by Steve Eggleston
Last week, I presented the case against a divorce between conservatives and the Republican Party. This week, it’s time to present the case for said divorce.
It boils down to two “not likes” – the GOP is not like us in philosophy, and the GOP does not like us. I could easily go back to the Goldwater days on both fronts, but I don’t want to do a 50,000-word missive.
The lack of conservative principles in the budget deal is merely the latest manifestation of Republicanism not equaling conservatism. Earlier this year, House Speaker John Boehner and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan kicked several fiscal conservatives off the Budget Committee for being too fiscally conservative. Every penny the Democrats demanded of discretionary funds for ObamaCare the last 3 years was given by the House. Even with the now-crippled sequester and a series of tax hikes, itself not exactly a conservative idea, total spending and deficit spending are still greater than anytime before 2009.
A lot of people, including the GOP leadership, say that all they need is a return to power, and then they will be conservative. The last time that happened, we got budget-busting programs like Medicare Part D, the largest expansion of federal spending on health care between the creation of Medicare/Medicaid and the creation of ObamaCare, and No Child Left Behind, the largest expansion of federal meddling in education since the creation of the Department of Education.
The current Congressional leadership, which is the de facto party leadership, doesn’t much like conservatives either. I already mentioned the booting of fiscal conservatives from the House Budget Committee. Both Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had disparaging things to say about conservatives in the last couple months, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee is spearheading a boycott of groups that do business with the Senate Conservatives Fund.
As I said, the battle is not a new one. The problem is, even though the Democrats have done their best to maintain a difference between the two parties as the Republican Party is appearing to transform itself into the Democrat Party circa 1978, the country has decayed beyond the point where those remaining differences matter. There simply isn’t enough money in the world, much less in the US, to keep the welfare state afloat for much more than another decade, yet the one Congressman who had put forth a plan to mitigate it abandoned that plan in order to increase spending on both a 2-year and a 10-year basis.
The divorce has, arguably, already happened. In 2010, the Karl Rove types determined it was more important to bury Sharron Angle than bury Harry Reid. In 2012, they determined it was more important to bury Richard Mourdock than get a seat closer to kicking the Democrats out of the majority. On the flip side, in Wisconsin, supporters of Mark Neumann decided to repay a 14-year-old grudge against Tommy Thompson for his abandonment of Neumann in a quest to get re-elected as governor with 60% of the vote by staying home and denying Thompson the same thing Neumann wanted in 1998, a Senate seat.
Update: (DTG) This should be read in conjunction with the NH 2nd Amendment protest.
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