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Proving once again that divide and conquer is the Dems' A Number One strategy. Here is a post election survey that comes straight from O's campaign website: https (COLON) //my (DOT) barackobama (DOT) com/page/s/supporter-feedback-G-one
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Ever since Dinesh D'souza started talking about uniting traditionalist religions under one political umbrella, I've wondered if there actually was a social conservative party that actually united, say, Othordox Jews, and Conservative Muslims, anywhere in the democratic world.

I do recall a few years ago that some Christian Democrat parties in Europe were rebranding into "Centrist Democrats" in order to attract traditionalist Muslims and Jews, but I'm finding it very difficult to find articles about whatever progress they are making.

Does anybody have any fresh news regarding these efforts?
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Gosh, if these botched gun operations keep popping up, I'm going to start suspecting they're intentional...

Have you heard about this one? In this latest gun-walking scandal, BAFTE was caught recruiting "borderline retarded" men- their words- to operate shady pawn shops that illegally put guns into America's inner cities, in order to accomplish peace and unicorns, by underpants gnome logic.

BAFTE agents paid young men with IQs under 70 with cash, tattoos, friendship, and so on to operate stores in school zones. The agents attracted kids with free video games and other things you'd expect of pedos. Muckrakers across the country have compiled lots of disturbing little anecdotes.

As of today, Eric Holder still has his job, while Sharyl Attkisson is unemployed.
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We are all familiar with the abuses of the American Executive, but I think there's a denial even among us "radicals" about how institionally entrenched the abuses are. Even with a a successful impeachment, nevermind Trey Gowdy's bill on all other remedies, there's far too much precedent for the American President to usurp any power he wants to little resistance.

In 509 B.C., the Roman Kingdom ended, replaced with the Roman Republic. It survived roughly four centuries before falling into constant civil war, and, eventually, the rise of Caeser and the Roman Empire.

Centuries of a golden age republic sounds pretty good to me. It was a wealthy and powerful republic. The Englightenment Age thinkers that founded the United States admired this republic greatly. This is most obvious in the Articles of Conferation, which didn't create a co-equal executive branch at all.

And I think the presidency sucks enough to restore a republic-sans executive. We could let the worst president be the last one. Lets abolish the presidency, and start talking about elections, plural, matter again. We should have all accepted that the Old Republic was up once folks started talking about "the election", in the singular.
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I'd surely thought of it before, but one day I caught a lecture from Donald Kagan at Yale about the collapse of Mycenaean Greek culture, and it occured to me how many civilizations operating with a "palace economy" completely vanished.

The Mycenaeans were the proto-Greeks that left behind the oral traditions attributed to Homer, as they experenced a downfall and long winter known as the Greek Dark Ages. Minoans, Hittites, and various other seemingly gloriously rich palace economies likewise vanished into dark ages just as bleak, so the point that we're still only now piecing together what their worlds were like.

The ruin of palace economies of the Late Bronze Age is so complete that it's puzzling that modern pundits and other thinkers are stuck on Rome as our parallel. Rome, after all, left behind quite a lot. We never lost Latin. The eastern half of the Empire survived to 1454. Roman weights, measures, literature, and customs survived, as did the city itself, and the Bishop of Rome is still arguably the most powerful religious figure in the world.

The Roman collapse hardly seems to be the one worth fearing, considering how much passed on. No, if there are forebears worth serving as a warning, they are the ancients opperating a Palace Economy.

And a Palace Economy, vaguely put, is a system where wealth passes through the palace, and is redistributed back to the people. It appears that this system is the most intuitive for masses of people to collect under, but it inevitably collapses spectacularly every time it is tried. It is the ultimate boom-bust machine, tried repetitively through the eons.

Do we more resemble the Palace Economy than we do Classical Rome? Are we approaching the end of the cycle?
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Upon my last look at party affiliation nationwide, Democrats still enjoyed a slight advantage over Republicans, though Independants were the largest group of all. This means the Democratic primary will likely include more voters, and yet, under normal circumstances, there's never anyone remotely conservative running in the primary.

