What is there to say? The GOP goes the way of the Whigs [updated]
The House is said to working on behind-the-scenes secret “immigration reform”; the Senate is about to green-light gun-control measures (a cap on mag capacity, entirely unenforcible “universal background checks,” if I had to guess — which will later be added to a vaguely worded sense of the Senate resolution by Reid, with his controlling the process, giving cover to vulnerable Senators), with perhaps a few Republicans breaking ranks and yielding to the “do SOMETHING!” impulse that infects government like a tenacious case of the crabs; 5 Republican governors (including Brewer, Kasich, and Martinez) have caved on the “optional” (per the Roberts Court) Medicaid expansion that is the last hope for stopping ObamaCare’s implementation and stalling the destruction of most innovative health care system on earth, transmuting it from one based in private enterprise and competition into, eventually, an inefficient, disinterested single-payer national monstrosity; Karl Rove and the establishment ruling class, including both Boehner and McConnell, are setting up a “conservative victory” group intended specifically (and ironically) to thwart conservative challenges to incumbents and to both take control over the primary process, reducing we the people to Potemkin voters who are allowed only to pick from the menu selected for them by their betters, and to redefine “conservatism” so that it comports with the Scarborough, Podhoretz, Brooks, Frum, National Review summit / Weekly Standard “American Greatness” vision of a more composed and restrained group of technocrats managing a giant federal government, off of which the accrue power and wealth, while simultaneously pushing actual conservatives, classical liberals, and libertarians to “fringe extremist” status — in a move the consequently repositions progressivism to the center.
It’s been nearly five years now since I first explicitly stated that what we are seeing in this country is the ruling class vs the rest of us in what is, demonstrably and undeniably, in my view, a statist, coup. Party has ceased to matter — because the establishment GOP can fundraise off of losses (as can the Democrats), and neither party has any desire to pare down the scope and reach and power of government. It is the tit to which they all cling — and they are not going voluntarily to give up the mother’s milk that keeps them fat and contented. They are insular and insulated. And they view us as the font of “revenue” that keeps them living like aristocracy, while they belch out laws and regulations to keep their subjects from getting too uppity, and craft messages that keep identity groups, economic, social, ethnic, turned on each other and fighting over ruling-class crumbs. And it’s entirely intentional.
They rely on corporatism and cronyism. They embrace liberal fascism, even as many of them spout free-marked platitudes and wear flag lapel pins and GOP-colored ties. But they disdain the real free market for the very reason that they can’t control it. They hate Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz for embracing foundational ideals and trying to bring us back to first principles and grassroots politics while extolling the virtues of professional politicians like (now Democrat) Charlie Crist or Dick Lugar, who refused to endorse the Republican for his Senate seat. They see as up-and-comers moderate Republicans who cozy up to Obama while bashing those groups who are a bulwark against the usurpation of natural rights.
This is the reason Boehner has fought hardest to restrain and punish and turn the 2010 TEA Party candidates; this is why Rove’s group, who lost 10 of 12 Senate elections and 4 of 9 House seats in which their Super Pac backed a candidate, is presuming to use the corporatist wing of the GOP — its largest donors — to thwart the grass roots of the party; and this is why, for all the phony Kabuki theater we’ve seen, Obama has gotten nearly everything he’s wanted out of the House (which, despite GOP majority status, continues to pretend its hands are tied).
Perhaps Jonah Goldberg will pen a column suggesting I’m getting rich as a “huckster” who is standing on principle. Perhaps David Frum or David Brooks or Bill Kristol can remind me that holding to certain ideals is simply naive and unnuanced — that we can’t really claim to love our country while wanting to severely slash its government. Perhaps I can be further marginalized as a kooky “True Believer” by people who keep telling us the way to win elections is to nominate those who constantly lose them — and who for their troubles are invited to speak and conferences, pretend to be TEA Party supporters, and are flush with advertising money as a result of their reach and prestige in the new media.
It doesn’t much matter anymore.
At this point, I don’t think we can save the thing as is. I think at some point there will either be a splintering of the populace of significant proportions or else widespread resignation as we settle into the world of Brazil or the first 30 minutes of Joe vs. the Volcano.
As a father and a husband, I’m torn over what to do. I need to be there for my children. And yet at the same time, I can’t stand by and watch them transformed from free people into slaves to the state, economic units to be managed and nudged and “fundamentally transformed” by social engineers and bureaucrats who treat them as drones in a beehive. So I fight on.
Yesterday, one of my two cars — the oldest, a 1993 Land Cruiser — finally gave up the ghost. My other car, a 1994 Jeep Wrangler, is hanging in there, but for who knows how much longer. At a time when gas prices are at their historical highs for this time of year — and facing a hefty new tax burden — I have to go find a replacement vehicle that will keep the kids safe. So that’s what I’m off to do today.
It is with fear and despair that I now gaze upon my country. What used to be the last best hope. Destroyed by selfish, self-serving demagogues and political animals who advance through deceit and emotionalism, and who have managed to weaken the Constitution in such a way that they’ve finally made it work for them — in our names.
If I fill them all into a giant tank and take a piss on them, I would.
update: Jeffrey Lord takes note. Surprisingly, some of the Hobbits are signaling a refusal to “get our asses into line” — and in fact, when it comes to asses, we have an idea of where Karl Rove might want to stick his white board.