I’m really really sick of the Republicans. I remember an old poli sci joke- “If the Democrats proposed a bill to burn down the capitol, the Republicans would offer a counterproposal to phase it in over three years.”
We’ve had both the White House and Capitol Hill for six years and what do we have to show for it? Domestically, almost nothing. The biggest thing is the tax cut, which is likely to be undone soon because of the out-of-control spending. Otherwise, the best argument you could make would be, “Think how bad it would be if the Republicans weren’t in power”. But I can think how bad it would be- 1994-2000, when power was split. Internationally it was a disater, but domestically, I really can’t say it was any worse. A Republican congress that acted a lot more like Republicans because there was a Democrat to fight in office, restrained the worst of Clinton’s liberal tendencies, kept him ineffective by impeaching him, and in general just got out of the way of one of the best economies we ever had. We still have a good economy, but it seems largely in spite of anything the Republicans have really done.
Yes, the tax cut. I like the tax cut. But what’s it going to do to us if we lose the tax cut over pressure about our deficit?
They’re just thieves and con-men, the lot of them. There’s the occasional guy like Tom Coburn who apparently thinks that being a congressman doesn’t mean unfettered access to the treasury of the country. But did you hear about this railroad in Mississippi? Trent Lott attached a $700 million amendment to an Iraq funding bill to move a railroad further inland, so they can build casinos on the coast. This for a railroad that the federal government just spent $250 million on repairing after Katrina. And then there’s the Northrup Grummann bailout– $200 million dollars in loss protection, in a special bill, to a company that made a $2.4 billion profit last year, up from the previous two years. This was once again Lott, but there’s enough Republicans to support him that make you seriously wonder where the head of this party is.
Again, what have we got from six years in power? Steel tariffs? Medicare prescription drug benefits? No Child Left Behind? Which one of these exactly has anything at all to do with conservative values? Anything worthwile, like the Social Security reform attempt, wasn’t supported enough to get it off the ground.
We knew from the start what we were getting from Bush- he was a “compassionate conservative”, and anyone who feels the need to put that qualifier on their version of conservatism doesn’t understand or doesn’t agree with traditional conservatism. Reagan knew that being a conservative was compassionate- it’s what freed people to solve their own problems, freeing resources from government control and wastage, freeing businesses from regulatory strangling so they could grow and succeed. I’m glad Bush was there for the war. I think it likely that not many presidents, and certainly not the alternative in 2000- would have handled it with anywhere near his guts and integrity. And this isn’t about Bush particularly, it’s about Republicans.
And then this immigration nonsense. Why the so-called “law-and-order” party can’t get it through their heads that a country cannot survive without law and order blows my mind. Eleven million people in this country whose first act here was to break our laws. And a million of them march in our streets demanding the right to continue doing so. I wish we’d surrounded those marches with tanks, and then kept the marches going right on down to Mexico. Give ’em plenty of Aquafina for the hike.
But if they can’t get control of spending, nothing else matters much. If they succeed in stealing the wealth of this country for all their pet projects, to buy themselves votes, then they will destroy this country.
And don’t think that any of this means I’m considering the Democrats. They’ve got all the faults of the Republicans, plus they’re baby-killers. I’d take a fag-loving, hooker-chasing, swindling, greedy fraudster any day over a baby-killer. It’s kind of like God preferring Jehu over Ahab. He still worshiped the golden calves, but at least he wasn’t a Baal-worshiping baby killer.
But I don’t think I buy it any more- the argument I used to make myself, that I should vote for the Republicans instead of a third party because a vote for a third party is a vote for the Democrats. I’ve come to the realization- so what? Would it be much worse? What would they do? Unfettered abortion? Oh wait, we’ve got that. Gay marriage? A matter of semantics at this point. Ridiculous spending? Check.
There’s the judges, of course. But remember, if the conservatives hadn’t practically shoved Alito down Bush’s throat, we’d have Harriet Myers today. So I’m not sure that even that argument’s worth much. There’s foreign policy- and here’s where it sticks in my throat a little. With a Democratic president, the foreign policy would undoubtedly be much much worse (although it does depend on which Democrat).
I just don’t know anymore. Fact is, if the election were held today between Generic Republican and Generic Democrat, I’d vote for the Republican. I am just really ready for a choice. And I think the Republican Party needs to have some competition for the conservative mantle in this country. Right now, I’m pretty sure the only reason they win elections is because it’s either them or the baby-killers.