I’m a Republican. Or I guess, I used to be.
Unlike today’s GOP, I’m a limited government guy: If it isn’t in the Enumerated Powers, the government has no business being involved with it.
And unlike today’s GOP, I’m a limited spending guy. You know the $8T of additional Obama Debt? Well, since the 2010 election ALL of that has been spent under appropriation bills or CRs passed by a GOP House.
“Obama’s” debt? Nope: Boehner’s.
But the biggest problem I have with the GOP is what is called their “Communications Department.” If a worse PR organization exists on planet earth, I am unfamiliar with it. The absolute refusal by the GOP to educate voters is astonishing.
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe the GOP hierarchy doesn’t really support their platform and only we rubes misguidedly think they do. Every time they win an election it’s because of limited government voters like me, but the GOP takes our money, takes our votes and turns around and makes government bigger, more intrusive, more expensive and worse.
And who are they driving away? The very voters they need most: The young who are fed-up with the crap education, reduction of liberty and declining economy of the Democrats.
Every time the GOP wins, the Party Elders have nothing but crap to load on those who actually drew voters to the polls: the limited government types: Rand, Cruz, Lee… Cruz stands up for the Constitution and McCain calls him a “whacko bird,” as though McCain is just about as interested in limited, Constitutional government as Obama.
Are America’s schools bad, and are good schools a requirement in a Republic? Yes and yes. But does the GOP ever – ever – point out in a debate, an interview, a campaign speech, that all major metro schools have been run by Democrats since FDR?
No. GOP candidates talk about implementing Dem policies another way. They go on defense. They hide.
Are American inner cities violent, with huge pockets of deep poverty and unemployment? Yes. But does the GOP ever – ever – point out that all major metros have been run by Democrats since FDR?
Is the income gap in America a bad thing, and are policies necessary to reduce it? Yes. But does the GOP ever – ever – point out that the income gap always rises under Democrat administrations and policies?
Is gun violence a bad thing? Yes. But does the GOP ever – ever – point out that the most violent cities are A) Democrat-run and, B) have the strictest gun control laws? Or that States in which the 2nd Amendment is accepted have the lowest rates of violent crime? That the four most violent cities in America (Chicago, NY, DC, New Orleans) have the strictest gun control laws?
From the 1948 election until the 1994 election, the GOP was out of power in the House. Democrats owned the 2nd-longest single-party domination of a national legislative body in the West, behind only the notoriously corrupt PRI of Mexico. But then, with a GOP leader who actually balanced budgets and led (mostly) per the Constitution, what happened? The GOP won the House in 1994, and has been regularly in and out of power since.
What was the response of the Democrats and their MSM mouthpiece? “Bipartisanship.”
Take a look at the record. “Bipartisan” did not exist in the political lexicon until the Democrats were tossed by the voters in 1994. Sure, the word existed, but its use in everyday political conversation was nonexistent. Today it is used for one reason: To get the GOP for vote for Democrat policies. And it is used constantly.
But – does the GOP ever – ever – point this out?
When the GOP won 50 seats in the Senate, and held the tiebreaker in the VP, what did they do? They split the Committee chairmanships 50-50, rather than taking the majority We the People gave them.
Can anyone even imagine Reid, Pelosi or Obama acting this stupidly?
Maybe it’s me. Maye the GOP just doesn’t want to govern and I’m on the late show not realizing it.
Under our first African American president race relations are at a 50-year low. How low are they?
- The lowest they’ve been since Democrats owned the South and used dogs and fire hoses and police batons on African Americans in Selma
- The lowest since a GOP president had to deploy the 101st Airborne to move a Democrat out of the school door to let African American kids in
- The lowest since Democrats shot white kids working for Civil Rights & buried them in landfills
- The lowest since Democrats shot Medgar Evers and Dr. Martin Luther King, and since Democrats bombed the Birmingham church, killing four young Black girls.
But does the GOP point out that the most racist policies and presidents in our history have come from Democrats, or that the following all – all – came from the GOP?
- Affirmative Action
- The Voting Rights Act & the Civil Rights Act, both of which were passed by far larger GOP majorities than Democrat
No. Or that the following all – all – are or were Democrat?
- Teacher unions ruining public education – especially in the inner city
- Winless wars in Korea and Vietnam in which minorities were over-represented on battlefields
- Planned Parenthood, whose founder explicitly said her goal was the eradication of Blacks
Democrats (and Rand Paul) talk about incarceration rates of minorities. But does the GOP point out that the enormous increase in minority incarceration is a direct result of Progressive Democrat policy (The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, by Naomi Murakawa, Oxford University Press)?
Who is putting African Americans in prison?
