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LarryNaselli.com
Friday, March 6, 2009
Take Me To Your Leader...

A subset of the lack of Cultural Confidence among the elites of Western Civilization is the lack of Cultural Confidence among Moderate Republicans. They agonize over what others will think of them, which leads them to a bizzare sort of passive-aggressive behavior.

These Moderates tread ever-so-softly when advocating the policies they favor, and attack boldly fellow Republicans who decline to make their case with "civility" (in case you don't know what that means, you are witnessing "Civility" every time you see Republicans following the Marquis of Queensbury  rules, while Democrats gouge the eyes and knee the groin). John Mark Reynolds post about Rush Limbaugh's speech to CPAC is a good example. <Rush Gave a Bad Speech by John Mark Reynolds on 3/2/09

I listened to the Rush speech at CPAC. You can here, but it is mostly a waste of time. It was a bad speech, as a speech, and it made an argument that in our present societal context sounds like a spirited defense of the White Star Line on April 16, 1912...> Click Here to Read the Full Post and <Sam Adams was ... a leader in the early stages of the Revolution who sacrificed his all for the Cause. He was personally brave and an effective rabble rouser. Revolutions need a Sam Adams like they need air.

If, however, he had become the face fo the Revolution in those days, we might very well have lost. He could not appeal (and turned off) many people we needed on our team. Instead, Washington became the face of the revolution and our leader and the Revolution was saved...> Click Here to Read the Full Post of 3/4/09 Rush is not the right leader for the Reagan Revolution Phase Two>

Mr. Middle-of-the-Road Reynolds misses the point that leaders of movements are not chosen by election, they are chosen by the fact of having followers (with the obvious exception of the "leaders" of the "Civil Rights" and "Women's" movements, who have been chosen by national media anointment, in spite of an embarrasing paucity of followers). Rush IS the leader of the Conservative Movement (this just in: George Washington is not returning calls). because he leads and Conservatives follow.

Is Reynolds telling Conservatives to spurn Rush? Great strategy. This is the Republican Self-Destruction Disorder to which I was alluding when I suggested that Michael Steele would do better to point his weapon down range. You don't win a political fight by picking off everybody on your own side who falls short of some arbitrary standard of perfection, especially if their shortcoming is that some people don't like them (see Gingrich, Newt).

Even General Washington who was certainly a popular hero in his own time, was not without his detractors (see Gates, General Horatio) during the War for Independence. Anyone who believes something worth believing and tries to persuade others will have enemies. In fact, Reynolds recommendation is so thoroughly wimpish that it's likely to appeal to four out of five Republican elected officials, but won't hold water with Conservatives.

Finally, the idea of Rush as leader of the Republican Party is an invention of Obama War Room strategy (see Ayers, William C.), so Reynolds should direct his plea to the President.


Posted by larry_naselli at 10:32 AM CST
Updated: Monday, March 16, 2009 2:37 PM CDT
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