UPDATED: The libertarians now appear to be calling the shots for the GOP, even though they are NOT Republican. Evidently, with the exception of John McCain and Lindsey, the remainder of the party is simply two cowed by them to even admit they have morphed into the one thing True Republicans hate most: Anti-War Liberals.
This is what happens when you lie down with libertarian dogs, you come up with isolationist, anti-American flees.
“…“As we continue to bleed blood and treasure from three wars, the Rand Paul arm of the Republican Party is on the upswing and the Graham-McCain crusading is less in favor,” said Gene Healy, vice president of the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute, who blogged Monday about the GOP’s foreign-policy divide…”
As a Republican, The Pink Flamingo is sickened by this. How dare the appeasers even call themselves conservative, and how dare they denigrate John McCain and Lindsey Graham as “Republican in Name Only” when they are dallying with libertarian appeasers.
“…Those comments elicited a swift response from Graham, who warned last week that Republicans risk looking more like Jimmy Carter than Ronald Reagan on national security. On Sunday, McCain suggested that the Gipper — whose legacy is often invoked by candidates on the campaign trail — would be rolling in his grave if he heard the foreign policy views espoused by some in his party.
“I wonder what Ronald Reagan would be saying today?” McCain asked during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” “He would be saying that is not the Republican Party of the 20th century, and now the 21st century. That is not the Republican Party that has been willing to stand up for freedom for people all over the world, whether it be in Grenada or whether it be in our enduring commitment in countering the Soviet Union.”…”
And you want to know why The Pink Flamingo has begun to despise the tea parties and no longer has any respect for the far right.
“...McCain and Graham’s new role as outsiders on Libya shows how their influence over the party’s once-defining stance on foreign policy — held for the past two decades — is slipping away as the Republican Party zeros in on spending and a public grows weary of the mounting death toll from a decade at war.
But McCain and Graham aren’t being co-opted. “Sen. Graham is speaking out. He’s going to continue to be who he is,” his spokesman, Kevin Bishop, said Monday.
Both senators took to the Sunday talk shows and issued apocalyptic warnings, saying the party’s turn to “isolationism” — a derogatory and disingenuous term in the eyes of tea party types — could lead to more terrorist attacks against the U.S., the mass murder of innocent civilians and even a spike in oil prices.
“If you don’t think [Libyan strongman Muammar] Qadhafi surviving doesn’t affect American national security interests, we’re just on different planets,” Graham (R-S.C.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “If this guy survives, it’s the end of NATO, our standing in the world goes down, Egypt gets overrun by refugees, and the mad dog of the Mideast, Qadhafi, is out of his cage, and you will see oil prices double.”…”
The Pink Flamingo has two words for people like this: Neville Chamberlain.
In fact, I think they should now be called Chamberlain Republicans instead of conservative Republicans. They certainly are NOT Reagan Republicans.
Mark Steyn is a libertarian fool. He also has an irrational hatred of Lindsey, probably because he is jealous of him. His latest attempt to destroy Lindsey shatters any attempt for Steyn to pretend to be conservative. Let’s be honest about something, here. In a way this is not about pandering to libertarians. This is about the far right being called out by the person they love to hate the most, and Mark Steyn’s got a whole lot of hate deep inside him.
He has made a fool of himself by saying that Lindsey should Shut Up over Libya. There’s a little problem. Once upon a time Steyn was big on fighting the War on Terror. Steyn is an ass, a braying ass. There is no kind way of putting it.
The Pink Flamingo tried reading some of Steyn’s columns, but they are irrational. They do not make sense.
Steyn is not blasting John McCain for complaining about the isolationist leanings. He just damns Lindsey.
Stormfront isn’t happy with McCain, but Steyn has no beef with him, just Lindsey.
Odd, isn’t this?
Back in 2008….
Steyn made a fool of himself when he wrote:
“...Alternatively, here’s a suggestion for Senator Graham: Why don’t you shut up? Not permanently, but just long enough to:
a) reflect whether this apparently reflexive response of yours is really appropriate for a citizen-legislator in a self-governing republic;
b) articulate a rationale for the Libyan mission that would be so persuasive it would save you the trouble of making a fool of yourself by insisting that those who have the temerity to disagree with you are beyond the bounds of public discourse;
and c) spend ten minutes in a darkened room with a nice cup of herbal tea and ponder, re your assertion that those who won’t “shut up” are “empowering Qaddafi”, whether that line has any credibility coming from a member of the Congressional jet set who only two years ago was “empowering Qaddafi” by taking tea in the pock-marked transvestite’s tent as part of some greasy little Senatorial outreach mission.