- Democrats: the same folks who refuse to improve education in the inner city;
- Democrats: the same folks who reject the market policies under which America once prospered;
- Democrats: the same folks who refuse to accept equality and who reject honest conversations about their damaging policies: Obamacare, Dodd/Frank, Keystone, NLRB, BLM, EPA, etc.;
- Democrats: the same folks who (suddenly) support global droning of people, complete with collateral damage, in State violence for which Obama refuses to gain Constitutional permission.
(If Democrats actually believe that wars must be fought with Miranda and courts, why do they not seek warrants or subpoenas instead of just droning the bad guys? Why did they ignore even the semblance of law represented by seeking Congressional permission before involving themselves in Libya’s war?)
But is the GOP pointing out any – any – of this?
But the biggest question, and the one that could swing huge numbers of voters in the Center is demographics, and the GOP is ignoring it. No Blue State believes in the future enough to populate it, but all Blue States vote to take money FROM that future, a future that is being populated by the kids of Republicans who are now – before they are born – having their living standards reduced by Democrats with below-replacement fertility.
But… is the GOP pointing out that the monetary burden in the future will NOT be borne equally? That today’s debt will be paid by the children, and only the children, of non-Democrats? That Democrat fertility is negative, even though their policies require inter-generational theft/debt?
Would current or future parents in the Center begin voting against policies that raise unequally-shared debt if it were pointed out to them? Yes. Americans are a fundamentally fair people; if the unfairness of this burden were pointed out, voting behavior would change, and change quickly.
Does the GOP educate these voters?
- Why does the GOP no longer care to govern as they promise on the campaign trail?
- Why does the GOP no longer care about limited government?
- Why does the GOP no longer care about education?
- Why does the GOP no longer care about crime reduction?
- Why does the GOP no longer believe their policies, or at least the policies on which they run and are elected, deserve to be pushed as hard as Democrats push their policies?
- Why does the GOP no longer care about helping minorities get a leg-up, rather than be left behind in the squalor of the proven failures that are Democrat policies (see: Detroit, education, inner cities)?
- Why does the GOP no longer care about abuses of the Rule of Law that land in prison the largest population in the Western world?
- Why does the GOP no longer care about the future?
Why does the GOP no longer… care?
But questions exist for GOP voters, as well:
Why do we keep donating to and voting for what has become a JV offshoot of the Democrat Party?
- In 2010 the GOP campaigned on cutting $100B out of the federal budget.
- We gave them an overwhelming victory.
- They cut $7B.
Did we learn from that?
- In 2014 the GOP campaigned on overturning Obama’s lawless immigration EO, and repealing Obamacare.
- We gave them an historic victory.
- They – immediately – funded Obama’s lawless immigration and Obamacare.
Why don’t we do intelligent things like throw out the non-Constitutional dinosaurs like McCain and Graham and Boehner who simply want to be in charge and don’t care about why we elected them?
Do you want to know why the GOP hasn’t yet put anyone in jail over IRS? F&F? Benghazi? Why the GOP has made no serious move to take-back the legislative power only it has per Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution?
Simple: They just want to be able themselves to usurp and abuse those powers when they are in office.
Why don’t we do something intelligent, like voting for Libertarians who actually DO believe in Limited government, until the GOP collapses under its own Jurassic weight… or adopts its own platforms in its own legislation and policies?
And if your response is that Pro-Life is the primary driver of your vote, please note: The jurisdiction of the Federal Courts, including that of the Supreme Court, is set by Congress. When the GOP owned Congress, twice in the past 15 years, why did they not outlaw abortion and remove it from the jurisdiction of the federal courts? Sen Daschle removed brush clearance in S Dakota from their jurisdiction; is abortion of less importance to GOP leadership than was brush clearance to Sen Daschle? To ask is to answer.
In 2002, Congress passed a law (at Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle’s urging) to prohibit federal courts from hearing cases about brush clearing in his home state of South Dakota. Public Law 107-206, Section 706(j). Pending environmental lawsuits were immediately halted, and a court order that was already issued became null and void. Biodiversity Associates v. Cables, 357 F.3d 1152 (10th Cir. 2004). http://www.eagleforum.org/column/2009/nov09/09-11-27.html
Newsflash: The GOP simply DOES NOT CARE. Not about you. Not about their promises. Not about the Rule of Law. Not about Constitutional government. Not about America.
Like Democrats, GOP leadership cares about one thing, and one thing only: Power.
And no amount of votes (see: 2010 “shellacking,” 2014 wipeout) or money given to the GOP will alter their behavior.
A sea change is required.
I’m sure someone in 1856 noted that voting Republican would just split the Whig party and ensure a Democrat victory. Voters ignored those afraid of change and the slaves were freed. The Whigs now exist only in history books.
It is time to ignore those in the GOP scared of splitting the party. It’s time to free all of us from the economic and social slavery of the Progressive oligarchy that dominates BOTH major parties. It’s time for the GOP to exist only in history books.
Einstein once defined insanity as, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Well, GOP voters…?