October 28, 2010

Going after Leviathan...

By Andy McCarthy - The Corner - National Review Online:

... I've said similar things in several other contexts, but the basic gist is this: Obamacare is a good bet for the Dems because, even if they lose the next two or three election cycles (which I think their hard Left base has factored in), they figure the GOP is more interested in controlling big government than in rolling it back; therefore, Obama's gains will be consolidated and, eventually, the Dems will be back in control of the hyper-intrusive, central-planning state of their dreams.

I desperately want the Republicans to prove me wrong. I certainly don't want a campaign against NPR. What is that snide shot Obama took at Clinton? "I didn't come here to do school uniforms." That's how I want the GOP to think. I don't want them to go after NPR/CPB as a target. I want them to go after Leviathan such that cutting off NPR/CPB — and about a zillion other things the government shouldn't be doing — is the inevitable fall-out. I'm on the Goldwater plan: "My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden."

FWIW, I think that's the plan the Tea Party movement is on, too. Consequently, I think Republicans are in for a rude awakening. So far, other than the handful of RINOs who've been taken out in primaries, the GOP has gotten to ride a wave that is not of their own making. Democrats have been the primary target, and they've had no choice but to come to grips with the Tea Party movement. But while D-Day for the Dems is November 2, D-Day for the GOP is November 3. The dynamic movement in the country couldn't care less about who is running what committee. They want this monstrosity stripped down. They understand that this is a long-term project, it's not going to be accomplished in a single election, and Obama is going to veto all efforts at roll-back. But the movement wants the efforts made, and it is not going to want to hear about how it wasn't worth fighting this or that battle because we didn't have the numbers to override, etc....

The underlying structural political problem for conservatives in America is that we want to shrink government, but the process requires electing (and appointing) people to government. And somehow—is is very mysterious—people who spend their lives trying to get into government for some reason lack the keen desire to shrink government that we desire.

It has seemed all my life to be an impossible dream. but the opportunity be here now, because government has, since roughly the 1980's, not just grown, but grown cancerously. It's become a cancer that is killing the body. Lots of places, including my California, are truly bankrupt. So maybe we will be forced to take a knife to the problem of government...

Posted by John Weidner at October 28, 2010 7:37 PM
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