It was striking that, at Monday’s debate, even the more hawkish candidates were unable to articulate a rationale for the present Afghan mission. It’s hard to win a war when you don’t have war aims, and, as I wrote in National Review a couple of weeks back, America has gotten into the habit of unwon wars – in part because a buffoon like Graham and his dictatorial air miles are what passes for geostrategic “expertise” in Washington….”
He was responding to this:
This is about the libertarian isolationist world view. It is about hypocrites like Steyn, who once advocated a war on terror, but not if Lindsey has anything to do with it. It is about people selling out to the likes of the tea parties, and now are trying to make anyone who isn’t a sell-out look bad.
These people are terribly out of control, trying to destroy anyone who doesn’t agree with the weird world view of Ron Paul and his libertarians.
“…One unmentioned factor here is that Rand Paul is an native American. Marco Rubio is not. He may have grown up in the United States, but he is a Cuban raised in a community that has been agitating for the USA to overthrow the Castro regime for decades. So, it should come as little surprise that Rubio is so content to ignore the American national interest in favor of the latest neocon cause du jour. Because neocons, regardless of their background, have limited allegiance to the national interest, they see the nation primarily as a means rather than an end.
As I have pointed out in the past, it was always mistaken to conflate neoconservatism with Jews and the Israel First lobby. They are merely the most obvious example of what would be more accurately be described as Neoconnery, (there is nothing conservative about it), and is a concept that is as old as the Roman Republic. Back then, when Rome ruled over the Mediterranean just as America rules over the Atlantic and Pacific, foreign nobles would come to Rome and offer promises of allegiance, troops, and gold in return for a Rome-supported crown. These Friends of Rome were the neocons of their day.
On the one hand, it is encouraging that even the moderate conservatives are beginning to respond to the geostrategic and financial realism of the Red Faction’s libertarians. On the other, it is depressing that even bankruptcy isn’t enough to slow down those like Rubio, who talks a good game but appears to see America as little more than a tool to serve foreign interests. …”
Being for a strong national defense and supporting the war on terror is no longer conservative. It is RINO. Something is very wrong out there, and it isn’t Lindsey.
It’s all about Ron Paul.
It is all about the inmates who are now running the asylum.
Steyn talks about Lindsey having a problem. In 2003 he was all for fighting a war on terror. I guess that was before he began hating Lindsey. Once upon a time he was all for getting rid of just about every Muslim there was. Wonder what happened?
“…Meanwhile, the celebrities keep yakking on, despite a poll indicating that celebrities pontificating on the war doesn’t change the public’s attitude to war, only to the celebrity. So the Screen Actors’ Guild is now worrying about a new “blacklist” against anti-war celebrities. No such blacklist exists. But it seems a mite inconsistent to use your celebrity status to advance your politics and then complain that your politics is impacting your celebrity status. Here, for example, is elderly rocker Chrissie Hynde on stage the other day:
“Have we gone to war yet?” she asked sarcastically. “We ——-’ deserve to get bombed. Bring it on.” Later she yelled, “Let’s get rid of all the economic s— this country represents! Bring it on, I hope the Muslims win!”
Fair enough. But, if this sort of thing makes some of us less enthusiastic about buying Miss Hynde’s albums or watching Martin Sheen’s television show, it’s hard to see why their corporate masters shouldn’t take it into account. As Miss Hynde would say, that’s the economic s— this country’s all about.
So the longer this non-war goes on, the more exhausted the pitiful narcissism of the “peace” poseurs looks. But even the non-trivial types are feeling the strain. At the Arab League meeting in Cairo, Colonel Gaddafi and Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah almost came to blows. “Your grave awaits you!” Abdullah told Gaddafi just before Egyptian television pulled the plug.,,,:
Rand Paul doesn’t give a damn about protecting our country. He’s just like his pacifist father. They don’t like spending the money on it.
Someone needs to remind Ron Paul and his libatards that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.