Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sen. Orrin Hatch on the Tea Party Gang: 'They Won't Listen'

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is a seriously conservative guy. But even Hatch knows that yelling and screaming is not a political philosophy. 

Here's Hatch the other day speaking about Utah's Tea Party gang, the folks who ousted fellow Utah conservative Robert Bennett. Said Hatch:
They have a right to be mad and I think these Tea Party people are doing the country a service. But when they don’t have an open mind and they won’t listen, that’s another matter and that’s something I think anybody would find fault with.

20 comments:

Tulsan said...

As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

Tulsan said...

The Tea Party explained: The Dunning-Kruger Effect

Tulsan said...

From Man of the West, a local right-wing blogger:

He starts bellicosely enough:

"...when we first went into Afghanistan, my initial reaction was, Good! Tear the place apart looking for Bin Laden, and shoot anybody that tries to defend him. Make the rubble bounce. Destroy every piece of infrastructure you see. And when you leave, shake your fist and say, 'And there's more where that came from, so watch your step!'"

But he entertains doubts about the efficacy of such a course:

"And then people said, 'Well, you can't just destroy the country and up and leave. The Taliban will just take over the rubble and you'll still have terrorist training bases and so forth. We have to rebuild their society on a democratic model.'"

Hmmm, that seemed semi-sensible, though our nation-building cred is deservedly low. He goes on:

"Our own Founding Fathers were very clear: even those who were not themselves Christians thought, and explicitly said on more than one occasion, that our form of government was founded on a more-or-less biblical worldview, and that if the population at large didn't have one, that form of government wouldn't work."

That's right, non-Christian Founding Fathers thought that a Biblical worldview they didn't share might be useful for nation-building in a predominately Christian-believing colony (diverse and contentious as specific beliefs might have been.)

Perhaps if those Founding Fathers were around today, they might conclude that Islam is a better foundation for nation-building in a region with a long history of Islam (diverse and contentious as specific beliefs might be).

MotW concluded:

"...over the years, I have settled back into my initial position: nation-building won't work. Seizing assets, shooting terrorist leaders, keeping Islamofascists off-balance, leaderless, and on the run whilst we augment our own oil production, which should starve them of much of the cash which they need to wage jihad--that has a better chance for success, in my opinion."

Oh, well, let the Lord sort 'em out.

Tulsan said...

Joke time from TPM

"Pat Buchanan, everyone's favorite MSNBC pundit, wondered in his syndicated column this week why Democratic presidents don't nominate white Christians to the Supreme Court anymore."

"'If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats,' Buchanan wrote. 'Is this the Democrats' idea of diversity?'"

I love this comment:

"Did you know that one of Buchanan's relatives was killed in the Holocaust? He fell out of a guard tower."

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