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How Important is it to Support the GOP Record?

May 1st 2006

How Important is it to Support the GOP Record?

President Bush

The Republican Party must be yearning for those wonderful, hopeful, victorious days of November, 1994 through January 1995.

They had just conquered the hated Democrats in the first mid-term of the Clinton presidency. So massive and total was the GOP first congressional sweep in 40 years that Time Magazine's cover for the issue reviewing the election featured an huge elephant crushing a donkey with single foot. The new majority swept into congress and within hours of opening their first session as the majority House Republicans passed every plank of its “Contract with America” as was promised during the campaign.

Senate Republicans, however, rejected and eventually killed the agenda that won the GOP its Congressional majorities, and the party has since held its majorities in Congress, but has done little else. It certainly hasn't managed a conservative, restrained government—especially since Republican George W. Bush has occupied the White House.


Federal deficits have exploded out of control. Although the government and GOP supporters won't admit to it, rising prices (once called inflation) on important goods like food, fuel, and utilities, are eating away incomes of the non-executive class. The country is dependent upon third-world investments to sustain its consumer-based economy. Americans, as a whole, now spend more than they earn and consume more than they produce.

The mishandling of the currency by the GOP as a public threat pales in comparison to the building turmoil over immigration. Say supporters of open borders that those coming to this country from other lands are only seeking to improve their lives and escape desperate situations in their homelands. Those who live in the neighborhoods in which the new laborers are appearing see only that they are taking jobs from friends at lower wages and no benefits thereby putting downward pressure on the cost of entering the labor market. Furthermore, they have no connections to the community but only to their co-workers with whom they mysteriously and suddenly appeared, and those circles are kept tightly closed by languages that are largely unknown to preexisting residents.


There is no secret to the fact that immigrant labor, for business owners and managers, is a convenient method of cutting labor costs and increasing profits. Republicans, however, won middle class support by extolling the value and virtue of work over the sloth of depending on the welfare state. Business exploitation of immigrant labor, though, cheapens the value of work and reduces the ability of laborers to support families with their wages. Therefore, Republicans would serve their stated admiration for the value of work by opposing anything that erodes it, but to this point Republicans have been curiously ineffective in stemming the flow of illegal immigration, choosing, instead to pander to demands from various voting blocks that have supported them to their current majorities.

If GOP incompetence for managing the currency and labor-related issues were not enough to cause concern, consider that its administration of the War Against International Terrorism is actually exacerbating terrorism. So far the only option offered by the Republican-led government to reduce the growth of terrorism caused by the fight against terrorism is to expand the War Against International Terrorism. Obviously the definition of insanity with Republicans is not, “Doing the same thing but expecting different results.”  Comment on this article at our Forum


Perhaps the GOP hopes to win voters with the suggestion that it has enhanced America's standing in the global economy by helping to open global markets to American manufacturers as well as serving American consumers by accessing plentiful supplies of inexpensive consumer products. The problem with this claim is that evidence seems to suggest that involving America in the global economy has been largely harmful to Americans.

GATT and NAFTA have given America an $800 billion trade deficit and a total loss of 3 million manufacturing jobs. Many of those jobs have been transferred to India and China where the demands of industrialization has increased their importation of crude oil from 4,291,000 barrels per day in 2004 to 5,127,000 as of January 2006. That is nearly a 20 percent increase in in demand. Oddly, Republicans have not brought any notice to this fact during their posturing over the hardships that rising gas prices are causing Americans.

An unfortunate fact for Republicans is that during those short, glorious days between 1994 and 1996 a movement of populists within the party began rallying to fight against financial profligacy, uncontrolled immigration, arrogant interventionist foreign policy decisions, and the threat of globalist economic myths against the American working middle class. That movement was slurred as extremist, narrow-minded, xenophobic, isolationist and protectionist by Republican elites.

In the decade since that movement has been vilified and exiled to the margins of American political thought America's federal debt has nearly doubled and the nation's financial future has been placed in the hands of foreign governments, the population has increased by, perhaps, 20 million illegal immigrants, America has absorbed the acrimony of, among others, many of the world's 2 billion Muslims, and the American consumer market, saturated in debt and bankruptcy, is losing its appeal to the transnational industrialists who are now looking to build their profits in emerging economies.

Clearly Republicans have not built a record in the past 12 years that inspires confidence. The only electoral benefit it has during this campaign year is that their competition, the Democrat Party, is considerably less focused and competent than are Republicans. Hence the Republican's biggest benefit is America's greatest detriment.

The question that begs to be asked, in spite of the harsh realities facing the electorate, is; Are Americans better served by a party that has a decade-long record of defying its principles and bringing America to the brink of destruction or by a party with no known agenda, no known governing philosophy, or no respect for the moral and social traditions that built the nation.

When looking back on what is known, sometimes it is better to take a chance with the unknown.

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By Bob Strodtbeck
Bob Strodtbeck has been writing editorial commentaries since 1993.  He has professional experiences in pharmaceuticals, radio, and education.  He has also served as a church elder in an Orlando congregation where he has made his home since 1986.rvstrodtbeck@peoplepc.com

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