Tea Party ‘extremist’ Mourdock ousts ‘moderate’ Lugar

May 9, 2012

Dick Lugar was anything BUT a conservative

One narrative coming out of Indiana this morning is that “moderate Republican” Dick Lugar was taken down yesterday by Tea Party “extremist” Richard Mourdock.

If you get your information from the “established” network media, that will be the extent of your information on the subject.

If your mind runs on independent thought and getting beyond the “here’s what we want you to hear” you’ll find a more detailed narrative.

A narrative that includes Dick Lugar is 80 years old, has been in the Senate for almost 36 years and didn’t even bother to own a home in Indiana anymore.

If you’re a Hoosier worried about the direction of this country Dick Lugar isn’t one you’d place much faith in to get it changed. Perhaps no other elected politician today more exemplified the term “out of touch, Washington insider”.

For almost as long as Lugar held office, the status quo in Congress was to “go along to get along”. Oh sure, there were a few dust ups along the way, but overall “compromise” ruled the day and “bi-partisan” cocktail parties ruled the night.

That was all fine and dandy until the national debt became larger than our entire GDP.

Deficits were ignored until they contributed to the first downgrade ever in America’s AAA credit rating.

No one really worried much about the “hi, I’m from the government and I’m here to help” until that government began mandating private party purchases, telling us what to eat, shutting down power plants, and intruding further and further into every aspect of our lives.

In November, 2010 the Washington ruling class got the first warning that their power was not yet as absolute as they had thought. Mourdock’s garnering of over 60 percent of the vote yesterday is but a continuation of that thought.

Because Richard Mourdock stands against the bureaucratic monster feeding off our freedoms and devouring the country he will be labeled an “extremist” by the left and those who’s personal and political power depend upon maintaining the status quo.

Mourdock may or may not win in November but win or lose he will be in good company.

For it was another group of “extremists” over 200 years ago who had the same idea about government, freedom and liberty.

First they held a Tea Party in Boston, then they drafted a “declaration” in Philadelphia, after that they took on the greatest military power in the world, and finally after all those “extreme” actions, wrote a Constitution limiting federal power and forged a nation like no other in human history.

Now that’s “extremism” every American should be proud of.

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3 Responses to Tea Party ‘extremist’ Mourdock ousts ‘moderate’ Lugar

  1. John on May 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Lugar needed to go no matter what. 80 years old?
    What we really need is mandatory retirement age up there.

  2. anson burlingame on May 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    The only thing that I really knew about Lugar was that he was probably the best GOP voice on foreign policy issues for a long time, a very long time. Go back a long ways and recall Sam Nunn and Lugar teaming up with some pretty good ideas on foreign affairs.

    Has Lugar “lost it” due to ago? I have not idea. But I also suspect that he has gone with GOP party directions regarding domestic policies these last few years. A maverick, he was not.

    The GOP lost a clam, quiet voice in the Senate in my view. To me that is bad, assuming that Lugar still had it all together due to age. We certainly did not need another Strom Thurmond, age wise.


  3. Geoff Caldwell on May 10, 2012 at 5:46 am

    I completely agree with the foreign policy issues. He was the Republican “Lion” of the Senate on that.
    But I have to agree with John regarding it was time for him to go. He’d already been there SIX terms and 80 years old. I don’t care if he does or doesn’t still have it all “together”, it is the antithesis of the Founder’s intent to have professional politicians serving an entire lifetime on the public dole.
    And you don’t have to take my word for it, we’ve got 15 trillion reasons and counting against the concept of professional politicians from either party.


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