STILL WAITING FOR THAT CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION: NC, national GOP throwing limited government under the bus

biggovtIn 2010, we were told a conservative revolution was sweeping North Carolina AND the country.  In 2012, we were told conservatism was on the rise — with the election of a new GOP  lt. governor, governor, and expanded majorities in the legislature.

Fast forward to 2013.  We have congressional Republicans teaming with Democrats to raise taxes.  In Raleigh, we have a Republican legislature raising unemployment taxes and seriously looking to implement new sales taxes on service providers (mostly small businesses).   The new (allegedly) Republican governor has introduced his first budget, which seeks to spend $400 million MORE than the last year of the Perdue administration.   Gov. Pat is also seeking pay raises for state employees, the hiring of a ton of new teachers, and funding for something  new called the “school violence center.”  All of this while we still need to pay off a $3 BILLION debt to the federal government.  

Knowing all of this, I just have to ask:  Why vote Republican?  The establishment currently controlling the GOP at the national and state levels seem to think the mission at hand is to demonstrate they can manage the welfare state more efficiently than the folks with the Ds next to their names.   Throwing out Democrats and electing Republicans seems to get us little more than a slightly different flavor of the same ol’ unpleasantness.  

Until 1964, the national GOP was controlled by RINOs (a/k/a Rockefeller Republicans).  If you were a Republican, you were merely a member of another clique.  There were no real ideological differences to speak of.   A group of conservative insurgents upset the apple cart in 1964 by sneaking Barry Goldwater in as the Republican nominee.  The SAME folks who lecture us to ignore our principles, hold our noses, and vote for John McCain types ran as fast as they could toward Lyndon Johnson.   1964 led to the Ronald Reagan insurgent candidacy in 1976, which came oh-so-close to knocking off Gerald Ford in the primaries.

1980 and 1984 saw passionate conservatism on display in the presidential campaigns.  The GOP won record victories, and the GOP grew by leaps and bounds.  The GOP was no longer pasty-faced white Republican Episcopal and Presbyterian yuppies.   Ronald Reagan brought religious conservatives of all stripes into the party.  Jesse Helms convinced pickup driving rural North Carolina Democrats, who had been voting D for decades, that it was OK to register Republican and even VOTE Republican.   What has been a proven success time and again is giving people something to believe in and fight for — not watering down your principles and trying to be just like the other guys.  

You can sit idly by and cling to that Republican registration and convince yourself that things will turn out OK. Or you can decide you’ve had enough and fight to take your party, your state and your country back.   These people are flushing our livelihoods and our future down the drain.  They work for us.  We’re not their servants.  They don’t deserve our campaign contributions or votes.  They need to be taught a lesson.  We need to revive the spirit of 1776, 1964, 1976, 1980 and 2010.  

8 thoughts on “STILL WAITING FOR THAT CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION: NC, national GOP throwing limited government under the bus

  1. The RNC’s loony ”autopsy” written by out of touch beltway consultants shows one level of the party crying out for conservative change, but to get change at that level, we need NCGOP leadership which will support that conservative change. Is Pope or Brosch up to that task, or do we need someone else?

  2. “CRINO – Conservative Revolution in Name Only” is well underway in Raleigh.

    The masks come off and and those crech-tures ain’t pretty.

    Republicans Thom Tillis, Pat McCrory, Bob Rucho – The Charlotte Mafia’s 3 Amigos – “Don’t blame us for raising taxes, you voted for us and we’re just doing what Republicans do these days, raise taxes.”

    Republicans look at going after 130 more services to tax (The state currently taxes about 40 services. Now Republicans in the legislature have lost their way to go after 130 more services to tax)

    Legislators are considering taxing everything from haircuts to Internet movie downloads……….hide your dog! No, the Republicans say Fido gotta spread the wealth too, Pet Groomers on the list to be taxed. Poor Fido.

    Hide the baby! no sorry Republicans in Raleigh want Junior to spread the wealth too looking at taxing diaper services. Poor Junior.

    Little Joey’s lawn cutting money for Carowinds this summer. Sorry kid, cough up the tax, Republicans need you to spread the wealth, Republicans adding lawncare tax. Poor Joey, he got taken for a ride before he got to the theme park.

  3. I think it is harder to be a conservative once you are elected. The pressure does not go away after the election, it increases. Take Gov. McCrory for example. Every morning he gets up and the major newspapers in the state slam him on everything he does. Every week is Easter Week with him being the one crucified. The newspapers are really not mad at Pat, they are mad at themselves for losing the election for Walter. I think they really felt they could elect any candidate that they chose. However, in this case Easley and Perdue paved the way for the Republicans in spite of the best efforts of the newspapers/media. So the newspapers are merely taking our their frustrations on Pat. The real question is: Why couldn’t the newspapers pull it out for the Democrats? Was it the writers? Is that what the Dems need? Better writers? Not better candidates? In the meantime McCrory already looks like Rocky after he got beat up. I hope that McCrory can stand strong.

    1. What we need is GOP leaders who will target the press and go after them for what they are. We have had State GOP chairmen in the past like Frank Rouse, Dave Flaherty, Jack Hawke, and Jane Rouse who made effective use of press conferences to get our message out. That has been sadly lacking in more recent times. Will either of those currently in the state chairman’s race have the ‘nads to do that?

      1. Used to love those fish stews out at Frank’s place, SMS, on Hwy 258 North in Kinston. The fish stew was good and the politics better.

  4. Brosch would be the man for that job. There is a conservative movement in the GOP. People just need to wake up and see it. Folks like Rand Paul Glen Bradley Greg Brannon Ted Cruz Justin Amash are the future of our party.

  5. The pendulum is still swinging to the left. The conservatives are just marking time. The Iraq and Afghan wars will strangle the conservatives for years to come. I am beginning to think that the national GOP does not exist anymore. The national GOP is like BigFoot, everyone claims to have seen him. Meanwhile, down here on the NC farm the GOP is still trying to locate Easley’s missing travel records. And to find the key to the executive bathrooms in the General Assembly.

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