There are some within the GOP who are demanding all candidates receiving RNC funds sign a pledge stating that they will support 8 of 10 issues. While The Pink Flamingo basically agrees with most of the list, there is something distasteful about the growing demands for purity, and the stupidity of the far right and their pathetic worship of Reagan, damning anyone who doesn’t agree with them.
“……”When I began entering into the give and take …, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn’t like it. “Compromise” was a dirty word to them and they wouldn’t face the fact that we couldn’t get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don’t get it all, some said, don’t take anything. “I’d learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: ‘I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average.’ “If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that’s what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it….” Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan once said, “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.”
“…The true believers claim they’re Reagan conservatives, but their politics are a betrayal of the leader they ritually canonize — a betrayal not just in strategy, but in spirit. Ronald Reagan didn’t just tolerate moderates in his party; he valued them. Reagan knew that to be a governing party, rather than an ideological faction, the GOP needed to run and win outside conservative strongholds. So Reagan’s GOP gave all-out support to pro-choice candidates like Pete Wilson in California….”
There is nothing more fun than watching all the little nativists go at one another’s throat. This video is no exception. In it Jim Gilchrist says all sorts of nasty things about William Gheen, Ron Paul, Chris Simcox, Sheriff Joe, Ron Paul Bots. It is just way much fun – way fun. Way way fun! The best part is the stuff he says about Barbara Coe, and how racist the Ron Paul Bots are!
Seriously, this is not fun. This is bloody serious.
The Feathered Bastard has all the lucious dirt – and it is lucious! It is a thing of beauty. So – just sit back and enjoy the show. It is worth every minute. The Pink Flamingo is enjoying it, that’s for sure! The video was taken by an untra left activist, but it is a masterpiece!
Glenn Beck is a Losertarian. The Pink Flamingo was wondering when Beck, the Losertarian, was going to advocate thumbing his nose at our military.
The egotistical Beck said that “I had to promise…”
The damn fool has nothing to do with any of this. Someone needs to stick a fork in him, he’s done. I was against this sort of behavior during Vietnam. I am against it now.
How dare Beck give this “advise” to our great men and women who are heroes so he can shoot off his big fat mouth? He insults my brother, who has given – repeatedly, and is heading for another assignment.
He is going to wait for a Commander in Chief who can get “his priorities in order”. Is there ever going to be a POTUS Beck supports? All he can do is denigrate GWB.
The man is a fool – an abject fool.
Oh, had Beck served his country? When he can go out and put his life on the line for our country, then maybe he can denigrate men like Lindsey and GWB. Until then – shut up. With Losertarians like this who needs Democrats? Now that all the little “tea party patriots” ape Beck, are we going to see the makings of a new Vietnam?
Glenn Beck should be ashamed.
Should my father have refused to serve because he did not support FDR? Just because someone does not approve of a current Administration is not an excuse to bail out on the country nor undermine our military.
Adam Fogel at the Palmetto Scoop has the new ad run in support of Lindsey, exposing the group out to destroy him.
“…The AEA attacks are falsely claiming that Graham “supports a national energy tax called cap-and-trade.”
The truth is that Graham has made his position clear: He will not support any form of caps on carbon pollution unless the Democrats agree to green-light the expansion of nuclear energy, offshore drilling, clean coal and natural gas as energy alternatives to create new jobs and to end American dependence on foreign oil.
FIRST: When someone uses the epitaph “RINO” they ARE NOT Republicans. They are Third Party Conservative Losers, but they are NOT Republicans. AJ Strata is right. If these people could decently align themselves with the GOP they could help us win. Unfortunately – there is nothing decent about these people. The worst of it is the fact that Chuck DeVore, who is running against Carly Florino in CA, is going after Lindsey. DeVore is one of those far right idiots you’d better watch. He and his are going to help damn us to Dem rule, forever. Then again, GOD wants DeVore,t from what I gather. Of course we could simply be dealing with more conservative lies. They really don’t give a damn about honor and integrity any more.
Take the way Charleston’s GOP has treated Lindsey:
“…Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) can’t seem to catch a break, as Kate Sheppard notes for Mother Jones. The Republican Party of Charleston County, S.C. unanimously voted to censure Graham for working with Democrats on a climate bill. Charleston Country Chairwoman Lin Bennett argues that Graham has “weakened the Republican brand” and that “his work on climate legislation is the last straw.” In addition, the American Energy Alliance, a shady industry group that benefits from blocking clean energy, has reportedly spent $300,000 on advertisements to rebuke Graham for his support on climate legislation. Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly argues that Graham’s censure is particularly ridiculous because Graham has one of the most conservative voting records. According to VoteView analysis, Graham is currently the 18th most conservative member of Congress. Evidently, that is still not enough for South Carolina Republicans….”
THIRD: Newt is right about a new contract with America. The problem is the lying duplicity of conservatives who think they are better than we Republicans are. Compared to Newt, Beck is nothing but a seriously disturbed little snot who is doing everything possible to destroy this country in order to make money.
Case in point from Allahpundit:
“...Actually, he says Steele’s working on a statement of “first principles” which might serve as the seed for a new Contract-type platform. Which is super, except that the GOP’s whole problem right now is that conservatives don’t believe them anymore. They have no credibility with the base, which is why (a) Republican party ID is on life support even as “conservative” self-identification is ticking upwards, (b) CPAC’s handing its keynote slot to the main challenger of the NRSC’s favored candidate, and (c) grassroots conservatives are flocking to self-styled “outsiders” like Palin, Doug Hoffman, and Glenn Beck, who’s got plenty of “first principles” ideas of his own to offer them….”
NOTE TO ALLAHPUNDIT: Beck is a Losertarian. Hoffman is a Beck acolyte, and Beck is out to destroy the GOP. Anyone who works with him is duplicitous in his repulsive perfidy.
Of course, if people like Eric Erickson have their way, a race war will erupt between the idiots on the right. This is just way too funny – and disgusting, and shows just how pathetic these yahoos really are.
The far right is making a mess in Florida. Then again, Florida could simply be Florida, and the state is suffering because there is no strong leader like Jeb Bush (which also says something about the national GOP and his big brother).
“…The divide goes beyond former House Speaker Marco Rubio’s challenge to Gov. Charlie Crist in next year’s primary for the U.S. Senate. There are also divisions over party leadership and party message that have resulted in the unusual sight of contested primaries in five statewide contests. Those factions include Crist loyalists, allies of Bush upset with Crist, as well as some who are loudly critical of Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer.
While tensions have simmered since Crist veered onto a moderate, and occasionally populist, path starting from nearly his first day as governor, it was Crist’s decision to forgo a second term and seek the U.S. Senate that has helped move these battles out into the open.
Mirroring a national debate, Florida’s GOP is split over whether to move further to the right, embracing its conservative roots, or to expand its tent to reach more moderates and independents….”
There is a power-play by those in power, who want more power.
“…Conservatives refuse to back off.. “The real power of the Republican Party right now is in a burgeoning, strong … grass-roots movement,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List. “The more out of touch [the GOP leaders] are with their natural base, the more elections we’ll lose.”
There is no actual civil war within actual GOP ranks. The incivility comes from those who are NOT Republicans. If the brain dead right is calling the shots, then Mike Huckabee would not continue to be the “front-runner“.
The Tea Party People are now threatening anyone who doesn’t do exactly what they say to do. They are nothing but the usual cyclical populist movement, empowered this time by cable television and the internet. You will find the average Tea Party Person either voted for Ross Perot, Ron Paul, or embraces their philosophy of abject stupidity.
