Stop Taking The Bait

26 May

stop taking the bait

Don’t take the bait. Why is this so hard for people like Tom Ridge, Michael Steele, and Colin Powell to understand? Members of the media want to put forward the idea, at the behest of Democratic operatives, that Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party. They do this in order to pressure Republicans into criticizing and distancing themselves from Rush. The left knows this will lead to internal conflict, within the Republican Party, and that is their chief design. Sadly, many would-be Republican leaders have taken the bait. They’ve responded to questions about Limbaugh by attacking what he says and how he delivers his opinions. This in turn provokes Rush and he responds with his own attacks. The resulting back and forth divides the Republican Party upon ideological lines. So who benefits from this manufactured discord?

Rush, and cable news stations, benefit with an increase in ratings. The print media also likely benefits, though nothing can stop their steady decline. The would-be leaders, who criticize Rush, benefit with glowing media portrayals of their leadership. Most of all the Democratic Party benefits by having the opposition, and the media, distracted while they push through their agenda. So who loses in this fight started by Democrats?

Those who support free markets and balanced budgets lose. Voters who are opposed to pork barrel politics and massive tax increases, that will result from Cap & Trade legislation, are the victims of this manufactured conflict. Those who are tired of people in Washington D.C. dictating every aspect of their lives lose. And millions of unemployed Americans certainly aren’t benefiting. So what is the answer?

Stop taking the bait. When individuals in the media attempt to create division, deny them the chance. If you are asked about Rush Limbaugh, respond by discussing policies that you would champion if you were elected. If they persist, ask them why, when this nation is facing record deficits and conducting two wars, are they asking you about Rush Limbaugh. Ask them why they aren’t talking about issues that impact the American people. Ask them why they aren’t talking about the failure of Barack Obama’s stimulus bill and the unprecedented expansion of the Federal Government’s power. Ask them why they aren’t talking about serious issues during such serious times. Ask them if they got into the field of journalism so that they could be no better than “reporters” at gossip magazines.

The Republican Party has to decide its future, but sniping at one another through dying newspapers is not the place for that debate. Stop taking the bait and attacking members of your own party. Stop using the Republican Party as an excuse to attack people you have a grudge against. Stop hurting the people that make up the Republican Party and start listening to them. There are issues that unite Republicans and Independents. There are issues that unite Republicans and Libertarians. Start listening to the American people at the grassroots. They will tell you exactly how to regain their trust and support. All a would-be leader has to do is shut up and listen.


10 Responses to “Stop Taking The Bait”

  1. futiledemocracy May 26, 2009 at 4:15 AM #

    The Republican Party?
    Ah yes, I remember them, they’re that party from the old days.

  2. Xian Do May 26, 2009 at 4:41 AM #

    Great final product, Sir!
    I especially like the linky-things scattered throughout your well-written blog. Very ginchy!

    And I see that you already have a troll, too!
    Perfect example to show how the Left is either incapable or unwilling to actually discuss or debate the salient issues.
    No…it’s much easier to taunt, mock, and ridicule your enemy.

    A perfect example of how pathetic is is to allow pompous dumb-asses like that to control the argument.

    • stickeenotes May 26, 2009 at 5:01 AM #

      Thank you, Sir. I greatly appreciated your advice concerning this piece. I don’t take such shots personally. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I simply disagree. The Republican Party still has a role in the future of this nation and I hope to be a part of it in some small way.

    • John May 7, 2012 at 11:01 PM #

      Xian Do: No…it’s much easier to taunt, mock, and ridicule your enemy.

      Then Xian Do wrote: A perfect example of how pathetic is is to allow pompous dumb-asses like that to control the argument.


  3. Sweet May 26, 2009 at 7:46 AM #

    The tactic of bullies is to deflect from their own problems by focusing on the weaknesses of others.

    Great piece, Stickeeman!

  4. domesticdame May 26, 2009 at 10:10 AM #

    Great work as always Stickee!

  5. thiscantwaite May 26, 2009 at 12:53 PM #

    We need to be focused on finding a real leader. I’m thinking Madame Speaker Liz Cheney sounds good. That could take awhile though.

  6. Pow May 26, 2009 at 3:38 PM #

    Tremendous work, Mister Stickee.

    Let them fight it out behind closed doors the way it used to be. I know in the days of the 24 hour news cycle everyone wants their face time, but frankly it does nothing but get people thinking the party is falling apart. It’s not. An election was lost. In 94 after only 2 years of control the Dems lost their majorities running on the Contract With America. Who will lead the charge this time while these people battle it out on news shows?

  7. stickeenotes May 27, 2009 at 4:03 AM #

    Thank you all for the comments. There is a great article here in American Spectator that addresses Powell and how this is a fight that has repeated itself. It includes a greate quote from the late Jack Kemp,

    “The sad truth is that for too long Republicans beat a mental retreat from leadership….After Barry Goldwater went down to defeat as the Republican presidential nominee in 1964, the ‘moderates’ and ‘progressives’ in the party stepped forward with a host of ideas on how to rebuild the party.…it seemed to me that the Republicans were giving in to the idea that what the voters wanted from the Republicans was not more competition but less…Republicans would try to be more like Democrats, which meant more spending, more taxes, more government standing between the individual and the American Dream. …”

  8. Steven333 May 27, 2009 at 6:02 PM #

    Very good blog sir and I agree completely. It is (not so) funny to me that the Left being so fixated on media handlers, focus groups and image would naturally assume that the biggest media icon of the Conservatives must be their leader.

    They assume that their opposition is as empty as they are and look for any opportunity to pull back the proverbial curtain to (try to) show there is really no one there.

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