Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What Attracted Me to Conservatism (Part V)

Written : June 12, 2012

Add a dose of hypocrisy, false stereotypes, feigned outrage, and finger-pointing to the mix and I can show you how the left uses them to hurt people and distort right-wing positions. After five installments you might understand what motivated me to move away from my intellectual and radical teachings, and the associated, unyielding, me-first, gimme ideology.

The mainstream media (MSM), including MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, called the recall election to remove Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) from office the second most important political contest this yearbefore he won. Now that Walker claimed victory with a larger majority than he enjoyed in his original election, all of a sudden it’s not that important anymore. The big-labor fat-cats tried to recall Gov. Walker, not because he did anything illegal, but simply due to the fact that he won’t help them gain more power – and they disagreed with his politics. By the way, labor unions, for the most part, hurt the very workers they claim to help by crushing the businesses which employ them.

Should conservatives now organize recalls for all those vulnerable, liberal officials? Although I think they’d make gains I’ll remain consistent and say, as most Wisconsinites did by voting, that we should not recall any representatives on grounds that we say their policies stink. Let the cheaters go home and let the elections stand. Let democracy rule. Let freedom ring.

Over the last several years, many on the right perceived their conservative representatives as too polite. Our politicians promised to raise taxes in compromises with the left as liberals pledged to cut spending. After taxes headed skyward, though, they also increased spending. This is seen by many right-wingers as a double-cross. The left pines for the good old days, when President George Herbert Walker Bush compromised (wimped?) his one-term presidency away. They are angered when the right stands up for what they believe in – smaller government, and say we don’t like teachers or firefighters. How silly! Truth be told, we really say the public sector should hire more of them, but only if they are needed. Businesses should employ more people – and pay higher salaries - but only if they can afford it. What’s the sense in bankrupting the public or the private sectors?

As a counter-move to the MSM’s love for mushy Republicans, members of the Tea Party now protest past right-wing passivity. Sorry, folks, the good ‘ole days of yesteryear are over, we’ll compromise, but we won’t roll over anymore. Progressives expressed outrage at the defeat of six-term, bend-over-backwards-to-please-the-left Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) by the conservative with a spine, Richard Mourdock. Liberals loved mild-mannered Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) – unless he ran against one of their own, of course. I agree, compromise is the way we get things done, but the left also must not be rigid. Think back to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who both insisted with ferocity that it was their way or the highway. No way they would let President George W. Bush privatize Social Security. No discussion. No compromise. No insistence on giving President Bush’s ideas a partial chance for success. No need for the No Labels group to form. Now that the president is a Democrat all we hear is, “Give the guy a chance,” and, “Enough with rigidity.” Amazing.

We can thank the calls by the left for President Bush and VP Cheney’s trial and subsequent imaginary public hangings - and angry Democrats - for the rise of the Tea Party. Thank you, Pelosi, Reid, and many others! Thank you, progressives!


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