The title almost sounds like the beginning of a joke, unfortunately, it is a bad joke. Upon reading Vice President Dick Cheney’s book, the first thing that occurred to me upon reading about about his time in politics was that, no wonder Conservatives have been put off by the Republican Party. I am new to Conservatism (rather the GOP) for 10 years now and have sat in disbelief and anger at the steps that Republicans have taken to growing the federal government.
In Cheney’s book he talks about his time with Rumsfeld at getting the numbers right for Nixon’s Price Controls which the Democrat Congress had passed, they didn’t think a “free market” guy like Nixon would utilize it and they used it to beat him about the head until he did. Cheney didn’t get how UN-American it was until he had dinner with an assorted group about the Laffer Curve then he realized how bad it was. Specifically, he said and I quote
“By This time I had grown wary of government economic control. At the start of my tenure at the Cost of Living Council (how very 1984 that office sounds,*my words, not his), when I had been immersed in getting things going, I hadn’t had much time to think about it, but by now I realized that every day millions of people were making millions of economic decisions, and it didn’t matter how smart we were or how many regulations we wrote. There wasn’t any way we could intervene without doing more harm them good.”
I cannot believe it took him and Rumsfeld years to understand that by attacking the free market they were creating misery for middle class and poor Americans. I cannot believe that President George Bush then thought doing so with TARP “I have to suspend the free market to save the free market” was a good idea. You see behind both of the President’s decisions, the media created a “superstar” who was going to come in and save America. In both instances, we ended up with a Socialist and this time I will go so far as to say a true Marxist (20 years with Rev Wright and Black Liberation Theology which is steeped in Marxism). The two who followed these supposed fiscal conservatives into office, not only agreed with the policies of the two aforementioned Republican Presidents, they came in to office with policies that took the dismantling of the free market even further. It is apparent to me, that not only should any President attempt to tinker with the free market, they should get the onerous federal government out of the way, period. The suffering behind these policies by the middle class (which is disappearing) and the poor (who will not climb the ladder) only ever seems to benefit the rich friends of these Presidents, and I speak of all four of them. No doubt Carter and Obama have and had taken the robin hood theme to a twisted horror story, people like Jeffrey Immelt of GE and Warren Buffet who are truly sucking up the very capital of the small businessman and woman into their free ride on the backs of all Americans, they truly are taking from the poor to give to the rich. I find the the first quarter of Cheney’s book as he describes the offices he worked in with Rumsfeld to be nauseating, I kept thinking to myself, these are liberal policies being driven by Republicans.
I have real hope that the TEA Party which is being beat up by both Democrats and inside the beltway Republicans will truly be the backbone of Conservatism in this Country. It will be the millions upon millions who are standing up and saying enough, who are teaching their kids what has been sorely lacking in this Country for a long time and that is Conservatism. It is the one ideology that has not been front and center and the one that deserves an opportunity to flourish. This country needs to shake off the federal governments big brother approach and allow all Americans to have a real chance and prosperity. It is not enough any more for Republicans like Sen Hatch and the two Maine Republicans to say in their last year that they are suddenly free market thinkers, when the obvious about them has been true for their time in the Senate. I believe it is either time for the TEA Party to takeover every lever of power from the GOP or lets just peel back the band-aid and get a true Conservative Party moving. The back and forth with the Republican Party has been an absolute nightmare for Conservative Americans and either we change it, or we stop complaining and accept this quasi Socialist utopia that the Political Class has decided we need.