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Out of the Wilderness; By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.


In today’s American Spectator:

The prepared text of remarks delivered at The American Spectator’s annual Robert L. Bartley Dinner in Washington, D.C. on November 9, 2010.

Well, I guess our Wilderness Years are over. They were very brief. I never even felt a chill. Conservatism’s undertakers had hardly finished their tales of Conservative Crack-Up and Conservative Demise when we were on the comeback trail. I think it began January 20, 2009. [February 19th, 2009 – in, of all places, Chicago.- Ed]

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What this election has proved is that policy matters. Obama and Pelosi and Reid promised more government. Longer waits for healthcare. Large handouts. Money going into one pocket that was taken from another pocket. We cannot afford it. We want economic growth. The American people want growth. And we have come from the Wilderness to return the nation to the growth.

Out of the wilderness, but standing at a dangerous place.

The present administration, its czars and fellow travelers in the bureaucratic machines aren’t going quietly into that great ideological night. They are cornered and they are angry as their power and prestige are collapsing. Rather than defeat our enemies, they go after us with x-rays and rubber gloves. Rather than compete in the marketplace, they go after us with flimsy cars and mercury-filled lightbulbs and energy moratoria and falsified reports of our culpability for global warming climate change environmental “disruption.” Rather than enhance American military and border security, they blithely let North Korea and Iran construct nuclear weapons as they let millions literally walk across our borders.

Condition Orange.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/11/13 03:57

    Brief? On the contrary, while Republicans stint in the wilderness was brief, Conservatives have been in the wilderness for 20 years now, we just didn’t realize it because the party that was supposed to be “the conservative party” gave lip service to our ideals while acting just like Liberals, meanwhile nobody in government represented us. Once we *realized* we were in the wilderness a couple years ago we started acting like Conservatives and finally began the process of taking control over our own destiny. Note that I said *began*, as we have a LONG way to go.

  2. 2010/11/13 23:56

    LMAO! Well said, EM.

    Sure: Most of the RINOs are in fact liberals and progressives. There are a few feckless, non-ideologues such as Ohio’s Senator George RINOvitch, but most of them are of the John McCain/Olympia Snowe School of “Moderate” Social Democracy. Like you said, we have a LONG way to go.

  3. 2010/11/14 01:15

    I added your blog to my bloglist. I had previously linked to your blog.

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