LOSING CONSERVATISM WILL LOSE AMERICA
By Christopher G. Adamo
First we were told that Condoleezza Rice was the only viable candidate, since only a woman could possibly compete against another woman. In the aftermath of Rice’s flat refusal to consider running, the new mantra within Republican circles has been the “only a moderate can win.”
Ironically, this very response, itself a reflection of neither leadership nor boldness, but of fear and capitulation, holds the greatest potential to torpedo Republican hopes for 2008.
If such thinking prevails, it will all but guarantee a “lose/lose” scenario for Conservative America. This portends a particularly unfortunate possibility, since all previous experience has shown the exact opposite to be true. And, from the terror war to private property rights to the invasion of the U.S.A. by illegal aliens, far too much is at stake for it to be allowed to ensue.
Nor is such a dismal scenario inevitable. Whether at the presidential level or in the Congress, the demonstration of a stark and defining contrast between the ever-more Leftist Democrats and an intransigent Conservative GOP could completely turn the tides on the current momentum of the Liberals. To the degree that Republicans have remained steadfast on winning the terror war, this case is made.
Some amazing news stories emerged this past weekend, asserting that the Iraq War is indeed winnable, and that cutting and running would be a disaster both for America, Iraq, and the rest of the Free World. Still, key Democrats remain wedded to their “strategy” of pursuing defeat.
It is likely that their words may well be nothing but political posturing in order to garner the fringe Leftist vote in next year’s election. Yet, even if this is the case, having operated from a position of such profound weakness, they would then have great difficulty prosecuting the magnitude of war necessary to drive back the forces of terrorism, having ascended from such staunchly pacifist backgrounds.
Perhaps the most defining legislative event of this congressional term, if not of the past decade, was the U.S. Senate defeat of amnesty for illegal aliens. Though the influx continues, as yet unabated by true enforcement of the southern border, for the moment at least, the invaders will not be officially granted full legal status by which to demand “rights” and entitlements from the lawful citizens of this country.
Nevertheless, this stark issue remains clouded among political circles inside the Beltway. And Liberals from both parties are intent on raising it once again, especially if the Congress and White House shift decidedly Left in the next election.
Aiding and abetting such outrages against America’s Constitution and national sovereignty is an activist federal court system that has, on several fronts, blatantly undermined the integrity of national law and order. In just the last few years, “rights” have been granted to detained Islamic terrorists that essentially equate them with the shoplifting teenager who got caught at the local Wal-Mart.
Meanwhile, real and time honored rights, constitutionally guaranteed to Americans and fundamental to maintaining a free society, are increasingly being targeted for destruction by the same activist federal judges who bravely stand in the gap for the Islamists. Though the heinous “Kelo” decision has not been a major topic of discussion lately, it set the precedent by which governments, from local to national, can devolve to the level of mob activity.
When the government, with its ability to criminalize its opposition, enters into the “for profit” sector of the economy, no citizen is safe. Yet that is exactly what Kelo accomplished.
Now, any citizen who finds, purchases, and sufficiently improves a piece of private property, runs the risk of gaining the attention of some governing entity which can then legally “condemn” (which means confiscate) it for profit. And the tides are not close to being turned on this issue.
Also, regarding the havoc wreaked from judicial activism, the rest of America should take note of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, whose City Council attempted to crack down on illegal aliens in its midst. Yet U.S. District Judge James Munley, a Clinton appointee, who simply granted “rights” to the illegals, has hamstrung this effort, thereby leaving the citizens of Hazleton defenseless against the illegal alien invasion.
In essence, judges such as Munley are joining forces with the dispassionate foreign governments who intend to advance their own fortunes, at the expense of the Americans.
It is inarguable that President Bush has made major improvements in the composition of the United States Supreme Court, with his appointments of Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Both have displayed a clear understanding of the boundaries of governmental power established by the U.S. Constitution. To nobody’s great surprise, the sinister forces of Liberalism are at work to turn back the tide of judicial propriety.
Senator Charles Schumer (Democrat - New York) has actually promoted the idea that the condition of the U.S. Supreme Court needs to be reassessed, since the Court has clearly been shifted back towards its constitutional role by the presence of Justices Roberts and Alito. Proving that the threat is not purely a partisan one, an abominable addendum to this situation is that “Republican” Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania essentially concurs.
Specter wants to launch his own investigation into whether or not Alito and Roberts were less than forthright in their confirmation testimonies. The atrocious truth is that the firestorm surrounding the two Supreme Court Justices stems entirely from their adherence to judicial restraint, i.e., their determination to constrain their decisions not to Liberal court “precedent” -- judicial activism and an extremely loose and distorted interpretation of the Constitution -- but to the true principles of the Constitution, with cases decided in strict accord with the original intent of the actual provisions of America's basic and supreme law of the land.
Clearly, the U.S. court system in general, and the U.S. Supreme Court in particular, represent the apex of unaccountable governmental power, if the courts can remain sufficiently in the control of power hungry Liberals. Thus, any efforts to devolve such power and return it to the system of checks and balances originally intended by the Founders represents a mortal threat to the policy agenda of the political Left.
Thus, a pivotal battle rages over not only the courts, but also every critical area of American government and society. Its outcome will fundamentally determine the nation’s future as either a restoration of its former glory and successes, or an unstoppable descent into oblivion.
The American Political System:
Politics & Government in the U.S.A.
Liberalism Versus Conservatism in American Politics
The American Political & Cultural Left:
Liberals, Statists, Socialists, & Other Leftists
Legal Issues, Lawyers, & America's Judiciary
Judicial Appointments: Selection of U.S. Federal Judges
U.S. Constitutional Law & Political Philosophy
The Constitution of the United States of America
Traditional Conservatism: Questions & Answers
Conservatism: Attitudes, Types, & Present Status
Constitutional Conservatism: American & British
Classical Liberalism: Intellectual Foundations
Classical Liberalism: Conservative Liberalism
Manchester Liberalism & Social Darwinism
Modern Social "Liberalism": Statist "Liberalism"
Radical & Totalitarian Ideologies
Radicalism, Utopianism, & Totalitarianism
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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