Paradigms and effects

Posted by on April 28, 2006

This week I had the “privilege” of attending a Conference. In most places being tapped to go to a conference is a good thing and employees relish the opportunity, where I work it is no different. Unfortunately I’m not the type of person that relishes what others relish. For me, if I don’t GAIN something from a conference then it’s an utter waste of my time and why should I pay for it? Better yet, why should I ask the tax payers to pay for it? I’ll spare the rest of the rant as it’s not what I’m writing about.

At this conference there was an awards ceremony for some of the seriously awesome projects that have been completed. Great things for the Commonwealth have been accomplished through technology and those projects deserve recognition…along with those who worked on them. THAT, dear reader, is where a difference in paradigm comes in. The Senior Executives, who the conference was really targetting, gave the awards to the other Senior Executives of the respective departments who worked on the projects. Some words were tossed around about the “dedicated staff” and “talented programmers” and I’m sure they were sincere but seemed to be perfunctory as well. The cynical side of me(some would just say “me”) was left to wonder what the purpose of this was. In my over-reactive rage at this waste of my day I was heard to exclaim something about “self congratulatory mass masturbation”. Dunno where the phrase came from but it fit. A bunch of people with “C” in their alpha titles feeling real good about themselves…THEMSELVES…not the worker bees that made it happen in the first place.

The Senior Executives missed the fact that us worker bees define their success. By ignoring our efforts, and that is how such behavior is percieved, the suits are doing nothing to engender more dedication and support.

I fear we are seeing the same thing out of the White House and I worry for the longevity of Tony Snow as the new Press Secretary. The President has done a fabulous job in the War on Terror. Liberating 50 million people isn’t anything to sneeze at. Liberating 50 million people in alittle over 3 years is breath taking. The Foreign Policy side of the house is in order, it’s the domestic policy that is struggling.

It seems that one of two things are happening here, either the President is listening to people so far out of the mainstream(ie Beltway folks) that they don’t understand or care to understand what is going on out here in “fly over” country or he’s listening to his political advisors and, for some reason, worrying over polls. In today’s political climate, that isn’t something that a successful Republican can get away with. We, the base of the Conservative movement and largely Republicans, can smell that coming a mile away. The President must have missed that paradigm shift that took place in 92 and finally settled into normalcy in 2000. The Conservative movement out here will not stand for certain things. We will rise up and shut it down. We aren’t married to politicians, we are married to ideals and we expect politicians that we support to support those ideals and work toward them. Harriet Myers anyone? Port deal anyone? Oh sure, Schumer and that bunch came out against the Dubai deal as well but the President had to expect that. What he didn’t expect was the groundswell of opposition from the conservative base. THAT is what killed the deal. It may well kill any prospects for a Republican president in 08 as well.

Who do we have in DC right now that represents principled leadership on domestic affairs? Apparently it’s not the President. It’s certainly not limp-spined Senate Majority “leader” Frist. Speaker Hastert couldn’t find his arse with both hands and a map. Who in leadership over there is speaking up for Conservative ideals? No one except the new Press Secretary. Why? Because they fail to grasp the sea change that has taken place in the base. They missed the paradigm shift. Tony Snow was part of that paradigm shift and when forced to show public support for something he is principally against, I wouldn’t be surprised if he resigned.
Now the Conservative Movement is it’s own political voice thanks to the new media. We honor our leaders but those leaders MUST respect the ideals that gave them that leadership role. It’s not about them…it *IS* about what they profess to believe in. When they turn away from those ideals for the sake of political advantage or expediency we will come down on them like a ton of bricks. We’ve seen it happen during this second term of the Bush Presidency and we will most certainly see it again on the immigration debate if President Bush continues with his amnesty proposals.
Here’s hoping the Congressional candidates recognize the shift and are working hard in their districts to show true faith to conservative ideals. I haven’t been following the elections because Kentucky’s seats are not up this year…but even if they were I don’t see anyone out there in the Conservative movement that is stepping up to the plate. Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell is as close as we get. Conservatives need to make their voices heard this off election cycle. If you don’t like what’s out there…VOTE ANYWAY. There’s always some local election you need to vote on. If you want to make a statement, don’t vote for candidates you disagree with. The numbers will speak for themselves.

The bottom line is, just like the conference I attended this week, when you neglect to recognize your core constituency, said constituency gets irritated and your overall effectiveness drops. The modern democrat party is impotent. All they want to do is “get back at those wascallwy Wepubwicans” by impeaching President Bush. They care little about anything else. If they regain the House and/or the Senate they will have little time to actually pull something like that off even if there was clear evidence warranting such an action, which there isn’t. Right now, regardless of who controls Congress, nothing of any substance is going to get done. If there was a time, the time is now to make the Republican party elites realize that the Conservative movement will not tolerate such insolence from our elected officials.

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3 Responses to “Paradigms and effects”

  1. SingleMind Says:

    That is because the critics are right: the “conservatives” with whom he has surrrounded himself–except for Tony Snow–are neocons.

    The neocons are big-government supporters on the domestic front (ergo, high deficits), and they see it as America’s job to spread democracy to the world through military means.

    While the case can be made for our actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, we need a long, hard revisitation over the role of our military in “exporting democracy”.

    On domestic matters, neocons are terrible.

    On foreign policy, neocons can be effective, but you need to keep them on a leash or you’ll die the death of a thousand military ventures.

  2. pilgrim Says:

    While that is their declared policy, I don’t believe they are interested in the Crusader implication there.

    France is hardly democratic and we haven’t invaded them…of course I guess we have to wait for the Germans first. Nice trees they’ve planted in anticipation tho.

  3. Hendo Says:

    Conservatives do not endorse “America’s job to spread democracy to the world through military means.” (I really hate quoting democratic talking points, and in this case…requoting one.) This has never been a conservative agenda, either from Neocons or the conservative base.

    Yes, Bush is screwing the pooch, but stay with the facts, instead of skewing the facts with opinions originated from the mindless left.

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