Whoever he is, a passion for liberty has him on fire these days
“streiff” is one of the front page contributors to the conservative co-op blog, RedState. I have no clue what his real name is. Or anything else about him, for that matter. He’s got several posts up that just make me nod and wish I could get certain other conservative writers to “get it” like he does. Here’s a sampling:
April 21, 2014 In February 2013, Linda and Lou Pelletier brought their daughter, Justina, to Boston Children’s Hospital. She was unable to walk, but, as it has turned out that was the least of her problems. Continue…
Reading streiff’s account made me get back to writing my own post (Justina Pelletier and the Need to Re-Calibrate Power).
April 21, 2014 The recent standoff between the paramilitary wing of the US Bureau of Land Management and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is simply bringing to the surface a long standing controversy between BLM, USDA, and other federal agencies and ranchers and miners in the West. This is not new. It is merely a continuation of the Sagebrush Rebellion that began under the regime of the odious James Earl Carter. As in so many other cases, the root cause of the problem is a federal government that is imperious, overbearing, and has ceased to remember that it exists as a servant of the people, not as their master or jailer. If you live in the Eastern half of the nation you may be scratching your head over why federal land ownership is a big deal. If you live out West you confront the problem every day. Continue…
Right here streiff includes a stunning graphic, showing the immensity of these lands. Looking at it, you realize the enormity of the problem, how threatening to liberty out West. Indeed, all across the U.S.
April 20, 2014 The lesson to be learned from this is that victory takes many shapes and winning, per se, is not the same as victory. Only six months ago, when the GOP refused to roll over for the lawless Obama regime and instead elected to shut down the government for a period of time, most of the left and many of the chestless men on our side proclaimed the GOP dead. From Politico
The Post poll also found Republicans bearing the brunt of Americans’ anger: Only 32 percent, a new low, viewed the GOP favorably, and Americans blamed them for the shutdown over Obama, 53 percent to 29 percent. On Wednesday evening, a CNN/ORC International poll sent more bad news to members of the GOP, giving the party its lowest rating in the poll’s history; 64 percent of respondents hold an unfavorable view of the Republican Party. CNN first asked the question in 1992. The CNN/ORC poll also showed that the Democratic Party’s unfavorability rating remains virtually unchanged since before the shutdown began Oct. 1. Continue…
Yet today the GOP is running ahead of the Democrat party, it will undoubtedly add to its House majority in November and absent heroic effort by Mitch McConnell, Brad Dayspring, and the NRSC, to drag defeat, kicking and screaming, from the jaws of victory it will take control of the Senate. Why this turnabout? Benghazi? The IRS scandal? The refusal of Obama to obey the law? Obamacare? No. None of these wounds, wounds that would have been fatal to any Republican president, have been anything more than gnat bites in the general consciousness. Was in comprehensive immigration reform? Bowing to the proponents of superstition-as-science and going along with the global warming, of the AGW variety, nonsense? The turnabout is due to the base and the nation having seen the House GOP actually fight for something.
I’d have to “excerpt” the whole thing to tell you everything I agree with in streiff’s post, but I have to stop there or the RedState people will yell at me for stealing their stuff.
My own take is that, on a practical level, it doesn’t make any difference whether Obamacare is repealed whole or inch by inch. A hollowed out Obamacare can be shaped into the kind of reform Republicans should have done when they were in the majority and inexplicably didn’t.
I don’t know who this streiff guy is, but he’s on fire.
I like Ramesh Ponnuru’s explanation today of “Reform,” vs “Repeal and Replace” on National Review Online: Dueling R Words (emphasis mine)—
Avik Roy continues his lonely campaign to get conservatives to drop the idea of “repealing and replacing” Obamacare and instead to embrace reforming it. The distinction has always seemed to me to be one of rhetoric rather than substance, the reforms to Obamacare that Roy seeks being so far-reaching as to amount to a replacement of it. And I favor “repeal and replace” over “reform” as a slogan for two reasons. First, it seems to me to do a better job of capturing the fundamental difference between the philosophy underlying the system conservatives should want and the one that liberals do; second, it seems to me politically superior because the rewards of galvanizing opponents of the law exceed those of mollifying supporters and neutrals. (That second judgment is, of course, a contingent one.)
I think Ramesh more fully captures the reasoning than I did.