Now that Republicans will be in the minority next Congress, will they move further from their roots? Will a primary concern of regaining the majority result in a move to theLeft to gain that end? Will those concerns lead to greater growth in government size and spending? Or, will they realize the error of such tactics, and that it was exactly such moves that lead to their losses this cycle?
If history is an indicator the answer to the first three questions will be yes, the fourth no, and Republicans will continue to bind themselves within the growing box created by liberalism. If Republicans continue pandering to the Left, their actions will continue to move American policy further in that direction and produce ends they supposedly stand against. In fact, it has been Republican moves to accommodate liberalism, not action based upon the will of the American majority, that have caused government growth and moved national policies to the left. Over the years Republicans have strayed from conservatism and operated within - as well as expanded - the liberal paradigm.
If this trend continues, how can Republicans return to their roots and regain the confidence of the American people?
Whether they realize it or not, the overwhelming number of Americans support conservative principles and governance. They believe in Freedom and Liberty, in individual rights with corresponding responsibilities, and they remember that government flows from the individual, not the reverse; they believe government’s role is to protect opportunities to enjoy God given rights, not to control individual action or play the role of the Creator. They understand the true meaning of a government “of,” “by,” and “for the people.”
Congress, however, has strayed and fostered a liberal socialistic interpretation of the third phrase leading to further growth of government. The more government grows, the more it becomes a nebulous expanse of its own creation and power. Once that is allowed to occur it is perceived as an authority from which the people derive their rights; government (or those in control of government), not God, becomes supreme. Such governmental growth and control is part of the liberal agenda; but, at that point government no longer flows from the people, the people are no longer free, and they can no longer enjoy the Liberty that God granted to - and intended for - them
To prevent such an end, while in the minority Republicans must no longer fall for liberal talk of “bi-partisan” action. From a liberal that is merely rhetoric trying to pressure the opposition into concession to their desired ends. Talk of “bi-partisanship” by a liberal means they take everything and give nothing; demands to surrender personal independence for government growth, superiority, and dependence, while affording no concessions in return. If the liberal agenda were truly the will of the people - and the form of government created by the Constitution - they would not need to talk in such phrases now that they will be in the majority; incessant reference to “bi-partisanship” is indicative of an acknowledgment that the intentions and means are contrary to the American majority, and the Constitution. Republican silence and acquiescence to those tactics have been an implicit endorsement of the self serving scheme that is the liberal agenda.
At this point, rather than staying within the current box, conservatives and Republicans must move the mainstream debate “outside the box;” discussions should focus on returning to the original framework of limited government outlined in the Constitution, and the oppressive consequences of government expansion. Why must we only discuss, and work within, the structure that currently exists in lieu of shrinking the extent of that structure?
From this point forward it is critical that Republicans highlight the debate of reducing government’s size and scope, and the consequences of failing to do so; the latter being the continued trend toward a totalitarian, atheistic, oppressive government. If Republicans follow a clearly expressed conservative agenda of limited government such will be supported by theAmerican majority. The question is whether Republicans will have the character and political will follow that path.
-- 'The Commish' A.J. Sparxx