The spouse of a prominent NCGOP activist — who also is a top party activist — posted a comment on our Facebook page that started off like this: “I don’t ever agree with anything that appears on this site.[…]”
Again, that’s not a liberal or a partisan Democrat. This is coming from someone who has a significant level of influence within our state’s Republican Party. This site regularly advocates FOR limited government and rails AGAINST government overreach. We’re all about cutting taxes AND spending. Those positions are right in line with the Republican platform. And this player in our state GOP can’t bring herself to agree with that.
The on-going US Senate race in North Carolina is really roiling Tar Heel conservatives. The GOP is offering up a nominee who has a record of crony capitalism — government subsidy of private business — and some gun control. He presided over an explosion of government spending in Raleigh, while proclaiming himself the leader of a conservative revolution. He’s made no effort to reach out to Tea Party, mainline conservatives. He’s made no effort to seriously demonstrate an intention to stand by the GOP platform — should be be elected to the US Senate. And we’re being told that we need to fall in line with a nominee who has shown a complete disdain for the principles we hold dear that brought many of us into the Republican Party.
Angelo Codevilla put out a great book about four years ago talking about how the two major political parties have morphed into simply two slightly different flavors of statism. Does he have a point? Let’s see.
Republicans had majorities on Capitol Hill from January 1995 to January 2007. In 1995, federal government outlays stood at $2.25 trillion. By 2007, government outlays stood at $3.067 trillion. Again, this was a period when there were GOP majorities in BOTH chambers on Capitol Hill. The alleged party of limited government was in charge of approving ALL federal government spending.
From January 2001 to January 2007, Republicans controlled The White House AND Congress. You would have thought this to be an incredible opportunity to usher in a new era of limited government and American revival. In 2001, government outlays stood at $2.047 trillion. By 2007, government outlays were at $3.067 trillion.
Let’s look at federal debt. According to the US Treasury, the debt stood at $5.674 trillion in 2000. By 2008, the debt had grown to $10.028 trillion. Again, this was done with Republican majorities controlling the federal purse strings.
We hear a lot of campaign rhetoric blasting the Democrats as the big spenders. It looks like we’ve got two rival clubs fighting over who gets their hands on our money. Are we really expected to believe things are going to get better by simply trading Harry Reid for Mitch McConnell?
We got promised a repeal of ObamaCare in 2010. Now, we’re being told repealing ObamaCare is “impossible,” and that we’re going to have to settle for “replacing” — whatever THAT is. We’re also being told that — while big government is still ravaging our economy — we need to focus on giving a pass to a bunch of illegal aliens.
Both major parties can be blamed for jacking up federal spending AND the debt AND basically putting us in this screwed-up mess. What are conservative-minded voters to do?
We take control of the GOP and return it to an honest-to-goodness conservative party. Or we start our own. We put heat on our elected officials. They MUST back up conservative campaign rhetoric with conservative action when they get to DC. Or they’re FIRED — just like all of those “little people” who have been down-sized thanks to the current economic mess perpetuated and nurtured by the DC ruling class.
Don’t follow like sheep. Make them earn your respect AND your vote.