“….From the perspective of Gingrich and other veteran Republicans, there is deep irony in these untoward developments. Many of the Tea Party types actually hate Republican politicians, unless, like Ronald Reagan or Barry Goldwater, they are already dead. They hate Democrats, too, of course — and lots of other people — but their invective against Republicans is suffused with special outrage.
If they have their way, every Republican who doesn’t adhere to the Beck canon will be driven out at the end of a pitchfork, just like poor Dede Scozzafava.
Fifteen years ago, when Newt rode to power on the resentments of the religious right, the gun lobby and the economic royalists, he celebrated their extremism as the political style of “normal Americans.” Today when he hears the violent rhetoric, the hateful threats and the fanatical intolerance, he knows they are talking about him, too…”
Pink Flamingo friend and confidant, Sally Vee forwarded an email from the Minuteman PAC. They are now going to threaten Republicans:
“…After Minuteman PAC stepped into the race on behalf of Hoffman to expose Scozzafava and Owens’ liberal records, Scozzafava was forced to abandon her campaign and her true colors were exposed to the entire country. . . And Minuteman PAC will continue aiming at key races where brave patriot candidates have enlisted to unseat or defeat anti-American candidates! That’s why we cannot sulk, we cannot rest, we must keep fighting. . .That’s why we’re already re-arming for the next round of primary elections in just a few months. We must begin preparing now…”
Lisa Fabrizio wrote this stupidity on Human Events:
“…While no baseball team worth its salt would be without switch-hitters, in politics, those who swing both ways are most-often a detriment; to those who have strong convictions anyway. And all too often our team is forced into playing split-squad games with the Elephants on one side and the RINOs on the other. Lindsey Graham had some great success as a rookie in the House Manager’s lineup so masterfully skippered by crafty vet Henry Hyde during the Clinton Impeachment tilt back in ’96. But since moving up to the Senate squad he has taken to batting lefty in the last few contests, making him and us look bad. There are also gals like Olympia Snowe whose most recent at-bat resulted in her being whiffed by daffy portsider Harry Reid, as she allowed the Senate Healthcare bill to come out of committee….
Republicans CANNOT win if the party is consigned to a group of purists who want ONLY their opinion heard and only their candidates selected to run for office. You might want to read the WPost piece on Dede Scozzafava.
“...In the summer, Scozzafava and her husband, Ron McDougall, a local labor leader, retreated to their summer house at the end of a dirt road on Sylvia Lake. The place has no TV reception — a good thing, she said, given all the attack ads against her funded by the Club for Growth, the anti-tax group backing Hoffman. Still, she wasn’t entirely isolated. She heard through friends that Palin insinuated she had been “anointed” by a “political machine” because county chairs handpicked her as the nominee. Beck denounced her as “ACORN-supported” and an “Obama-Lite Republican.” Former House majority leader Dick Armey’s group FreedomWorks mobilized against her. She said she heard conservative robo-calls in the district describing her as a “child killer,” a “lesbian lover” and a “homo.” “It was organized,” she said….”
Then start putting things into perspective.
“…Ultimately… The GOP is and must continue to be a movement of many perspectives, but these perspectives should share some similarity with one another. Nominating a candidate who is only with her party on gun rights in a reliably Republican district is not the way to foster continued support from traditional supporters of the party while also currying favor with those more independently minded. Success in 2010 and beyond is possible if past mistakes are not repeated….”
WANT TO WIN, SHUT BECK UP
We cannot win if LIBERTARIAN Glenn Beck is allowed to continue to call the shots for Elliott Schimel is one of the few reasonable voices getting through the conservative septic tank which is now American Thinker.
“…What will happen if conservative talk show hosts like Glenn Beck target moderate Republicans in 2010? The election in NY-23 sends a clear message that moderate Republicans are targets for conservative media. This means candidates in democratic districts don’t have a snowflake’s chance in hell to win. If a candidate leans too conservative, he will lose the district; drift towards the center, and risk being attacked by Beck.
If Republican leaders are serious about taking over the House, they need to make sure Beck doesn’t launch his own jihad on moderate candidates in left-leaning districts. It’s always difficult to unseat incumbent congressmen. Republican candidates can’t afford to spend time ducking shots from their own party….”
Imagine selling 300,000 books in one day – every writer’s dream!
The Pink Flamingo has not had a chance to read the book. I gave my copy to my best friend who wanted to give it to a mutual friend who was going to be spending a bit of time doing medical tests and wanted something to read. My replacement copy arrived from Amazon an hour ago.
The Pink Flamingo is attempting to be as brutally honest as possible. It is not fun and it is not easy. I will anger some people, but please, continue to the end of the post.
THE UGLY STUFF
The Pink Flamingo is having a difficult time with the constant trashing of John McCain’s campaign. There is something about it I find distasteful. I must admit I am finding it distasteful to the point where I’ve stopped listening to the FOX interviews. I watched a portion of the O’Reilly interview and liked the fact that Sarah Palin plays like a grown-up and accepts responsibility for actions. That alone is refreshing considering what we have in power right now.
I keep going back to the old adage about airing dirty laundry, burning bridges, and being grace under fire. It bothers me. Politics is a strange business, creates strange bed-fellows, and one should never completely destroy a relationship. You might need that person one day.
There’s an old southern saying, “You can catch more flies with honey.” Lindsey is from South Carolina, BTW. He’s from the upstate, where people have their own way of doing things. Another old saying is “pick your battles”, meaning you wait. You compromise a little and wait until you are ready for the big fight. The Pink Flamingo has been telling you this is what Lindsey is doing. He went along with Sotomayor. Why not? She was going to make it anyway. Lull the enemy into a false sense of security, then take ‘em out with both barrels.
So, please pardon The Pink Flamingo if I gloat a little.
This week Lindsey has unloaded with both barrels. First he voted to filibuster one of Obama’s judicial appointments. Remember the “Gang of 14″ that the far right hated? THAT is why Lindsey helped put it together. Conservatives denigrated him when he helped put the Gang of 14 together. Now they are basically ignoring the fact that Lindsey and John McCain went against an Obama appointment.
South Carolina is the most Republican state in the country. Lindsey Graham is the Senior United States Senator.
Lindsey is a Republican.
He is being attacked by a group called the American Energy Alliance, which employs attractive and bright former GOP staffers to make it look like the whole attack is the Republican Party turning on Lindsey Graham.
South Carolina is very important to the GOP.
It is a bell-weather state.
What happens in SC in the GOP will eventually happen throughout the country.
What happens when there is a harmonic convergence of Tea Party “patriots?”, Stormfront, the CofCC, American Renaissance, Losertarian Blogs, The Charleston County GOP, “Big Oil”, Ron Paul, Ron Paul Bots, and the brain dead far right, all determined to destroy a good man? The Far Right falls for the lies, hook, line, sinker, and canard, spewing them out gleefully, never bothering to fact check, only vomiting up hate and lies.
SC’s strange, “losertarian” blog, FTS, is joyfully announcing how Lindsey is being trounced in alleged polls, never bothering to link to them. Not to worry, the same thing happened in 2008 when the Greenville County GOP held a straw poll and all the little anti-Lindsey racists showed up to vote. In 2007, the CofCC was so sure they could stir up enough hate, that they held their national conference in Greenville. They partied and did the conference thing with their “sister” organization, Stormfront.