Without a "credible" primary challenge to Obama in 2012, 41% of West Virginia primary voters selected Keith Judd, a prisoner serving an extortion sentence in Texas. Judd's near-win wasn't the only indication that registered Democrats disagree with their party. In Oklahoma, Randall Terry defeated Obama in 12 different counties (the state has 77), with 18% of the vote.

Arguably, a credible Blue Dog could have won these two primaries against an incumbent president. As Hillary Clinton's ties to the (increasingly unpopular) incumbent administration are undeniable, we're once again faced with a scenario where many states populated by registered Democrats will be unhappy with their national party's favorite. By 2016, support for Obama could hemmorage to the point that someone as unserious as Mr Judd could outright beat Clinton throughout "Coal Country", and gain substantial protest votes in the Rustbelt, Sunbelt, and Heartland.

I propose riding this wave by drafting a credible Blue Dog now, one that rejected the Obama Administration from the start. There were two house democrats that refused to endorse Obama in 2008; Dan Boren of Oklahoma (district 2), and Heath Schuler of North Carolina (district 1). Schuler went the extra step of endorsing McCain and mounting a symbolic challenge to Nancy Pelosi for the Speakership. Dan Boren is actually a cousin of Jana Ryan, spouse of Romney's running mate, and heaped praise upon Paul Ryan during the 2012 election.

In 2011, National Journal ranked Dan Boren as the Democrat closest to the ideological center, with a composite conservative rating only seven points behind his liberal rating. This is more liberal than any Republican that year, but just barely. Boren's lifetime American Conservative Union score ranks less than a percent below 50%, making him an authentic centrist. Boren is a Lifetime NRA member, solidly pro-life, and voted against the Affordable Care Act and Dodd/Frank.

With small trickles of support starting now, I think a Draft campaign could make a wave in 2016. I'm not asking you to abandon the GOP or a third party, I'm just asking you to hedge, to put a little bit behind a relatively conservative choice.
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Dear Mr. President: After reading your letter sent to me, I concur something needs to happen in Syria!
While none of the options seem good in Syria? It may be necessary for “boots on the ground,” Mr. President… I would volunteer to be your boot on the ground if, I was properly armed and equipped. I would like the Intel of the areas that Syria is suspected of having chemical bombs, then I would call the Army or Navy’s “helio groups” in, to retrieve chemical bombs after, I clear insurgents!

I took the Navy’s Seals test in 1985 and was held back from becoming a Navy Seal. I’m still very capable of accomplishing a mission, sir. This is my proposal Mr. President. Maybe we could drop the “Congress off in Syria” as distraction while, I capture base’s with chemical war heads? I could not believe the amount of cowards in America? What has this country become… Was Assad’s son right, when he said “America is nothing more than cowards hiding behind technology?”

Mr. President; if we have to trust the Russian’s, the man that was behind the “Berlin wall” in East Germany! I just assume we don’t have a plan at all. Just a plan of betrayal in the mist…!

I would prefer to act on this Syria conflict, the media on this subject just seems to be going on and on ever since Aug 21st. And I can see and end result of years going by with, just empty promises and nothing accomplished, sir! If these 400 kids in Syria need to be championed, let it be me. Give this option a thought, Mr. President! I’m serious to do something to bring Assad to justice and the removal of chemical weapons!

Equip list: 1. Light bullet proof vest, Chemical suit, MP-5 sub machine gun with silencer, Automatic grenade Launcher just to name a few..

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Anglosphere, take note, this is what happens when the center-right coalition in a developed country opposes (more, more, even more) big bailout programs. Exit polls had CDU clearing an absolute majority, but it looks like the ballots are a tad short of that projection. Anyway, Angie and CDU are in a stronger position than before. I wonder how it would have gone had she told the Greeks to take a hike in the first place.

So, the recent wave of center-right victories continues, and in this case, we see that it isn't a case of anti-establishment sentiment, but that voters really wanted a right-leaning government.

