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Notwithstanding President Reagan’s economic accomplishments, his successor, George H.W. Bush, immediately started blathering about “change.” When I say immediately, I’m talking about Bush’s inauguration address.
It was the first time, as commander in chief, that he made an appeal for a “kinder, gentler nation.” On the surface, it sounded like a perfectly reasonably statement.
But the truth is that nations can be neither kind nor gentle. Only people can be kind or gentle. Fortunately, all people of goodwill believe in being kind and gentle, so they don’t need corrupt politicians to urge them to be so.
Unfortunately, when President Bush made his mushy, incoherent statement, lying in wait for any signs of weakness were the fascist progressives who, for centuries, had aspired to dictatorial rule that would make it possible to remake society in their own image.
Of course, they never came right out and said that. They used words like “liberalism” and “progressivism,” because they realized that the only way they could attain and hold onto power was to camouflage their true objectives.
But in 2009, when they finally gained full control of the presidency and both houses of Congress, they not only began talking openly about liberalism and progressivism, they boldly began using the dreaded “S” word – socialism.
European-style socialism would be bad enough, but my experience has been that once you open the door to iniquity – even a crack – evildoers want to push it all the way open. Barack Obama’s words and actions over the past four years have made that crystal clear.
The goal of the far left is not socialism. As Vladimir Lenin put it during Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution, “The goal of socialism is communism.” Love him or hate him, the man was pretty straightforward.
So, just who is it who is responsible for bringing us the soft socialism we have today? To one degree or another, we are all at fault, but the most visible culprits are unprincipled, reach-across-the-aisle, Republican politicians like George Bush I, George Bush II, John McMush and the world’s biggest jellyfish, Mitt Romney.
The Republican wing of the Demopublican Party seems to have a permanent affliction known as cowardice. Notwithstanding mountains of evidence to the contrary, they still believe that the only way they can get elected and re-elected to office is to prove they are just as compassionate as the Dirty Dems.
Because of this cowardice affliction, in 2008 Republicans stood by politely and allowed the American public to be scammed by a smooth-talking community organizer from the mean streets of Chicago. They watched with utmost respect as this arrogant, young radical, raised from birth to believe in worldwide class warfare, portrayed himself to be a moderate while running for president.
Now, the question is, how many conservatives and independents who were bamboozled the first time around are going to buy into the class-warfare scam? And who is going to convince Romney that, as Barry Goldwater put it, extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice?
To the delight of the hard left, the fork-in-the-road debate continues in the Republican Party: “Shall we be inclusive and bring people into the party who believe in big government, higher taxes, more government regulation, more welfare and more interference in the lives of American citizens, or shall we remain steadfast to traditional conservative principles?”
The great fear, of course, is that if Republicans try to please their core constituents, they will once again lose the White House – and possibly the Senate. They believe that the only way to attain and maintain power is to be better bone throwers than Democrats.
That’s right, throw bones to “the poor,” the unemployed, “minorities,” unions, the elderly, people whose houses are in foreclosure, and anyone else who claims to be in “need.” The problem is that each bone that is thrown only succeeds in bringing cries for still more bones, until, as Margaret Thatcher warned, there are no more taxpayer bones to throw.
It’s important to remember that the far left never retreats. It is patient. It has been trudging forward in America for at least a hundred years. By contrast, a significant percentage of conservatives retreat at the drop of a moral accusation.
If Republicans continue to badmouth and distance themselves from staunch conservatives, while assuring the public that they do not question Barack Obama’s “good intentions” for America, they will lose even if they win the presidency and the Senate in November.
Republican leaders should start preaching the simple message that the federal government is obliged to obey the Constitution – which means having the courage to say, without apology, such things as:
- “If elected, I will do everything in my power to first reduce, then completely phase out, all welfare programs, including unemployment benefits, food stamps, and, of course, Obamacare.”
- “If elected, I will do everything in my power to eliminate the minimum wage, which creates unemployment and devastates the economy.”
- “If elected, I will do everything in my power to get the government completely out of the economy and promote an economy that is unfettered by draconian government regulations.”
- “If elected, I will do everything in my power to cut off all federal funding for abortions.”
Due to space limitations, this is a very short list, but I think you get the idea.
If Republicans want to put the final nail in their extinction coffin, they need only to continue playing the role of progressive-conservatives. People are mad as hell, but there’s nothing they can do about it if they are not given an alternative to the social-justice crowd.
Voters don’t need another Democratic Party. The one they have is already bankrupting and enslaving them. What they need is a party that will stand up for freedom.
I’ll leave it to you to quote odds on that happening.