“…In April 2007, Taylor delivered a lecture entitled, “Multiculturalism and Racial Diversity: Strength or Weakness?” at Clemson University in South Carolina. A student group, the Clemson Conservatives, had invited him and he spoke to a group of students, faculty, and members of the public. During the lecture, Taylor implied that international hostility directed at the United States is due to the country’s current racial diversity. He also said, “It is a mistake to assume it is wrong to prefer the company of people similar to oneself… It is universal, and I think there’s every reason to believe there are innate biological reasons… In [the] United States, this kind of preference… is recognized and encouraged and institutionalized so long as the people who are expressing this preference are not white.”…”
Tuesday morning, The Pink Flamingo’s sister was in a “state”, being short handed at her business. Evidently in a city with double digit unemployment it is very difficult to get anyone “to work”. Her problem started The Pink Flamingo thinking about integrity.
Integrity is telling the truth about someone, even if you don’t like them. The most disgusting case The Pink Flamingo has been following are the lies of the far right as they attempt to destroy Lindsey. They don’t give a damn about the truth, only the lies.
The Pink Flamingo is tired of ranting and raving about third party losers, Losertarians, and the far right. It is a time for purity, a time for lies, and a time lie about anyone who disagrees with you – politically. Take the nasty “bad boys” of South Carolina at FTS, please. They call themselves “Unfair and unbalanced” – which is just about right, considering the way they like to use inuendo, half-truths, and will do just about anything to destroy those they dislike.
Were Charleston’s idiot Republicans up to something besides trying to destroy Lindsey? Could it be that they were trying to curry favor and make themselves look good for Ron Paul, who was in Columbia the following day. Or – could they be waiting for the arrival of their real god – Glenn Beck, who will be in Charleston soon, so they can slobber and drool all over his ring finger?
As a former South Carolina County Republican Chairperson, I feel I know a little about how things once worked in the state. The leadership of the Charleston County GOP worked directly with local “conservatives” and Tea Party People to target good Tea Party Conservatives for the November 3 elections.
Dick Armey is now jealous of Sarah Palin. The Pink Flamingo doesn’t mind admitting she is extremely disappointed with Sarah Palin’s strange attraction to a group of far right losers who are going to end up truly damaging any political chances she has with “regular” Republicans. They see her as this great anti-GOP icon, and this disturbs me. Unless the GOP were to do something absolutely insane and nominate someone like Ron Paul, I can never see myself ever voting for anyone but a Republican.
Unfortunately, the whole Tea Party “patriot” movement is all about destroying the GOP. It is about making Nancy Pelosi Speaker for Life!
It started out as a nice little thing to do – protest Barack Obama. A few non-political types who knew nothing about the political process, and probably never voted before in their lives made the mistake of listening to Glenn Beck. They formed their little Tea Parties.
Those little tea parties were then co-opted by FOX News, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and every conservative talking head in the country. No one wanted to appear to disapprove of their precious little populist anticts. It was the sort of thing that caused Ross Perot to hand the Presidency to Bill Clinton in 1994, but who’s paying attention to the history of third party malcontents?
NOTE: If The Pink Flamingo were still living in SC and involved in SC GOP politics, I would be advocating immediate and swift retaliatory action against the Charleston County GOP. The reprehensible actions against Lindsey are one reason. Most importantly is their endorsement of the Tea Party Patriot?s who are in the process of calling the shots in Charleston County.
“…A local group of conservatives from the Tea Party Organization, 9.12 and members of the Charleston GOP met and interviewed candidates for local races. They have made the following recommendations for local offices which we support. These candidates have been identified as conservative candidates for these local non-partisan elections. We are asking your support of these individuals through volunteer efforts or cash donations. Please pick one and help them get elected…”
The Tea Party people have submitted a list of acceptable local Tea Party people who are “pure” enough to be endorsed by the county Executive Committee for local offices. In other words, the Charleston County GOP is being run by Glenn Beck’s 912 group of “patriots” and not by actual Republican values. This is reprehensible. The SCGOP should demand the resignation of all local officers involved in this fiasco. The problem is, right now, Republicans are quaking in their boots because Glenn Beck is now the most powerful man in the GOP.
How dare these people censure Lindsey. It is not about “patriotism” but the revenge of Ron Paul Bots and Glenn Beck’s little minions.
“…”When I began entering into the give and take …, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn’t like it. “Compromise” was a dirty word to them and they wouldn’t face the fact that we couldn’t get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don’t get it all, some said, don’t take anything. “I’d learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: ‘I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average.’ “If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that’s what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it….”
Michael Medved is, in The Pink Flamingo’s humble opinion, the top radio talking head. He is conservative, but he is a shining example of a conservative with Vulcan logic. He can see both sides of a story.
On Monday, Medved took on the conservatives who are constantly on Lindsey’s case. Anyone who listens to this audio of a radio interview Lindsey did a few weeks ago, and does NOT realize how conservative he is, well, they are like Medved says – S – T – U – P – I – D.
Lindsey is one of the finest leaders this country has – today. (At least the Australians think he is) He is following in the august footsteps of the Great Man (GWB) himself, simply doing what he thinks is right for the nation. Once upon a time that quality was called “leadership”. Today it is denigrated as “RINO” – Republican in Name Only – by far right idiots who aren’t even Republicans, but seek to destroy good Republicans.
The Pink Flamingo has been pontificating for months that someone is out to destroy Lindsey. While I suspect the number one culprit is John Tanton and the anti-immigration minion of hate, The Palmetto Scoop has another theory.
In other words, Lindsey is trying to make this country energy independent – where we cannot be held hostage to some snotty little oil rich despot. BIG OIL doesn’t like it. They’re sponsoring, according to the Palmetto Scoop, the latest hate campaign against Lindsey.
One of these days the far right “stupids” are going to be forced to admit that Lindsey Graham is one of the finest leaders we have in this country, honorable, decent, patriotic, and far-sighted. He cannot be bought or sold. Maybe that’s why they don’t like him – they cannot control him. Then again, they’ve spent so much time lying about him they must now hate him, or else they will be forced to admit they were wrong – and the far right just doesn’t like doing that.
Almost nothing is known about the American Energy Alliance itself other than that it was established as a 501(c)4 in 1993 to fight energy initiatives created by the Clinton Administration.
The group lists none of its donors, has filings with neither the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nor the Internal Revenue Service, and has no way to be contacted.
The AEA is described by the Center for Media and Democracy as a “front group” for the Institute for Energy Research (IER) and openly calls itself the group’s “grassroots arm.”
The IER is a Houston, Texas-based “think tank” funded by, wait for it… the big oil companies. And IER has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from ExxonMobil over the last 10 years.
But it gets better.
The group’s founder and president is a man named Robert L. Bradley, Jr. Bradley’s previous position was Director of Public Policy Analysis at a little company called Enron.
At Enron, Bradley wrote speeches for Kenneth Lay, the company’s chairman who was found guilty on 10 federal charges of securities fraud, wire fraud, and making false and misleading statements. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
With those facts in hand, it’s not too difficult to see why this secretive special interest group would attack Graham.
It’s “funny” how one reporter with a grudge against a person can write a hit piece, scatter in a few actual facts, then use the rest of the piece to destroy someone one. That is exactly what James Rosen with McClatchy did with his weekend attack on Lindsey. Naturally his canards were picked up by the far right, who hates Lindsey to the point where they are abjectly irrational. Fact is, the far right’s hatred of Lindsey is so irrational and so illogical there are some individuals who appear be willing to do or say anything to destroy him.
This is an abject lie. Rosen knows it is, but evidently he doesn’t care about reporting and “acurate” facts.
“...Now, in accepting cap-and-trade limits on carbon emissions, Graham stands alone — though he says “a handful” of Republican senators back him but aren’t ready to make public commitments. In a move that stunned some of his GOP Senate colleagues — and angered many of his constituents back home — Graham joined Kerry last month in publishing a New York Times op-ed column on global warming….”
