RIP GOP

I have considered myself a Libertarian for several years now. I have identified myself as such because of the incredible ignorance of the Republican Party, and the in my opinion, unwise taxation enacted by the Democratic Party.
I believe in low taxes, low governmental regulation, and rights and freedoms for all. Essentially, I am a Democrat when it comes to social policy, and a Republican when it comes to fiscal policy.
After seeing the Tea Partiers out in full force day after day, I grew tired and disappointed with the GOP, the party that I had always had a fondness for, being a boy from Texas.
I have nothing but regret that the GOP has torn itself apart- Libertarians simply don’t have the numbers to be a viable party, not to mention that most of us give us a bad name, so we have no real chance at the presidency. The next few elections will be splinter factions of the GOP fighting each other- evidenced by the fiasco involving Ms. Palin in the 2008 elections. John McCain, the head runner of the GOP, in spite of being very old, was a moderate, someone who reached out to both parties and identified with many Libertarians as well, decided to take on a backwoods woman who idealized the blazing ignorance of the Rabid Republicans. This woman alienated anyone with a brain, with such classic statements as “I can see Russia from my house.” She single handedly cost the GOP any credit it had gained with McCain.
I felt a profound sadness watching a man who had crusaded for the ideals of the Constitution, the most viable Libertarian candidate I had ever seen, sacrifice his own stand in order to win over the lowest common denominator.
Now, the Tea Partiers are calling out fake Republicans, the ones who aren’t as rabid, aren’t as ignorant, and aren’t as blind as they are. They are receiving national press. If these people are convinced that they are true Republicans, than I for one am glad that I left their company years ago.
The GOP is splintering, and will soon grind into dust, just another failed political party in American History textbooks. It has lived a long and productive life, but with age, comes not wisdom, but senility.
Maybe now at least the Libertarians have a shot at anything, if we can find someone who isn’t absolutely insane and wishes to run under our banner.

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~ by Andrew Couture on March 31, 2010.

3 Responses to “RIP GOP”

  1. I find it very sad. I hope they get back to their actual base instead of what they have become. http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/146237 supports similar arguments, and I rather enjoyed reading it.

  2. Subject: What are the rules?

    I was in my neighborhood restaurant this morning and was seated behind a group of jubilant individuals celebrating the
    successful passing of the recent health care bill. I could not finish my breakfast. This is what ensued:

    They were a diverse group of several races and both sexes. I heard the young man exclaim, “Isn’t B.O. like Jesus
    Christ? I mean, after all, he is healing the sick.” The young woman enthusiastically proclaimed, “Yeah, and he does it for free. I cannot believe anyone would think that a free market would work for health care. They are all crooks and thieves and don’t deserve all of that money.”
    Another said, ‘The stupid Republicans want us all to starve to death so they can inherit all of the power.
    B.O. should be made the Saint in for what he did for those of us less fortunate.”
    At this, I had had enough.

    I arose from my seat, mustering all the restraint I could find, and approached their table. “Please excuse me; may I impose upon you for one moment?” They smiled and welcomed me to the conversation. I stood at the end of their table, smiled as best I could and began an experiment.
    “I would like to give one of you my house. It will cost you no money and I will pay all of the expenses and taxes for as long as you live there. Anyone interested?”
    They looked at each other in astonishment. “Why would you do something like that?”
    asked a young man, “There isn’t anything for free in this world.”
    They began to laugh at me, as they did not realize this commie had just made my point.
    “I am serious, I will give you my house for free, no money what so ever. Anyone interested?” In unison, a resounding “Hell Yeah” fills the room. “Since there are too many of you, I will have to make a choice
    as to who receives this money free bargain.”
    I noticed an elderly couple was paying attention to the spectacle unfolding before their eyes, the old man shaking his head in apparent disgust. “I tell you what; I will give it to the one of you most willing to obey my rules.”
    Again, they looked at one another, an expression of bewilderment on their faces. The perky young woman asked,
    “What are the rules?” I smiled and said, “I don’t know. I have not yet defined them. However, it is a free
    home that I offer you.” They giggled amongst themselves, the youngest of which said, “What an old coot. He must be crazy to give away his home. Go take your meds, old man.” I smiled and leaned into the table a bit further.
    “I am serious, this is a legitimate offer.” They gaped at me for a moment.

    “Hell, I’ll take it you old fool. Where are the keys?” boasted the youngest among them. “Then I presume you accept ALL of my terms then?” I asked. The elderly couple seemed amused and entertained as they watched from the privacy of their table. “Oh hell yeah! Where do I sign up?” I took a napkin and wrote, “I give this commie my home, without the burden of financial obligation, so long as he accepts and abides by the terms that I shall set forth upon consummation of this transaction.” I signed it and handed it to the young man who eagerly scratched out his signature.
    “Where are the keys to my new house?” he asked in a mocking tone of voice. All eyes wer upon us as I stepped back from the table, pulling the keys from pocket and dangling them before the excited new homeowner.

    “Now that we have entered into this binding contract, witnessed by all of your commie friends, I have decided upon the conditions you are obligated to adhere from this point forward. You may only live in the house for one hour a day. You will not use anything inside of the home. You will obey me without question or resistance. I expect complete loyalty and admiration for this gift I bestow upon you. You will accept my commands and wishes with enthusiasm,
    no matter the nature. Your morals and principles shall be as mine. You will vote as I do, think as I do and do it with blind faith. These are my terms. Here are your keys.” I reached the keys forward and the young man looked at me dumb founded.
    “Are you out of your freaking mind? Who would ever agree to those ridiculous terms?” the young man appeared irritated. “You did when you signed this contract before reading it, understanding it and with the full knowledge that I would provide my conditions only after you committed to the agreement.” was all I said. The elderly man chuckled as his wife tried to restrain him. I was looking at a now silenced and bewildered group of commies.
    “You can shove that stupid deal up you’re a** old man, I want no part of it” exclaimed the now infuriated young commie. “You have committed to the contract, as witnessed by all of your commie friends; you cannot get out of the deal unless I agree to it. I do not intend to let you free now that I have you ensnared. I am the power you agreed to.
    I am the one you blindly and without thought chose to enslave yourself to. In short, I am your Master.”
    At this, the table of celebrating commies became a unified group against the unfairness of the deal.

    After a few moments of unrepeatable comments and slurs, I revealed my true intent. “What I did to you is what this
    administration and congress did to you with the health care legislation. I easily suckered you in and then revealed the real cost of the bargain. Your folly was in the belief that you can have something you did not earn; that you are entitled to that which you did not earn; that you willingly allowed someone else to think for you. Your failure to research, study and inform yourself permitted reason to escape you. You have entered into a trap from which you cannot flee. Your only
    chance of freedom is if your new Master gives it unto you. A freedom that is given can also be taken away; therefore, it is
    not freedom.” With that, I tore up the napkin and placed it before the astonished young commie. “This is the nature of your new health care legislation.”

    I turned away to leave these few in thought and contemplation and was surprised by applause. The elderly gentleman, who was clearly entertained, shook my hand enthusiastically and said, “Thank you Sir, these commies don’t understand Liberty these days.”

    He refused to allow me to pay my bill as he said, “You earned this one, it is an honor to pickup the tab.” I shook his hand in thanks, leaving the restaurant somewhat humbled, and sensing a glimmer of hope for my beloved country.

    Use reason, it is the closest you are going to get to Godly conduct.
    — Clifford A. Wright

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