This is the best part of the column….
The challenge now facing the GOP is that smart government is not in the party’s rhetorical toolbox. It also runs counter to everything that conservatives such as Bozell represent.
Brent Bozell, a man I do respect, deserves this criticism. Hell, most of the “Manufactured Rights” pundits need to hear this. Don’t tell us how you believe and want Small Government, when you cheer on Big Government programs. And yes folks , War is a Big Government Program.
Now the author of this piece does sound like someone who “gets it”. And the author does bring up a good point about what Reagan really said in his first Inaugural address. “Reagan declared in the same address, “it is not my intention to do away with government. It is, rather, to make it work.” Kind of goes back to what I’ve been saying for a while now. That the “Conservative Movement” has major ADD.
This is were I break with the nice stuff. The author goes on to say…So how should Republicans proceed? A good start is by acknowledging that government does have a role to play, and it is the responsibility of all elected lawmakers – both Republicans and Democrats – to get it right. Beyond this, the GOP can play a constructive role by holding President Barack Obama at his word to go “line by line, page by page” through the federal budget.
Here’s my first complaint and will state it very simply. I will NEVER acknowledge that Government works. It doesn’t work plain and simple. Sure it may work for people or lobbyists who are looking for a hand out, but for us regular folks, it’s just something in the way. Secondly what was the biggest killer of man during the 20th Century? If you guessed Government, you get a gold star.
How is the GOP going to play a constructive role? They aren’t going to do that. Some will, and call themselves the “Loyal Opposition”. What does that mean anyway? “Loyal” to the Government but don’t like the People running it? Give me a break. All that means to me is, they will vote with Dictator President Obama when it’s good for the hands of the GOP coffers.
What the author has effectively done in this piece is show the inconsistency of the “Conservative Movement”. Which is fantastic. But the author is angry about that? Or is the author just saying to the people like the “Manufactured Right” pundits to stop saying you believe in Small Government, when we all know they worship Government like the Socialists?
I’m going to enjoy the next couple of years of this back and forth. The who’s, the what’s of Conservatism. You know the best place to start looking is at the Constitution. All of it, not just the select parts you guys spout off at the mouth about.