Some Republicans, and not just those supporting Mitt Romney for president, have questioned my “Stop Romney” campaign, announced by the Western Representation PAC several weeks ago. Given the likelihood that Romney will be the GOP’s next nominee, they believe my work will ultimately hurt Republicans’ efforts to retake the White House in 2012.
My perspective is that another Bush-like presidency, particularly in terms of big government growth, would be devastating to the country. We’d be in the same bankrupt position that another four years of Obama would bring us. If we’re going to avoid the catastrophes lurking around the corner, more of the same – even with a Republican label – is not the answer.
Some of my critics don’t understand that many in the GOP have played an active role in our nation’s self-destruction. We’ll call these the “ill-informed followers.” Others fully recognize that Republicans have been in the driver’s seat during much of our drive toward socialism, but they and their cronies enjoy the fruits of this largesse. These are the “crony capitalists.” Still others are simply progressives who see the Republican Party as yet another means of imposing their leftist vision on the U.S. and the world at large. They are the RINOs – Republicans in Name Only.
Of course, there are varying shades and mixtures of the above players. For example, even where a Republican, like Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, is driven by a progressive agenda that includes support for federal funding to Planned Parenthood, homosexuals in the military, activist judges and internationalism, she finds herself surrounded by the crony capitalists: multibillion dollar Alaska Native Corporations that directly benefit from Murkowski’s vigorous support for their no-bid federal contracting.
I have little to say to these crony capitalists and progressives who dominate the leadership of the GOP; they are a lost cause and will continue to support establishment incumbents over constitutional conservatives trying to rescue the country. In future battles, they will always pick a Murkowski and a Reid over a Miller and an Angle. Consequently, my energies are focused on reaching the ill-informed patriots who, by their vote, literally allow these destructive forces to remain in power.
This requires a clear understanding of what Republican leadership has done to this country over the last several decades. Republicans have occupied the White House and/or one or both houses of Congress for all but four (103rd and 111th Congress) of the last 23 years. As anyone with a basic understanding of American government knows, the president can veto any bill and, in order for any bill to become law, both houses of Congress must approve it. Therefore, for all but less than a quarter of the last 23 years, Republicans have had the power to at least stop, if not reverse, the growth of government.
Yet during most of that same time frame, the federal government has continued to grow despite the GOP’s platform promising limited government. This growth was particularly pronounced during George W. Bush’s eight-year presidency when, for all but two years, at least one house of Congress was under GOP control. In fact, during half his presidency, both the Senate and House were Republican-controlled. But annual government expenditures increased by an astonishing $1 trillion by the end of his presidency, an increase of over 33 percent.
And it’s not just spending where the GOP has failed. Despite controlling the White House for two-thirds of the last 30 years and the Senate for over half of those same years, the federal judiciary is still dominated by activists. Roe v. Wade, one of the worst-reasoned decisions in the history of the Supreme Court still stands, tens of millions of aborted babies later. The Constitution continues to be trampled on, with ridiculous decisions guaranteeing rights to sodomy and perpetuating a Commerce Clause interpretation that the drafters never remotely intended.
Today, the RNC’s website trumpets “Change Direction” in bold letters beside a shadowy image of Obama. If only that commitment were genuine. Sadly, absent a significant tea-party revolution at the polls next year, we can expect more of the same, no matter what the party tells us in its ads, direct mail and website. That direction has us teetering on the edge of a financial abyss. To avoid collapse of our republic, we must turn 180 degrees, returning to the limited central government intended by the founders and required by the Constitution.
Joe Miller was the 2010 Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Alaska. He is a West Point graduate and combat veteran from the first Gulf War. A former judge, Joe graduated from Yale Law School and was later awarded an advanced economics degree from the University of Alaska. His website is at http://joemiller.us. He is presently chairman of the Western Representation PAC, Restoring Liberty Alaska PAC and Restoring Liberty Action Committee. Read more about Joe at http://facebook/JoeMillerAlaska and http://www.speakersaccess.com/joe-miller.