Stone Knives & Bearskins Why Skip at Granite Grok is wrong.

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Stone Knives & Bearskins Why Skip at Granite Grok is wrong.

Spock:Cap­tain, I must have some plat­inum. A small block would be suf­fi­cient, five or six pounds. By pass­ing cer­tain cir­cuits through there to be used as a duo-​dynetic field core…

Capt. Kirk: [inter­rupt­ing] Uh, Mr. Spock, I’ve brought you some assorted veg­eta­bles, baloney and a hard roll for myself, and I’ve spent the other nine tenths of our com­bined salaries for the last three days on fill­ing this order for you. Mr. Spock, this bag does not con­tain plat­inum, sil­ver or gold, nor is it likely to in the near future.

Spock: Cap­tain, you’re ask­ing me to work with equip­ment which is hardly very far ahead of stone knives and bearskins.

Star Trek, The City on the Edge of For­ever 1967 1967

Pub­lic busi­ness must be done by some­body. If wise men decline it, oth­ers will not; if hon­est men refuse it, oth­ers will not.

John Adams.

This elec­tion cycle Gran­ite Grok was very miserly giv­ing out endorse­ments. The big one being Bob Smith in the GOP Sen­ate Pri­mary.

The Groksters, writ­ers /​activists, have decided that Bob Smith is that per­son and who rep­re­sents our val­ues most closely and some­one that we can lend one of our most valu­able assets that we have as Cit­i­zens – our votes. In a rep­re­sen­ta­tive democ­racy, our Con­sti­tu­tional Repub­lic, there can be no higher acco­lade than to say “we believe you can do the job” and do so within the con­straints of what the Con­sti­tu­tion allows you to do as one that will be direct­ing that level of Gov­ern­ment. We believe that he is best suited to not only carry those val­ues for­ward but also resist those that are infected with “Potomac Flu” – the phi­los­o­phy that “Gov­ern­ment knows best and should leg­is­late our behav­ior”, and that spe­cial inter­est groups that “rent seek” from the Feds in “ben­e­fit for the few at the expense of the many”.

I whole­heart­edly 2nd the Grok’s nom­i­na­tion of Sen­a­tor Smith.

Grok declined to endorse in the con­gres­sional races and only gave endorse­ments in two state races. I dis­agree there, in NH 2nd dis­trict I like both Gary Lam­bert & Mare­linda Gar­cia & either would make a fine addi­tion to con­gress, but while Col Lam­bert is a solid choice I think how­ever that Mare­linda Gar­cia is some­one spe­cial with great poten­tial for the future.

This is, how­ever to the Groksters about con­ser­vatism. They are not about to endorse non con­ser­v­a­tives, par­tic­u­larly in a pri­mary, nor waste time and efforts on peo­ple who are not going to get the job done or get along to go along. Many repub­li­cans feel the same and right now the GOP is start­ing to get wor­ried because an elec­tion cycle that they should own is not look­ing like a wave after all. :

There are only seven Democrat-​held dis­tricts that Mitt Rom­ney car­ried in 2012 and only 19 oth­ers that Pres­i­dent Obama won by fewer than dou­ble dig­its. That cer­tainly leaves room for GOP growth, but in a nor­mal wave year (like 2010, for exam­ple), you see dozens and dozens of winnable seats. For the GOP to expand the map beyond 2025 winnable seats would take a mas­sive wave.

As the GOP dis­cov­ers their prospect for a wave are drop­ping the NH GOP sent out a let­ter urg­ing the GOP to turn out after the pri­maries are over:

Vote in the gen­eral elec­tion for the Repub­li­can can­di­date, even if they were not who you voted for in the pri­mary elec­tion. Stay­ing home and/​or not vot­ing for a spe­cific candidate/​office is the same as vot­ing for their opponent.

the let­ter fur­ther pointed out that if GOP vot­ers didn’t stay home we wouldn’t have Barack Obama in office today.

about 31 mil­lion Repub­li­cans stayed home. If just 20% (6 mil­lion) of those had gone to the polls and voted for Rom­ney, the out­come would have been dif­fer­ent, we would have a much bet­ter indi­vid­ual in the White House and our coun­try would be far bet­ter off than it is today.

