GOP, Can You Hear Us Now?
On the evening of Election Day it became known that former President George W. Bush had refused to vote for the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump.
Mr. Bush inherited a prosperous, free country with a balanced budget and no foreign wars. He left America embroiled in a disastrous unending foreign war, the largest federal budget deficit the country had ever had, a huge new entitlement program and a massive increase in federal regulations and spending. With Republicans like that, who needs Democrats?
But we conservatives were exhorted to overlook all this, hold our nose, and prevent John Kerry becoming president – in the name of party unity.
And in 2008, we were told we must vote for our bête noire, the “maverick” (i.e. closet liberal) John McCain.
And again in 2012, we were expected to toe the party line, ignore our conscience and vote for the Massachusetts liberal who introduced the model for Obamacare.
These are the statist policies and politicians the Republican establishment has delivered in this century, with little daylight between them and the Democratic Party.
“W” left office as an unusually unpopular president, McCain lost in a landslide and Romney went down in flames. Are you starting to get the message, GOP?
Where were the calls for party unity this year, Mr Bush? Despite the GOP establishment’s best efforts to nominate another RINO, the citizens managed to send a message. And what a message it was.
Is it getting through your thick skulls yet, GOP?
You all need to take a long hard look in the mirror, for the Republican Party will either reform itself or die.
I’d rather see you perish. Betrayal has a price. A nascent Tea Party will be glad to take over the reins.
Country Going Galt
The unexpected consequence of this campaign cycle is that the things that have been eating away at the body called America have been exposed to sunshine and fresh air and will (hopefully) begin to wither and die. The so-called “news media” outlets and their ilk have been put in the spotlight and, in spite of their attempts to tell you otherwise, been shown to be what they are – tools of a class of people that would and have put themselves, up until now, in a position to rule, not govern, but rule over the American people.
This not only includes most Democrats and liberals but some Republicans as well. The people spoke in the primaries, and in spite of that there were those in the party that tried say “silly people, we know what’s best for you.”
The common hardworking American has spoken – no they’ve shouted. They’ve shaken their fists, picked up their pitchforks and made it known. They have followed the example of the character Howard Beale in the film Network when he encouraged everybody to go to their windows and shout “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
It’s not going to happen overnight, if it happens. I’m not going to try to predict what Trump is going to do, but I do know one thing. We dodged a major bullet on Election Day. The prospect of another Clinton/Obama presidency was scary. If Trump can and does accomplish half of what he talked about, America will be far better off than the alternative. On the surface it appears we the people have retaken control of our country.
It’s not going to be easy because those that have relied on the federal government to give them their largess, to take from the producers and give to them the non-producers, to support them, are going to fight tooth and nail to bring it back. They can and will resort to violence because that’s what’s they learned. If I throw a large enough temper tantrum, I’ll get what I want. If I yell (insert appropriate prefix here) “ist” or “phobe” they’ll cave. We producers have dropped the tongue of the wagon and told everyone in it, “You want it? Work for it.”
I encourage everyone to read John Galt’s speech from Atlas Shrugged. Google it. We have taken the first steps to “Go Galt”
Let’s Vote More
As a supporter of democracy, I want more citizens voting on more things.
A federal judge, Loretta Biggs, recently did the right thing. She ordered three counties to restore thousands of voter registrations that had been purged in our state because of individual challenges.
We should be wary of any government, political party or state that wants to reduce the number of citizens that are allowed to vote.
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