Republicans spent the last eight years trying to do the “smart” thing, by buying out the Democratic agenda. It was “smart” to “take Medicare off the table” by expanding it in ways so vast even Democrats hadn’t gotten away with it in 40 years. It was considered “smart” to “take immigration off the table” by forging a grand alliance with Ted Kennedy. It was considered “smart” to “take education off the What’s left of the conservative/libertarian movement in Congress, for the first time in a decade, showed us the way by standing on principle against the pork package a couple of weeks ago. Every Republican member of the House, plus seven Blue Dog Democrats, voted against the thing. Only the misguided yea votes of three liberal Republican senators allowed passage. Had Olympia Snow, Susan Collins, and Arlen Specter gone the other way, the Obama administration would have been virtually DOA.
But there are things we can do. They might not be smart, but they’re sure as hell right.table” by federalizing it under No Child Left Behind.
Well, we’ve tried the smart thing and all it got us was a bigger, more meddlesome government. Now it’s time to do the right thing.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Here's a funny, but also deadly serious suggestion for the GOP to get out of its funk: My Fellow Conservatives, Let’s Be Bad Guys!
I have another suggestion; stop picking on Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. These are two of our brightest lights, and yet many feel compelled to apologize for them for no better reason than MSNBC demands that we do so. Screw that. When was the last time you heard a Democrat apologize for Michael Moore being an ass, or for Nancy Pelosi being a moron (the approximate formulations the Dems view Rush and Gov. Palin)? I believe the answer is "Never."
The GOP has long been America's Daddy Party. This has gotten it tagged with a lot of insults over the years: isolationist, plutocrats, war mongers, fascists, etc. But, America needs someone in gov't who can not only say no to gov't spending, but can do so in a stalwart manner. Obsessing over the details of trillion dollar "stimulus" proposals won't cut it. The last national figure who effectively critiqued America's budget practices was Ross Freakin' Perot. That should be an embarrassment to all fiscal conservatives.
Rush, Tom Coburn, Ann Coulter, Ron Freakin' Paul and Gov. Palin are among the few who are showing the way on how to communicate this, but these are the people whom we are told we must apologize. Maybe we are being told this because the powers that be in the welfare state know how dangerous they are to their philosophy of governance.