That’s a pretty pow­er­ful argu­ment, but Skip is hav­ing none of it:

Yup, scape­goat­ing their vot­ers – good job on gain­ing and influ­enc­ing “friends”. You didn’t give those 31 mil­lion Repub­li­cans a good enough rea­son TO vote – and you are blam­ing them?

And demands bet­ter can­di­dates if we expect him to turn out:

fix your brand first. Hint: let’s hear the Brand Man­ager and Pro­tec­tor, NH GOP Chair Jen­nifer Horn lam­bast “her own” (e.g., the Rogue Repub­li­cans in the NH Sen­ate that pushed through the Demo­c­rat Agenda) first. Let us know of your ire in how THEY spoiled the brand and that you are the per­son that is gonna fix this.

He has a real point Mitt Rom­ney didn’t just avoid giv­ing a rea­son for those GOP vot­ers to turn out he This is an argu­ment that I made the week of Barack Obama’s re-​election when the Rom­ney cam­paign was will­ing to treat Barack Obama with kid gloves dur­ing the gen­eral while play­ing hard­ball vs con­ser­v­a­tives :

there was the Mitt Rom­ney of the pri­maries. The Mitt Rom­ney that was will­ing to play hard­ball against his GOP foes, who was will­ing to con­front them, attack them and go after them. That was the Mitt Rom­ney who had no prob­lem play­ing with the rules at state and national con­ven­tions to lock out Ron Paul vot­ers who had learned the rules and played by them and then tossed them aside. This Mitt Rom­ney and his team played hard­ball with con­ser­v­a­tives fig­ur­ing “Where are you going to go?”

The let­ter from the GOP sug­gest they might in This type of behav­ior had pre­dictable results

In the words of Obama’s spir­i­tual advi­sor (para­phrased): NH GOP’s “…chick­ens are com­ing home to roost!” The NH GOP is scared that peo­ple are going to not bother with the top of the ticket and that tra­di­tion­ally means that the down ticket can­di­dates suffer.

It’s the very prob­lem I warned them about back in March

This has to be addressed NOW. Scott Brown & the NH GOP’s prob­lem is a lot like Mitch McConnell at CPAC he needs to address the ele­phant in the room which are his posi­tions on life and guns because as of today those NH Repub­li­cans will not turn up and vote for Sen­a­tor Brown in a gen­eral elec­tion. And if they don’t for­get a sen­ate seat in Wash­ing­ton, if they stay home the NHGOP can kiss the prospect of tak­ing back the state house and sen­ate good­bye in a year where Democ­rats in the state are run­ning scared.

This is a prob­lem of the NH GOP’s own mak­ing and it mim­ics the national GOP’s prob­lem.

Skip is absolutely right, the New Hamp­shire GOP has not earned the respect of con­ser­v­a­tives like him so they have a lot of nerve after kick­ing them in the balls to ask him for their sup­port post pri­mary for can­di­dates that don’t appeal to their palate in the least.…

.…so I imag­ine it’s going to be a bit of a shock to the peo­ple who have read up to this point that that’s exactly what I’m going to urge Skip and my fel­low con­ser­v­a­tives in NH & else­where to do. I’m urg­ing them to sup­port the GOP nom­i­nees in the state and fed­eral elec­tions who­ever they are. Why? Because while Skip’s point is strong it has a fatal flaw:

It’s like going to the store — why buy an infe­rior prod­uct when one was look­ing for excel­lence? Humphreys sounds like the Party is enti­tled to my vote sim­ply because there is an R asso­ci­ated with my name.

Actu­ally it not. Dur­ing the Mar­ket Bas­ket work action I was able to boy­cott Mar­ket Bas­ket because there were other sources of food & sup­plies avail­able for me to get the basics from so I could do with­out. An elec­tion is not like that. A can­di­date is going to be cho­sen, as John Adams put it: Pub­lic busi­ness must be done by some­one and if you decide to give the power to the democ­rats they will take it.

It’s like those fem­i­nists who object to that date rape fin­ger­nail pol­ish. No mat­ter how prin­ci­pled your objec­tions to it are, no mat­ter how much you com­plain that you shouldn’t have to use such a prod­uct if you want to go drink­ing, that will be of lit­tle com­fort if you wake up next to some strange bed won­der­ing how you got there.

