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Yes, team of Saturday progressives, they planned the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis. Here's the first call for a Federal default -- Jim DeMint issuing marching orders at CPAC 2013.

The date is March15th, 2013. As president-elect at Heritage, Jim DeMint lays out the rush over the cliff. Teabaggers push a hoax that they're defending the future of the country, where it's more to the point that the baggers are authoritarians who are willing to follow anybody playing leader to do damn near anything.

Full Text of Declaration of War for Lemming Nation

If you want to listen to it on YouTube skip to 1:10:00 for the intro:

Priorities for Movement Conservatives:

-- "We cannot give up on repealing Obamacare"
-- No amnesty or route to citizenship for non-citizens who came in outside the system
-- Balance the budget within 10 years. Or don't pass the debt ceiling increase immediately
-- "Stand up for marriage" by denying it to gays

Ain't that a hoot. Close to recommending head-butting and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy as a hobby. ("You can be the next Mike Webster !") Key section of the transcript -- the section glorifying political self-harm -- below the orange muffin:

Losing is conquest, getting your teeth knocked out is a victory.

...a group of downcast conservative leaders here in Washington asked me to speak to them about the future of the conservative movement. They wanted to know what conservatives should do. My answer was simple: get up, spit out a few teeth, wipe the blood off your lip and get back in the fight.

Our situation is a lot like the boxer who had been knocked down multiple times in the third round, he was bloodied and could barely pull himself off the canvas before the referee counted him out. He was about to get knocked down again when he was saved by the bell. He stumbled to his corner and collapsed on his stool. Then his manager whispered in his ear, “You’ve got him right where you want him.”

Tonight, you are the boxer and I am the manager. ... To understand where we are as a movement and our path forward, we must remember that there is a distinction between the Republican Party and the conservative movement. National Republican leaders have not advanced a conservative agenda for almost 20 years.

Is this not an apocryphal rant ??? The stuff of End of Day zealotry?

The item-level lies astonish:

-- Ordinary elected Republicans are not conservatives

-- The national Republican Party rejected/rejects the Tea Party

-- Getting bloodied and losing the fight doesn't matter

-- "Spit out a few teeth" is an acceptable political result

Delusions prevail. In practice they are preferred to pragmatic evaluations of problems. For DeMint his view of democracy puts it below the status of propaganda mills. "Promotion" from the Senate to lead Heritage Foundation ???

Well, O.K. He believes it.

The policy priorities went only to DeMint's high points:

-- "We cannot give up on repealing Obamacare"
-- No amnesty or route to citizenship for non-citizens who came in outside the system
-- Balance the budget within 10 years. Or don't pass the debt ceiling increase
-- "Stand up for marriage" by denying it to gays
Ain't that a hoot. DeMint thinks these four positions are going to be viable going forward in America and they believe him. This is supposed to form a practical baseline for building a political party. And the CPAC audience claps loudly.

Plainly getting conservatives beaten senseless with ideological play-acting is A.O.K. I had no idea the Tea Party leaders were so far off base.

That's what they think. We got no problem with them heading over the cliff.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Honestly? This stuff is tame by comparison (5+ / 0-)

    What's really surprising is that ever since 9/11, conservatives won on every front. From economics, to foreign policy, to environmentalism, all of it. Really, even now, we are still working within a neoliberalism window, with the TPP coming up, that should be giving Republicans chills down their spine for how effective they've been.

    It's their delusion that they are somehow still losing when the ACA lacks a single payer or public option. It's that they think they are losing while our military budget is still so large. It's they think they're losing when we've already cut and cut and cut our federal budget.

    Where exactly, are they losing?

    •  They enjoy self-pity way too much. (1+ / 0-)
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      Sandino

      Repealing ObamaCare and not passing the debt ceiling as the impulses that led to the recent debacle.

      Their 144 House members, the Tea Party members, went over the cliff for reasons that had nothing to do with governance. And they as much as quoted DeMint word for word for their justifications for what they were doing.

      Heritage Action fronted the crisis. You can see with this YouTube clip and the transcript on DeMint's blog where it started.
       

    •  They've Won On Every Front Since 1980. (2+ / 0-)
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      waterstreet2013, Sandino

      Every penny of gain of family wealth since then has been confined to the 1%. Even during the Clinton so-called boom.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 10:23:25 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Failure is their familiar. They aim to fail. (1+ / 0-)
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      waterstreet2013

      Think of a kid doing belly flops instead of learning to dive.

      See, that's what I want to do; make a big splash.

      •  The elected "Tea Party" loons (1+ / 0-)
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        OregonWetDog

        play to get campaign contributions, support from the usual propaganda outlets, and Red State or heavily gerrymandered reelection.

        They don't see significant Democratic opposition.

        What DeMint is running at Heritage is a centralized command-and-control system. This speech presents the matching orders for the 2013 legislative cycle.

  •  He Speaks Truer Than He Knows (2+ / 0-)
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    waterstreet2013, Sandino
    Our situation is a lot like the boxer who had been knocked down multiple times
    Recognizing that your brains are scrambled is the first step toward alleviating the damage.

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 01:16:49 PM PDT

  •  CPAC = Conservative Phony Action Committee (1+ / 0-)
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    waterstreet2013

    'Nuff said.

    •  Creepy-Paranoid Antisocial Caterwaulers (0+ / 0-)

      They whine like Limbaugh, their god.

      •  That too! (1+ / 0-)
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        waterstreet2013

        I swear, I have yet to see a conservative committee or group that's related that adds any good or productive value to the public discourse.

        •  Several conservative groups have helped (0+ / 0-)

          with the issues related to land mines, AIDS, establishing the Community Health Centers all over the country, and working to get political prisoners released.

          Same for trying to stop torture. Keep in mind that the redirection of the hunt for Binladen only succeeded AFTER torture was eliminated and normal detective work uncovered the courier who was tracked to find UBL. While the pro-torture crew were running that operation, the ID of that man was left lost for years in a banker's box in Pakistan.

          It's not just religious groups.

          •  Legitimately vs. phony conservatives (1+ / 0-)
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            waterstreet2013

            I get it.

            •  When PPACA gets rolling at 95% (0+ / 0-)

              efficiency, I'll lay dollars-to-donuts that the legitimate conservative swallow their pride on the legal-abortion issue and cut loose from the Tea Party crackpots.

              Summer of 2015 at the latest.

              •  Well, there's more than just Tea Party (1+ / 0-)
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                waterstreet2013

                The conservatives have been tools to the national GOP by preaching conservatism but then voting to continue funding the Iraq War (Congressmen Issa, Ryan, Cantor, Boehner, Blackburn and others made such votes).  They'll have to do more than kick the Tea Party folks out.  They have to REALLY practice what they preach.

                Unfortunately, all worship Ronald Reagan all because he promoted the 11th Commandment of the GOP:

                "Ronald Reagan famously espoused the 11th commandment, thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican."

                As long as the GOP continues to do things its way and not the inclusive, American way during the a Republican Presidency but not during a Democratic presidency, they're not going to be truly conservative.  

                So unfortunately, they do need to call out on others in their own party who vote on legislation that continues to increase the debt.  Doing so though breaks the 11th Commandment.

                Oh man.  The GOP folks are such a contradiction to themselves.  They shoot themselves in the foot, they never know how to repair the damage.

                •  Issa, Ryan and Cantor are functional (0+ / 0-)

                  teabaggers.

                  Traditionally these GOPers use big wads of money to heal their wounds, plus running a cutie like Reagan when they're caught trashing democracy.

                  Money heals all wounds ??? Maybe in politics.

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