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Prognostication: The Lessons We Didn’t Learn in 2010

The following is from an article I wrote in 2010:
“Independents across the nation are grappling with a difficult choice in November. Do they punish the Democrat Party’s overreaching policies by once again entrusting the Republicans with power in Congress? The consensus, it seems, is that independents are willing to trust Republicans again, if and only if those Republicans are fiercely fiscally conservative. Apparently, after four years of watching “limited-government” Republicans nearly double the size of Government under President George W. Bush, independents have joined with Libertarians and Tea Party members to throw out many less than fiscally conservative Republicans, in favor of the more ideologically impassioned Tea Party candidates.

These recent events have alienated the powerful Republican elite. I must admit, that seeing the Republican Establishment indignant and frightened is as satisfying as the idea of the Democrats losing power two months from now. The idea that the Corporatists in Congress have been stripped of their leverage and prestige is indeed something to celebrate. They view these Tea Party candidates as upstarts and rogues. They secretly worry that this upcoming Freshman Congress will be impossible to manipulate and control. They are not so secretly lamenting the possibility that this new Republican Party might pressure them, the elite, the Corporatist Establishment Itself!, to conform with their anti-government agenda!

Who do these Tea Party candidates think they are? Ron Paul?

The Republican Establishment is furious with Sarah Palin and Senator Jim DeMint, for helping to push these unknown citizens into the spotlight. After all, these normal people don’t know how Washington works. My God, they might even try to govern according to the values they campaigned on. What if everyone had to do that? Many of these irksome new Republican Candidates are talking about changing the very rules Congressmen have depended on, for generations, for enriching their own lives and the lives of their supporters. Some are talking about term-limits. Others are talking about banning ear-marks. Others still are talking about radical measures that include actually balancing the budget by cutting government spending. You’d think these traditionally Republican ideas would be welcome by the Republican Party, but that is only because you would think that the Republican Party actually stood behind its convictions.

Instead, as we’ve learned over the last decade, the Republican Party doesn’t share any of the convictions of the Republican citizens that vote for them. Republicans are basically Democrats who think that Socialism is dangerous, that it could hurt Corporations who serve the paramount purpose of enriching the lives of powerful politicians. Now, the Establishment is petrified that all is lost; That their constituency is holding them accountable has made them mad as hell. Now, let us see what they do?

This is a volatile situation. Even if the Republicans take the House and the Senate, this will not be a unified Republican Party. The Republican Establishment will be as angry and indignant as the Democrat Party and all these new commoners are going to have to fight against the most powerful people in America, on our behalf. Thus, our support cannot waver. Our anger cannot be simply directed toward President Obama and Speaker Pelosi. The Corporatist, Big Government Republican Establishment and their horrendous governing put these liberal Democrats into power in the first place.  The Republican Establishment must remain under fire after the election. We must spend the next six years eliminating the relics of this dark age; an age of federal elitism and corruption, on all sides of the political divide”.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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