Conservatives lose their principles when they achieve
May 20th 2006
Republicans need to lose their majorities in Congress and in the state
legislatures where they hold them. This is not because the Democrats are
better. They are not. Rather they deserve such a fate because they have
defied every principle they claimed as they built public support that
carried them to their current powerful political status.
Government is more intrusive than it has ever been and on a more
personal level. The federal government has absorbed more of the power
from state and local governments than could have been tried under
Democrat regimes. Annual federal deficits for the past five years have
almost doubled those of the last Democrat-controlled congress.
George W. Bush built popular support by criticizing President Clinton's
intrusive foreign policy decisions. Now he has taken a mission of regime
change to, “...support
the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and
culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.” For
this cause his Republican allies in congress have given him almost
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Perhaps the most egregious offense of the Republican regime is its
penchant of blaming all its bad decisions on liberals and a cadre of
infamous Democrats (Teddy Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, et
al.). Worse yet Republican office holders don't make such statements,
but do it through their water boys in the media; they being, among
others, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage,
Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz and Fox News.
The conservative revolution within the GOP is dead. Maybe never to
return. Once Republicans became popular and discovered the the power
that comes with majority status, principles were no longer important,
but holding power moved to the top of the priority list. With the
temptations of power and fame that come with the Washington culture, it
might be best for conservatives to repudiate any activity or support for
either national parties or their candidates. Instead conservatives might
consider focusing on parochial social engagements devoted to
strengthening the character of individuals, the stability of families,
and self-sufficiency in communities.
The principles that conservatives publicly promote, such as personal
moral restraint and responsibility, the value of work, and the
importance of private property to economic and social independence, are
actually impediments to the acquisition and of national power or
influence over the global economy. On the other hand, those principles
are protected when they are applied in personal relationships and used
to secure face-to-face business transactions. Subsequently the efforts
that conservatives have made to pursue national agendas and
international power have actually worked to kill the principles they
have fought so hard to popularize.
Provincialism and federalism, then, are the governing forms upon which
conservatives should direct their focus. Whether or not Dennis Hastert
or Nancy Pelosi becomes Speaker of the House this January is of little
consequence to conservative ideology. What is important to
conservatives, though, is whether or not the city council will protect
someone using their home and property to provide for their family from
developers who promise to fill the public coffers with increased tax
revenues by overdeveloping the same property.
Can conservatives find candidates for governor that have the charisma
and rhetorical talents to lead their states to defy federal court orders
that exceed the legal limits of the judiciary? Do their state
legislatures have the courage to impeach a governor who sides with a
federal court to negate properly written laws that fall under the
sovereign authority of the legislature? Or to recall senators who
support bills that initiate federal mandates on state regulation?
Do we as individuals have the integrity to be good customers to local
merchants or honest business people with our local residents? Are we as
employers more interested in the development and welfare of our
employees than we are of the extra buck we can make from keeping their
wages low? Can we honor the vows we made to our spouses and sacrifice
enough to raise our children in a home rather than a way station?
And do we, as conservatives, have the moxy to tell the national
Republican Party—and their stinking propagandistic water carriers in the
right wing of the mainstream media—to take a long flying leap for lying
to us for l2 years while they ran up deficits, overextended our foreign
obligations, ignored the uncontrolled flood of immigrants pouring over
our border and participated in programs that destroyed the currency and
undercut the value of our labor?
If we don't have the convictions to give them an electoral slap in the
face this year, it might not come to us again in our lifetimes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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