I was listening to Bill Bennett’s radio program this morning and a caller was talking about a local event that she had attended with an official from Sen McConnell’s office. She asked this person what the Republicans in the senate were going to do to stop the socialist agenda that President Obama is pushing. His response was to say that Senator McConnell thinks that we should try to work with the current administration at this time and not try to stop it.
So from our conservative journalists who have enjoyed a one night stand with Obama and are now publicly gushing about how great he is, to our Republican senators and representatives not only rolling over and playing dead for President Obama, but rolling out the red carpet for him, a rabid wave of Obamamania has now also infected the GOP. The difference between Peggy Noonan and Chris Matthews is now reduced to the drool around Matthews’ mouth. The difference between Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid has become the lack of a spine and the shape of their glasses. Why do we go out of our way to elect these people who get to Washington and instantly become kept men and women of the liberal establishment? It was bad enough that the Republican congress stopped being conservative and tried to woo the liberal media when they were in charge. One would have thought that their humiliating defeats in the last few elections would have taught them that being moderates and door mats for the Democrats isn’t a winning strategy, but here we go again.
The Senate is now falling all over itself to confirm all of President Obama’s nominees. My personal favorite is Timothy Geithner, admitted tax evader, who is set to earn “widespread bipartisan support” in his confirmation vote to be the next Treasury Secretary. So, the man who failed to pay taxes for several years and only got around to it when Obama nominated him to be Treasury Secretary is going to be confirmed because of the state of the economy. I guess the theory there is that it takes a tax evader to know one? Many Republicans are expected to vote to confirm this clown. To tax evaders everywhere I tell you that you have a friend in the Treasury Department!
Given that, I would propose that we search old footage of “To Catch A Predator” to find a child molester who happens to also have excellent credentials in the field of education to be the next Secretary of Education. As a teacher, I can attest to the fact that our education system is in need of major reforms. It’s too important to let something like kiddie porn to disqualify someone from the job. Let’s also find an illegal alien who happens to know a lot about security and put them in charge of border security. Since he knows a lot about planning terrorist attacks, let’s put Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in charge of Homeland Security (he’s going to be set free any day now anyway!) While we’re at it, let’s place Jane Fonda in charge of Veteran’s Affairs (as she knows many veterans from spitting in their faces and has had many affairs.)
Is there any common sense left in Washington?
The last hope for conservatism in America is the few Republican governors who are still actually conservatives. There are plenty of RINO governors like Pawlenty and Crist that are just as useless as the Republicans in Washington (also known as the Obama concubines) but there are a few shining examples of conservatism. Bobby Jindal, Haley Barbour and Sarah Palin stand as giants among them.
I expect Governor Jindal to grow in national importance in the next few years as he will also flirt with the idea of a presidential run. As of right now, I don’t know much about the man personally, but what I have seen reflects the conservatism that our country so desperately needs right now.
On the other hand, Governor Palin, fresh off of her run for Vice-President, still has media attention and when she speaks people listen. In both her recent interviews and her State of the State address, Palin has continued to boldly chart a path back for the Republican party by embracing the role of the pioneer woman fighting against all of the political difficulties (also known as “Yes We Can” Socialism: the “Change” Edition)by championing the optimistic America first conservatism of Ronald Reagan.
Governor Palin has continued to cut state spending with a proposed 7% cut in this year’s budget. That is not a cut in growth, but a cut in the current spending. She continues to safeguard her taxpayers by her prudent stewardship and tremendous political courage in taking on special interests and corruption. She champions less government and more personal responsibility at a time when people are expecting Obama to pay their mortgage and the government is on a fast track to own both the banking and health care industries through the new “Yes We Can” socialism brand.
So with socialism on the move, Governor Palin talks about renewing the spirit of Alaskans and independent responsibility, saying:
“Now, we can’t buy into the notion that for government to serve better, it must always spend more. Reductions we support are a chance to show the true measure in public policy. Simply increasing budgets every year, a common government practice, is no guarantee of success. More often, it’s an incentive to failure. Good public policy is accountable for results, and focused on critical priorities.”
While states like my own are asking Washington for bailouts, Governor Palin’s Alaska is strongly positioned to survive this economic situation thanks to her wise and prudent stewardship of the state’s finances. Palin reminds us that:
“In a volatile economy, numbers are not fixed, but principles are. We’ve followed the same principles from the start of this administration: fiscal discipline, limited government, and responsible stewardship. At a time when other state legislatures are staring at multi-billion-dollar deficits, and when our federal government proposes a deficit in excess of a trillion dollars this year alone, we have all the cautionary examples we need in the virtues of living within our means. With less revenue, we have an obligation to spend less money.”
It is important to note that Washington insiders and elites within the Republican party and conservative movement have written off this woman in favor of more insider candidates. She’s too far removed, you see, from the “brain trust” GOP cowards running the show in Washington who have decided that campaigning as conservatives to dupe the fools back home and governing like liberals is good for business. The grassroots conservatives better take a long hard look at this woman, however, as she represents the best hope we have of reclaiming the mantle of Reagan in an age of Obamamania. To social conservatives, she represents the pro-life position with more clarity and credibility than any in a generation. To economic conservatives, she is one of the few elected officials demonstrating to the American public how good sound conservative economic principles can guide this country through the tough economy to another economic growth period like the 1980s. To national defense conservatives, she represents the America first optimism and realism of Reagan that is needed in a world where global elitists and anti-freedom zealots seek to render America irrelevant, terrorists wish to kill her, and dictators spit in her face. Like the Teddy bear that carried a big stick over a century ago, Palin could be the “Mama Grizzly” to re-assert American strength and prominence.
Most importantly, she does all of this in a way that engages the public. Sure a lot was dumped on her during the campaign and there were some mistakes made. Let’s not forget the ratings generated by her convention speech and debate performance. Let’s also not forget the massive crowds she drew everywhere she went. The American people fell in love with Sarah Palin once and they will do so again on her terms, not those of a septuagenarian liberal & media sycophant going through the motions of his last gasp for the presidency.
It is a long road back to power for the GOP. That power, however, needs to serve a purpose. If it is more of the same mushy warmed over liberal policies of the Democrats then the GOP herd deserves to head into extinction. The conservatives of this country need to see this moment for the opportunity that it is to rebuild. Governor Sarah Palin gives us someone to build that new national movement around.
Also published on my other site: www.cityonahillpolitics.blogspot.com