Con­ser­v­a­tives are damn fools if they give power to lib­eral democ­rats because the repub­li­cans are asses. So what is the proper answer is Chip’s solu­tion is not viable, well an excel­lent sug­ges­tion came from his com­pa­triot Mike Rogers gave the answer Nov 9th 2012

The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the con­ser­v­a­tive party, like NY state), is NOW, after a his­toric elec­tion that demon­strated the inept­ness of the “Wiz­ards of Smart”. The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part can­di­date, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DUR­ING an his­toric elec­tion, when one of the evils is immea­sur­ably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.

This very day Skip & Co should be research­ing and prepar­ing the paper­work for a New Hamp­shire con­ser­v­a­tive party or research­ing exist­ing 3rd par­ties in the state so Tea Party & 2nd Amend­ment activists can shift to them en masse the day after the elec­tion. NH is a small state, such a move would have an earth shat­ter­ing effect of the GOP state party and a sober­ing effect on their can­di­dates and the direc­tion they go.

Until that pro­gres­sivism & lib­er­al­ism have to be stopped or at least checked, even if we have to do it with alter­na­tives that are lit­tle bet­ter than stone knives and bearskins.

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Spock:Captain, I must have some platinum. A small block would be sufficient, five or six pounds. By passing certain circuits through there to be used as a duo-dynetic field core…

Capt. Kirk: [interrupting] Uh, Mr. Spock, I’ve brought you some assorted vegetables, baloney and a hard roll for myself, and I’ve spent the other nine tenths of our combined salaries for the last three days on filling this order for you. Mr. Spock, this bag does not contain platinum, silver or gold, nor is it likely to in the near future.

Spock: Captain, you’re asking me to work with equipment which is hardly very far ahead of stone knives and bearskins.

 Star Trek, The City on the Edge of Forever 1967 1967

Public business must be done by somebody. If wise men decline it, others will not; if honest men refuse it, others will not.

 John Adams.

This election cycle Granite Grok was very miserly giving out endorsements.  The big one being Bob Smith in the GOP Senate Primary.

The Groksters, writers / activists, have decided that Bob Smith is that person and who represents our values most closely and someone that we can lend one of our most valuable assets that we have as Citizens – our votes. In a representative democracy, our Constitutional Republic, there can be no higher accolade than to say “we believe you can do the job” and do so within the constraints of what the Constitution allows you to do as one that will be directing that level of Government. We believe that he is best suited to not only carry those values forward but also resist those that are infected with “Potomac Flu” – the philosophy that “Government knows best and should legislate our behavior”, and that special interest groups that “rent seek” from the Feds in “benefit for the few at the expense of the many”.

I wholeheartedly 2nd the Grok’s nomination of Senator Smith.

Grok declined to endorse in the congressional races and only gave endorsements in two state races. I disagree there, in NH 2nd district I like both Gary Lambert & Marelinda Garcia & either would make a fine addition to congress, but while Col Lambert is a solid choice I think however that Marelinda Garcia is someone special with great potential for the future.

This is, however  to the Groksters about conservatism. They are not about to endorse non conservatives, particularly in a primary, nor waste time and efforts on people who are not going to get the job done or get along to go along. Many republicans feel the same and right now the GOP is starting to get worried because an election cycle that they should own is not looking like a wave after all.  :

There are only seven Democrat-held districts that Mitt Romney carried in 2012 and only 19 others that President Obama won by fewer than double digits. That certainly leaves room for GOP growth, but in a normal wave year (like 2010, for example), you see dozens and dozens of winnable seats. For the GOP to expand the map beyond 20-25 winnable seats would take a massive wave.

As the GOP discovers their prospect for a wave are dropping the NH GOP sent out a letter urging the GOP to turn out after the primaries are over:

Vote in the general election for the Republican candidate, even if they were not who you voted for in the primary election. Staying home and/or not voting for a specific candidate/office is the same as voting for their opponent.

the letter further pointed out that if GOP voters didn’t stay home we wouldn’t have Barack Obama in office today.

about 31 million Republicans stayed home. If just 20% (6 million) of those had gone to the polls and voted for Romney, the outcome would have been different, we would have a much better individual in the White House and our country would be far better off than it is today.

