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The Importance of Principle

Every person of principle has trouble when it comes to dealing with political parties, which for a myriad of reasons seem utterly immune to principle. Every time we make a principled argument about why a particular policy is wrong, we’re shouted down as being “purists” or “impractical” or “uncompromising”. What the impure, practical, compromisers forget is that principles do not derive their value from their “rightness”, but rather from the reality and consequence attached to their identity. Failing to balance a budget results in debt. Debt is a harmful thing if left unchecked. Period.

So it may be said that “you cannot always balance a budget” and that it is impractical to argue that our Congress should be constrained by a principle of balanced budgets. This is the reason, apparently, why we are never allowed to have a balanced budget. See, once you depart from the principle, you discover a vacuum of will to even attempt to achieve what an individual or group should rightly try to achieve at all times. Once the principle is gone, all perspective goes with it.

So what are our principles? This is a dangerous question, because once you know what your principles are, you will have the willpower to pursue it, to fight against those who stand against it. You might have been a Republican who believed in limited government, objective rule of law and equality under the law in accordance with the Constitution, private property, and the responsible handling of America’s taxable income. As such a Republican you may have gotten excited when the Republican Party controlled the House of Representatives, the Senate, the White House, and a slim majority on the Supreme Court. And then you may have gotten confused as these limited government Republicans dramatically expanded Medicare, or the Federal Governments role in Education, or passing “necessary laws” that were inconsistent with the Constitution (if not utterly unconstitutional). Certain that government would become more responsible, you were shocked when our debt began expanding rapidly. You stomached it at first, because of the war. But then you realize that war may now be endless under a non-mandated Democracy Project. You began to wonder how will future generations pay for all of this?

Then the Housing Bubble bursts and the entire nation realizes that the Republicans running our government hadn’t been very principled at all, that nearly every area of their responsibility had been neglected, and that our economy was ruined. Then came the bailouts and the merging of Federal and Private businesses. The people responsible for the debacle prospered, while the American People suffered.

Those six years were not a wonderful period for Republican citizens, but the members of the Republican Party prospered. In fact, they are the same people who are running the Republican Party today.

Because they had no principle, because they constantly compromised and lost all perspective, they drove our country into a ditch; and things were so grievously bad, apparently, that only Barrack Obama was grand enough to save us. Ladies and Gentlemen, the worst Republicans give us the worst Democrats. George W. Bush gave us Obama. Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford gave us Jimmy Carter. Herbert Hoover gave us Franklin D. Roosevelt! Teddy Roosevelt paved the way for Woodrow Wilson. The most unprincipled Republicans are always followed by the most radical Democrats, because what leg does the Republican have to stand on? What has Obama done that Bush didn’t do?

Go ahead, keep considering the question.

Wow, I know right? Practically nothing.

Republicans need principles; and to remember that principles are things that you do not compromise. Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin seem to have principle. No matter how awful the attacks, they stick to their message. Why? Because they actually believe what they say, and their beliefs don’t come from polling data, they come from principles. Please, Republicans, remember this: there will be no victory without a principled Republican Party. They must be held to account.

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.

4 Responses to “The Importance of Principle”

  1. Jack Lee

    “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
    Alexis de Tocqueville

    “Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”
    Senator Daniel Webster, 1851


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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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