Monday, July 01, 2013

Conservatives Forward! ... J. D. Longstreet

Conservatives Forward!
J. D. Longstreet

Sometime ago, a friend asked me what I thought President Ronald Reagan would think of Obama.

It only took a moment to answer. "He'd laugh," I said. Then I added: "A real side-splitter!" It was an honest answer and one I believe is true.

I think Ronald Reagan, if he were to suddenly re-appear upon this earth for a brief visit and be told that Obama was President, would, indeed, break up in near uncontrollable laughter.

Reagan would think someone was playing a practical joke on him. He would just KNOW Americans had better sense! I can hear Ronnie saying, "Why, he's just a, uh, child! A grown man, yes. But, still a naive child. A narcissistic child, at that!" Then, he'd laugh again, enjoying the joke, still unconvinced that Americans could do that to themselves and their country.

After Reagan had watched a few videos of Obama's speeches, the smile would slowly drain from Reagan's face as he scanned the adoring, worshipful, faces of the crowd while some fainted in their passion for the boy/man "messiah" and I can hear the crestfallen President say in a voice grown husky in bitter remembrance: "I've seen those faces before.... in Berlin in the 1930's."

Then, Ronald Reagan would weep.

A friend sent me the piece below a few days ago. I have no idea who put it together, but I'd like to thank them.

As America continues her decline and collapse, under the heavy hand of socialism, Americans are going to need memories of the America we used to know to hold on to, to sustain us, until we can rescue our beloved America from the clutches of the power-hungry, left-wing elite currently strangling the life out of her.

As you read the "Reagan Gems" below and remember the America of greatness, the America that once led the world, challenge yourself to do all in your power to keep those memories alive. And prepare. As Thomas Jefferson said: “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God."

I have often thought that democracy is quite likely the greatest gamble a nation can take. For there is no guarantee "The People" will not vote in a tyrant as their leader. When that happens, as it sometimes does, (See: Middle Eastern Arab Spring) then, it is up to the same people to prepare for the tyrants reign -- and -- the tyrant's removal.

British author Aldous Huxley once said: "So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, the Caesars and Napoleons will arise to make them miserable." That was the danger some of us on the right tried so dutifully to warn America of during the last presidential campaign.

Thomas Jefferson once said: "Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."

I ask you to look objectively at our government today and ask yourself if you are truly comfortable with that much power in the hands of THOSE people. If you find you are comfortable, then, dear reader, you need to wake up and begin paying attention!

Now we have the yoke of socialism chained across our shoulders and around our necks. We Americans, yes, WE placed it there. Soon we will be completely dependent upon the government for our very existence. To my fellow Americans I say, that is NOT living FREE! That is SLAVERY!

To see what a REAL President says, and means, and believes... read the "Reagan Gems" below:

'Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.'- Ronald Reagan

'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' - Ronald Reagan

'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so'- Ronald Reagan

'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.' - Ronald Reagan

'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.'- Ronald Reagan

'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.'- Ronald Reagan

'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.'- Ronald Reagan

'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.'- Ronald Reagan

'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.'- Ronald Reagan

'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.' Ronald Reagan

'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.'- Ronald Reagan

'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.'- Ronald Reagan

'If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.'- Ronald Reagan


Reagan is gone and there will never be another.
I am reminded of the expression:  “Leaders, like eagles, do not flock.  You find them one at a time.”  On could add, I suppose, that leaders come few and far between, too.

I think Reagan would be disappointed in the  conservative movement in America today,  as well. The conservative movement in America is currently leaderless – and it is hurting badly. 
One thing that has become crystal clear, however, during this aimless period (at least to this scribe) is that the conservative movement no longer belongs in the Republican Party. 

In recent years the GOP has been moving ever leftward and, dear reader, conservatives should have no truck with leftists – even leftists in the Republican Party.

Let’s face it.  We conservatives have never been completely welcome in the GOP. We’ve been tolerated and treated like the storied red-headed stepchild.

Methinks America needs a conservative political party which will be THE Conservative Party. 

Oh, there are conservative political parties dotting the political landscape in America -- and none of them very effective. Bring those conservatives all together under a single banner and their energy, zeal, enthusiasm, and will to win would be darn near unstoppable.  But splintered, as we are, we are easy targets for the left, which gives no quarter to their adversaries.

One week after the last election, in November of 2012, after having been a republican for nearly fifty years, I changed my registration to Independent (“Unaffiliated” in North Carolina).   I had come to believe that the GOP no longer represented my political belief nor my core values.  I was, and I am, a conservative first. I have never looked back.

There is no “good time” to found a political party.  An election is always “just around the corner.” Having said that … it seems to me that now, RIGHT NOW, is as good a time as any, possibly the best time we’re going to get, to lay the foundation for a conservative party, THE party of record for conservatives. 

I am convinced that if conservatives are to ever again have meaningful influence on the national politics of America; we are going to have to do it marching under our own colors. 
We conservatives need to disassociate ourselves from a political party that has adopted so much of the left’s agenda that, at times, the difference is indiscernible.

We find ourselves at one of those proverbial crossroads that all living persons, all organizations, and all movements approach from time to time in their life spans. Everything changes (or not) depending upon the direction of travel we choose from this point forward.

Our nation has sunk so far, so fast, that many of us are reeling from the destructive momentum.  The national morality has tanked. The very word “America” has become as a noxious odor in the nostrils of God.  It is truly frightening to recall that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for far lesser infractions than those of which America is guilty today.

I am convinced that if America is to be saved, IF American CAN be saved, the conservatives of this nation MUST be in the vanguard of the liberating force.  We can’t do that from the back benches of the Republican Party.

© J. D. Longstreet

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