I don’t want to sound like a meanie, but the Republicans are really dumb. They are not only trying to take away the massive Obamacare redistribution, they are trying to “fix” that massive tax give-away by being something other than real republicans. For their efforts, of course, the left has called them murderers and terrorists. As history shows, whenever Americans elect republicans who propose any legislation, millions will die. That’s just a stock response of the left. Unfortunately, half the country believes it. To counter this false cry, the GOP does what it has done best for 50 years; it tries to be something just right of democrats. In this healthcare debacle, or on any issue, the GOP can never out socialism the party of the hard left. Why try?
Republicans generally make crappy re-distributionists. Likewise, they are universally horrible conservatives and Constitutional Americans. Do you know why the GOP is terrible conservatives?
Conservatism buys fewer votes … and it is therefore a less useful tool of power consolidation.
One reason Conservatives hate being lumped in with Republicans is because by every measure we are not Republicans. The Republicans simply offer us a major party that is clearly better than the Democratic Party … which has moved hard left. The CD player was clearly better than the cassette too, but I don’t really want or use either. In a choice of the two, I would use the CD. In a free market, I would use something better.
The Republicans inherited Trump because the party stinks. It was a feckless, useless, lying, big-government, crony-capitalism party that spoke of conservatism and ruled like a Kennedy. So, Americans turned on it when the Democrats offered no viable alternative. Into the breach stepped Mr. Trump, the poster-boy for not being conservative.
Trump is three parts crony capitalist, one part American-firster-populist, and one part big-city, liberal democrat. The man is zero parts conservative.
I know, please, Jesus, I get it … he gave us Gorsuch. Gorsuch is the conservative, not Trump. Trump paid us off, and to be honest, the payment was excellent. All other things Trumpian run the gamut somewhere between stupid, irresponsible, socialist, democrat, protectionist, or crazy.
If he keeps pumping in those conservative justices, at least conservatism will live 30-40 years after he is gone. That’s a net positive.
But in the House and Senate, the Republican Party really shines in its ineptitude.
It is without a core, without a moral compass, and without nearly any conservative principles. Sure, the Freedom Caucus has fought for liberty and America, but mostly, republicans sit around all day trying to figure out how to be big-government politicians with a GOP spin. To the extent the Democratic Party has gone #alt-left, it has blurred how far left the GOP has gone.
The GOP is split because some of its members really are conservative. Its President is not, and the majority of its party is what we use to call in New Jersey, Christie-Todd Whitman Republicans. Now, we more famously identify them as RINOS.
Here’s a tip GOP … it’s okay to just repeal Obamacare. It’s pure garbage.
Replacing Obamacare means creating a government crafted, big business influenced, crony capitalist bill that over regulates, over-taxes, and ultimately picks winners and losers in the “insurance” market.
Anyone with a triple digit IQ understands that health “insurance” isn’t insurance. As it now exists, it is part of a complex, multi-payer, state-rationed healthcare financing system that stinks … in every form. Obamacare stinks and Trumpcare will stink too … even if only slightly less so. It’s all for whom the bill stinks.
The Republicans are never going to beat the democrats at redistribution and pandering as a party of free-stuff. The GOP is bad at big government, and whatever it does with healthcare will be spun by the leftwing media as a tax give-away to the wealthy. To whom the hell else would tax cuts be a returned? Tax cuts return the people’s money to the people. Democratic plans give the money of one group to another … that’s an actual give-away. Know the difference between “collectivism” and “redistributionism. “
The GOP has to decide, really, if it is the new Democratic Party. Is it now the party that has stepped into the void left when the Democrats went full-on socialism. That’s what it looks like.
Think about it, the Democrats and their media are attacking the GOP for proposing a multi-trillion dollar, big government, burdensome piece of regulation that redistributes billions of dollars to provide healthcare for Americans. That’s what the democrats have wanted for 50 years.
Now, however, the Democrats are just socialists. They want single payer, straight-on, government rationed healthcare. The democrats have the republicans playing on their field.
Who is playing on the field for freedom loving, liberty embracing, Constitutional Conservatives who think markets solve problems, and people have the right not to buy health insurance? Free markets? Competition? Constitution? Liberty? Many people now consider those ideals to be crazy, dangerous, murderous, and immoral. We use to call these concepts and principles … American.
The head of the Republican Party is now calling the Republican, big government, multi-payer, state financed and state rationed care bill, “mean.” Imagine what Mr. Trump might call it if the bill were conservative, or American, or even “republican” in the traditional sense?
Repeal Obamacare and deregulate the healthcare and insurance markets. Eliminate mandates, price controls, and product requirements. That’s what the GOP should be doing. However, they are so terrified that Americans don’t understand how to be Americans, how to be self-supporting, and how to use and embrace liberty, that they are trying to out socialism the socialists.
We American conservatives … we are not amused.
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is a trial Attorney and author of the new book on higher education, “Of Serfs and Lords: Why College Tuition is Creating a Debtor Class”
Rich is a former Assistant Law School Dean and Law Professor. At Mason Law Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP, drawing on his expertise as a former CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud.
Before returning to private practice, Rich taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation.
He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV. Rich has appeared on hundreds of stations as a legal expert or political commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL.
Rich also writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com.
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