Makes you wonder why, doesn’t it?
So now, all the nasty little hate-filled conservatives are attacking Lindsey over something that IS NOT TRUE. But, they hate him so much, they don’t care if they lie about him or not. The Pink Flamingo found an audio clipfrom a radio show in SC. It is fairly long, but you need to listen to the whole thing. You may just discover why Lindsey is so feared by the left and the right to the point where they will do anything, say anything, and lie about everything he says.
“….U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the passage of a climate bill through the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “There are simply not the votes to pass this bill through the Senate. If the Boxer bill were to come to the Senate floor as written, I would vote “no.” “I will continue to work on ways we can combine our need to become more energy independent with our need to reduce carbon pollution. I believe there is a pathway forward – if we choose to take it — that makes us more energy independent, creates sound environmental policy, promotes job creation and frees our nation from dependency on foreign oil.”…”
When Lindsey decided to run for Congress in 1994, I was the second person he called with the news. His campaign literally took over our lives for several months. During that time several things became quite obvious. We all knew he had tremendous potential. If given the opportunity, Lindsey would emerge as one of the nation’s top leaders. All he needed was for his voice to be heard. One of our “dreams” was to get him mentioned on Rush Limbaugh’s show.
Unfortunately Rush has betrayed Lindsey. If Limbaugh were to be fair, and listen to the audio above, there is no way he could denigrate Lindsey the way he does. The real problem with Limbaugh is the little twits like Glenn Beck and the haters like Michelle Malkin take his lead and began spreading hate about people. The disgusting hate and the vile lies they have spread about Lindsey appear to be unending.
They also appear to be part of an agenda.
The Pink Flamingo feels like that’s all she does is constantly complain about the far right and how they constantly lie about Lindsey. Fortunately the Palmetto Scoop has begun to notice the same thing. This lying thing about Lindsey appears to be coordinated and is coming from both the Dems and the Far Right. Someone DOES NOT LIKE Lindsey. The left is terrified of him because of his leadership. I think the Far Right is terrified of the same thing. Lindsey is the worst enemy of the Far Right.
“…Graham has said the only way he would support a cap-and-trade bill would be if Democrats made a compromise in the interest of national security.
“…”The House bill is a non-starter in the Senate. I just think the construct out of the House and what exists in the Senate is not going to pass, and I hope and pray it doesn’t because it would be a disaster for the economy and health care,” Graham concluded….
Lindsey says ObamaCare is D. O. A. in the Senate.
“…Well, let’s start with the House bill. The House bill is dead on arrival in the Senate. Just look at how it passed. It passed 220-215. It passed by two votes. You had 40 — 39 Democrats vote against the bill. They come from red states, moderate Democrats from swing districts.
“…“To those people who are pursuing purity, you’ll become a club not a party,” Graham told POLITICO in the Capitol Wednesday. “Those people who are trying to embrace conservatism in a thoughtful way that fits the region and the state and the district are going to do well. Conservativism is an asset. Blind ideology is not.”…”
First things first. Is it possible some of the “war” between moderate and conservative Republicans be a mirror of the friendly battle between South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint. There appears to be a major difference of opinion between the two men, with DeMint becoming something of a far right activist, and Lindsey taking a stand that is a proven winner, standing on Reagan’s political principles.
The Pink Flamingo is highlighting what is apparently an attack of “hate” leveled against Lindsey Graham because he dared to behave like an adult. I am highlighting the coordinated attack against Lindsey to prove just how abjectly deranged and full of abject hate the far far far far far right has become. The fact is the far far far far far right’s attack on Lindsey is now so obvious, even liberals are picking up on it. It doesn’t matter how much they lie about what he is actually doing. They simply lie. (Take Cap/Trade)
“…THE storm of conservative fury at Ronald Reagan may have subsided a bit, but, as one of the President’s own men in the White House conceded late last week, ”There are some who are still in a real sour mood.”…”
Once Upon a Time… a very conservative man named Richard Viguerie hated Ronald Reagan, and did everything he could to ruin his Presidency. Today he’s back, crowing about the Tea Party People and how they are now the new GOP. God Help Us All! The problem is only 56% of conservatives consider themselves GOP. If this is true, and this bunch of Tea Party Yahoos are NOT Republican, then tell them
THE PENDING GLENN BECK TRAIN WRECK
Last Monday, yet another creepy episode of Glenn Beck is way over the edge. He is basically asking people to betray the GOP and do something – what ever. The man is a train wreck waiting to happen. If Glenn Beck were to get his way, the Dems would maintain control of the House and the Senate in 2010. If this happens, just kiss our country good-by.
I don’t want to give in to hysteria, but is Glenn Beck a plant for George Soros and the DNC? He certainly isn’t helping the GOP (unless it is over a cliff). He’s helping FOX, and himself, but is in the process of causing what could be perminent and irreperable to the country in the process.
There is a little “buzz phrase” The Pink Flamingo looks for when dealing with the far far far far far right who want you to think they are Republicans.
“I’m for taking the Republican Party back for true conservatives.”
The minute I hear that I think Ron Paul Bot or Glenn Beck Clown School Drop-Out. That one phrase tells The Pink Flamingo we’re not actually dealing with a Republican but someone who is a sore-head, Ross Perot style drop-out, have it my way – OR ELSE!
From Down with Tyranny:
“...NY-23 up near Montreal in northeast New York, has more cows than people– and more Republicans than Democrats. The Inside-the-Beltway and national media have jumped into the race, marveling at how the GOP is managing to screw up their chances there with a vicious intraparty civil war. Watch the video below of Beck calling for a right-wing jihad against the Republican Party establishment in the name of teabaggery and keep in mind that he still has one full week for a full on Vicks Vaporub weeping session before the balloting is over. Even more important to remember, though, is that NY-23 isn’t the only congressional race shaping up to be a showcase for the struggle between mainstream conservatives and the unhinged, Hate-Talk inspired teabaggers trying to capture the GOP….”
‘‘It is unlikely that the Reagan era
will prove to be the historic change
in the direction of America that we have sought.”
Edwin J. Feulner Jr., president of the Heritage Foundation,1985.
According to Rasmussen:
“…while Republican voters overwhelmingly consider themselves conservative, only 56% of conservative voters consider themselves to be Republicans. In other words, nearly half of all conservatives nationwide reject the Republican Party label. This means that Republicans looking to broaden their party’s outreach cannot ignore the need to attract a large number of conservative voters along with some political moderates. Of all the non-Republicans in the nation, 31% consider themselves at least somewhat conservative while 37% say they’re political moderates….”
When I hear the word “purge” it makes me want to throw up. That’s just about the way I feel now that Michelle Malkin, Erick Erickson, and their little bunch of Tea Partiers all have decided to purge the GOP of the impure. In fact, Erickson is calling for a “Purge” of the GOP establishment.
Unfortunately, while I think Erickson is extreme, he redeems himself (sort of):
“…I intend to work within the GOP. Already Democrats are salivating at the thought of a third party conservative movement and are intent on fostering it to hurt the GOP. I will not cooperate with a third party movement. As I have said repeatedly, Doug Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule. America is a two party nation and instead of packing up and fleeing the GOP, we should launch a coup and take it back. Consider NY-23 the first salvo in that coup, with the Florida Senate race right behind it…”
Conservatives constantly complain about the Dems, how unfair they are. That they are bullies. They lie, they cheat, manipulate, are vicious, and will do anything to get their way. I have news for them – maybe they should try looking in a mirror!
