"Compassionate conservatism" has been a disaster for those of us who
love liberty. In the first term, it brought us a new Medicare
prescription drug plan, steel tariffs, farm subsidies, LBJ-era domestic
spending rates, No Child Left Behind, and campaign finance reform. In
the last six months, conservatives have been treated to a gargantuan
federal highway bill, a federal ban on medical marijuana use, a
proposal to raise Social Security taxes, an amnesty plan for illegal
aliens, a Constitutional amendment to ban flag burning (I can’t walk
down a street anymore without seeing flames!), and a total cave-in on
conservative judges. And, as a bonus, we got new dietary guidelines
from the Department of Agriculture!
Since 1964, conservatives have been working to seize the Republican
Party from the Rockefeller-types so that we could reorder policy
priorities toward those that promote the maximum liberty for our
countrymen. Now, in 2005, the Republicans control everything — we have
a Republican president, a Republican House, and a Republican Senate.
And yet, not a single conservative agenda item is being advanced. Why
should conservatives work for this party anymore? What is the point?
Joe Sabia, bitchslapping his Republican brethren.
Haven’t I been saying this? Over and over? This is a great lesson for those too young or too politically unaware to have seen this sort of thing before. Listen up: democracy never gets you what you want. The only thing democracy gets anyone is to be elected to something, at which point, job #1 is to be re-elected. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.
Y’all who go to the booths are simply a bunch of perfectly useful chumps, instruments of election and re-election for those who have no intention in the world of holding some principled line in order to get you what you want at the expense of their next election or their favored status within the Republican power-hierarchy. You’re dreaming and self-deluded if you think otherwise.
All you’re left with, really, is "non-Democrats." Wow! Yippee! OK, fine, if it’s that important to you; but then why invest any time or effort at all? Just ignore all the incessant crap on TV and go to the booths every two years and vote non-Democrat and be done with it.
Don’t get me wrong, here. I’m not necessarily lamenting the predicament in which the Republicans find themselves. It serves them right for being so stupid. I don’t think they’re evil, and I appreciate their sense of values in many ways (Democrats are deeply dishonest to a man, and generally commies comprised of the ignorant or the evil), but the only way I could ever shut up about the Republicans is to see one of them, for once, lay their office and prestige on the line for something they believe is right. Even if I don’t agree with the policy position, which is likely, I’ll respect the principled stand, and I may even agree with some of the underlying values giving rise to it all, albeit contradicting other values Republicans ought to be holding.
That’s what a whole lot of the Republican constituency want. I can feel it. I hear it, daily. It’s not going to happen. The present course will continue until the Republicans are fractured, at which point, the Democrats will take over everything and the cycle begins again.
Over and over.
(via Liberty Belles)
Update: Check out this Agitator post along much the same lines.