It’s Your Party, And You’ll Cry If You Want to?
2006 Selwyn Duke
still the siren of the heart and defer to the head is to seldom be wrongly led.
many wrong things feel so right. “You
know, I really told my mother-in-law off the other day and, boy, did it feel
good.” Of course, what has
changed? Your mother-in-law is still
the nag she always was. One change,
though, is that now your family politics has descended into the abyss.
occurs to me when I hear my political soul mates talk of sitting on their hands
this election cycle. I hear pundits
and plebeians both make pronouncements about how we have to “clean house”
and teach the straying Republican Party a lesson.
“Why, we’ll show ‘em! Take
us for granted, will you!”
perhaps my grasp of the principles of hygiene is flawed, but my understanding is
that you can’t clean a house by replacing the dust with toxic waste.
So, let’s see if we can learn a lesson here today.
as disappointed in the liberal tendencies of the neo-con lot as you are.
Personally, I’d like to be coronated king and have the Weimar
Republicans perform menial labor around the palace.
And maybe Lindsey Graham could be my court jester.
But you know what is even more amusing about this fantasy than the
scenario itself? It’s just slightly
more fanciful than the notion that replacing neo-cons with neo-communists will,
in a political galaxy not so far, far away, yield better government.
election presents us with a real opportunity to clean house and House – and
Senate. It’s called the
“primaries.” This is when true
conservatives, be they major party players or the rarest of breeds – a viable
third-party candidate – can be chosen over inside-the-beltway retreads.
And understand that when we complain about some of the Republicans
running in the general election, we are complaining about Republican voters’
primary choices. And the time to
address that was before the primaries – not now.
don’t tell me we don’t have the opportunities.
Sure, such individuals may not always capture the backing of the
intermittently feckless Republican leadership, but they run.
And when the voters run away from them, it sends the wrong message.
If we want to teach liberal Republicans a lesson, we need to nominate
such opportunity materialized during the Illinois gubernatorial primaries.
Conservative dairy magnate Jim Oberweis sought the Republican nomination,
hoping to unseat leftist governor Rod Blagojevich, who I not so affectionately
call Blago the Terrible. Instead of
choosing fresh milk, however, the Republicans of Illinois opted for old cheese.
They nominated Judy Baar Topinka, a political hack whose liberal views
are largely indistinguishable from Blago’s.
Anyway, how it shakes out is that slim just left town for Topinka, and
the Blago the Terrible infection will continue to metastasize, making it a very
Ill-inois indeed. Hey, people get
the government they deserve.
will respond to my point about limiting corrective action to the primaries by
pointing out that the power of incumbency needs to be broken.
But this is a self-defeating argument.
After all, once leftists take the reins, they will enjoy the power
of incumbency. And why should we
think that two years hence conservatives will be able to rise from the ashes of
our immolation and break a liberal stranglehold on government?
if you’re still sitting there with a red face, pursed lips and folded arms,
thinking there is virtue in jumping from the frying pan into the fire, let’s
gain some perspective.
can always be worse. Much,
much worse. It’s easy to forget
this, though, if you listen to the talking bobbleheads in the media and cast
your vote based on vague notions about Republican mishandling of Iraq and the
fanciful one that Democrats (a majority of Senate Democrats also voted for the
war) hold a never revealed panacea. But,
while the Democrats offer no magic bullet for the pacification of Iraq, they
most certainly are the poisoned pill for something of even greater import: the
the Court hasn’t occupied the upper tiers of your priority list, tear it up.
Remember that courts can effect social engineering by judicial fiat,
reshaping America for generations to come. And
this practice, involving contravention of the Constitution and known as judicial
activism, has been practiced incessantly by leftist judges for decades now.
best illustration is a real life example. You
may remember the Kelo eminent domain decision.
This was the outrage wherein, in a five to four vote, the Supreme Court
ruled that localities could seize property from one private entity (usually a
citizen of modest means) for the purposes of giving it to another private entity
(usually a big business that would use it to make money).
fittingly, this un-American decision was assailed from all sides, left, right
and center. Despite this, however,
most people fail to see the association between their electoral choices and such
judicial abuse. So let’s identify
five justices who voted to abrogate private property rights were the more
liberal ones: Steven Breyer, David Souter, Anthony Kennedy, John Paul Stevens
and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Those
standing up for the little guy were William Rehnquist, Clarence Thomas, Antonin
Scalia and Sandra Day O’Connor. The
late Rehnquist was a rock solid conservative, as are Thomas and Scalia.