There is absolutely no difference in the behavior and tactics of the far right than the far left. Only the ideologies are different. The cruel hate is the same.
What do the following have in common?
George H. W. Bush
George W. Bush
All six are good, decent patriotic men of honor, followers of Christ, and betrayed by the far right because they were not good enough – not pure enough. And so – the list of those to be purged includes John McCain and Lindsey. The worst part of it, they are far better, far more decent, far more honorable and patriotic individuals than those dim-wit closed-minded idiots who are more interested in purity than country. Ronald Reagan detested those kind of people – the purists. They were the ones who hated Reagan.
On Sunday afternoon it dawned on The Pink Flamingo that we are taking the whole issue of climate change and politicians in the wrong direction. Lindsey is being hammered for a piece he co-authored with John Kerry for the NYTimes. Even I cringed – because I knew he would be hammered for it.
Suddenly, like the light flashing down from an alien craft about to abduct some drunken deer hunter (note that there is no intentional insult to deer hunters implied) The Pink Flamingo had an epiphany.
GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT
Remember that old computer term – garbage in garbage out?
I think expecting our elected officials to know everything about everything, or even a little bit about everything is just not logical. None of us know everything about everything. We specialize. The era of a eclectic “renaissance” style education no longer exists.
Take climate change – please.
The only reason The Pink Flamingo has a different take on things is because of an essay the late great, Stephen Jay Gould penned for his monthly column in the Natural History magazine. Aside from filling The Pink Flamingo with a life-time desire to be a writer of essays, this article tweaked my fancy. I was going into high school, volunteering doing the candy stripe thing at our local hospital. I remember reading the article after my father picked me up at the hospital there in Seneca. The mail was on the back seat, where I was consigned as he and my grandfather drove home.
I read the Gould essay on the drive to Fair Play, fascinated. My current love of all things dinosaur is nothing new. I’ve been fascinated since I was a little kid and saw that now legendary T-Rex fossil in the Natural History Museum in NYC. While it might take a calculator to figure out how many scientists have been inspired by that same critter, including the great Gould himself, The Pink Flamingo never went beyond fascination when it came to dinosaurs. But – it did give me a reason to read geology, paleontology, and delve into archeology as a high school student.
The specic Gould essay, which I can no longer find, was about the fact that the planet was due for another round of what he felt might be a cycle of ice ages.
Golly – an ice age?
I read everything I could on the subject, only to decide upon a life-long fascination with Post-Roman Britain instead of science.
It seems like the alleged time frame of La Morte de Arthur and the alleged fall of the Roman Empire all occurred around 475AD – 550AD. No one in their right mind would even put the idea of the death of Arthur, fall of Rome, and an ice age together. BUT – they all happened around the same time.
Seems like David Keys also put 2 + 2 together to come up with an ice age. Publisher’s Weekly reviewed the book:
“…In Keys’s startling thesis, a global climatic catastrophe in A.D. 535-536–a massive volcanic eruption sundering Java from Sumatra–was the decisive factor that transformed the ancient world into the medieval, or as Keys prefers to call it, the “proto-modern” era. Ancient chroniclers record a disaster in that year that blotted out the sun for months, causing famine, droughts, floods, storms and bubonic plague. Keys, archeology correspondent for the London Independent, uses tree-ring samples, analysis of lake deposits and ice cores, as well as contemporaneous documents to bolster his highly speculative thesis. In his scenario, the ensuing disasters precipitated the disintegration of the Roman Empire, beset by Slav, Mongol and Persian invaders propelled from their disrupted homelands. The sixth-century collapse of Arabian civilization under pressure from floods and crop failure created an apocalyptic atmosphere that set the stage for Islam’s emergence. In Mexico, Keys claims, the cataclysm triggered the collapse of a Mesoamerican empire; in Anatolia, it helped the Turks establish what eventually became the Ottoman Empire; while in China, the ensuing half-century of political and social chaos led to a reunified nation. Huge claims call for big proof, yet Keys reassembles history to fit his thesis, relentlessly overworking its explanatory power in a manner reminiscent of Velikovsky’s theory that a comet collided with the earth in 1500 B.C. Readers anxious about future cataclysms will take note of Keys’s roundup of trouble spots that could conceivably wreak planetary havoc….”
Would you believe the global temperature during the height of the Roman Republic and Empire ranged something like 4 degrees warmer than it is now?
Civilizations flourish during a time of global warming and had a tendency to either fall or wax inward during periods of cooling.
Please expain the importance of the word “Greenland”.
Now, the following completely esoteric lines of study are something no “normal” person who has a “real” life would even bother thinking about, let alone own dozens of books about the above.
There’s even more.
The Pink Flamingo has been interested in astronomy and space even longer than dinosaurs.
Get the picture?
Add a fascination with geology, history, King Arthur, Ancient America fringe archaeology, and a half-way decent working knowledge of science and you have a walking rebuttal to the current infant “science” of climatology. (it is a joke)
We are dealing with a rather fascinating solar minimum. For some strange reason, the utter lack of sunspots indicates a cooling surface on the sun. Anyone who knows anything know the cooler the sun, the cooler the earth.
Know anything about the relationship between very messy volcanic explosions and global cooling?
The Pink Flamingo subscribes to the theory of history that someone must delve, not only into the usual historical tools, papers, archives, etc, but must also integrate misc. sciences be them social, earth, biological, archaeology, or political in order to write history.
Reports of Lindsey betraying the country via the climate change bill are greatly exhaggerated. Seems like there are more than a few Republicans who are threatening a little cap/trade of their very own.
“…Many Republicans deride the cap-and-trade system at the heart of the legislation’s heart as a job killer and energy tax hike. And two high-profile Republicans whom Democrats had hoped would cross the aisle — — Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and George Voinovich of Ohio — are now vocally opposed….”
Conservative Blogger, Mike DeVine, from South Carolina is a stand up guy. The Pink Flamingo took a bit of humbridge about something he wrote over the weekend conserning Lindsey. Like I said, Mike is a stand up guy, on my list of men of honor. He researched my comment and came up with the following piece about the article Lindsey and John Kerry co-authored for the NYTimes.
What is the deal with spending twenty-four thousand bucks so people could get three thousand or so bucks to purchase a new car?
Arrested Development, that late great satire of television show is long gone, but alive and well living in the White House. It is a story about a family so incompetent they cannot even be good crooks. Absolutely NOTHING the Bluth Family does is right, even lying, cheating, stealing, swindling, and hanging with Saddam.
We are living in very interesting times. Any number of people I know are down, depressed, distressed, upset, and just plain terrified about what is coming.
Fox is the enemy.
The Chamber of Commerce is the enemy.
Rush Limbaugh is the enemy.
Basically anyone who criticizes He Who Must Be Adored is the enemy.
It is entirely possible health care reform is going passed even if we do not want it. Real unemployment is something we only get when Republicans are in office. The Administration reports 9.8 % unemployment, but we’re actually looking at something around 17%. (Hyscience)
Unfortunately, if we do not turn around and laugh, we are going to lose perspective on life. And laugh we should. Barack Obama is quickly becoming a farce, a joke, the stuff late night legends are made of – if only he were Republican.
The Pink Flamingo, in her humble estimation, thinks there have been a handful of truly great television shows: Bonanza, Star Trek Classic, I Love Lucy, MASH, and Arrested Development. (First, a note for Arrested Development fans: Yes, there may indeed be a movie.
