I understand that not all of my readership is into what I have to say politically, and I sympathize. I’m now keeping the Thursday miscellanea posts politics-free, and I’m trying to keep the our-president-really-sucks red meat to no more than once or twice a week.
So I think this is number three this week, depending on how you score it, and I apologize for that. But I had to share this video (hat tip, Kemtee).
Stirs my soul. There, I said it.
It is a Very Good Thing that the Tea Party movement has influenced the Republican Party to the degree that it has. When it first starting getting serious traction, I was afraid we were headed for splitting the conservative/libertarian vote (as in Ross Perot electing Bill Clinton twice.)
I think that right now, the Republicans get it. The Pledge to America is not perfect, but it’s much closer to constitutional government than what we’ve suffered under since January 20, 2009. Moreover, I believe what this video says: the sleeping giant has been awakened. This is a significant sociopolitical wave, and efforts to dismiss it as a bunch of mouthy radicals of no real consequence have become quite absurd.
The key is not letting up on November 3.
Dudes and dolls, we’re sending a lot of Republicans to Washington in a little more than a month. They will have gotten there because of the wanton incompetence and destructive behavior of the current administration, but they will also have gotten there because they claimed they would repair the damage. It’s feet-to-the-fire time. We must have the action we are promised. I don’t know that we can survive another dalliance with government-knows-best, mortgage-the-future-into-oblivion liberalism.
Mark Steyn wrote a devastating column on how well the Republicans keep the seats warm. I previously quoted it in this post. The Democrats pass all sorts of crazy unaffordable and un-American entitlements; they get thrown out for it; the Republicans come in and don’t have the stones to do anything about it; and there those programs are, waiting for the Democrats, when they eventually get back in.
Not this time, folks. Not this time.
I have significant differences with the typical Republican platform. Anyone who’s paid even casual attention to my political positions knows that. But I also have no illusions that we’re going to have a Libertarian majority in Congress in my lifetime. However we got here, it’s a two-party system, and that’s the framework within which we must work.
Right now, they get it. Hammer down, Republican ladies and gentlemen, and you keep the determination. Remember how you got there.
I fear you might be our genuine last, best hope.