What with the Rush-centered whither-the-GOP discussion claiming as much of my attention as it has of late, I just turned on the Limbaugh show for the hell of it. Within moments, he uttered a phrase that crystallized the whole debate for me, and, in his response to a query from the WaPo’s Greg Sargent, suggests the direction I believe Republican leadership needs to be taking: “I reject your premise.”
That’s it. That’s it right there. Clean, clear, precise. It’s exactly what Michael Steele should’ve used as an opening line in his response to the smears hurled in his teeth by some left-wing comedian on CNN the other night. It’s what should be the response to every progressivist attempt to slime conservatives as bigoted, homophobic, hateful, xenophobic, uncaring, racist, warmongering, or unconcerned about the welfare of our nation’s less fortunate citizens. It ought to be the starting point for every effort to set the record straight about American values, and the direct contradiction of them inherent in the statist agenda represented by Obama and his mulish acolytes.
It should have been Bush’s first response to the “Bush lied, people died” and “no blood for oil” nonsense, designed as those childish slogans were not to spark legitimate debate, but to shut it down by shouting it down. It was, and remains, the proper response for any conservative to make to the insidiously ahistorical meme currently being propagated that the mortgage crisis was precipitated by inadequate government control of the free market, instead of feckless, conniving, and wholly corrupt Democrat politicians like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, whose blustering threats against lenders, backed by the iron fist of a too-powerful government, were the real cause of the problem. It should be repeated again and again by any Republicans who truly want to undo the damage now being wrought by collectivist dopes hell-bent on remaking our Constitutional republic, people who believe that that government governs best that governs most.
I reject your premise. Because your premise is dishonest, despicable, and a gross misrepresentation of fact. Until Republican spokesmen reject the trap set for them by unscrupulous, forked-tongue propagandists who twist their beliefs, and their very words, into something that bears no resemblance to truth — until they discover the wherewithal to seize the initiative and voice this phrase directly to their blatherskite interlocutors on the Left — no useful discussion will, or can, occur. And likewise, we shall NOT see “the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles.”