If you’re a member of the Tea Party or are simply a conservative, no doubt you’ve heard the following: Oh you idealists – you have to live in the real world. You must be more pragmatic. You have to be willing to occasionally compromise and those we elect must understand that they will have to work with the Democrats at some point to build bipartisan coalitions… wait for it… “To Get Things Done”.
Well, “getting things done” can mean different of things to different people.
To us conservatives, getting things done means cutting the size of government – I mean slashing it like Warren G Harding and Calvin Coolidge did. It means cutting government spending. I mean really cutting – not just a slight decrease of a massive spending increase (baseline budgeting).
It also means doing what is necessary to save the Republic in the face of a real or perceived public backlash (mostly perceived).
Yes, I understand that occasionally one has to compromise, but compromise shouldn’t be synonymous with surrender. What we have in the Republican leadership of both the House and Senate is just that – two halves of the Republican surrender coalition.
So, once again, I must do what I hoped I would never have to – strongly disagree with one of my heroes, Dr. Thomas Sowell.
In his recent article, “Facts and Factions” he is, in effect, defending and supporting the Republican establishment and doing so out of what I can only describe as fear.
Sowell quotes the late Sen. Patrick Moynihan: “You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts”. I certainly agree with that.
Dr. Sowell then points out that “we are at a crucial point in the history of America, and perhaps approaching the point of no return”. I can’t argue with that either.
He explains up with three more years of Obama – “we must win back the Senate in order to rein in the lawless Obama administration”. Agreed, mostly.
So why on earth would he be so strongly supportive of the spineless but devious Mitch McConnell – the other half of the surrender coalition who lies about being conservative just long enough to win his primary?
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