I have learned that fools never will be ruled by reason and persuasion and that to engage them in their foolish arguments only diminishes my ability to discern truth from error and wisdom from folly. That said, I offer the following e-mail exchange with a tea party activist who took umbrage with my Diaries’ post “So What’s Up With Some Florida Tea Partiers?“
TP Activist: WHAT A GREAT TWIST JERRY. YOU PUT UP KERRY ‘S LEFT WING LIFE AND THEN TIE BOB SMITH IN WITHOUT MENTIONING HIS STELLAR RIGHT WING VOTING RECORD IN THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. DID YOU MENTION THAT GEORGE BUSH WANTED BOB SMITH OUT AFTER 20 YEARS SO HIS GOOD BUDDY SUNUNU’s SON COULD GET THE SEAT?DID YOU MENTION THE RUBIO CHARGES BROUGHT BY THE NEWSPAPERS.HOW ABOUT RUBIO’S GOOD FRIEND RAY SANSON WHO HAS JUST BEEN INDICTED FOR SOMETHING RUBIO HAS ALSO DONE WITH F.I.U. IN TAMPA? DID YOU MENTION RUBIO’S VOTING RECORD: OPEN BORDERS, DRIVERS LICENSE FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS, NO DRILLING OFF THE COAST OF FLORIDA, GUN CONTROL,AND RAISING OUR SALES TAX TO 20 PERCENT???YOU SEE , WE IN THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT ARE CONSERVATIVES, NOT R.I.N.O. REPUBLICANS LIKE YOU SEEM TO BE. VOTING FOR REPUBLICANS LIKE RUBIO IS WHY THE R.N.C. LOST IN 2006 & 2008. NOW YOU ARE TELLING US TO DO IT AGAIN AND SUPPORT A CORRUPT POLITICAL CRIMINAL INSTEAD OF STANDING FOR A RIGHT WING CONSERVATIVE , BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS NEED TO WIN. CONSERVATISM NEEDS TO WIN!! IN THE 9-12 MOVEMENT WE HAVE A STANDARD TO LIVE BY AND ONE OF THEM IS STANDING FOR OUR PRINCIPLES. WE SUPPORT ONLY CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES. THE BLUE BLOOD REPUBLICANS WHO CONTROL THE PARTY ARE NOT FOOLING US WITH PRETEND CONSERVATIVES LIKE MARCOS RUBIO. I HAVE ENJOYED YOUR E-MAILS AND THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE PROVIDED. NOW I WILL HAVE TO RESERVE TO CAUTION BECAUSE YOU HAVE EXPOSED WHO YOU ARE, REPUBLICAN 1ST; CONSERVATIVE 2ND.
I.M. Kane: Keep playing games and keep the progressives in power. My point is No Conservative in his right mind would ever vote for Kerry, regardless of what Bush did to him! Got it?
One would think after last night (House Dems passed ObamaCare) people like you’d learn about Democrats, but I guess not.
If you’re not a mole, you’re a fool.
TP Activist: Answer the questions Jerry not just call me names. You are willing to vote and tell other people to vote for a corrupt politician, so I guess it’s O.K. with you to be corrupt as long as you win.! That speaks to your character. It’s people like you that caused the Republicans to lose in 2006 & 2008. We are trying to clean up the Republican Party, not just win , so that they stand for Conservatism, not more corruption. I’ll bet YOU can’t name ONE corrupt thing or backroom deal Bob Smith has done! That’s why you refuse to answer me about the things I listed about RUBIO, because you can’t!
I.M. Kane: I don’t engage fools in conversation; it’s a waste of my time and energy. I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt wanting to be wrong about you. If I find I’ve wasted my time, I will disengage from future correspondence and leave you to your folly.
Republicans lost in ’06 and ’08 not because of people like me but because they refused to recognize their enemy. Corruption is not the enemy, Progressivism is. If you clean up the Republican Party without winning in November, you lose the country to the progressives and the only hope of righting it by the ballot box. After the November election, they will corrupt the census data to redraw the districts and give illegals amnesty and voting rights, which will solidify their power and create one-party rule.
If Republicans don’t take back control, the progressive Democrats will feel their oats and seat their messianic dictator. Don’t think for a moment it can’t happen here, or that American progressives are somehow softer than their tyrannical counterparts in Soviet Russia, Red China, Cuba, and Venezuela.
Wake up before we run out of time. Or you and those like you will be responsible for handing America over to be ruled by progressive tyrants, as the German people were responsible for allowing the Nazi tyranny to take over Germany in the early 1930s.
We can still stop them, but we must put aside our petty differences, take over the Republican Party, and use it to dismantle the nanny state and restore individual liberty and personal freedom.
BTW, you asked for one corrupt thing Smith has done. You seem to have missed my point. The fact that he voted for and publicly endorsed Kerry is enough to destroy any claim for being a conservative.
Smith’s conservative voting record has been made irrelevant by his impetuousness. He lost credibility and can’t be trusted, which is also true for Romney and Huckabee. He was pissed off at Bush, so he publicly endorsed an anti-American, anti-military leftist progressive.
He is without excuse for such irresponsible, thoughtless actions. The only thing worse would be if he had publicly endorsed OBAMA in ’08, but then Bush wasn’t running was he?
TP Activist: NO JERRY, I SAID ANSWER THE CHARGES AGAINST RUBIO! BUT YOU CAN’T, CAN YOU.
I.M. Kane: At this point I broke off the exchange, but the TP activist had a bit more to say. (See below.) I did not respond to his charges against Rubio, as I would not have responded to the comPost’s charges of racism against Allen regarding his “macaca moment.” I viewed the TP activist’s charges against Rubio as a diversionary tactic to change the focus of the argument to gain the high ground and put me on the defensive.
The point of my post was to point out the folly of endorsing Smith at such a late date and running the risk of splitting the conservative vote and nominating by default the RINO Crist. I had no intention or desire to defend Rubio against the charges made by three leftist rags in Florida sympathetic to Crist. Not being a Floridian, my knowledge of Rubio has been limited to his CPAC speech, Collin Levy’s Wall Street Journal piece, and a few scattered radio and television interviews.
TP Activist: I’M SENDING THIS TO ALL OF YOU TO SHOW HOW FAR REPUBLICAN PARTY MEMBERS WILL GO TO DEFEND CORRUPT REPUBLICANS. BEWARE OF PEOPLE LIKE THIS IN OUR OWN RANKS. THEY WILL TRY TO CONVINCE YOU THAT IT’S MORE IMPORTANT TO VOTE REPUBLICAN THAN CONSERVATIVE!
I.M. Kane: Having read this exchange, I hope you (my reader/s) will better understand why I have some serous misgivings with some activists in the tea party movement. They don their three-cornered hats, drape themselves in a flag, lace up their red-white-and blue shoe strings, and once fully attired set out to drive wedges between conservatives and the Republican Party that will ensure Democrat and RINO victories in November. I can’t say whether they’re moles or fools, either way they’re helping to destroy the Republic.
For the record: I am a registered Republican more by necessity, than by choice. The Republican Party is the only means to take back the political power from the progressives and save the Republic. Even the blind now see that the Democrat Party is completely controlled by the progressives. A third party or a split among conservatives only furthers the progressive agenda for a totalitarian state.