Tiny takes shelter from the cold autumn air in the little house this morning. Like many Republicans during this wild-and-wooly mid-term election season, Tiny keeps her eye on the real enemy -- in her case, feline intruders in her territory -- letting Democrats wallow in their own self-defeating paranoia.
"I know you're busy. If you're like me, you sometimes wish politics was someone else's responsibility," dissembles Adam Ruben of moveon.org -- who gets paid to play politics, after all -- in a last-ditch email to the Kool-Aid-drinking faithful to hit the phones and get out the vote. As it happens, we're not much like Mr. Ruben, who once again projects the modus operandi of the paranoid left onto us over here on the right side of the aisle:
For years, Republicans have tried to demoralize and defeat us.
Can you say all about you, Adam Ruben? Frankly, my dear, most of us Republicans have been too busy thinking about how to demoralize and defeat your fellow travelers -- the Islamofascists bent on destroying Western Civ -- to worry too much about how good or bad you feel about yourself. We leave navel gazing and self-defeat to you. Ruben continues to fantasize:
But through the Iraq war, through Katrina, through the scandals and the lies, our determination has only increased. We're not beaten down -- we're rising up. This is our week. After six long years, this is the week when we can finally set our country back on its proper course. This week is about proving that progressives are a real force in American politics -- that the issues that we care about are the issues that most Americans care about -- and that Washington has to start paying attention.
The little house is the perfect vantage point for covering one's flank during surveillance exercises for enemy incursions.
While we agree with Dick Armey that if the Republicans lose big time, they bought their ticket by preferring power to principle, we continue to believe -- combining reason [Karl Rove's micro-targeting] and faith [Surely God's plan could not include Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House!] -- that we could still pull this thing off at the last minute. Listen to blogfriend Gayle Miller of And you thought YOU were cranky? in the comments:
The RNC has been blanketing our part of [Ohio] with ads all of a sudden! Interesting strategy. The Dems have been spending obscene amounts of money shreiking all manner of probably-not-true charges at Republican incumbents, almost entirely unanswered and NOW, when they're almost out of money -- here come the Republican ads. Much better production, not shrill, very crisp and to the point and, what's best of all, ubiquitous! And the Dems are short on money [and time] to respond - and of course, they're whining about it!
Then there's that idea we referenced in our previous post about the power of "creative minorities" to get doomed civilizations back on track. Thanks to our sub rosa blogfriend MB of Miss Kelly for reminding us of the source, Jean Duchesne's review of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's [now Pope Benedict XVI] and Marcello Pera's Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam:
The roots that are said to have been lost are the indelible Christian components at the true origin of European history and identity . . .
Cardinal Ratzinger refuses to follow the German thinker Oswald Spengler, who argued that all civilizations are doomed to decline and die. He rather supports the British historian Arnold Toynbee, who claimed that societies are shaped by “creative minorities” who are also capable of renewing them . . .
Christians, and especially Catholics, are expected to recognize themselves as such a “creative minority” today. This amounts to admitting that, at least in Europe, the Church might already have become marginal, while the secularism that is implicit in hedonistic lifestyles is gaining ground in America.
You want a creative minority to save Western Civ? Look no further than Glenn Reynolds's ecumenical "small is the new big" Army of Davids.
Update: Speaking of creative minorities, the catbloggers have done it again. Check out the "scary, mysterious, and spooky" Carnival of the Cats #136 - Halloween 2006 Edition brought to you by Watermark: a poet's notebook.