What many of my liberal/progressive friends do not understand about the Tea Party is the strong pro-market, pro-small guy, pro-entrepreneur, not necessarily “pro-business,” pretty much libertarian streak which runs straight through it and which puts it at odds with the establishment GOP. For many the Tea Party is as much a revolt against the wishy washy Republicans and their version of big government as it is against the Democrats and their version of big government. For many within the movement the GOP is actually the greater villain than the Dems. At least the Dems don’t say they are for limited government.
I was never one for pro-wrestling. I have to admit that I have never found any entertainment in it. But I have heard of Kane. Mostly because he is an out of the closet libertarian. He writes regularly for The Daily Caller.
It’s one thing for The Blaze, Glenn Beck’s online vehicle to report this (as it did in February) it is another when The Associated Press does it. There is a lot of smoke coming from the White House these days.
What happened. Did young people tack on a few more IQ points over the past 3 years because they started eating organic? Or is it that they have seen what the Obama machine has done and the crony capitalist policies it has implemented?
That’s funny. I am pretty sure that the reason we have a Constitution which seeks to limit the power of government at every turn and which in theory seeks to protect the rights of the everyday citizen is precisely because our founders did not believe government was inherently good.
This is part 2 of an extended essay on the rise of what I call the “New Wave” in the Republican party . We are a non-partisan organization at AgainstCronyCapitalism.org and this bit of analysis should not be construed as an endorsement of the GOP (or any other political party) in whatever form in any way.
However I feel that the emergence of the “New Wave” is the most important development in American domestic politics today. The “conservative” party of the United States is in the midst of an historic shift. I wanted to document my thoughts on this shift.
The first job I had out of college was working as a staffer on The Hill and pretty quickly I learned that the halls of Congress were no place for me.
I had interned at an upstart news network just off the Hill for a couple of years prior and had loved it, but getting the full dose of staffer life was a bit much. Somehow, naively I thought that ideas mattered on Capitol Hill. I know, I look back on this time and want to slap myself, but I still believed that the Republicans were “the party of small government” and that everybody’s goal on the GOP side was make Washington less important in the lives of average Americans. Like I said I was naïve.
Attached are the words of a man who has rolled over. They are the words of a man who, to paraphrase the famous quote from George Orwell, likes having his face stomped by a boot over and over forever. It’s such a familiar boot. Please, tread on me. I deserve it. For my safety.
Crony capitalism is pervasive. Both major parties are engaged in it and in the attached article we see a great example of an important organization which has long championed “small government” officially but has now abandoned its principals. The American Conservative Union is afraid that a new breed of small government types are actually going to try to make government smaller. This means cuts to defense and transportation. Both are conduits to constituencies the ACU is friendly with.