timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ron Paul said something I can agree with. Really.

I figured I'd start this with a quick lesson in the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Just in case you haven't yet read the Constitution, it doesn't give the federal government a whole lot of power. Since then, the power has been more and more centralized to Washington. This is contrary to Conservative thinking, which provides more power to the states.

Ron Paul has an Op/Ed at CNN.com that is worth a read. Now, I am not a Paul supporter, and I am not a Libertarian. But sometimes, people we don't really agree with say some pretty good things. I don't agree with everything in his piece, but the basic premise is sound.

In the rise and fall of the recent Republican reign of power these past decades, the goal of the party had grown to be only that of gaining and maintaining power -- with total sacrifice of the original Republican belief in shrinking the size of government.

Most Republicans endorsed this view in order to achieve victories at the polls. Limiting government power and size with less spending and a balanced budget as the goal used to be a "traditional" Republican value. This is what Goldwater and Reagan talked about. That is what the Contract with America stood for.

The opportunity finally came in 2000 to do something about the cancerous growth of government. This clear message led to the Republican success at the polls.

Once the Republicans were in power, though, the promises faded, and all policies were directed at maintaining or increasing power by trying to whittle away at Democratic strength by acting like big-spending Democrats.

This was part of the "new tone:" not responding to Democrat attacks and reaching across the aisle to create new spending and programs, all the while hoping the Democrats would like us more and quit saying bad things. It didn't work then, and it won't work now. Look at some of the greatest triumphs of the last eight years - McCain-Feingold and No Child Left Behind, written with and for Democrats. And John McCain's name showed up in many more.

Because we allowed the Democrats to not only frame the debate, but also set the rules and determine who could participate, the Republican Party spent eight years letting the left side of Congress speak without rebuttal. And that led to November 4th of this year.

Since the new alignment of political power offers no real change, we will remain on the same track without even a pretense of slowing the growth of government. With the new administration we can expect things to go from bad to worse.

Opportunity abounds for anyone who can present the case for common sense in fiscal affairs, for protection of civil liberties here at home, and avoiding the senseless foreign entanglements which have bogged us down for decades and contributed so significantly to our fiscal and budgetary crisis.

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How can a party that still pretends to be the party of limited government distance itself outright from these views and expect to maintain credibility? Since the credibility of the Republican Party has now been lost, how can it regain credibility without embracing these views, or at least showing respect for them?

I concluded my answer by simply stating the Republican Party had lost its way and must reassess its values. And that is what needs to be done in a hurry.

But it might just take a new crop of leaders to regain the credibility needed to redirect the Party. It certainly won't be done overnight. It took a long time to come out of the wilderness after 40 years of Democratic rule for the Republican Party to take charge. Today though, time moves more quickly. Opportunities will arise. The one thing for certain is that in the next four years we will not see the Republic restored. Instead the need for it will be greater than ever.

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To ignore the political struggle and only "hope for the best" is pure folly. The march toward a dictatorial powerful state is now in double time.

All those who care -- and especially those who understand the stakes involved -- have an ominous responsibility to energetically get involved in the battle of survival for a free and prosperous America.

I know a lot of people who are "hoping for the best" right now, and in the past, I have been one of them. I can't imagine not being involved today. We are in a position like no other in the last hundred years. We have the opportunity to reconstruct the republican party in a more conservative image.

We will need new people and a stronger desire to make this country everything we believe it should be. The recreation of the democrat party has begun, with a much more socialist slant to the policies and rhetoric. Most of the people who voted for Obama probably didn't understand what he really stands for. They will, soon enough, and conservatives need to be prepared to provide a real alternative, not just another version of the same thing.

4 comments:

stonestead.com said...

There's a certain truth to the idea that Conservative ideas are driven by our wallets. I'm just cynical enough to believe that THAT'S the only way to get through to the vast, uninformed masses. We shall see...

folly said...

I think it's not so much that conservative ideals are based on the wallet, but that we as Americans are so used to the privileges we have.

Look at the gas prices. The price went up and up, and consumption went up with it, until a critical point where it hurt enough to start cutting back. That's not a conservative thing, although conservatives were more likely to continue buying until they came to that point.

Scooter sales were through the roof, and nobody ever mentioned that if you add the price of the scooter it would take several years to catch up to what you spent. If you keep driving the same car, you save money in the long run.

I think it will have to hurt before most people will wake up and get up, but that's more because we are horribly pampered, I think.

Ex-Dissident said...

Folly, I feel motivated to do something as well. I am certain that almost all Republican voters feel this way. The problem we will run into is that Republicans work for a living. We have families to take care of, we act responsible towards making bill payments,... When do you have time to campaign and inform the public? And as Joan pointed out so eloquently, crooks win in the arena of public opinion.

folly said...

Ex-Dissedent-

Well, that's just it. We do what we can. We talk to people. We put our opinions online. We volunteer what time we can. We write our congresscritters (again, Joan). We point out the ludicrous in policy and politics.

I've read some really interesting commentary about why Obama will be a one-term president. We're falling in to a recession and the bailout isn't helping. To pay for it all, we need to raise taxes, right? Increase federal spending to pump more money in the economy, right?

Nope. That will cause people to hold on to their money. That will cause a net drop in total cash flow and prices will begin to go up because of the devaluation of the dollar (because of the mass influx from the government). Business profits will fall and jobs will be cut.

It's a downward spiral of governmental economics, and if we're still hearing eloquent speeches about how we can change things, but it's going to hurt more, and take more time, AND the republican party can put up a good CONSERVATIVE candidate, then we will get another "throw the bums out" reaction like we got this year.

Our job is to be heard. We do what we can. God willing, it will be enough.