Tuesday was a disappointment, but that is the way our system works; sometimes your guy wins, and sometimes he loses. Usually there is little downside to losing, but I think differently about this election, and that our collective decision to continue the current track will yield a “Greek moment” for our country within the next four years.
I voted for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for 2 reasons:
1. Mitt Romney advocated for lower tax rates and fewer deductions
2. Paul Ryan is a singular politician with the will to tackle our debt accumulation problem head on
I don’t even agree with the details of their proposals, BUT the willingness to put real issues on the table I decided, was worth my vote.
Well, what now?
The Republican Party is clueless. It refuses to toss aside dinosaurs like Todd Akin (“legitimate rape” WTF?), supports single issue moralists, and now think they need to evolve positions and co-opt those held by the Democratic Party. Hogwash. “Amnesty for Illegal Aliens” confirms yet again that Sean Hannity is little more than a mouthpiece for the Republican Party establishment.
And the Democratic Party remains hell bent on printing and/or borrowing money to buy votes by promising and/or giving “free” stuff to very narrow single issue constituencies.
Let’s step back from the precipice and think for a moment. We remain a very centrist nation, but the centrist voice is drowned out by angry I want free stuff-ers on the left and angry moralist dinosaurs on the right.
Let’s examine another stand…The Constitution. The Constitution sets forth the precepts for governance of this great nation, precepts imbued in the DNA of the vast majority of Americans. What are they?
“We, the People of the United States in Order to form a more perfect union, establish
Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”
If the Republican Party wants resurgence they must declare for this. What might it look like?
We can stand FOR individual abortion rights and AGAINST government funding of abortions, government funding of Planned Parenthood, and FOR the right of religious institution to refuse to provide birth control. This position is consistent with Liberty and limited Government.
We can stand FOR gay rights and FOR gay marriage and FOR the rights of churches to refuse to marry gay people. This is standing for liberty.
We can be FOR the same tax rate for business income, personal income, capital gains, dividends, etc. Eliminate the payroll tax. Eliminate the Medicare tax. Just a single rate, and eliminate all exemptions. Everyone pays the same rate 20, 22, or 25% whatever it needs to be. This is just.
We can be FOR the dream act and FOR secure borders. This is a just stand for the children of illegal aliens and a stand for our common defense.
We can stand FOR a strong military and AGAINST non-defensive military action. We can insist it be Congress who declares wars and not the President.
Why is it so damn hard?
Let the single issue free stuff-ers, and the single issue moralist dinosaurs devour one another.
In the meantime, Republicans in Congress, toss Boehner and the establishment aside. Promote leadership strong enough to stand against the free stuff gang running the White House and the Senate. Promote leadership strong enough to isolate and marginalize the dinosaurs. And promote leaders who will take the stand for Justice, domestic Tranquility, common Defence, general Welfare, and above all Liberty.