The battle for the heart of the GOP is on. The establishment Republican Party is not concerned with liberty, it is concerned with power. As freedom and dignity ebb away, day by day, month by month, for the average person, the GOP leadership cruises along muttering under its breath about the Tea Party. The turd in the punch bowl. The party poopers. The guys and gals who actually want to reverse the growth of government. Don’t the small government people know that there is no money in taking favors away from donors.
One can barely see Caddell in this video from CPAC, but it is absolutely worth a view. In fact every political science student in the country should watch the video at least once.
I really liked the first iteration of the Tea Party, the one that was more aligned with libertarian values than anything. Quickly however it morphed into a more socially conservative entity which I feared would be completely co-oped by the powers that be. It was.
Say what you will about the Breitbart suite of online media. Are they over the top sometimes? Absolutely. But do they also do great reporting and interesting and valuable news? Without doubt. The attached article is an example of this.
There was a particular moment when John McCain lost the presidency. No, it wasn’t when he chose Sarah Palin.
“So there’s no chance of a Jim Grant, Ron Paul, hard-money advocate at the Federal Reserve at the end of Bernanke’s term and that’s a tremendous reassurance to the market.”
Ron Paul is no fan of Mitt Romney to be sure, but he makes a good point about the way the vote went on Tuesday.
The reason Obama said this recently at a fundraiser in New England was because he honestly believes proposals such as the (increasingly dead) Ryan plan are extreme. Not even close Mr. President. Not even close.
Basically Obama is a statist. Some people consider the word a sort of slur, which it is not. Obama is committed to the state. That’s who he is. He believes that Washington is full of smart people and that the rest of America should just fall in line. I believe he believes the problem is the Constitution as my old poli-sci professor used to say. The Constitution is illegitimate because it was conceived by people who did not care about “the people” the way he, Mr. Obama, does.
(This was originally written as a newspaper column.)
Republicans haven’t always been for small government. Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive and used the state to do all sorts of things, including establishing our system of national parks. Herbert Hoover, despite his reputation as a small government guy was anything but for limited government. In fact FDR ran to the right of Hoover in 1932 on government spending. Nixon founded the EPA, the National Endowment for the arts, and started the “War on Drugs.” Even Reagan, with the help of a compliant Democrat Congress spent with abandon on defense. So maybe the passing of the GOP as the “party of small government,” isn’t really a passing at all. Maybe Mittens, Newt, and Santorum are just the continuance of a long line of big government Republicans.
We’ll see how well he does with this theme.