When a big game is coming up, a sports team will often take quoted lines made by members of an opposing team to post in the locker room for inspiration and motivation. Perhaps Republicans might consider a similar strategy for motivating the spineless creatures among them who will forever insist that “compromise” is the only viable option for the GOP. Here are three quotations from President Obama that should snap some wimpy heads back:
“We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
“If Latinos sit out the election instead of, ‘we’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’—if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder.”
Those are your choices, RINOs: You can be losers, back-seat riders, or enemies, as far as the President is concerned. Or, if you prefer, you can continue to seek the approval of the mainstream media, which insist that the only reason you won 61 House seats and 6 Senate seats was because angry, racist, redneck voters were too stupid to appreciate the “nuances” of the Marxist/socialist agenda known as “hope and change.”
There is also is a third option, which is to ignore recent history completely regarding the real reasons you were down on the canvas in the first place: the complete abandonment of core, conservative principles. Why did so many Republicans abandon their principles? In order to compromise.
Are you beginning to apprehend the circular drift? Wheels set in motion on a downward slope will not stop unless a braking force is applied. The circular drift will not stop on its own accord.
In order to reverse the trend, it becomes necessary to call out the termites who would gnaw away at the resolve that is the GOP’s only chance for saving itself and for saving the country in the process.
Such termites are people like South Carolina’s Lindsay Graham and former Senate Majority leader Trent Lott, two RINOs who bemoaned the conservatism of Tea Party candidates who lost Tuesday night. Compared to what, boys? The drubbing that RINO-led Republicans took in 2006? Or would you prefer the drubbing that the tiresome RINO John McCain took in 2008?
These two and other similarly inclined Republicans should get down on their knees and thank the heavens that Tea Party candidates aligned themselves with Republicans at all. And make no mistake: Such an alignment is conditional. If Republicans refuse to return to their previously self-professed values of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and loyalty to the Constitution, it is they, not the members of Tea Party, who will become irrelevant.
It is impossible to overestimate the level of bipartisan debauchery that has brought us to the brink of fiscal Armageddon. Thirteen trillion dollars of debt is more than just fiscal irresponsibility. It is multi-generational thievery. Few things are crueler than stealing from one’s children, and it’s even worse when one considers the breathtaking irony that the rationale for such stealing has been characterized as “doing it for the children.”
“Doing it to the children—and grandchildren”—would be far more accurate.
It’s about time that Republicans started appealing to Americans based on this position: To engage in unconscionable levels of government spending is immoral. The only enduring reality our welfare state has produced is a level of contemptible self-entitlement among a substantial numbers of Americans who are altogether removed from anything resembling genuine need—or from our ability to pay for it. In 2005, the federal government spent 2.4 trillion dollars; in 2009, it spent 3.4 trillion. That’s an additional one trillion dollars in spending in less than five years—forty cents on the dollar of which is currently borrowed.
To paraphrase a campaign slogan, do you feel “a trillion dollars better off” than you did in 2005?
Let’s be honest: Americans didn’t enshrine Republicans; they dumped Democrats. They did so because they got a good look at progressivism minus the façade that progressives and their media allies usually hide behind to mask their true intentions. Progressives dumped the façade because they believed their own hype, neatly summed up by Obama’s immortal “we were the ones we have been waiting for” statement during the 2008 election.
For that clear sightedness Americans should be quite grateful. Progressivism is self-limiting due in large part to the insufferable arrogance and sense of superiority demonstrated by most of its adherents. Such odious character traits were also neatly summed up by former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who had the gall to tell Americans that the most detested bill brought before Congress in recent memory had to be passed first “so you can find out what’s in it” after the fact. And some Republicans want to compromise with people like this?
Question: Where is the “middle ground” between fiscal solvency and national bankruptcy?
Every choice that Republicans make must proceed from the idea that financial resources are limited, and that living within our means is absolutely essential. If they can’t understand that that is precisely what the electorate voted for in 2010, then they must be comatose. And if they can’t take the heat from the compromised media and a shameless Democratic party for whom any cut in spending will be characterized as “cruel and heartless,” then they’re as spineless as millions of Americans are praying that they’re not.
How about framing the agenda for a change, instead of reacting to Democrats’ talking points? How about taking your case directly to the American people, right over the heads of our biased media, as Ronald Reagan did?
And how about taking on the media directly, as well? If they shill for the Democrat party, call them the shills they are. If they lie, call them liars. If people who get paid to deliver news can call American voters “angry bigots” or “teabaggers” for rejecting progressivism, then there is no reason to treat those name-callers with any more respect than they have demonstrated toward you or your constituency.
Maybe the best that Republicans can do is to blunt the progressive agenda, but that would be better than nothing. And it’s way better than compromising with people who have never demonstrated their willingness to compromise when doing so interfered with their own agenda. Party solidarity is a Democratic trademark. Republicans should make it one as well. If Democrats whine and complain, remind them that you’re only doing what they’ve been doing for the last four years in Congress, and for the last two in the White House, with one crucial difference:
You’ll be carrying out the will of the people, not legislating against it.
Cartoon courtesy of Brett Noel.