For some strange reason, when you tell numerous lies about a person, you end up hating the person you lie about. It is quite obvious this is what has happened to Lindsey. The far right, prompted by Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, and Laura Ingraham have told so many lies about Lindsey that the only way they can justify their mis-treatment of him is to turn him into an object of hatred.
I think they are starting to do the same thing to Newt Gingrich.
Something very nasty is going on with the conservative universe. Evidently someone doesn’t like Lindsey Graham and will literally do and say anything to destroy him. Doesn’t matter if it isn’t true. Doesn’t matter what they say. Lindsey Graham is evil and must be destroyed.
This is all getting old and very nasty. It is getting vicious, mean-spirited, and downright unpatriotic. If you march lock-step to what certain individuals desire, you are to be destroyed.
There is no different between the Democrat Hate Machine and the Conservative Hate Machine – just the names and faces. The methods are the same. They will do ANYTHING to destroy those who have been marked for elimination.
It would be interesting to see who first put the “conservative” hit out on Lindsey. I suspect it was John Tanton. I know that Michelle Malkin is in on it. The nastiness she spreads – and has spread about Lindsey was the cause of her dismissal from FOX News awhile back. She and Geraldo went to war over the disgusting illustrations she promoted. I suspect Lindsey has come rather close to the truth about this bunch of Malkin’s little friends.
My grandfather Froehlich was a cattleman all of his life. He had the largest independent dairy in south Florida, milking several hundred cows on a 24 hour basis. Having spent all of his life around cows, he had a tendency to equate and philosophize about life via cows. He also had a rather cynical view of humanity, likening them to cows.
He would have a very dismal view of today’s “conservative base”, considering them nothing but cattle.
What happens when people who are NOT Republican acquire enough power to manipulate themselves into the position where they can call the shots?
Okay, they are smart. They are a heck of a lot smarter than “we are”. If we had half their cunning, duplicitous brains, we would know how to manipulate them and not the other way around.
Republicans who allow it are just downright pathetic. That’s what is going on in the GOP today. A minority group of conservatives have terrorized our more spineless Republican officials into thinking THEY ARE THE BASE, when nothing could be farther from the truth.
Why should people who have no relationship with a political party be the ones who call the shots?
They are abusive bullies who have come up with a formula to terrorize our elected officials. When good men like Lindsey stand up to them, well – you can see the results. They lie, denigrate, abuse, and manipulate.
Golly, they are good conservatives!
The far right now thinks Newt Gingrich is not good enough for them. They’ve also turned on Mike Huckabee, but then they never did like Huck. This whole mess is because the NY GOP is absolutely incompetent.
“…”There will be no climate change bill with my vote unless you have offshore oil drilling,” Graham told Fox News on Thursday. “I won’t vote for any climate change bill that doesn’t allow a dramatic increase in nuclear power. I’m not going to vote for any climate change bill that doesn’t allow us to use our coal deposits.”…”
Friday on his show, Rush Limbaugh did not tell the truth. He was complaining about the fact that no Republicans were standing up to the Obama Administration and trying to be leaders. He lied. Lamar Alexander is standing up to them. So is John McCain. Mitch McConnell is fighting. Charles Grassley, once denounced as “liberal” is sounding like a regular Ronald Reagan as he fights the liberals.
We have some great Republicans trying to fight Obama. Unfortunately the far right talking heads would rather lie about their efforts than to praise them. There’s a good reason. I think the far right wants to prevent the GOP from winning in 2010.
It’s obvious they have a “hate on” for many of our leaders, Lindsey especially.
There’s a good reason for this.
Lindsey is emerging as THE leader of the Republicans in the Senate. If Lindsey continues on his current path, he is going to be the most powerful Republican in Washington, the perfect replacement for George W. Bush – a true patriot and a man of honor.
You know the far right has gone too far when they turn on Newt Gingrich.
On O’Reilly Thursday night, Laura Ingraham did nothing but complain about Obama and his administration and Dems in general. She talked about how they set out to destroy the reputation of those they oppose. They lie, they denigrate, and will do just about anything to ruin a person’s reputation. She was quite upset about it. In her next breath she started complaining about the likes of John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and RINOS who were out to doom the conservative movement. She did nothing but denigrate and lie about Lindsey.
In other words, it is okay to destroy a “RINO” if you are a pure conservative who is trying to keep the party pure. Protecting the country doesn’t matter as much as purity and ideology. If this is what conservatives are up to, then they don’t give a damn about the fate of the country, only their personal agenda.
I gather Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, etc. are only interested in their “pure” agenda, and aren’t interested in recapturing the House and Senate from the Dems. If they did, they would use some rational thinking and realize a majority is more important than purity. Only FOOLS demand purity.
When a conservative lies about someone conservatives are angry with, does that make the lie acceptable?
The Pink Flamingo is being hammered at another site for leaving a comment calling down a SC writer, Nancy Morgan for lying about Lindsey Graham. Some may look at what Morgan did as a sin of omission, but the object of her inaccurate reporting was to slander a man’s good name and destroy his reputation.
If Morgan had said that conservatives who do not identify themselves with the GOP and were members of the Libertarian and Constitution Party were determined to hold an elected Republican official to task, it would ruin the whole purpose of her article.
“…Graham has come to exemplify the growing disconnect between conservatives and the Republican Party. He believes he knows best, and if the people that elected him disagree, he tells them to just “chill out,” as he did at a recent townhall meeting in Greenville. The same townhall meeting where one of his constituents called him a traitor.
That townhall received little media attention. What did receive national media coverage was Graham’s recent interview where he attacked Glenn Beck, the left’s favorite target. “Glenn Beck does not represent the thinking of the Republican Party,” Graham stated. How he knows this is a mystery, as he went on to say he never watches the Glenn Beck Show. Go figure.
Graham may be right about one thing: Glenn Beck clearly represents the thinking of conservatives, not the GOP. And Sen. Lindsey Graham is now willingly spouting the talking points of the left and abandoning the conservative principles that got him elected. He has been seduced by the left and his reward is ever more national face time and political influence….”
From the Greenville News:
“…Whether they represent a vocal minority or the seeds of a serious election challenge for Graham remains to be seen, though at least one Republican consultant believes the state’s senior senator has “real problems” outside of just a raucous town hall meeting.
“If he were running right now, he’d be in serious trouble,” said Dave Woodard, a Clemson University political science professor and former campaign manager for Graham who said he has Upstate polling to support his view.
Graham, re-elected last year to another six-year term, flatly rejected that idea, describing the crowd at his town hall meeting this week as 40 percent Constitution Party members who themselves are about to spark a “backlash” because of the recent visibility of their “radical” views.
“They’re a political fringe group,” Graham told The Greenville News. “They believe that Medicare is unconstitutional and student loans are unconstitutional. I’m the conservative in the room.”…”
What it respresents is a serious problem for the GOP and reasonable Republicans in general. If these extremists cannot be revealed for who and what they are, they are going to end up costing us the House in 2010. If this happens, don’t blame the GOP for the destruction of this nation as we know it, blame conservatives.
Want to know how a non-conservative sees things?
“…Graham, who scored a full 100 percent rating from Americans for Tax Reform in 2007, is also under attack because he voted for Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court and recently insisted that “birthers” are crazy. Graham then went on “Fox News Sunday” and made the mistake of saying that he didn’t believe that Glenn Beck represented the Republican Party. Graham implied that Beck believed that the “country’s best days are behind us.” On his radio show, Beck played the clip of Graham on Fox and then railed against the South Carolina senator, lumping him in with other enemies:
“Yeah, the best days. The best days are behind for Lindsey Graham, you bet. David Brooks, Lindsey Graham , all of these people. Nancy Pelosi, all on both sides. On both sides. Katie Couric, Brian Williams, all of them. All of them. Anybody who’s playing this game, your best days are behind you.”