Interesting tidbit from a FOX writeup: Germany apparently doesn't have a national minimum wage. Also of interest, an anti-euro party eating into the support of a free market party.
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I agree with the top comment, this video needs to go viral!
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Labour is getting aborted worldwide, guys. "Iron Erma" and the Conservative Party won in Norway yesterday, as we discussed in comments, and late in the night, confirmation came in from Colorado. Norway's big issues were immigration, like in Australia, and also the welcome problem of how to spend a ballooning oil revenue surplus that's built in the public trust. Same kind of issue Alaska and North Dakota have to deal with.

You guys know the Colorado recall issue. Remember the Magpul!

I'd wondered if the backlashes we've been promised would actually occur. I apologize for not having a timely update on Japan's elections a while ago. Can you guess which side of the political spectrum rallied to a win?
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From the coalition invasion of Iraq, to the current Syrian consideration, I've seen the center-right coalition here in the USA attempt to reposition philosophically  away from the camp headed by Dick Cheney, backed by The Weekly Standard, and often labelled as "Neoconservatism" (the appellation's accuracy is often debated).

A great many of these center-right folks thought the Cold War was just, like Ike, and think "Islamism" is a political/religious doctrine worth resisting. While no fans of the Bush-Cheney Crusades, they are also not a natural fit into the resurgent "Paleoconservative" wing once headed by Robert Taft, Pat Buchanan, and Ron Paul.

Recently, Senator Cruz spoke vaguely of a third path, putting himself somewhere between Governor Christie and Senator Rand Paul. I think Senator Rubio said something similar.

I'd like to suggest to the Cruz wing that their compromise position exists as a pre-existing doctrine. Charles de Gaulle actually outlined a national doctrine that fits many of the points being expressed. Charles De Gaulle stood for national greatness, without being a Neoconservative. He pulled out of NATO, rather than become subservient to an international coalition. He insisted on keeping an independent nuclear deterrent, nuclear power, "boomer" submarines, an aircraft carrier, and a fig leaf of an empire intact. The minimum it takes to maintain respect as a national power.

Charles de Gaulle, in maintaining independent of coalitions, would fail Kerry's "global test" without becoming George Bush (or the John Kerry of today). He believed in national sovereignty at his core, the major point that the neos and paleos agree, and the internationalists- largely on the American left, disagree.

Properly articulated, a Gaullist doctrine should be one that partisans of the Cheney and Paul camps could both tolerate, and perhaps a plurality of the center-right even agrees to. As Cruz momentarily maintains his grassroots popularity, that's my hunch. Does his doctrine seem aligned to the national mood to you?
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This community on conservatism is very US-centric, but the political philosophy applies everywhere, and there are elections elsewhere. And sometimes, when you look elsewhere, you can see repudiation of the lie that America, even with Obama, is absurdly far-right of the rest of the world.

Way down south, where the toilets flow the opposite way, the seasons are reversed, and sticks fly back to you, the conservative party is called the Liberal Party, and they just won. Moreover, the Labour Party vote attracted the lowest support in about a century. Moreover still, Tony Abbott isn't the David Cameron sort of right-winger that lefties insist are the only winners outside America. He and the Liberal Party ran explicitly against the carbon tax, and against "illegal boats", showing that in Australia, one can courageously call a boat illegal, pledge to stop boats that lack documentation, and win a national election.

I don't know Mr Abbott's character, but it sure looks like he ran as a candidate as "extreme" as Nigel Farage, and found majority support. Now we get to see how he and his party govern.
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Finally, someone is starting to wake up to the fact that these people are alive and still among us. What a shame Russia and China don't go after their millions of even-worse-than-Nazi Communist monsters. - http://www.worldcrunch.com/world-affairs/cold-war-reckoning-tracking-down-romania-039-s-communist-torturers/romania-communism-torture-prison-ceausescu/c1s13148/
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Tomorrow, Monday, August 19th, according to WSB radio in the Georgia without a South Ossetia carved out of it, Boortz will be subbing for the Hermanator. Mr Cain himself plans to go on a brief speaking tour. He'll speak at Yale early in September.

