There are none so blind as those
who will not see.
In the year or so that I’ve been writing this blog one of the driving themes has been that the Republican Party has lost contact with its core principles of conservatism and has suffered political consequences for doing so, as well as put the entire country in serious jeopardy of becoming an overwhelmingly socialist entity. I’ve made analogies using my own state of Kalifornia as an example, as well drawn attention to national issues to illustrate the dangers we’re facing in this era.
This debate has now become a national one, taking place at all levels from my lowly blog all the way up to the national arena, involving national bloggers and talk show hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Hugh Hewitt, and many others.
The battle lines are clearly drawn between party regulars, for whom it’s GOP uber alles and victory over Democrats at any cost; and conservatives who are demanding party fealty to core principles and planks, and are willing to withhold support from the GOP rather than sacrifice the nation’s future to long-term disaster simply for short-term political gain.
Everyone’s heard of Battered Wife Syndrome, in which the cops show up and the wife refuses to press charges against the guy who just knocked her silly for the tenth time, usually saying, “But I love him! And he’s such a wonderful guy most of the time!” Yeah, when he’s not knocking her through the wall. She is an “enabler”, allowing him to continue his behavior pattern of spousal abuse without fear of penalty. Many states finally had to pass laws taking the charging decision out of the hands of the victim to allow prosecution of the batterers.
That’s exactly what we have with the GOP Enablers: they love their party, when it’s not busy trying to be Democrat-Lite by spending money in a way that would shame a drunken sailor, writing laws infringing on the Bill of Rights, trying to grant amnesty to illegal aliens, expanding entitlements dramatically, enacting anti-market regulations to address such liberal causes as Global Warming, and refusing to enforce existing laws such as those mandating a border fence.
Like the battered wife who refuses to see her husband as the SOB he really is, the GOP Enablers refuse to acknowledge that we have only gotten to the sorry state we’re in through the collusion of the GOP with the Democrats; and their refusal to stand for traditional Republican principles of fiscal responsibility, small government, and adhesion to the concept of law and order. Like the abusive spouse, the GOP is able to continue its behavior without fear of consequences, because the Enablers will stick with it blindly.
The Enablers are concerned with one thing only: beating Democrats in elections. They don’t seem to care what the consequences are, and they are significant. From a practical standpoint, they seem blind to the fact that when candidates run on strong core principles, they enjoy huge margins of victory, such as Reagan’s two landslides and the 1994 congressional sweep predicated on the Contract with America. As candidates become weaker on the principles, they receive ever-slimmer margins, and depending on how far they stray, may well end up in defeat, as we saw in last November’s mid-term congressional elections in which the GOP lost the majorities of both houses.
Quite frankly, that practical consideration alone should make the Enablers re-think their position, but it never seems to do so. I am constantly mystified as to why that is.
But of even more import is the consequence to our country and society. The only hope of stopping the leftward drift in which we find ourselves is a Republican Party that will stand firmly for true conservative principles. At this point in time, that is sadly not the case.
The Enablers use the War on Terror (WOT) as their justification for overlooking all flaws in the GOP candidates. This is a huge mistake, as the WOT is going to last for many years, if not generations. The Cold War lasted almost 40 years, and the Korea stalemate has passed fifty years and goes on to this day. If we sacrifice all other considerations of a candidate’s worthiness on the altar of this one issue, then the doors are open for candidates who are liberal on other very important issues to label themselves as Republicans and run for office. This is exactly what’s happened when we consider political figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rudolph Giuliani; in other eras, they would be Democrats.
The only way a spousal batterer changes his behavior is when he’s forced to suffer consequences for his actions. The same holds true for political parties. If the GOP can continue sliding leftward without fear of losing elections, it will continue to do so. Pandering is so much easier than principle, and they can always count on the votes of the Enablers. It may take the consequence of lost elections – including possibly next year’s presidential race – for the GOP to change its own behavior.
The only hope for the GOP and for the country is for conservatives to refuse to blindly vote for candidates who aren’t demonstrably principled, in order to force the GOP to rediscover and adhere to its values or suffer the consequences.