In only a week Graham has become a central target for the group called RINO Hunters that protested his appearance in Greenville. For those new to intraconservative sectarian warfare, RINO stands for Republicans In Name Only. A member of the RINO Hunter organization is featured in the video of the Lindsey Graham event. A man sets up a RINO Hunter sign on his pickup truck along with a mannequin head first in an actual toilet to simulate a swirly. The man says that it represents the way he would like to punish those he considers RINOs….”
LIES AND LIARS
I don’t like lies. I do not like people who lie and have no compassion or tolerance for them. I don’t care if the person doing the lying is Barack Obama, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or Ronald Reagan himself. If I catch a lie and I can do something about it, I do.
Funny thing about lies and conservatives. They apparently only hold Democrats accountable. If a conservative lies, mis-represents, stretches the truth, or fails to tell the important parts of a story – it’s all for the “cause”.
A few months ago Pink Flamingo friend and confidant, Sally Vee introduced me to the lectures and teachings of Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Even though both of us are dedicated Christians, we’ve come to understand Lapin’s comment that everyone needs a rabbi! It has been quite awhile since the teachings of any religious figure have had such a profound effect on the very way I live my life and the way I look at life.
Several weeks ago I listened to his short CD on the Ten Commandments. I thought I knew what they were all about, but by the time the CD had ended, I received new insight into why things are the way that they are. According to the Rabbi, the reason the Ten Commandments are presented side by side, five on one side of a tablet and five on the other is that there is a correlation between the Laws that are side by side.
The one I’m interested in is good old #9 – You are not to lie about someone, especially in a court of law. What I found interesting about Rabbi Lapin’s interpretation is the fact that when you lie about a person, you are literally stealing their good name. You are stealing their reputation, damaging it, possibly destroying it beyond redemption.
There have been two instances where lies have caused irreperable harm and heart-breaking damage to my life. The first monsterous lie destroyed my reputation in the eyes of my grandparents and caused both my sister and I to be disheerated from our grandparents’ estate. The reason? Someone told my grandmother that my sister and I were involved in some very nasty immoral activities. We were never given the opportunity to face our accuser and fight for our reputations.
The second great lie happened in the spring of 2001. Someone I thought was a friend began spreading lies about me to the man I was to marry. Her lies destroyed that. The lies enabled him to undertake a debauched life-style that has ruined him. There is nothing left but a pathetic shell of a man who believed every nasty thing said about me. Yes, I was fortunate to discover his lack of faith in me before we were married, but my sense of self, well being, and my self-confidence have never truly recovered.
Those same lies ruined my best friend. She and her son moved to the other part of the state, returning only for her father’s funeral. I was driven away from mutual friends as the Princess of Lies continued to spin her wretched web of hate. The only solace is one person who heard the lies and believed them had a change of heart. Our relationship has never been the same, but he heard the worst about me and realized it was not true.
I was hurt so badly by those lies my entire life has changed. Rationally, I know what was done was not true and I know most of why it was done. But – the psychological scars are still there, and are still raw. When I encounter someone spreading tales or half-truths, or manipulating the truth about someone I know and consider a friend, having been on the recieving end of such things, I fight back.
You can’t go around spreading tales and abusing someone who does not deserve the treatment and remain unscathed. What goes around comes around. Look at what is happening to Rush Limbaugh. He has been vicious when it comes to attacking good decent Republicans like Lindsey and John McCain. Limbaugh set the standard for how conservatives treat Republicans. I do not approve of the lies that have been told about him. They are wrong. They are lies and the people who are doing it should be held accountable. Same thing holds true for conservatives who do nothing but denigrate our good elected Republicans. They need to be held accountable for the problems they are creating.
They need to learn how to tell the truth. They also need to open their eyes, wake up, smell the coffee, and see what is going on out in the world. The very same sources who lied about and denigrated Reagan are up to it again. Only now they are dealing with conservatives who are so – stupid – culturally ilterate, and so pathetic, these people don’t know the difference.
When the far right lied about Reagan, Republicans basically turned their back on these people. It’s time they do the same thing – again. If Rasmussen’s latest poll is correct, Huckabee & Romney have the upper hand for 2012. Neither man is far right. Romney is rather moderate, and Huck is not considered a very strong conservative. They are pulling nearly 60% of the polling.
The GOP is a center right party. It is not extreme. It is not the party for extremes. If we want to retake the house in 2010 we need to offer strong, center right candidates. Far right candidates rarely win. We also need to take the rational approach that someone who will win in Midland, Texas cannot possibly be elected in West Palm Beach. To demand 100% conservative purity is just plain stupid, short sighted, and is a death wish for our nation.
To compound the problem by lying about our good Republicans, and manipulating what they stand for and who they are because they do not meet a narrow minded version of “purity” is just plain criminal.
Do people who make these demands actually want to defeat the Dems or do they want to remain in a minority status forever, damning our country to socialist ruin?
“America is not only worth fighting for, it’s worth getting criticized for.” Lindsey Graham
Would someone please tell me the difference between liberals spreading lies about Rush Limbaugh and conservatives spreading lies about Lindsey Graham? Oh, Graham isn’t pure so he deserves it, right? As long as the person is someone the Tea Party People dislike (and they take their marching orders from Ron Paul Bots) then they can lie all they want. But – don’t tell anyone they are lying. They are 100% pure conservative. Anyone who isn’t deserves to be lied about and destroyed – just the way the liberals are trying to destroy Rush.
It’s a Tea Party Problem.
The Pink Flamingo is using the current far far far far far right, Ron Paul Bot, Tea Party attack on Lindsey as an example of the problems we are facing within the GOP.
We have a problem within conservative circles. Things are getting nasty. We’re starting to be barraged by a group of far right writers, bloggers, and columnists who don’t give a durn about the truth, and would rather lie to promote their anti-Republican agenda. They’ve reached the point where honor and principle have nothing to do with their agenda, only their version of “truth” which has nothing to do with actual provable fact.
American Thinker has joined the ranks of the idiot right with the publication of a reprehensible hit piece on Lindsey by far right nut-job Nancy Morgan. She talks a good game, but anyone who writes for World Nut Daily can’t be very reliable, can they?
Morgan writes the following:
“…Lindsey Graham was elected to serve as United States Senator in 2002. He was easily re-elected in 2008, largely due to the support of conservatives. Conservatives like founder and past president of the low country’s South Strand Republicans, John Bonsignor. John and his wife campaigned hard for Graham, based on their belief that Graham would govern as a conservative. Meaning, lower taxes and less government.
“Graham is disappointing,” states Bonsignor, “He campaigned as a conservative but his record is moderate left.” When asked if he would vote for Graham now, Bonsignor stated emphatically, “No,” citing Lindsey’s support for Sotomayor, his support for TARP funds, and the final straw, his support for cap and trade…”
Since when was a 90% ACU rating “moderate left”.
Maybe conservatives need to start telling the truth and quit lying about things….?
The problem with conservatives like Morgan is the fact that they cannot tell actual facts that are proven to be correct. There is a difference between “truth” and “fact”. Truth is in the eye of the beholder. Fact can be proven correct or incorrect. Morgan is spreading facts that have no bases in fact. She is telling lies about Lindsey. The worst of it is the fact that Flopping Aces, one of the finest conservative sites, has picked up her pack of lies and is in the process of spreading them. (Morgan is one of those idiots who voted for Ross Perot, thereby costing GHWB a 2nd term – good conservative – idiot).
