I Saw at the Convention
by Karen Kwiatkowski: Advice
for Our Children, Circa†2012
I spent a day
of my life at the 2012 Republican Convention. The plan was to stay
for full four days, but the choreographed and staged "decision-making"
made the 2,000 plus delegates irrelevant. Republican Party members
hoping to see democracy in action were left staring at a fuzzy gray
screen, listening to static, beating their heads against padded
white walls. No free man would subject himself to such idiocy. As
Doug Wead so delightfully put it, the party has been reduced to
"ten fat men sitting in a room."
One of these
fat men is John Sununu. Watching him on Tuesday afternoon steamroll
the wishes of half of the delegate floor, and destroy what was left
of the integrity of the GOP, I was strongly reminded of Nurse
Ratched running the floor at the Salem State Hospital. In One
Flew Over the Cuckooís Nest, Ratched dominates her fiefdom
sternly, with her contempt for her charges oozing with her every
smirk, and every command. This evil queen saw criminality in a raised
eyebrow, revolution in a meek request for equality. Punishment for
dissenters would be quick, overwhelming, and comprehensive. John
Sununuís totalitarianism was on display, and his goal seemed obvious:
the literal and figurative lobotomy of the constitutional and liberty
movement within the party.
As with the
Salem State Hospital, the world of the RNC convention, the world
of ten fat men, their sycophants and enablers, is a small place,
removed from natural law, and removed from the reality of America.
This is the real blessing Ė we can and are walking away. Millions
of us are literally and figuratively walking away from the kabuki
theater of neoconservative statism posing as a popular problem solving.
We can do this!
If our own
partyís Nurse Ratched didnít frighten from the stage, we have Romney
campaign lawyer and strategist Benjamin
Ginsburg orchestrating totalitarianism from behind the curtains.
He has been called a bête noire of the Tea Party, but heís
really just a lawyer Ė the very kind of lawyer that Clint
Eastwood was talking about.
include all manner of warfare-welfare statists. Iím not naming all
the names here, but I think the flat and poorly received speech
by head neoconservative statist John McCain said it all. The GOP
media, notably on talk radio, carefully avoided all mention of McCain
after his dismal and eye-darting display of war promotion as republicanism.
If he isnít the original Manchurian Candidate, heíll certainly do.
The ten fat
men in the room rarely get up in front of the people, and they certainly
donít take questions. The convention speakers were instead front
men and women, and except for Clint Eastwood, all heavily scripted
and controlled. I have one thing to say about the presentations
given by the array of bright, handsome, pretty, clean and coiffed
"conservative" speakers paraded before the podium for
four days. They didnít build that! The lack of passion in the speeches,
and the restrained audience response to them, indicated that they
knew that none of them really owned the message. Thatís how democratic
attendees, and the media frequently noted that the convention wasnít
all that fun. It certainly wasnít entertaining. It lacked positive
energy, and the attempted decapitations of the liberty wing of the
party fostered a generalized anxiety, rather than loud cheering
around the cage. The "two will enter, one will leave"
mentality engineered by the ten fat men seemed instead to result
in a ragged fracturing of the GOP, with too many people recognizing
that we canít do this.
presentation of the four days was Eastwoodís own act on stage, a
dash of honesty and fearlessness that boldly slapped the GOP establishment
as evenhandedly as it slapped the Obama administration. He had an
RNC vetted speech Ė and he chucked it. This simple act of nullification
sent waves of fear and anger throughout the establishment controllers.
I donít know if they lobotomize 82 year olds, but I imagine the
thought crossed Nurse Sununuís mind. Iíve no doubt the Romney
team was assessing its medical options in real time as Clint
charmed and educated those watching.
convened nothing and decided nothing. Onerous security, unhealthy
and overpriced concession food in the Forum, the moment-by-moment
scripting of the convention speeches, and the pervasive fear of
the liberty and constitution segment of the crowd is what we will
remember. Ten fat men in a room built that.
dancing on the head of a pin ultimately amount to very little. What
these men built isnít good, doesnít work, and wonít sell. Their
so-called conservative message Ė saving welfare programs to be paid
for by unborn Americans, fighting wars on the other side of the
world on borrowed money, cutting imaginary out-year federal budgets
and calling that constitutional government Ė is falling flat.
When in a rare
moment over the four days we heard about a flawed monetary policy,
the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution Ė cheers roared out. Oh,
wait. Flawed monetary policy, our shredded natural rights, a trashed
Constitution were not discussed from the stage Ė the best the ten
fat men could do was suggest we might be able to balance the budget
in 27 years (Ryanís "plan") and point out that "everything
was free but us" Ė and then go on to the next topic before
we could really think about what that means, and what the GOPís
position really is on that lack of liberty.
people are the majority Ė letís start with the 23 million men and
women in this country who want to work and produce and currently
cannot because the government is in the way, or the 100 million
who donít vote because Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumber offer no real
change, or the 200 million who deeply cherish their children and
grandchildren. We matter, we count, and ultimately we do rule. We
built it, we can do it, and ten fat men in a room better stay out
of our way. The Democratic Party establishment has their own ten
fat men in a room, and we know they wonít have Ron Paul on stage
either. The GOP establishment clearly has no idea how to restore
the Republic, and these bureaucrats are not interested in learning
our job and we started without them years ago. The anachronistic
statist party they built, like an old factory that would not adapt
to technological and market reality, will be boarded up and lights
out within a decade. If there is one thing I learned at the 2012
GOP Convention, it is that the liberty movement is vibrant, fearless,
columnist Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D. [send
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retired USAF lieutenant colonel, blogs occasionally at Liberty
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ran for Congress in Virginia's 6th district in 2012.
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