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Recess is over

November 8, 2010

OK, Patriots: recess is over. Back to work. And we do have our work cut out for us!

First, we need to make sense of the election. Obama surely has it wrong: it was not the messaging, it was the message. He could have a point if the Democrats had actually run on their platform; they didn’t. Most were even afraid to tell voters who they were–that they were even members of the new Circle-D party. They knew what was coming. The bad news for us is that they went ahead with their agenda anyway.

What they have done to their party since about 1992 is to remake themselves into a European-style Socialist Democratic party¬† along the lines of the Labour Party in the UK or any number of social democrat parties on the continent. As such, they want a cradle-to-grave welfare state where the government runs at least half the economy. In addition to having a social democrat party platform, there are at least two other implications to this orientation. One is that they tend to act like a parliamentary party: when elected, they assume they have a mandate to enact their platform. They didn’t because they forgot that we’re not a parliamentary democracy–yet. The second implication is that they are actively trying to transform our system of government into a kind of parliamentary democracy by negating the checks and balances of our constitutional form of republican democracy. They’re both enacting policies and transforming the underlying rules of the game at the same time.

So secondly, we have to understand the battle we’re fighting. It’s a three-pronged attack on our constitutional republic and our very way of life. The first prong is the policy agenda which we have seen and have rejected. The second is the attempt to transform our very form of government from within; to make our Constitution not a living document, but a dead letter. Third is the attempt to institutionalize all this by making themselves a perpetual majority party.

It’s like going to a football game. The opposing side has the referees in their pocket so the calls go against the home team; they can’t win. Then the referees start changing the rules of the game. Before you know it, we’ve still got eleven men on the field but we’re playing soccer. You see, they told us we were going to a football game but what they didn’t tell us is that they had a different definition of the word football.

I think Americans reacted viscerally to the socialist agenda in early 2009, triggered by the out of control spending. We’re still waking up to the dangerous hidden agenda of how they’re transforming government and society.

Stopping the advance of the agenda was only the first step. We still have a lot of work to do in order to restore the Constitution to its rightful place as the centerpiece of our governmental system. We are going to need energy and determination for the long war.

Pass the fries and the salt, please.

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2 Comments
  1. November 8, 2010 11:43 am

    Hey there: Don’t just pass the salt, but I’m really into dribbling on the truffle oil with my sea salt (little indulgences go a long way in a recession).

    I’ll comment for now just on Colorado. We need to start recruiting and vetting candidates NOW for 2012. And we can’t get bogged down in social issues that legislators at the very most, have very little control over. For the life of me, I don’t get why people think their social mores need to be imposed on everyone else via force of law. The reality is they won’t get what they want, and the rest of us will lose out on the fiscal conservatism we want. I’m starting to think fiscal restraint isn’t all that important to the social issue zealots on both sides of that debate.

    One can be pro life without being for amending the constitution in a Quixotic effort that will never in our lifetimes have even a remote chance of success. Colorado is at best an Indigo state – a combo of blue and purple. This past election made that clear. If Colorado wants to become another California and fight that losing battle for 35 years, so be it. I won’t be a part of it. I watched it live my entire adult life in the Golden State. The definition of insanity and all.

    • November 8, 2010 1:00 pm

      Hi Laura,

      Agree completely! Traditionally, though, the fiscal conservatives have had to mobilize the social conservatives to win. But I’m libertarian enough to believe NOBODY should be foisting their values on us throught the force of law. My mother always used to say, “You can’t legislate morality.” Wish more people’s mothers had said that. Both sides try.

      Al

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