My reply is in the thread, and reproduced below. Read the thread for context.
Hey, what’s wrong with suspenders and bowties? Although I’m more likely to adjust my cowboy boots. And if you get the Filmer reference, you will know that I’m rather proud of my unwillingness to modernize.
But that said, I’m not unaware of what you are saying. Realistically, the public does not want constitutional sized government at this time. I counseled my fellow Ron Paul supporters on this often. When they would say “we could win if only we could get our message out”, I said “we are doing as well as we are because the people don’t really understand the implications of the message.” I am not naive. I know we are not going to restore the Old Republic any time soon.
My point is how do we ever get back there from here? You have essentially thrown up your hands and settled on a strategy of mitigating the bad. I am temperamentally unable to do that. I am probably temperamentally ill-suited for politics per se. More suited for pontificating and lobbing rhetorical bombs from the sidelines.
So if others have given up on restoring the Constitution and think that mitigating the bad is the best we are going to do, then I’m OK with that. It’s not me, but fine.
But what I really hate is when people who identify themselves as conservatives take up the mantle of the enemy. When they defend the programs they used to denounce. When they act as if the people who are remaining faithful are “extreme” or “wackos” or whatever. This is not realism. This is pandering to the enemy. It is preening. “I’m a conservative, but I’m not one of those conservatives.”
For example, a conservative can accept federal welfare programs as here to stay. They can refuse to joist at that particular windmill. But they can NEVER be OK with them. It is a concession. They most certainly can not defend said program and act aggrieved that anyone would dare say they want to cut it. (The “conservative” who wants to “protect” Social Security.) And most of all, they can not call those who have refused to drift bad names – fringe, extreme, wing-nuts, wacko, etc. etc. etc.