Friday, April 23, 2010
Some Random Thoughts
The Republican Party seems to be going through a catharsis of sorts, similar to the one that gave birth to it. I forget the exact issue, but the political system used to be dominated by the Federalists (Whigs) and the Liberals (Democrats). I should take this opportunity to explain that liberal used to have a very different connotation that it does today. The Whigs supported a strong central government and the party founded by Thomas Jefferson was a staunch supporter of LIMITED governmental interference in the affairs of the citizenry. The Whigs were so soundly trounced over the issue that escapes me for the moment, that they ceased to be a viable political force, and left the federalists disenfranchised. The adherents of the political philosophy wouldn't remain that way for long, and they regrouped under the banner of "The Grand Old Party" (that is where GOP came from!). Over a hundred years later, the more thing change, the more they stay the same. Both sides infiltrated and co-opted the other and the Democrats became the champions of big, massive government, and the GOP became the champions of individual liberty. Well the Republicans have tried for so long to maintain a 'Big Tent' that they began to too closely resemble the Democrats, and once again left their constituency disenfranchised. Steele even went so far as to play the race card when he was asked about the seeming rebellion in his own party. How about we leave liberalism to the Liberal Party, and allow the conservative party to be CONSERVATIVE? Can we have room in the freaking tent for the people who put it up? Will the Republican Party die out, in favor of maybe the Libertarians? I can't say, but anyone who will represent the conservatives of America will get solid backing from the Tea Party Movement at this point, and looking at who is being appointed as counselors and advisors, and who is receiving the blessings of the party leadership even before the people have spoken at the primaries, the GOP havsn't learned much.