To round up all the talk radio retirements this year and last, Boortz retired, replaced by Cain. G. Gordon Liddy retired, replaced by Peter Schiff. Milt Rosenberg was sacked at WGN in December, but recently began podcasting. Lou Dobbs ended his long-form radio show, but now does short-form for Salem Radio. Other big moves were mostly just big hosts changing syndicators, and then there's the big Cumulus shift ongoing.
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Via Gerri Willis at Fox Business, I just learned that Colorado's pre-paid college plan collapsed. (link to Associated Press article)

Their tuition fund is scheduled to close in November, and refund the principle on the parents' investments, so I guess this will be less catastrophic than other collapses happening now, but it is still a devastating fraud Colorado pulled on these parents. These plans were guaranteed, folks. They weren't investments. They paid for college! These parents paid the full college tuition a long time ago, so that they didn't have to pay the expected tuition rate-hikes of the future. If Colorado's literature was anything like the Texas prepaid plan (which I read once, maybe a year ago), there's no hint that that a fund that could fail is being funded.

Says Angela Baier, who manages Colorado's CollegeInvest fund: “We’re trying to be good stewards of this. It was a nice idea that just isn’t financially viable.”

You call yourself a a good steward? Some nerve.
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In the years prior to the French Revolution, playwright Pierre de Beaumarchais penned an indictment of royalty and the nobility (Beaumarchais in real life actually bought his noble title), The Marriage of Figaro. In the play, Figaro resists a barbaric noble practice of reserving the first night with a serf's new bride. Whether a real noble privilege or folklore, it was a revolting enough plot device to set up a searing attack on the whole system of the regime:

  • Because you are a great nobleman you think you are a great genius ... Nobility, fortune, rank, position! How proud they make a man feel! What have you done to deserve such advantages? Put yourself to the trouble of being born — nothing more! For the rest — a very ordinary man! Whereas I, lost among the obscure crowd, have had to deploy more knowledge, more calculation and skill merely to survive than has sufficed to rule all the provinces of Spain for a century. Yet you would measure yourself against me ...


The play was banned in France, but it became fashionable to hold readings in salons and such. The royal system would have only about a dozen years left. That line about nobles simply troubling themselves to be born encapsulates the so perfectly. Beaumarchais, I understand, died penniless, but victorious.
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You're watching One America News Network's live stream. - One America News Video

Remember that 24 hour cable news channel the Washington Times was working on? I'm streaming it live online right now. My stream test is going pretty well so far. I needed a Microsoft Silverlight installation, then it started going. This moment, all the talking heads sound like they're underwater, but it is running.

As I started, I became their stream's 71st viewer. The blue link above is the product of their "share on Livejournal" button. A show called The Daily Ledger is currently airing. It doesn't look like it's been online very long. I visited the website yesterday, and didn't see the livestream.
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Well according to most economists recently, yes, the Chinese economy is about to crash, George Friedman wrote in his recent article " Has The Chinese Growth Miracle Hit A Wall?: George Friedman "

The mainstream debate on China has shifted from forecasts of how quickly China will overtake the United States to considerations of what the consequences of a Chinese crash would be. Following weeks of financial drama and weak economic data, the signs are now unmistakable: China is in big trouble, and the problems in its economy are deeper and even more fundamental than previously thought.

and Paul Krugman wrote in his Hitting China’s Wall

the signs are now unmistakable: China is in big trouble. We’re not talking about some minor setback along the way, but something more fundamental. The country’s whole way of doing business, the economic system that has driven three decades of incredible growth, has reached its limits. You could say that the Chinese model is about to hit its Great Wall, and the only question now is just how bad the crash will be.

How true is all that? What are these claims based on? I read further through and I found that according to these economists, the problem lays within the method with which the huge Chinese GDP growth was achieved in the last decades.

1- The Chinese GDP is unbalanced and heavily based on investment rather than a balance between consumption and investment. Which means that the growth is based on investing in new businesses, new factories, new corporations which is mostly owned by the government.

