for the happy folks

    There’s no Saturday Night Card Game tonight.

    I was going to write about some “Neo-Confederate” idiocy by a pretend lawyer who happens to be quite obsessed with me over at the liberal blog Glenn Greenwald calls ” a cesspool of unprincipled partisan hackdom.” When you are a liberal blog and Glenn Greenwald calls you those names, you need to reconsider your blog strategy, and your life.

    But most of the way into the post I decided to spare myself.  Head over to Twitchy for the details.

    Anyway, I’ve been working with others on a new website which hopefully will go live Monday, which probably means Tuesday or Wednesday.  But that’s a secret, so forget I told you.

    Another thing I’m focused on is the developing meme that we need to be happy warriors.  It was articulated by Erick Erickson in a fairly acerbic post, The Loyal Opposition:

    What I am finding is that among conservatives there is too much outrage, piss, and vinegar.  It makes our ideas less effective.  We have become humorless, angry opponents of the President instead of happy warriors selling better ideas.  We are not even selling ideas.

    Conservatives, frankly, have become purveyors of outrage instead of preachers for a cause.  Instead of showing how increasing government harms people, how free markets help people, and how conservative policies benefit all Americans, we scream “Benghazi” and “Fast & Furious.”

    We’re off key and off message.  We’ve become professional victims dialed up to 10 on the outrage meter.  Who the hell wants to listen to conservatives whining and moaning all the time about the outrage du jour?  Seriously?

    There’s a lot wrong, very wrong with that full post, but that’s not my point here.  Dan Riehl, who I consider a friend of this blog, made a similar point in a less acerbic post responding to some of Ace’s and Anne’s comments about the media:

    Stop being so damned negative, always demonizing everyone and everything that doesn’t work the way you want it to. Stop wailing at the top of your lungs at every perceived slight, or wrong. That is not a recipe for attracting people, or growing a movement. It’s a recipe for putting people off and continuing to shrink a movement I see as in at least some trouble from shrinkage, already.

    If we want to begin to win national elections again in a reasonably short amount of time, we are going to have to begin to put forth a positive conservative image, not one of a movement that dwells on the most negative of everything everyday, as so many would be conservatives seem to be doing these days. No one wants to join a group of people intent on being perpetually pissed off about whatever they can dig out of the headlines on a given day.

    The “be happy warriors” theme makes sense at the political level.  Look how far Obama has gone on those fumes.

    But there are different strokes for different folks.  The role we and other bloggers play is not necessarily the same as the politicians.

    We fight certain fights because someone needs to, including against the politically corrupt media.  That’s not something Marco Rubio or Rand Paul can do for themselves.  But someone needs to do it.

    Update:  To show you how out of it I’ve been, I didn’t see until just now a post that went live earlier today at Breitbart.com, Palin: ‘We Haven’t Yet Begun to Fight!’—Exclusive Interview with Breitbart News

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    An important subject, actually treated a little too lightly here. Tone matters now that the republic may already be lost, since restoring it will require some thinking, and writing, and speechifying outside the box.

    And who does this will also matter. Blogs are or becoming irrelevant UNLESS they edify and unify. EE and Dan are right, railing about the outrages of the day are getting awfully tiresome. Many are nourished by this, and even make it sound that their caterwauling is the contribution to the Cause. They are irrelevant and should be encouraged to hang out on the sidelines, in the bleachers, and generally ignored. Instead we should when we should be inquiring into just what it is that makes the Enemy tick. (My passion, btw) The Left especially moves according to laws more ancient than Marx by centuries. They have buttons that can be pushed, squeals to be exploited, and we need to search for those and share them.

    As for the blogs who spend their time ruminating on what goes on inside the beltway, especially the GOP, they will find their time better spent on things by reading and learning from places such as this.

    Been reading for years.


     
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    chilipalmer | January 27, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I’m very positive about one thing: this country cannot be saved as long as the establishment GOP remains as it is today. That includes the entire Bush crowd, Fox News, and some elected GOP. My main lifeline is Mark Levin’s radio show. Mr. Levin is unique in that he freely and firmly says the GOP guys in charge must be removed. He talks about and gives air time to some of our new and better faces such as Ted Cruz. The other day he had Rand Paul and Marco Rubio on (separately). So there are new people to be happy about. I don’t agree with the happy warrior suggestion in general except as it was evidenced by Andrew Breitbart. He was unique. I believe in finding positives as I’ve said but it’s a complete waste if one doesn’t know one’s enemy. It’s like having battered wife syndrome not to acknowledge what’s going on. Among other things, the GOP has used the murderous NY Times several times in recent months to viciously slander the Silent Majority and sell out the country. GOP types regularly go on tv shows and say we’re racists in so many words or close to it. Then there’s the new GOP PAC that will specifically fund both Republicans and Democrats who like to compromise. It’s being run by Boehner buddy LaTrourette. Watching this country being sold out for the past decade is not a happy thing. Being attacked as racist isn’t something to be happy about.

    Regardless of outrage about Erickson, the truth is that conservatives have much to be outraged about but….where does it go from here? It’s all piss in the wind if we don’t settle on a course of action.

    My friends have been so down that I resolved to only write positive posts. Consequently I haven’t been writing much.

    I think humor is absolutely the best weapon. The game face has to change. If you think about it, what The Prince does is very cunning. He slices and dices verbally but does it with a smile (and a fly sometimes). I am not exactly sure how to get over my anger and concern over the direction of this country but it must be done.

    The point remains. To attain tactical advantage, we need to morph. Evolve. Vigilantly.


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