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Partisan Promise Disparity

This is the first election in living memory where I couldn’t care less about the outcome.  Yes, I think Republicans will take the Senate. Big whoop. What will this mean in terms of its practical impact on the nation at large?

Nothing. Nothing whatsoever.

Every piece of significant legislation that might reverse the damage Obama has done will be summarily vetoed. And, conversely, every attempt by Obama to advance his agenda will be nipped in the bud. There will be a flurry of partisan activity and a marked increase in rhetorical volume, but no actual lawmaking will take place.

That’s actually just fine with me, as I find government inaction to be a preferable default position to well-intentioned, expensive, and ultimately destructive social engineering. But there is action government needs to take to avoid the fiscal implosion of the entire nation – entitlement reform, anyone? – and neither party will take it. A Republican Senate will not stop or even slow our inevitable collapse.

So forgive me if I’m not giddy with partisan glee.

My exile from the GOP has given me a different perspective on the party that was once my home. It occurs to me that the Republicans will always be at a disadvantage, because we can never out-promise the Democrats. The Left believes that government is the primary – indeed, the only – vehicle for positive social change, and that all the ailments of humankind can be attributed to an inadequate amount of government. Poverty, violence, disease, despair, the global thermostat – all these can ostensibly be managed and controlled for the betterment of humanity if we just send the feds enough money.

Of course, none of that is true.

That’s not really a matter of opinion. For decades, we’ve been dumping truckloads of taxpayer cash on these problems, and, if anything, they’re worse, not better. Our fifty-year “War on Poverty” has cost trillions upon trillions of dollars and has created a permanent underclass with no intergenerational memory of self-sufficiency. Those governments that go whole hog and abolish private ownership produce tyranny, corruption, and crushing poverty – but at least everyone is equally miserable.

But real-world, empirically verifiable results don’t get in the way of Democrats who continue to dangle the promise of taxpayer-funded paradise in front of voters. Just keep writing checks, and, sooner or later, the government will get it right, even though they’ve gotten everything terribly, horribly, miserably wrong up until now.

Republicans, on the other hand, don’t offer anything nearly as exciting. Vote for us, they say, and we’ll minimize the damage government does. Of course, there will still be poverty and inequality and misery and pain, but at least it won’t be as bad as it will be if the Democrats add huge new gobs of government into the mix.

So the Democratic promise is “Vote for us and the government will create a paradise!” Whereas the Republican promise is “Vote for us and everything will still suck, but it might suck a little bit less.”

Which one of those rallying cries is more likely to stir the soul?

I think government is a necessary evil, and it has a critical role to play in establishing boundaries within which freedom can flourish. But freedom also admits the possibility of failure, and government cannot remedy the pain and affliction that is fundamental to the mortal experience. Only Jesus can do that. And when He comes back as King of Kings, that’s when I’ll get excited about government again.

Until then, it’s “meet the new boss; same as the old boss.”

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  1. Boy, that government shut down sure killed the Republicans last night, hey?

    “Republicans, on the other hand, don’t offer anything nearly as exciting.”

    I concur. They’re stuck being the sober adults in the room. Why listen to your parent’s nagging and do your homework, when you can run off to the mall with their credit card?

    I think part of the problem is pop culture and its illusory portrayal of youth equating wisdom. The result is a lot of very naive and supremely confident children.

    At any rate, if the Republicans were to run on Freedom, of actually just leaving people the hell alone, that would actually excite me.

    Whether or not President Obama’s ignorant mischief will fulfill the Cloward-Piven Strategy is yet to be seen. Fat lady and all of that.

  2. Being Libertarian leaning myself, I do have a soft spot for Rand Paul, although I part with him on foreign policy like I do with most Libertarians anyway.

    Having said that, my mind turns to what Stallion has written here. ” A Republican Senate will not stop or even slow our inevitable collapse.” He feels that the entitlements have come to the point that they’ll soon fulfill the Cloward-Piven Strategy.

    So what we need then, is a President willing to make the necessary austerity measures like repealing all of Obamacare with Reconciliation if necessary, and pull back wildly on entitlements of all kinds. It’d be nice if he could abolish the IRS and the EPA too, but that’s really just a dream of mine.

    But more than that, we need a President who can withstand the barking media, can ignore all of the activist fascists that will march and chant in protest, and keep a cool head through it all.

    Given what happened to Governor Scott Walker over the last 4 years in Wisconsin, and his ability to succeed while keeping a cool head and ignoring all of the activist wackos and armies of lunatic protesters, I’d say he’s probably the best man for the job.

    Remember, the very last thing we need is someone who will work across the isle with leftists. Rather, what we need, is someone who will openly and proudly obstruct the leftist agenda, and reverse it all together.