WASHINGTON'S DELIBERATE STRATEGY OF NON-SOLUTIONS
By Christopher G. Adamo
Most assessments of the poll attempt too deep (too “nuanced,” if you will) of an analysis, and thus miss the basic point it highlights.
Ultimately, the Rasmussen poll shows that it is Conservatism, hated by the Democratic Party insiders and abandoned by fearful Republicans, that is missing in Washington. Moreover, a truly Conservative agenda would most certainly attract grassroots Democrats more than Republicans, as it did in the 1980 and 1984 elections of Ronald Reagan.
Then, as now, they are not drawn to the “light-beer” version of Liberalism advocated by GOP “Moderates,” but to truly Conservative alternatives.
Reagan benefited from “crossover” voters, not by presenting himself a cheap imitation of Democrats, but by offering a real alternative to the “business as usual” climate in Washington. Even the presence of John Anderson, the “moderate” third party alternative in the 1980 race, did not take votes from Reagan, but from the perennially insipid incumbent, Jimmy Carter.
Americans are daily confronted by a host of impending crises, and they are aware that those inside the Beltway are fixated on achieving the best looking posture, but have no intention of making the difficult decisions necessary to truly address each situation. Yet, like the terror war (the only national emergency about which it can be said that the government acted decisively and effectively), Americans recognize that platitudes and wasted money will not indefinitely delay the grim consequences of inaction.
Alarmingly, the two issues that best illustrate this are reaching “critical mass” at virtually the same time. In the past few weeks, Americans have borne the bitter fruits of, firstly, the criminal negligence of those in charge of protecting the nation’s borders and, secondly, the lack of a worthwhile energy policy and the consequent skyrocketing of gas prices.
Monday’s mass protests by open borders advocates, while hardly crippling the country as their planners had hoped, nevertheless demonstrated the presence of an increasingly coordinated and belligerent army massing within this nation’s boundaries. Aided and abetted by a Mexican president who claims an inherent right to the resources and wealth found here, this multitude holds no allegiance to our country or its heritage.
And, as this force gains power and organization, its leaders seek to summon its clout, on an expanding basis, in order to alter the political and social climate to their own greatest advantage.
Yet, instead of admitting to the true nature of the crisis and dealing forthrightly with it, those in government charged with upholding the integrity of the nation and truly preserving its Constitution are still attempting to tap-dance their way around the enormity of the invasion of the U.S.A. by illegal aliens, and steadfastly avoiding consideration of the magnitude of the response necessary to truly secure our nation's borders and preserve American society and culture, including the political culture on which the American system of constitutional representative government is based.
The disgraceful bill that nearly passed in the U.S. Senate last month would have imposed a token “fine” on the illegals, thereafter essentially granting them legal status. Whereupon the political class would have declared the problem “fixed,” as readily and happily as Neville Chamberlain claiming “Peace in our time.” But reality surged through the streets of America’s major cities on May 1, 2006.
Similarly, the gasoline situation should have been addressed more than a decade ago. Yet, aside from symbolism, nothing has been done to alleviate the impending problem. Democrats have been perpetually willing to demagogue the issue, knowing that, unlike 9-11, the day of reckoning was some time away.
Well that day has arrived. Now they deflect criticism for their unwillingness to prepare for the day of reckoning, doing so by stoking flames of class envy against oil producers. As long as they can keep this ruse going, they can avoid responsibility. And, in all likelihood, they will continue to be abetted by Republican timidity.
In the face of threats of being painted as “anti-environment,” Republicans are historically too afraid to press the issue of exploring and drilling for new sources of oil, which is the only real solution to the problem. Instead, Republican Senate Leader Bill Frist has proposed a “fix” that is sadly reflective of last year’s abominable spending binge in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Frist advocates a hundred dollar payoff to lower-income Americans, ostensibly to defray the higher cost of energy.
Meanwhile, the entire country suffers while Congress remains hopelessly crippled by the partisan bickering that offers wild Democratic accusations and Republican cowardice as a substitute for real action. The only thing worse for the nation is the occasional episode of “bipartisanship” by which Washington increasingly fortifies itself against real America.
Thus, it is easy to understand the growing affinity with a “third party.”
Policy Issues Relating to Energy, Environment,
& Natural Resources
American Politics & Political Competition
The American Political System:
Politics & Government in the U.S.A.
Liberalism Versus Conservatism in American Politics
Liberals, Statists, Socialists, & Other Leftists
Traditional Conservatism: Questions & Answers
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Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
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