The Beer: The Houblonmonstre and the Sinistral Warrior are both bottled and will soon be ready to drink.
The Bicycle: Weather and old age are conspiring to keep me from riding.
The VRWC: It has been the realm of the Left for many years now. The idea that Conservative Republicans are "extremist" and unbending. That it's "the failed policies of the past" that put the United States near to a state of bankruptcy. That it is the Right that has moved to extremism. None of it is true, but we on the Right have allowed the Left to define us.
In fact, it is the Left which has and continues to lurch toward Socialism. There are no more "Conservative Democrats", no "Blue-Dogs". Guys like John F.Kennedy do not exist in the Democrat party.
David Axelrod continues the Big Lie here. It is interesting wording with which the author makes a reference to the French Revolution .
The Democrats continue to call Republicans and especially Conservative Republicans "extreme" and that the GOP wants to starve old people, that there is a "War on Women". That Reagan wasn't ideologically pure enough to win the nomination. All these things are demonstrably false, yet the beat goes on from the Democrats and their MSM mouthpieces.
Why do the Republicans not respond to lies such as those that come from the mouth of Axelrod? I really don't have that answer, but I can tell you this: Republicans have been complicit in the current condition of the country. Over the last 4 years, they have done an acceptable job of holding the line against the worst of Obama's policies, but over the last 50, they have been as Prog, as Big Government as the Democrats. Even when they do disagree with a Big Government policy, they end up "compromising" in the direction of slightly less Bigger Government. The compromise is never in the other direction - toward smaller government. Even Reagan only wanted to slow the growth of government.
We are now at a political tipping point. The takers just about outnumber the makers. There are very few options remaining. Divide the Union between states that wish to restrain government and return to a more capitalistic system and those states which, like California wish to give everything to everyone? A second Civil War between the makers and the takers? I don't not see any other options unless one emerges who becomes the Great Uniter, who can communicate the plight and get the electorate to understand that we must return to a smaller Federal government if we are to survive as a nation. I see no one on the horizon who will fit that description. I shall die lamenting the lost greatness of the "Last, Best Hope".