The posts here at Red State are forceful expressions of the anger and frustration caused by Congress and the President for their part in the ‘stimulus’ bill. Everyone who has written understands the implications and impact of this horrendous and flawed legislation. Everyone is rightfully angry, and many have come up with a number of creative solutions to the question ‘What do we do?”
We’re in a fight, for sure. But we can’t fight angry; in spite of the image of Rocky Balboa taunting his opponent to hit him until the anger surges through Rocky and he turns the tide of the fight, this rarely works in politics. We have to out-think and out maneuver the Democrats, and that’s not as easy to do if we’re full-up anger. Anger can be a great motivator, but then we need to channel the anger to well thought out actions.
One post has likened the issue to a spreading cancer. I like that analogy, and his suggestion to ‘starve’ the cancer to kill it. We should look for all possible ways to do so. We have to remember that the cancer is extremely aggressive and large already, and not fool ourselves into thinking this will be a short course of treatment.
Other posts have alluded to changing people’s perception of this bill. Many have worked at this and done such a great job that the President felt compelled to go out and ‘sell’ the bill to America. He even committed some unforced errors to compound the issue, such as his remarks at Caterpillar. We need to keep the Democrats on defense with more of this. Newt Gingrich plans to highlight a ‘stupid idea’ from the stimulus every day for the next month. This may be closing the barn after the horse has escaped, but it will at least provide the basis for some doubt and scepticism of the next great ideas– more bank bailouts, etc.
We need find more ways to slow the growth of the cancer. We can try fighting the projects themselves using environmental impact, economic studies, etc. We can challenge the local leaders as they apply for the grants to build these frivolous dog parks and water slides and make them look foolish. We can demand that local leaders retain their lawful authority and not surrender for a few coins from the feds.
But we also need to find ways to fight the source of the fight: people with low expectations and no hope will always be attracted to those who promise to solve their problems for them. That’s where the political power comes from, and that is the main source of this cancer. We have to show people that relying on government for their lives over the long term is the wrong path. We need to find the folks that have emerged from poverty and highlight their stories. We need to convince others that they can do the same, and then support them through private means as they do so.