“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Florida GOP Kisses CAIR's Backside

Diana West, writing in the Washington Times exposes the sorry politics of Florida Republicans Jeb Bush, Governor Elect Charlie Crist, and "W's" newly picked RNC Chairman and Florida Senator Mel Martinez:
Whatever comes of gridlock on Iraq and everything else, here's a rule of thumb: When the flak flies, don't jump into a foxhole with a Republican. Quite simply, Republicans are a menace, at least to other Republicans.
Take Mel Martinez, the Republican senator from Florida tapped by President Bush to become Republican National Committee chairman. Best known for cheering on amnesty for illegals by the millions (i.e, for supporting Mr. Bush's "comprehensive" immigration plan), Mr. Martinez marked his RNC nomination by baiting a large number of Republicans who would like to see the government secure the nation's borders instead. Equating what he called "border security only" with "harshness only," Mr. Martinez referred to Republican electoral losses and said: "It's not about bashing people; it's about presenting a hopeful face." Too bad it's not about presenting a "hopeful face" to all those Republicans Mr. Martinez was bashing.
Where can bashed Republicans go? The modern Republican Party is about as politically correct and prey to special interest groups as the Democratic Party. I say this following a shameful party purge in Florida. There, the state Republican Party, up to and including Gov. Jeb Bush, came down ton-of-bricks-like on two Hernando County Republicans who publicly decried Islam as a "hateful and frightening religion."
Read it all...

It looks like Conservatives are going to have to clear and hold the Republican Party.

Hattip to the ever vigilant Tiger @ Observanda:Observanda: Michiganistan, Make Room For Floridaistan - Or, Why The Growing Islamization Can Be Traced Directly To The Bush Family Florida Republicans including Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist kiss up to C.A.I.R.

Mea culpa: I am one dense observer of politics. I have must have been sleeping when the GOP was taken over by the machine of the Bush family moderates. Maybe I was too focused on the BDS of the Democrats and became so partisan that I couldn't see that conservatives were being pushed aside in the Republican party. I am sorry that it has taken me so long to understand what was happening.

It became apparent to me during the last gubernatorial election in Florida that the Republican candidates for Governor were simply party hacks. People who seemed to lack any real conservative ideologies but instead were career politicians merely mouthing platitudes to designed to garner votes as they hopped from one elected office to the next. A few years ago, when Mel Martinez surfaced as a Senate candidate, I didn't recoqnise him as a hand-picked lightweight whose strings would be pulled by the Bush family. But, with his announcement as the successor to Ken Mehlman as head of the Republican National Committee, the light in my little pea brain went on. I've been so busy thinking about the Muslim takeover in Europe and the coming split in the Democratic party that I completely missed what could eventually result in a rupture of the GOP. Conservatives within the Republican party are in for a "hard slog" in bringing the party back to its conservative values. It may not be possible and with the Bush moderates in control of the GOP purse strings, the near term could be be dismal. To compound the problem, there seems to be a dearth of true Conservative leaders in the party who can lead it out of the wilderness. If none surface, if there are no Reagan Republican leaders out there, I can see four parties developing in the next 10 to 15 years. A hard left party, a moderate Democratic party, a moderate Republican party and what could be my future home, a conservative party. Multiple parties force coalitions and the ruling coalition could be between the moderates; the middle of the road crowd who, believing strongly in nothing, fall for anything.


  1. uh,
    Somebody just wiped out the comments!
    It is assumed by everyone, and accepted as truth that hardly needs expression, that the brilliant and independent Michael Steele was not chosen as head of the RNC for the simple reason that he doesn't look like someone who'd simply take orders. Mel Martinez was chosen for the reason that he will. I heard talk of what is called "the list"--the lengthening White House list of those who are to be treated as enemies. A White House preoccupied with the petty gave too little attention to policy, to the big picture. Thus the history of bungles.

    Old affection and regard for the White House and the president have dissipated. But fear remains. They have two more years, they have the power to nominate, they have money. And so a party that might begin the process of refinding itself by thoughtfully detaching from the White House will, likely, not.
    He is the "wrong" "race."
    W and the Family Slyme.

  2. Some Texas Miss America lady that married a well known Vet here and supported McCain warned us about the Bushes.
    I, of course took her to task.
    Maybe even John would have secured the border after 9-11.
    Most folks with a brain considered it suicidal not to at the time, both politically and literally.
    But the Bushbots carried on in lockstep.

  3. dan,
    Bush has adamantly REFUSED to secure the border, still does by torpedoing the Fence Bill.
    Also has REFUSED to enforce existing workplace law, even to the extent done by Clinton.

  4. "overwhelmingly, these are hard working Hispanic people whom just want the American dream."
    90% of outstanding murder warrants in LA.
    Destroyed the Emergency Rooms throughout So LA.
    Have spread Gang Culture throughout LA and much of Calif.

  5. doug said:

    And so a party that might begin the process of refinding itself by thoughtfully detaching from the White House will, likely, not.

    Well, if they miss the 2008 deadline for returning to limited-government principles, there's always 2010. Tell the GOP to let the conservative majority out here in America know when they want the gavel back.

  6. "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

    Theodore Roosevelt 1907

  7. Doug,
    Since I live in Florida I can offer some insight. I say only some since it has been twelve years since I was a semi pooh bah for my county in conservative north Florida. At that time my county had1.The chairman of the GOP in Florida, Tom Slade2.The future Speaker of the House of Florida John Trasher,the future Secretary of Education and the Secretary of State. So we had some power. I was the Chairman of the Republican Mens Club of the County with over 300 members.
    I served my term and quit. I could see after talking with Gov Bush and the others that even conservative north Florida was going to become the government of BIG GOVERNMENT.
    Prior to my service I had been to invitation only forums when Jeb was running the first time. I didn't know anybody but was interested in his response to protecting the state against unfunded mandates by the federal goverment. His response was that he was familiar enough with the constitution to respond.
    Now the room was full of Republican sycophants (they call themselves loyalists) and I got looks like I'd just unleashed my pet skunk at the party.
    It does not surprise me that the "power" came down on the truth tellers regarding Islam. The Reps are just as big a machine as the Dems, probably more so, and are certainly not the party of Ronald Reagan or Teddy Roosevelt.

  8. errata.

    wasn't familiar enough with the constitution

  9. Habu, where was that - Clay Co?