This is a part of a series of articles which suggests that we might need a new political party if we ever want to see conservative policy goals made real. The main antagonist, the Democrat Party, is very different from the Republican Party. The Democrat leadership operate as an army. Winning is a matter of life or death for their players, elected and on the sidelines as activists in all the areas where they agitate. The Republicans, on the other hand, are more like a social club, where leadership in the states and in Washington, D.C. is a matter of social status first, and policy goals, second. In fact, if results count for anything, you could almost say that policy goals really don’t count for much in the Republican Party. How you fit in socially seems to be the main consideration.
Visit http://gop.com/our-party/ and read the items there. It’s a platform of sorts. Then ask “what did they do to realize any of this, when they were a congressional majority and also had the White House? Following Obama’s election and re-taking the House of Representatives as a majority, what have they accomplished? Where are the results, knowing that Speaker Boehner has the power to vote to defund anything? Why do we have yet another “continuing resolution”? Why are they bashing conservatives who carried a lot of votes in the primaries?” These are only recent features…it goes way, way deeper as you know and a lot further back in time. It’s because of opposition in the press and the Democrats, you say? Well, the known opposition of most of the United States didn’t stop Pelosi, Reid and Obama from getting Obamacare passed, did it? And haven’t Republicans learned that the mainstream media will never like them and further, that they don't need to? There’s a whole other friendly press now anyway that will laud them to high heaven – if they’d do something laudable. Back to Obamacare, the Supreme Court justice that President Bush installed there who could have taken it off the table forever, upheld it! Roberts instead twisted it into being a “tax”, saying we have to be careful who we vote for. (Thank you, Justice Roberts for that bit of advice. Which party should we be watching out for?) In so saying, this alleged strict constructionist advises us that just about anything can be called a “tax” and therefore, elected office-holders can pass just about anything they want and it will be constitutional. Thus, we realize the profound benefits of judicial “interpretation”, Republican-style.
Is anyone still worried about Liberal justices Sotomayor or Kagan?
Okay…movin’ on…go to that same GOP website and click on “2012 Party Platform” when it comes up. They don’t know what their platform is! I could find no point by point statements of what their goals are in terms of policy, but rather there’s an input device. Right. There’s an input device there where anyone visiting the site, whether or not they are communists, mullahs in Iran, or actual US citizens who are registered Republicans, can write to say what they think the platform should be! All one has to do is register a username and password. We all know what the platform should be. Why don'’t the people who tell us that they are the solution know what it should be? Why isn’t it written in bold print along with a description how they are going to win it for us and what will happen if they fail? What is it that they favor? What is it that they intend to make happen? Are they so unsure of their ground that they’re taking a poll, from the entire internet universe, to determine what the Republican Party platform ought to be? How about this instead: Tell us, What Will You Get Done?
But let’s not be naïve: they know what their agenda is. They’re just not going to tell us what it is. And that gets back to my last column when I asked if it wouldn’t be nice to donate to an organization that you could trust to do what it says it will do?
Why won’t the party leadership divulge its platform and intentions? And for that matter, who is that leadership? Is it just Reince Priebus and his staff – and everyone else is a on his own, doing whatever feels good, mindful that fourteen Republican senators wouldn’t pledge to vote against the Law of the Sea Treaty? Is it only Boehner, Cantor and McConnell? Where can we see their agenda, in concrete terms…in advance? Why isn’t there a policy board of many people, from all the states, deciding policy in advance and then sending orders out to the elected troops? It’s all informal, seat of the pants stuff and we’re getting smeared. Is the leadership a small handful of people who, hidden or undisclosed, are running things? And while we’re on that topic, it’s reasonable to ask, why aren’t the pundits who call themselves conservatives asking these questions, too?
As I’ve stated before, I will definitely be voting Republican in November. My object isn't to derail their present efforts and I’m involved as a volunteer in some local campaigns, state and federal. However, following this election, I think we need to take a hard look at the organization we’ve put our trust in all these years to see if it's what we need going forward to bring this nation back to the sound, prosperous, unfettered nation of people it once was.
August 7, 2012