The seeds of destruction are sown from within
There’s a significant philosophical debate heating up this election cycle between Republican Regulars and conservatives, and here at Townhall I find myself at the point of the conservative spear. The putative current frontrunners are Giuliani and McCain, and we’re told by the Regulars that regardless of how we feel, should either end up as the Republican nominee we should, if necessary, hold our noses and give them the nod.
I, on the other hand, have huge problems with that idea, even assuming I could find a gas mask strong enough.
A historical perspective: when I first came to California over 35 years ago, it was a pretty normal state politically. Alioto was Mayor of San Francisco, as I recall, and he was considered well out of the mainstream as a liberal. That, obviously, gradually changed over time.
Twenty-odd years ago, I was a Young Republican, but after a few years quit in disgust over the schism within the party, as the “moderate” wing totally marginalized the conservative wing so they could shamelessly pander for votes. Conservative principles were outright disavowed by the California party. As time went on the state became ever more Leftist, to the point that the “mainstream” of the state Republican party would be considered Democrat/Left in many other states. Now we have a Governator who ran Right, but governs Left, a la Clinton. California has become a political and regulatory freak show.
Unfortunately, I see the same thing now happening at the national level. We’re told that in the case of Giuliani he’d be great fighting the War on Terror, and that Hillary Clinton would be a disaster. A rerun of last year’s campaign, with the bogeyman of “President Clinton” replacing “Speaker Pelosi”. Didn’t work last year, and won’t this time either, and as Einstein observed, insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result.
More importantly, the War on Terror – a serious issue to be sure – isn’t the ONLY issue on the table. Let’s be realistic: can the terrorists destroy this country? No. The Twin Towers, as horrific as that was, didn’t cripple this country for even a day, and that was a HUGE and unique success for the terrs. Even if the worst happens, a nuclear detonation in a major city (which I addressed in my essay “City of Glass”) this country will survive.
However, we can certainly destroy ourselves from within. When the two parties become virtually indistinguishable, as has happened here in California, the country will be in serious if not mortal danger. We are well on our way now nationally.
History abounds with examples: Egypt, Persia, Greece, Rome, right up to the modern era with the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. In all cases, great societies that rotted from within, which made them susceptible to either collapse or destruction at the hands of much weaker forces.
The current Republican frontrunner, Giuliani, is pro-abortion (including taxpayer funding), pro-open borders, pro-gun control, and appointed extremely liberal municipal judges as the Mayor of NYC, though now we’re supposed to believe his claim of being a “constructionist” who will appoint constructionist judges. How can we believe such claims with the evidence of his history at hand? And more importantly how do his positions on the other issues, all traditionally Democrat positions, all of a sudden become acceptable to ANY Republican? This is absolutely beyond me. Further, just to be clear, I consider McCain easily as bad as Giuliani.
I am constantly scolded and told I’m wrong to look for someone who’s 100% right on all the issues. I’ve never said that, interestingly enough, because I know that the only person in the world with whom I agree 100% is me. However, I’m also not willing to settle for someone who’s only right on 20% of the issues. This whole argument is simply an intellectually vacuous straw man to distract attention from the critic’s own lack of principle and fiber.
Once the Rep party gets the idea they can win elections without supporting the core values it purportedly represents, it won't even bother paying lip service to them anymore. So say goodbye to your guns, goodbye to secure borders, goodbye judicial restraint, goodbye to any attempt at fiscal restraint, and a big HELLO to higher taxes and runaway big nanny government.
Is “win at all costs” the only goal, regardless of the price one pays? And what have you really won if you’ve given up the soul of your party and your principles to do it?
Do you want this whole country to be…….. California?