The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week's Watcher's Council match up.
As some of my esteemed Council mates remarked during the voting, this was a tough week to try to choose amongst apile o' goodies. Hah! says I, because the quality this group pulls off each week is always pretty impressive,but yeah, this week we had a lot of great stuff to choose from. So you know the winners had to have come up with something pretty special,no? Something that really struck a chord?
Leave it to The Right Planet to pull that off, with his heartfelt I've Had It With The GOP. Here's a slice:
For several years now I have watched the GOP move toward the political center—even left of center at times. We have been told this was necessary; otherwise, we would have no chance of winning an election ever again. If this were true, how does one explain the overwhelming landslide victories of Ronald Reagan? Yet the GOP has seemingly learned nothing from the success of Ronald Reagan and his steadfast brand of conservatism.
Lately I have watched GOP stalwarts, like Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Jeff Flake, Rep. Peter King, and political operatives like Karl Rove, trash the Tea Party and pummel their conservative and libertarian-leaning GOP colleagues, like Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Justin Amash, etc. Yet they withhold their vitriol and indignation for the Democrats and the president, literally treating them with kid gloves.
I have voted Republican all my life. Why? Well, the first election I voted in was for Ronald Reagan. It was a no-brainer for me at the time. I have been a longtime student of military history, particularly the history of the Second World War. I believe in a very strong defense, since it has been proven throughout history that there are many nefarious forces in the world who wish to see the U.S. wiped off the map. If we are not able to project power and defend ourselves, we might as well throw up the white flag and simply submit. This is utterly repugnant and unacceptable to me as an American who values foremost the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
But when I voted in my first presidential election, at 18 years of age, I did not have the knowledge that I do now of the philosophy and ideology that drives the Right and the Left. It was simple for me at the time: who supports a strong defense? The answer was obvious to me at the time—Ronald Reagan.
It seems that all I have done for the past six years is study the history and ideology of the political movements within the United States since its founding. As I studied and studied, something became abundantly clear to me: there were profound changes to our form of government that occurred about a 100 years ago, starting with President Woodrow Wilson’s Administration. Of course one can argue it goes back farther than that. But I digress.
It was President Woodrow Wilson who first tried to re-brand the Democratic Party the “Progressive Party.” Some of the most significant and far-reaching changes to our present form of government occurred at this time around 1913 (a very bad year, indeed). These monumental structural changes came in the form of the Federal Reserve Act, the Sixteenth Amendment (progressive, i.e. graduated income tax) and the Seventeenth Amendment (the direct election of senators by popular vote). The Seventeenth Amendment effectively moved us toward direct democracy—something our Founders called “mobocracy,” and expressly warned us to avoid at all costs.
There are other reasons I decided at a young age to join up with the GOP. The Republican Party was originally formed in 1854 as the Abolitionist Party in opposition to the monstrous and evil institution known as slavery. Furthermore, I have identified myself as a Republican because that is the form of government that our Constitution requires in Article 4, Section 4, of the U.S. Constitution—meaning: we are to have a “republican form of government.” There is not a single occurrence of the term democracy in our Constitution (check it our for yourself).
Many times I have heard people tell me that the Republican and Democratic parties are really just one and the same. “There is no difference between the parties,” they say. I always bristled a bit at this assessment … until now. I still think we should exercise caution and not throw the baby out with the bath water. But I will return to this later.
I can no longer stand by and be trashed by the very Party that I have so wholeheartedly supported for so many years with my time and money. I can remember times when I defended folks like George W. Bush, Colin Powell, Karl Rove and the like, when they seemed unwilling, or incapable, of defending themselves. But was this by design? By the end of George W. Bush’s second term, the GOP was in a shambles. There’s no denying it, no matter how you try to spin it.
Much more at the link.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Amil Imani with a piece entitled An Open Letter To The God Of Islam submitted by Joshuapundit.I won't describe it further except to say that it is a must read if you have any interest in the subject at all.
Here are this week’s full results. Only The Mellow Jihadi was unable to vote this week, but was not subject to the normal 2/3 vote penalty:
- *First place with 4 2/3 votes! The Right Planet –I'm Done With The GOP
- Second place with 2 2/3 votes – The Noisy Room – The Lynchpins Have Been Pulled
- Third place with 2 votes – Joshuapundit-Rohani On New Iran Nuclear Deal: "World Powers Surrendered to Iran"
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – The Colossus of Rhodey-Schooling vs. chaos
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – Simply Jews – Chomsky the Mastermind: where only the eagles dare
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote –GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Panzer Arik
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote –Bookworm Room – Upworthy and Good Men Project: Progressive sites for people seeking to save their souls through politics
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Rhymes With Right – Anti-Catholic Rhetoric At USNews.Com
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Nice Deb – The IRS Is Poised To Silence Conservatives Again â What You Can Do (Video)
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Political Commentator – Barack Obama's insidious master plan for the United States?
- First place with 3 votes! – Amil Imani – An Open Letter To The God Of Islam submitted by Joshuapundit
- Second place with 2 1/3 votes – Sultan Knish -Why People Fail submitted by The Political Commentator
- Third place with 2 votes – -Mark Steyn –Global warming's glorious ship of fools submitted by The Noisy Room
- Fourth place with 1 2/3 votes --Commentary – A Tale Of Two Surges submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote -Nick Nipclose – Counterpunch Defends Neo-Nazism submitted by Simply Jews
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote - Reason.Com – They Lied submitted by VA Right!
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote - Michelle Malkin – Beware the left-wing-funded “Main Street” Republicans submitted by Watcher
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 votes --Fred Kagan/Weekly Standard – Gates at War submitted by Liberty's Spirit
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 votes --Gates Of Vienna – Passion submitted by The Watcher
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote -Byron York/Washington Examiner - What if Americans rebel against the Obamacare mandate? submitted by Nice Deb
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote - Ed Hubbard/Big Jolly Politics – Judge Denise Pratt, Please Resign; Fellow Republicans, Please Defeat Judge Pratt if She Does Not Resign submitted by Rhymes with Right