Are Republicans really the answer?
With the election of a Republican to fill the unexpired term of Democrat Teddy Kennedy in Massachusetts, the entire political landscape of America seemed to shake. The Democrat Party is crumbling; Barack Hussein Obama’s socialist revolution is slowly shattering the fragile Democratic coalition and making the party increasingly unpopular with voters who perceive they are being totally ignored.
Fearing humiliation at the polls come November several prominent Democrats – Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota just to name two – have announced they will not seek reelection.
Public opinion is turning against the Democrat’s legislative agenda. The bailouts, the attempted government takeover of our health care system, imposing the cap and trade tax scheme in the name of battling the global warming hoax, hoping to end the secret ballot in the organization of labor unions and granting amnesty to illegal aliens – these policies will permanently and radically transform America. Obama is on the verge of pulling off a cultural revolution.
Conservatives are the last line of defense; the last and best hope. The burgeoning "tea party" movement, so maligned by liberal Democrats, represents resurgent traditionalist forces.
It is more than a call for limited government and fiscal sanity; it’s an embryonic nationalist-populist coalition that threatens the corrupt Beltway establishment. The patriotic right fully understands we are slowly, relentlessly losing our country and the "tea party" is the response.
Yet, is the Republican Party the most effective vehicle to spearhead the conservative counterrevolution? Many on the right believe electing Republicans will stem the growth of statism, but as a life-long Republican I hate to say I’m not so sure.
Just look at Republicans like Susan Collins, Olympia Snow, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham and you’ll understand my reluctance.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said the GOP has changed. The party of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan is supposedly returning to its conservative roots and Steele vows that the last eight years of political exile has chastised and humbled Republicans, teaching them the foolishness of their spendthrift ways.
As a conservative I believe in the old adage: Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. So, Republican Party put your money where your mouth is because it will take more than a mea culpa from Michael Steele to buy this conservative’s allegiance.
Just look at the presidency of George W. Bush. He’s a man of undoubtedly splendid character, and very likeable. Yet, he inherited a surplus of $127 billion and left office with a deficit of around $1.2 trillion. He federalized education, stewarded passage of a costly prescription drug program for seniors, attempted to grant citizenship to millions of illegal aliens, passed expensive economic stimulus packages, and supported the bailout of Wall Street, delinquent homeowners and the auto industry. In short, Bush paved the way for the victory of Big Government.
The "tea party" movement should demand the Republican Party define a detailed platform for the 2010 elections that specifically promises to repeal Obama’s policies stem to stern and undo socialist policies currently in place. Obamacare must be rescinded immediately and the elections turned into a referendum on government-run health care. Taxes must be slashed; government spending must be reined in with sweeping cuts across the board. Pass a balanced budget every year – no exceptions. No earmarks.
Eliminate the Education Department. Roll back labor unions, pass real tort reform, rein in the EPA’s unbridled regulatory power, scuttle unfair trade agreements, build a security wall all along our porous southern border in less than a year, make English the official language and ditch bilingualism.
Republicans are poised for major gains this year but electing Republican politicians is not necessarily the answer and is not the same thing as ending the march of big government liberalism.
The Republican Party arose from the ashes of the old Whig Party.
Today the issues are socialism and sovereignty and Republicans have become part of the problem in the past.
They need to be part of the solution. Otherwise the angry winds that blew the Whigs into obscurity will do the same for the Republican Party.
The grassroots has never been the problem, but when some politicians gain either state or national prominence their brains seem to turn to mush and their direction lurches leftward in an ill-advised desire for consensus, inclusion and bi-partisanship. Conservatives always get rolled in bi-partisanship.
If Republicans let us down again perhaps the "tea party" folks can lead the way to a resurgent conservatism and a new political party. I’m awaiting the results.