Her lies are being picked up and spread. Because she is saying something ugly about Lindsey, no one is bothering to fact check her.
Fortunately people such as Ron Paul and his Bots are being recognized as the “fringe“. The problem is they make so much noise and so dominate the blogsphere and radiosphere that NORMAL Republicans don’t have a prayer of being heard. Fortunately, along with Lindsey, we have one other great Republican voice of reason – Michael Medved.
The fascinating, and dirty little secret about all of this is you will rarely find a NORMAL Republican who criticizes Lindsey. The only ones who truly dislike him, other than Rush, are NOT Republicans. They hate Lindsey with a passion, that is at a boiling point because Lindsey tells the truth when it comes to Ron Paul and their outlandish worship of a man who truly deserves to be put out to pasture before he destroys the country.
“…It is this lack of integrity and principle on display right now. Graham is the worst of the lot. Integrity, honesty, and principle are the ideological fuel to grow the Republican Party. That is the fuel of Ron Paul. Utilizing the Lindsey Graham infested fuel has already been attempted and failed….”
Michael Tomasky from the UK Guardian seems to think those who consider Lindsey a “traitor” are basically unhinged. I agree. The real problem is the Ron Paul Bots, the Glenn Beck idiots, and the far far far far far right is being called down for their outlandish, stupid, and unreasonable behavior that could end up costing us dearly in 2010. These people aren’t interested in their country. They are followers, interested in worshipping and promoting someone who salves their pathetic little egos. They are fringe cult-like conspiracy nuts. They need to be marginalized before they do further damage to the country.
“I love this party. I’m not going to be let it be hijacked by Ron Paul.”
Funny how the far right doesn’t like Republicans who stand up for the GOP. I guess that says something, doesn’t it. The Palmetto Scoop covered the whole Monday Night Ron Paul, Constitution Party, Libertarian hate-fest. Naturally, the usual hate-Lindsey far right crowd will NOT tell the truth about what happened Monday night, which says a lot about them. Naturally Hot Air has managed to slam Lindsey while explaining about the entire event.
“...The knuckledragger brigade was out in full force Monday night at a health care reform town hall held by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham at Furman University in Greenville.
During the 75-minute forum, the boisterous crowd grilled Graham for having common sense and not blindly following the rhetoric of right wing reactionaries.
At one point, an older woman stood up and made some prolonged statement about state’s rights and the Constitution while the crowd predictably cheered her on. The woman ranted at length about “unconstitutional, anti-Christ, socialist, federal, deficit-spending programs” and told Graham that “God does not compromise.” Whatever that means.
Graham responded by asking her how she’d voted for president, and –shockingly — she said she voted for Constitution Party wacko Chuck Baldwin. Also shockingly, nearly all of the ideologues in attendance gave a rambunctious round of applause.”…”
Now, the scuttlebutt about the incident, which was filmed, according to The Palmetto Scoop, by a Ron Paul Bot named Brian Frank, is the same jerk who caused trouble for Lindsey at the SC GOP State Convention last May. According to The Palmetto Scoop:
“…Interestingly, on his Facebook page, Frank lists his activities as “Sitting on my butt and collecting unemployment as long as I can!” Gee… what a surprise…”
Listen to the video, it is a thing of beauty. Lindsey tells them off, and pulls out the information that the people making all the problems are NOT Republicans.
“…One man told Graham he had “betrayed” conservatism and made a “pact with the devil” by working with Democrats, and asked when Graham would switch parties. Graham said he’s not going anywhere and instead would grow the party, defending his conservative credentials on such issues as abortion and guns, and calling the view of Libertarians who believe President Bush was a war criminal “nuts.” “We’re not going to be the party of angry white guys,” Graham said to more shouts. A woman who had been carrying a sign that condemned “unconstitutional, anti-Christ, socialist, federal, deficit-spending programs” told Graham “God does not compromise” and that he had violated his oath of office by supporting federal ideas, including health care reform that overstep states’ rights….”
He then called Libertarians “nuts”!
“…Despite being on the defensive much of the time, Graham held his ground on the issues, defending his conservative credentials as well as his support for the climate change bill. When asked about the view held by some Libertarians that President Bush committed war crimes, Graham didn’t mince words, calling the view “nuts.” His response garnered shouts and boos…”I’m not going to leave the Republican Party,” Graham said when one questioned asked him why he hasn’t yet joined the Democrats. “I’m going to grow it. We’re not going to be the party of angry white guys.”
His comments were met with a salvo of boos and shouts of “Ron Paul!”
“I love this party,” he responded. “I’m not going to be let it be hijacked by Ron Paul.”
Graham emphasized his conservative bona fides — particularly his record of opposing abortion rights and support of gun rights — but said GOP needs to build a broader coalition. Otherwise, he warned, those trying to purify the party will turn Congress over “to the most liberal people in the world because somebody disagrees with you.”
“I’m going to find people in Maine, Delaware, Illinois and other places that can win,” he said. “And I’m going to help them, and we’re going to move this party and this country forward. If you don’t like it, you can leave.””
"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”--Sinclair Lewis
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SJ Reidhead (aka The Pink Flamingo) is a writer based in New Mexico. The author of two published novels, both westerns: Dust Devil and The Second Mrs. Earp and two published works of non-fictions: TRAVESTY: Frank Waters Earp Agenda Exposed and A Church for Helldorado, Endicott Peabody's 1882 Tombstone Diary. One of the leading authorities on the life of Wyatt Earp and Tombstone during the Earp years, she is currently writing a series of murder mysteries set in modern day Tombstone. The author is also working on a book about fashion in the Wild West. When complete, there will be over 2100 unpublished antique photographs dating from 1855-1910.
The author's work has appeared in Wild West, True West, Blogcritics, and The Tombstone Times. Recently the author has had to deal with a father in Stage 4 Alzheimer's Disease. This is leading to a book dealing with the frustrations of dealing with the frustrations of the disease, finance, legal, health-care, and things no one bothers telling families about it.
SJ Reidhead has been involved in Republican politics since she was 'a little kid'. During the Reagan years she was a lobbyist working with various non-profit organizations who were attempting to salvage NASA and the American space program after the disastrous Carter years. Unfortunately, because of the libertarian take-over of the GOP, and the rise of the Tea Parties, as the Republican Party becomes more and more extreme and marginalized, it is impossible to remain loyal to the GOP. The Pink Flamingoremains GOP to make their lives a living hell. As of now, I will never vote for, nor support another Republican, ever.
The Pink Flamingo went on line on October 4, 2005, after the author realized "normal" Republicans were being marginalized as the extreme far right attempts to become the new normal. In November, 2012, The Pink Flamingo, for the first time ever, voted for a Democrat, Barack Obama. Normal will never again apply to the GOP.
THE PINK FLAMINGO STORY
It started out as a joke. During the seven years I worked with the girls of my parish, leading a youth group, one of the things that I stressed were manners. Part of having manners, the way I see it, is to know how to set a proper table, host a party, cater it, and clean up afterward. I was fortunate enough to have a group of very talented girls in my youth group. They learned how to plan for, and execute large church functions, very properly. During one such function I noticed there were several incredibly tacky pink flamingos sitting on the table. Knowing the girls were up to something, I said nothing. A few months later they did the same thing at a function I was hosting at my home. I said nothing. They had a birthday party for me. More pink flamingos appeared - and a joke was born.
Thanks to the girls, all of whom are now grown, I have a collection of pink flamingos. It has become an ongoing joke. When I began working on my political blog, I realized the only possibly title was The Pink Flamingo!