I tire of the simplistic analysis of the election [63 House gains for GOP; 6 Senate gains] as a victory for the “conservatives,” a loss for the “liberals,” and blah, blah, blah.
There are few true conservatives in this or any recent American undertaking, because there is a fundamental misunderstanding among many people of the meaning of the term, and there is a purposeful co-opting of the term by bad-minded sorts to dignify their radical extremism.
There is nothing “conservative” about Limbaugh, Palin, Rove, Hannity, Beck, O’Donnell, etc.. Those people are statists; they are police power extremist reactionaries; they invoke the Framers for their reactionary positions without ever having studied them. They are to conservatism what Mussolini, Franco, Hitler, Rumsfeld, and Romney are to John Adams, Barry Goldwater, and Mike Kennedy [Captain Motion].
I am offended that they have co-opted the distinguished label of “conservative,” but I am even more distressed that people who properly attack the statists’ positions simple-mindedly call them “conservatives.”
What we see in Tea-Party-ism is a nominal and maybe superficial yearning for a return to certain fundamental founding standards, but most who are animating and marching and sandwich-boarding for such have never read founding documents, and they were curiously and tellingly silent when the Bush junta virtually eviscerated fundamental liberty values in service to “security,” which was anathema to the Framers.
As Justice O’Connor remarked upon her retirement, we will lose the Republic if people stay ignorant of its founding premises and of the Constitution.
There was no “conservative” victory here, but merely a shifting from the left-wing version of statism [socialism] to the right-wing version of statism [fascism], and liberty will suffer with either version in power, because statism is the enemy of liberty.
We need to return to the founding premises of small government [not even Reagan pressed for that, but merely mouthed the words], and big liberty, and limited central government involvement in our daily lives. Article 1, section 8, enumerates the extent of the central government’s power, and if it is not there, the central government cannot do it, and then the 9th and 10th Amendments announce the remainder. Neither those who lost nor those who won, now nor in 1994, understand that constitutional truism. Ron Paul is one of the few who does. As do I.