Ideologues don’t advance liberty, they retard it.
Those reading this blog know I support Trump at this time in the race. I don’t support him for particular policy positions (though I agree with many), but because he is non-ideological and may actually get us away from the Left/Right ideologues reducing our liberty and prosperity for the past 20 years, and focus on moving us forward.
In the event you haven’t noticed, the wage stagnation, loss of individual liberty, Kelo, the increase of socialism, the rise of anti-civilizational “multiculturalism,” wars abroad that we demand to wage yet refuse to win (but on which we have spent more in constant dollars than we spent to win WW2 – and lost thousands of irreplaceable lives), Obamacare, massive increases in illegal aliens, quadrupling of our National Debt, the rise of (evolutionarily nonsensical) demands about LGBT, gays, marriage, bathrooms (none of which are the business of government and all of which can – and should – be dealt with not by enforcing ideologies, but by the free market: notice how far Target’s stock has fallen in a week?), all – all – are within this 20-yr period of ideologues, left and right, dominating our national conversation.
We Baby Boomers, who have consolidated our hold on all levels of government in this same 20-year span, and on both sides of the aisle, are destroying America with our insistence on ideological purity rather than practicality and progress.
Ideologues turned Russia into the USSR, China into the PRC, N Korea into the DPRK, Germany into the Third Reich, and Islam from the advanced civilization it was to the barbaric savagery it has become.
When – and who – was our last non-ideological president? 20 years ago… Bill Clinton.
Like Bill Clinton or not, he came from the Democrat Leadership Council, a group started to pull the Left back toward the Center, back away from where the anti-establishment, anti-war hippie Baby Boomers of the summer of ‘68 had taken it, to pull the party away from ideology and back toward practical governing. The way it was before Baby Boomers.
Bill Clinton did not get us into foreign wars, did work with a GOP Congress to balance the budget and reform welfare, took on racists Black and White (notice how he hammered BLM the other day? Hammering similar folks helped get him elected), and ran a fairly centrist government – and we prospered. The internet boom was a big part of that material prosperity, but you didn’t see him talk about taking it over or giving it away, as the ideologue Obama has, did you? Don’t paint Bill with Hillary’s brush. Bill couldn’t get nominated by the Left today, and he was a better president than most on the Right yet understand.
We on the Right often wonder how we got from the peaceful liberty of the 1950s and early 1960s to here. Ike was a centrist who got real serious on big issues (“Massive Retaliation” keeping the peace for his entire term; Brown v Topeka Board of Education & the Little Rock Crisis; the Interstate Highway System – serious infrastructure) and didn’t go all-in on ideology. Having no Baby Boomers in Congress, our legislative branch wasn’t full of ideologues and pretty much left us alone. And we prospered.
If we want a “normal” environment, we need to turn down the ideology – it isn’t helping. Electing a non-ideologue is a – required – big step forward, like it or not.
Cruz can’t get there, though many of his ideologues get irritated when this is pointed out. Not grasping that the GOP loathes Cruz, and that in a second ballot, he will be the first to go, these people spend many, many photons and electrons telling others they don’t know what they are talking about.
I’m always entertained by people who think those who disagree with them ‘don’t know what they are talking about’ when the issue often is they only disagree; that they draw different conclusions from the same set of facts. It’s been my experience that those who start with some variation of “you’re an idiot,” almost always are wrong, having confused passion and blinders for critical thinking and understanding.
Want to know why Congress can’t get anything done, no matter how much of our liberty they steal? Because we Baby Boomers have turned our Congress into us – a bunch of whining Baby Boomer ideologues, Left and Right, unwilling to negotiate, discuss, make trade-offs and move forward if they don’t get THEIR way.
America needs to be rescued from Left and Right ideologues. It is this, often unconscious, grasp of the need to return to practicality that is required. It also is what is driving support for Trump.
We need to quit beating each other up, take a hard, critical look at the facts, understand the history of ideologies – and cultures consumed by them – and move forward to defeat Hillary and save Liberty for our kids.
The Left doesn’t care about a free future; they have no kids. It is why they vote as they do. Demographics can be boring – not grasping them can be fatal.
My recommendation, FWIW, is to sit back, shake off the ideology, study the status of the race, stop throwing good electrons after bad, and let’s ALL start working to defeat the enemy: Bipartisan Progressivism.
For Trumpers – the enemy isn’t Cruz supporters. For Cruzers – the enemy isn’t Trumpers. The ENEMY is the Left.
Whaddya say we turn our efforts on THEM rather than ourselves? Circular firing squads never win wars.