Thursday, February 14, 2008

It's Gonna Get Ugly!

By Alan Caruba

If you think the respective campaigns have been nasty catfights to this point, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Americans always complain that their political campaigns are not polite, genteel affairs devoted to the “issues”, but they are always about the individual candidates. It’s about who we like and who we hate. Yes, hate. That’s a powerful and important part of every campaign and, frankly, I would not have it any other way.

I want voters who are energized enough to come out and pull the level to make sure some SOB they dislike does not get elected.

About the most fun of past elections has been to watch the total funk into which Democrats have sunk every time some idiot like Gore or Kerry didn’t get elected. And, of course, it had to have been "stolen" from them! There was no way more people actually voted for the Republican. Democrats love democracy just as long as they’re in power. In the 40 years from the days of FDR to the ascendancy of Ronald Reagan, they treated the Republicans in Congress and their staffs horribly. They didn’t even pretend to be fair or bi-partisan.

Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi let an essential element of our national security, the right to listen into people plotting to destroy our nation, lose its basis in law because…well, who knows why? Maybe she just wanted to teach President Bush a lesson? Wanted to let him know who’s in charge in the House? Nancy should be back in San Francisco baking cookies for a gay rights rally. Instead, thanks to the Democrats, she is the Speaker of the House! Let's put an end to that in November by electing more Republicans to the House.

Republicans have to stop crying over the fact that most of their fellow party members have decided John McCain is the man for the job of President. They have to do what Mitt Romney did today. They have to rally around and commit themselves to voting into office a raft of GOP Senators, Representatives, Governors and everyone else down to the job of town dogcatcher.

Rush Limbaugh and the other conservative talk show folks have to shut up, stand up, and salute Sen. McCain. The voters have chosen him, not anyone else. Huckabee needs to get out of the race, go fishing in Arkansas, and maybe start a rock’n roll come-to-Jesus church there.

I don’t really care who the Democrats select. They are both quite awful for different reasons. Both want to expand government. Both will raise your taxes. Both will quit in the Middle East just as we are beginning to see some real success there. It has long been a vile place demonstrating the worst aspects of tyranny for hundreds of years, so it just may take a while to change.

We will defeat the jihadists just so long as we don’t stop killing them.

Frankly, I do not want a government that will tell me what to eat, whether I can smoke, own guns, or any of the other things Democrats/liberals intend to demand. My first rule of good government is that it should stay the hell out of my life.

I want it to stop loading up the federal budget with billions in pork projects for the folks back home, especially since I am not one of those folks.

I want it to replace all the old aircraft our Air Force is flying, replace all the beat up hummers and tanks our soldiers are using, give the Marines anything they want, and make sure we have the biggest, baddest Navy on the blue waters of this planet.

I want a really nasty, no holds barred campaign for the highest office in the land because, dammit, my life and yours depends upon it. The future of the greatest experiment in representative democracy, freedom, and liberty depends on it.

Vote Republican. Defend the Republic.

This is not Mexico, not Venezuela, not Red China, not Putin's Russia.

It is the United States of America.

We are capitalists and optimists.

Attack us and we will come after you. We don't want to talk to you. We want to kill you.

Vote Republican. Defend the Republic.

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