That’s a pretty powerful argument, but Skip is having none of it:

Yup, scapegoating their voters – good job on gaining and influencing “friends”. You didn’t give those 31 million Republicans a good enough reason TO vote – and you are blaming them?

And demands better candidates if we expect him to turn out:

fix your brand first.  Hint: let’s hear the Brand Manager and Protector, NH GOP Chair Jennifer Horn lambast “her own” (e.g., the Rogue Republicans in the NH Senate that pushed through the Democrat Agenda) first.  Let us know of your ire in how THEY spoiled the brand and that you are the person that is gonna fix this.

He has a real point Mitt Romney didn’t just avoid giving a reason for those GOP voters to turn out he This is an argument that I made the week of Barack Obama’s re-election when the Romney campaign was willing to treat Barack Obama with kid gloves during the general while playing hardball vs conservatives :

 there was the Mitt Romney of the primaries. The Mitt Romney that was willing to play hardball against his GOP foes, who was willing to confront them, attack them and go after them. That was the Mitt Romney who had no problem playing with the rules at state and national conventions to lock out Ron Paul voters who had learned the rules and played by them and then tossed them aside. This Mitt Romney and his team played hardball with conservatives figuring “Where are you going to go?”

The letter from the GOP suggest they might in This type of behavior had predictable results

In the words of Obama’s spiritual advisor (paraphrased):  NH GOP’s  “…chickens are coming home to roost!” The NH GOP is scared that people are going to not bother with the top of the ticket and that traditionally means that the down ticket candidates suffer. 

It’s the very problem I warned them about back in March

This has to be addressed NOW. Scott Brown & the NH GOP’s problem is a lot like Mitch McConnell at CPAC he needs to address the elephant in the room which are his positions on life and guns because as of today those NH Republicans will not turn up and vote for Senator Brown in a general election. And if they don’t forget a senate seat in Washington, if they stay home the NHGOP can kiss the prospect of taking back the state house and senate goodbye in a year where Democrats in the state are running scared.

This is a problem of the NH GOP’s own making and it mimics the national GOP’s problem.

Skip is absolutely right, the New Hampshire GOP has not earned the respect of conservatives like him so they have a lot of nerve after kicking them in the balls to ask him for their support post primary for candidates that don’t appeal to their palate in the least….

….so I imagine it’s going to be a bit of a shock to the people who have read up to this point that that’s exactly what I’m going to urge Skip and my fellow conservatives in NH & elsewhere to do.  I’m urging them to support the GOP nominees in the state and federal elections whoever they are. Why?  Because while Skip’s point is strong it has a fatal flaw:

It’s like going to the store – why buy an inferior product when one was looking for excellence? Humphreys sounds like the Party is entitled to my vote simply because there is an R associated with my name.

Actually it not.  During the Market Basket work action I was able to boycott Market Basket because there were other sources of food & supplies available for me to get the basics from so I could do without. An election is not like that.  A candidate is going to be chosen, as John Adams put it:   Public business must be done by someone and if you decide to give the power to the democrats they will take it.

It’s like those feminists who object to that date rape fingernail polish.  No matter how principled your objections to it are, no matter how much you complain that you shouldn’t have to use such a product if you want to go drinking, that will be of little comfort if you wake up next to some strange bed wondering how you got there.

Conservatives are damn fools if they give power to liberal democrats because the republicans are asses. So what is the proper answer is Chip’s solution is not viable, well an excellent suggestion came from his compatriot Mike Rogers gave the answer Nov 9th 2012

The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”. The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part candidate, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DURING an historic election, when one of the evils is immeasurably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.

This very day Skip & Co should be researching and preparing the paperwork for a New Hampshire conservative party or researching existing 3rd parties in the state so Tea Party & 2nd Amendment activists can shift to them en masse the day after the election. NH is a small state, such a move would have an earth shattering effect of the GOP state party and a sobering effect on their candidates and the direction they go.

Until that progressivism & liberalism have to be stopped or at least checked, even if we have to do it with alternatives that are little better than stone knives and bearskins.

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