2- The consumption is low because most of the Chinese population can't afford to buy the products produced by the factories they work in. Another problem is that the high profit margin encouraging foreign companies in producing their products in China was cheap labor, but as the GDP per capita in China is increasing, the attractiveness of the Chinese labor market is fading away.

3- Finally, the reason why the GDP will face further slow down is that Europe's and America's consumption has decreased due to the recent economic crisis (which still persists in the eurozone), the only way for China to pick up its GDP growth caused by the decreased exports to the international market is to increase its local consumption. But, unfortunately for China this is not possible because the majority of the Chinese population is incapable of making the transition to a high consumption lifestyle.

Do you believe that what the economists are predicting is true? is China really in trouble?
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I have proof. Back in '07 the libs showed this article thinking it would make him more conservative: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1648384,00.html
Instead, it made him liberal. The drug reduces judgement. Two best parts
1. It shows that liberalism is really a lack of judgement.
2. Funny thing, really. The media hasn't shown anything like this since he decided in favor of Obamacare! Hmmmm…

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Cigarette Smoking Man would be so proud of this administration...
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Jihadists *behead* a British *soldier* in *public* on a London *street*. Thus must end. One of them says on video: "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day," he said in a video clip that was shown on the ITV website. "This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. - "I apologize that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same," the killer continued. "You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don't care about you." - Witnesses said the attackers shouted "Allahu Akbar," - British Prime Minister David Cameron, who cut short a visit to Paris, condemned the killing as "truly shocking," and said there are "strong indications" that the attack was terror-related. He asked Home Secretary Theresa May to call an urgent meeting of the government's emergency committee.

- http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/05/22/man-killed-in-reported-machete-attack-in-london/
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"We're getting the big stories wrong, over and over again."
-Scott Pelley, CBS News anchor, on the state of journalism
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To those concerned with conservatism within Britannia, this is a promising day.

Tweets @Nigel_Farage 14h::

  • 77 seats and 25.5% of the vote. A victory for common sense policies and power to local people.

The UKIP, for those that don't follow UK politics, had previously only gained footholds by winning European Parliament seats, running on a simple platform of being completely opposed to European integration. In this local campaign, Farage and the party pledged to stop sending bucks to Brussels. I wish they'd actually used that as a slogan: "No bucks to  Brussels."

Regarding contemporary Britannia in general, I have one statement, and one question.

Statement: Apologies for not posting a Maggie Thatcher obit.

Question: Does anyone have an opinion regarding the Scotland Independence Referendum?
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Hello,

You've no doubt heard a lot of unhelpful talk from politicos concerning the Boston Marathon bombings, so I thought it might be remotely helpful to point out that the British had to deal with bombs placed in "rubbish bins", as Brits call them, during the end of what they called the Irish Troubles.

The Irish Republican Army, realizing a man could deposit a large package in a disposal bin draws no suspicion, began depositing their own bombs this way. After this became an IRA standard practice, the British by removing many bins, or by placing bomb-proof bins in some places. When London won their Olympic bid, even better bins started making their way into places like their tube system.

I have no knowledge of the bins used in Boston, but if they're upgradable, that's one upgrade that could have protected some of the crowd from the blast and shrapnel. While we're at it, moving those big blue public mailboxes a few paces away from crowded areas might save some lives, as well.
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“Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”
-Henry Chao, dude overseeing the O-Care exchanges

Also in the news, Jesus-stomping. The professor responsible? Yeah, it figures, is Vice Chair of the Palm Beach County Democrats. Which brings us to tonight's poll question.

Poll #1903721 Who Is The More Sane Leader?

Who Made A Better Head-of-State?

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Caligula
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Ieng Sary, who co-founded Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge movement in 1970s, was its public face abroad and decades later became one of its few leaders to be put on trial for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people, died Thursday morning. He was 87.
His death, however, came before any verdict was reached in his case, dashing hopes among survivors and court prosecutors that he would ever be punished for his alleged war crimes stemming from the darkest chapter in the country's history.

