It must be a hard thing to be a line-towing Republican political
commentator these days, considering all the hypocrisy involved. Thank
God I'm not; I'm a True Believer and a conservative instead, and these
days there is a distinct difference.
Witness the latest Republican cave-ins to the progressive concept of
big government -- a concept, we are told, that is allegedly anathema to
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- Republicans have signed onto one of the largest expansions of
federal law enforcement ever, agreeing with liberal Democrats on
expanding the use of the U.S. military in dubious domestic capacities.
In fact when it comes to expanding federal law enforcement, the GOP
rarely has met a bill it didn't like.
- Some Republicans had to be coaxed into passing a tax cut bill -- one
that only returns about three percent of the federal government's income
over the next ten years. While Republicans are now "satisfied" with
returning some $800 billion out of a projected $12 to 15 trillion
back to taxpayers, they caved on allowing the destruction of the
marriage tax penalty, even though the GOP's newest "Big Tent Pro-Family"
philosophy is said to be stronger than the party's loyalty to Corporate
America. Corporate America, however, got a 12 percent capital gains tax
- Republicans in the Senate have agreed to fund the Justice
Department's legal vendetta against the tobacco industry, even though
Republicans are routinely heard denouncing tobacco industry lawsuits and
demanding that Americans afflicted with questionable "smoking-related
illnesses" accept responsibility for their actions. This is odd,
considering the Justice Department has been the Republicans' worst enemy
in the fight to bring President Bill Clinton to justice for his various
and sundry crimes against the State.
- Even though it was caught red-handed violating IRS tax rules which
prevent nonprofit organizations from engaging in "purely partisan
activities," Republicans in the House still want to give funding
to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Donorgate has not changed
this sentiment one iota, even though it confirmed to Republicans that
the majority of Public Broadcasting System TV and radio stations hate
their guts and want to see them destroyed politically.
- Republicans have consistently backed measures which usurp a citizen's
right to privacy, while allowing the current administration to run
roughshod over property rights, the right to protection against illegal
search and seizure, the right of the people to be armed, and the right
of the states to make their own laws. Continuing to fund the agencies
that do these things amounts to de facto support.
- The Republicans could not even muster enough power to force the House
to vote on a declaration of war in Yugoslavia. Worse, a large number of
GOP members openly supported Clinton's decision to go to war with a
sovereign country, violating precious U.N. rules governing conflicts
with member states and NATO's own charter prohibiting offensive
military action against a sovereign country.
There are more examples:
For instance, since the "party of smaller government" has been in
control of the House and Senate, the U.S. budget has grown -- not
decreased -- every year since 1994. Yet military expenditures continue
to drop while spending on anti-conservative big government bureaucracy
has increased. Inflation continues, as does the destruction of the
public education system. And on and on.
Throughout all of this, many conservatives remain wedded to the
Republican Party, buying the leadership's excuses that if the party
faithful remain so "just a little bit longer," things will change.
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The fact is most Republicans have been no friends of smaller
government for decades. While the GOP was in the minority in the House
and Senate, Republican presidents helped pass measures that increased
the size and scope of the federal government. And now that the GOP has
control of Congress, the Congress is helping to pass measures increasing
the size and scope of the federal government. For all practical
purposes, there has been little difference.
Granted, of the two major political parties Republicans more often
vocally support issues favorable to life, liberty, freedom and the
Constitution. But actions -- votes, in other words -- speak louder than
Besides, throughout the reign of the two-party system in American
politics, there have been other political parties that have
always supported these issues, using literal interpretations of
the Constitution as their legislative guide. And at this point anyway,
none of them are beholden to big corporate donors or other lawmakers who
have something on them.
It is time for conservatives to shun the façade of political
opposition that allegedly exists today within the Republican Party. The
Constitution ought to be what defines political issues, not party
"loyalty" or "the leadership" in the House and Senate. Either a
candidate supports the literal interpretation of the Constitution or
they do not.
It's as simple as that.