O’Connor was a moderate who often cast the swing vote.
bear in mind that President Bush has nominated and the Republican Congress
confirmed two more good justices to the bench, bringing the total to four – one
short of a majority. And with
Stevens being eighty-six years old, there’s a fair chance that Bush will have
the opportunity to nominate that crucial fifth justice.
Who do you want this individual to be?
Another in the mold of Ginsberg, who once said,
[judges, when making decisions] must look for inspiration beyond our borders, to
the laws and constitutions of other nations”?
do you want a justice who respects the rule of law and adheres to our
constitution, thereby protecting our rights?
A Democrat controlled legislature would “Bork” any truly good
more recent example of leftist judicial activism, albeit on a state level, is
the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of anti-marriage.
Unbelievably, after admitting that no right to civil unions or
anti-marriage exists in the New Jersey Constitution, the justices simply decided
they would trump the will of the people and become a de facto oligarchy.
critical as understanding what happened, however, is understanding how it
happened. The people of NJ voted for
liberal politicians (even the Republicans in NJ are quite liberal) who appointed
and confirmed bad judges who, in turn, issued bad rulings.
It’s easy to understand if you can connect the dots and follow A to B
to C. The problem is that people
simply complain about the C, forget all about the B, and then re-elect the A.
Yes, people get the government they deserve.
And if we don’t deserve the C, we’ll remember the A.
the same vein, this past July the Democrats actually admitted
that they formulated a “five-point plan for fighting state ballot measures
calling for banning same-sex marriage.” Please
read the linked article. The
frankness about their desire to thwart the will of the people and destroy
marriage is stunning.
light of the aforementioned, will middle class Americans continue leaning toward
liberal Democrats in the thinking that the latter better understand their
plight? After all, liberals’
seeming disdain for private property rights and love of homosexual causes belies
this notion and illuminates the reality. Liberals
claim to be for the common man. In
truth, they're only for the uncommon man.
no mistake, the liberal Democrats whose ascendancy seems imminent, led by Nancy
Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, have plans for you.
Oh, they’re not plans proclaimed loudly from mountaintops because this
might give the peons second thoughts. Nor
are they plans whose design will serve us. But
here are some other things to expect if liberals take the helm.
The border fence will never be built.
Remember that it still has to be funded (there’s some question as to
whether it will be funded anyway), and San Francisco Pelosi and her ilk will
never let that happen.
There will probably be an irresistible effort to grant amnesty to the
twenty-million illegal aliens in our nation.
Then, once these illegals bring in their families, we may see an influx
of fifty to eighty-million more from the Third World.
Expect an effort to repeal the partial-birth abortion ban, the law that
prohibits what is nothing less than infanticide.
There will be efforts
to raise taxes and institute wasteful, inane programs and politically correct
We will be subjected to an endless barrage of witch
hunts, investigations of the Bush administration animated by
vindictiveness and designed to cripple traditionalist initiatives.
There will probably be an effort to resurrect the “Fairness
Doctrine,” a mislabeled piece of legislation that would force talk radio to
give liberals equal time. However,
it would target only conservative dominated talk radio, while ignoring the
left’s hegemony in the more influential mainstream media.
is just a sampling of the socialist agenda elements that will be pushed by the
liberal Democrats, should they seize control of the houses.
And this brings me to my next point.
say they don’t trust Bush, as he has betrayed conservative principles.
Okay, fair enough. But then,
why in the world would you trust him to stand firm against an aggressive,
relentless Democrat legislative branch bent on effecting leftist policies?
Are you sure that he won’t be cowed into signing even more liberal
legislation? You must think he is
quite the man.
would do well to remember that the Republicans may be a disappointment, but
they’re our disappointment.
voting Republican this November isn’t about being a party animal who imbibes
ideology-spiked Kool-Aid. It’s
about quieting that siren and not mistaking perturbation for perspicacity.
And it’s about understanding that the perfect should never be the enemy
of the good. It is said that while
Ronald Reagan adhered to certain immutable conservative principles, he
understood politics well enough to realize that sometimes you have to settle for
half a loaf.
sounds a lot better to me than stale crumbs and impending starvation.
And I’d expect nothing else from the let-them-eat-cake liberals in the
party of the uncommon man.
Selwyn Duke is a freelance writer out or Larchmont, NY. He has written for various publications including: IntellectualConservative.com, AmericanThinker.com and is a regular columnist for RenewAmerica.us.