- http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/13/17303769-khmer-rouges-ieng-sary-dies-during-cambodia-trial

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A little seven year old boy was abused by a coven of mind rotted liberals at a Government indoctrination center/elementary school in Maryland, where he is required to attend by law. Josh said the idiot teacher became visibly upset when he noticed the pastry Josh was eating appeared to have become shaped like a gun. Josh was suspended for two days. To add insult to injury a letter was sent home with students explaining that "a student used food to make an inappropriate gesture," None of the government workers have been fired or incarcerated for their abusive and insolent behavior toward the citizen at this time.


Here's an article from Breitbart about the incident. I post there under the user name MyFootYourButt

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/03/02/7-Year-Old-Boy-suspended-for-shaping-pastry-into-gun

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The Marxinomicon.

It is becoming increasingly clear to me
that science is becoming a priesthood with a creed. If you are going
to pursue a career in science you have to be very very cautious not
to embrace a heresy. There's all sorts of things we know are not
true, but unless you embrace these things you will find yourself
career limited. Things that are not really empirically validated but
offer the appearance of it, abound. Up until the middle of last
century science relied heavily on empirical validation but in recent
politics, it's a whole different world. “As we now knowism” rules
the day. Unless you realize that it's now a priesthood or religion,
with it's own boundaries of behavior and beliefs, you won't be able
to properly grasp what you're observing. There's a big difference
between a true scientist and those who call themselves scientists who
spend their time fighting the politics of peer reviewed journals and
participating in other developing 'good old boy' filters such as
vying for pavlovian funding in order to rise in the priesthood. A
particular pseudo science I find very distressing is psychiatry. A
field where many of the sickest and most confused among us become
what amounts to self appointed sorcerers diagnosing people out of a
book of disorders agreed upon by committee, predicated on their own
twisted opinions about how people OUGHT to be, based on their own
electrochemically, serotonin re-uptake inhibited 'trip' through an
ideologically warped, self congratulatory academic seminary. When
you're a hammer everything looks like a nail. When you're a
psychiatrist everything looks like a diagnosis. I'm waiting for the
day that, as a result of pavlovian funding, they will vote to include
scientific heretics in their great book of disorders. The
Marxinomicon.

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Modern hacks that argue how modern American conservatives are in whole alien from the early Republican Party would be unable to explain away certain passages in this nomination speech given at the 1876 convention.

Ingersoll seems to be a mostly forgotten name today, but I've seen many sources that insist that he was the second-most popular lecturer in his time, after Mark Twain. At the '76 convention, he was speaking in favor of Maine's James G. Blaine, a man the contemporary press regarded as the favorite. In his career, Blaine was House Speaker, a Secretary of State, and the 1884 GOP nominee. In '76, an ant-Blaine coalition coalesced behind Rutherford B. Hayes just barely enough to prevent his nomination.

Ingersoll's speech seems very modern to my ear. These two paragraph's especially sound like they could have been penned for a speech by a contemporary conservative lecturer:

They demand a man who will sacredly preserve the financial honor of the United States—one who knows enough to know that the national debt must be paid through the prosperity of this people. One who knows enough to know that all the financial theories in the world can not redeem a single dollar. One who knows enough to know that all the money must be made, not by law, but by labor. One who knows enough to know that the people of the United States have the industry to make the money and the honor to pay it over just as fast as they make it.  4
 The Republicans of the United States demand a man who knows that prosperity and resumption, when they come, must come together. When they come they will come hand in hand through the golden harvest fields; hand in hand by the whirling spindle and the turning wheel; hand in hand past the open furnace doors; hand in hand by the flaming forges; hand in hand by the chimneys filled with eager fire by the hands of the countless sons of toil. This money has got to be dug out of the earth. You can not make it by passing resolutions in a political meeting.

That bolded passage could have been uttered in Senator Paul's Tea Party rebuttal, and wouldn't have sounded terribly strange from the moistened lips of Senator Rubio. I didn't see an idea that sounded foreign to the modern GOP.  Do have a look at the whole speech.