Happy New Year! Well, considering, I mean.
Sure, it’s another year of Obama and Reid and, sad to say, the GOP establishment and their leadership stooges colluding with the left on its grand amnesty plan, one that feeds the coffers of the GOP’s corporatist clients and trickles down to the Party fundraising and electioneering apparati while providing the Democrats with the raw material for their transformation of red states into purple states and ultimately blue states by importing government dependents to vote themselves other people’s dwindling resources (see, eg., Colorado — though the backlash there is beginning to take a noticeable and mildly hostile form).
The GOP establishment, having through the Ryan/Murray bill, already walked back the “law of the land” that was the sequester and given the Democrats a simple Senate majority for spending increases, is now moving onward with an amnesty plan no one except certain ethnic front groups and phony “civil rights” champions are demanding, aiming in the process to please its cronies and maintain its fundraising mechanism, largely (and ironically) in an effort to beat back threats to its power from its own base, then run in perpetuity against what they themselves helped enable, convincing those still not terribly politically engaged that the GOP, rather than having been complicit in the logistical influx of Democrat clients, the shrinking of the middle class, and the flooding of the work force with low wage labor that will harm American citizens already looking at prolonged record unemployment, is the party fighting for jobs, lower taxes, and smaller government. They’ll win some, they’ll lose some, but that hardly matters and more — as both they and Nancy Pelosi (“we need to return to a time when Party didn’t matter”) both know. Bigger government and more “revenue enhancements” are appealing to politicians in both party establishments, and once the GOP surrendered principle for pragmatism, it was easy for them to convince themselves that every compromise, surrender, and downright deconstruction and inversion of the party’s ostensible values was somehow part of a long-term strategic plan. In other words, they’ve begun to rationalize their own greed and convince themselves of the plausibility of their own moral choices — they’re “realists” holding off the “purists” who will sink the party, they claim, even as it’s evident to all but the most doctrinaire party loyalists and cheerleaders that the differences between the GOP and the Democratic Party are largely those of speed and scale, not of ideological competition — and this is precisely because once you stand for nothing, you’ll stand for anything that you believe benefits you.
And you are no longer us, those whom you ostensibly represent, We, the People.
It’s theater, and going forward, it will continue to be theater unless and until the people awaken and recognize that there is no strategic victory in what the GOP leadership and its mouthpieces constantly sell as strategic victory. It is, as I’ve said for years, at best losing more slowly — and as I’ve now come to believe more and more, something even worse: strategic complicity in permanent statism and a more vigorous and authoritative centralized government whose administrative apparatus and civil service protections assure a kind of insulated, ruling class permanency.
Having said all that, we do have certain things to look forward too going forward into the New Year. First, the 2014 elections, in which we either get our constitutionalists elected or else we step back and precipitate the inevitable economic fall: because never again are many of us, and this is on both sides of the aisle (where the TEA Party has always existed, despite claims from the progressives who despise the Constitution and the entrenched GOP, who despises the demands of its own base), going to vote for the lesser of too evils. Is it “pragmatic” to do so, to delay a collapse? Sure. But is it still giving affirmation to evil, even to a lesser degree? You bet. And we’ve spent too long taking that tack.
Second, even as the GOP leadership tries desperately to drag its feet on ObamaCare and resist urges to pull it out root and branch, their feints toward “improving it” or “fixing it” or “keeping the good parts” are going to be met with resistance from those affected, regardless of party affiliation. There are many many Democrats out there who, whether they’ll say so publicly or not, would happily sneak a pull for a GOP candidate in an election if they truly believed that the candidate they were voting for was actually committed to doing away with the wealth redistribution schemed that ObamaCare is — one whose very design is meant to bring about a single payer system and, in the end, crush the middle class, reducing the country to a kind of “natural state” (in their minds), where you have the rulers and the ruled, the rich who oversee and run the lives of the herds, and the monetary units that keep the revenue flowing to the rulers in exchange for their genius and faux largess.
Third, we have friends and family, many of whom we’ll have to rely upon should more of us begin to suffer under the burdens of increased taxes, the weight of debt and deficit, substandard health care, and a general malaise and desperation that will appear once the country is flooded with new “future-citizens” who will suck up state resources, overburden infrastructure, and elect governmental officials that will promise them not liberty but rather compensation in exchange for their votes.
And this resurgence of family and community — which we’ve seen in microcosm in reaction to first the Chick-fil-A “crisis,” then the Hobby Lobby case, and most recently, with A&E’s initial surrender to the aggressive homogeneity of the self-appointed thought police that the network was then (comically) forced to rethink, given the size and scope of the audience of a show that, simply and in an entertaining fashion, promotes family, the entrepreneurial spirit, faith in something greater than current political orthodoxies — may just be catching on, and gaining traction, particularly as it juxtaposes itself against the failures and phony promises of a nanny government that has long pretended to be your guardian, even though it doesn’t know you nor care about you on any level that can conceivably be called individual.
It may not be that the country is saved by the beliefs of an outspoken family of duck hunters from West Monroe, or the family that gave us the chicken sandwich, or a company that provides the raw material for the kind of kitsch that cosmopolitan liberals so despise.
But it doesn’t hurt that the instances of pushback are adding up.
There’s a hope for 2014, in other words. Unfortunately, there’s an entire political and administrative apparatus who is working overtime to squelch that hope.
We still have the state convention solution, which shows promise. But in an ideal world, 2014 will be a year of renewed determination to join with friends, family, and community to remove from office politicians of any party who simply refuse to represent us.
If that means all-time HIGH primary turnout, and all-time LOW general turnout for elections, we’ll be heading in the right direction.
Be safe. Have a great rest of the day, a wonderful evening, and a great and prosperous New Year.
My best to you all,