Conservative Rip Van Winkles
Constrain the federal government to its legitimate constitutional functions. Let it empower people, while limiting its reach into their lives. Spend only what is necessary, and tax only to raise revenue for essential government functions. (2008 Republican National Platform)
Above is a promise of the Republican Party to the people of America. It is one of the central tenets that conservatives hang their hats on when supporting a political party. Conservatives believe that this goal of shrinking government to its essential Constitutional functions will be achieved through empowerment of a Republican Party controlled government. Why do conservatives continue in this delusion? What evidence do they have that Republicans will do as they have promised? What continues to give hope to conservatives that they can wean the majority of Americans off their entitlements to get them to join in remaking America? What compels them to believe that the system can be torn down to their ideal levels using the very system itself to accomplish this change?
Do they think that the Tea Party, which in reality isn’t a separate political party – just a slice of Republicanism, much as the Christian Coalition was in its heyday, will wake America up out of their stupor? Come on now, let’s be realistic. The Tea Party will accomplish, if anything, nothing more than pushing the Republican Party farther to the right (as the Christian Coalition did) or split the Party, destroying any long term effectiveness that Republicans might gain. While the Tea Party has a lot of conservative support, they will not maintain the independent and moderate middle. The Tea Party is a lot of flash, but not a lot of substance.
There is no chance of true reform, or of Republicans ever reaching their promised goal of reduced government. While originally the government derived its legitimacy from the people, that is no longer the truth – and hasn’t been since the end of the Civil War in 1865. Yet conservatives don’t want to open their eyes and admit the hard and ugly truth. Government now legitimizes itself and commands the people. It’s not like Republicans haven’t had the chance to implement their vision, they’re just not able to – either by choice or incompetence. Two separate Congresses, the 108th and 109th, were Republican majorities in both the House and Senate. Both had a Republican president sitting in the White House.
So, tell me conservatives how much “reform” occurred? Where in that time did government become more aligned with the values and principles of the United States Constitution? It didn’t and only a deluded voter would have believed it would. Instead we got involved in two wars. While there might be a case for starting a war in Afghanistan, there’s NO justification for the war in Iraq. It was that war in Iraq that has caused the war in Afghanistan to drag on as long as it has. Had the nation not shifted its focus to Iraq and dealt first with Afghanistan we might well have it all over with. Instead our service men and women are still fighting and dying in a war that the United States, just like the old Soviet Union, WILL NOT WIN. But the damn fools in government and throughout the voting public will still insist they can beat the odds and pull off a victory. Sure, when pigs fly maybe. As it stands at this point I don’t have any problem with George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama both being indicted and tried for crimes against humanity by the World Court. They’re so into the global society/world that they should suffer the consequences of the world’s opinions of their actions.
But, to pull our thinking back home to the good old US of A and the many, many, many thousands of voters who refuse to accept reality. These voters – of which you may well be one (not that you’d think so or accept that you are) – will keep electing the same types of representatives to the Congress and to the White House. You will NEVER admit that very few – if any – of the candidate will change anything more than the faces sitting in the different offices in Washington D.C. You will NEVER admit that you do not have the will and courage to tell all 435 members of Congress and the President of the United States that the system of government is so severely broken and must be fixed by making the very hard cuts and sacrifices. Instead you will continue to believe that your precious Republicans, those stalwarts of freedom and liberty (you remember those don’t you?) will save the republic. Instead, in fact they are just as guilty of the theft of your freedom and liberty, just as guilty for driving this nation into a financial crisis, just as guilty for the for the mess this nation has fallen into.
Really though, when you come right down to the brass tacks, you average conservative Republicans can see the truth in what the Democratic liberal progressives are trying to do and you’ll raise hell about it. Yet you won’t admit that in truth you are no more than one of them in “conservative” clothing. How much longer are you going to continue sitting on your arse whining about the lefties and how they’re ruining the country and not admit you’re supporting the same behaviors in the right?
Of course for you to pay any attention to what I’ve said you have to first admit the truth to yourself – and there is where the problem lies! Wake up people and do it NOW!