Government' Republicans… Not
sickly, smothering statism from liberal Democrats (well, ok, Democrats
in general). Its their stated policy, after all. At least
give them credit for being above board about it. But when it comes
from a Republican (as often as not one who touts his or her
conservative credentials) its like getting cold-cocked
by a friend. Youre defenses are down; you dont see it
Like The Chimp
himself once said: Fool me once
shame on.. shame on you
you cant get fooled again.
people Republican voters reflexively, routinely do
get fooled again.
for example, Republican Governor Jodi Rell supported the use of
automated speed enforcement cameras on state highways. Safety
is the predictable mantra, as always and also the typically
Republican appeal to badge-licking law n order.
But the reality is that Rell saw an easy way to increase taxes without
having to come out in favor of an overt tax increase. She
like Republican politicians in Virginia who came up with abusive
andreckless driver fees of $1,000 or more to be levied
onto motorists convicted of ordinary traffic offenses (since repealed
or defeated but still) figures the dumbos out there are too
stupid to understand that a tax is a tax is a tax, whether its
called one or not.
line is always pay up!
And, give up
heaf-cayuh reform with its individual
mandate that became the core of Obamacare is another example.
In Utah, the
state senate belched forth a bill that would have erected a Stasi-like
system for informing on ones fellow motorists for whatever
reason, legitimate or not. Anyone could phone in a tip
to the authorities that another motorist presented an imminent
threat to driving safety. The state motor vehicle authorities
could then use these tips as the basis for dragooning the motorist
in for a battery of tests and evaluations, including (no kidding)
a mental fitness test, as well as medical testing and forced re-taking
of the drivers test, etc.
All on the
basis of an anonymous call.
this. You pass by a senile old coot driving 54 mph in the left lane
and the vengeful oldster reports you for unsafe driving.
To him, you are a reckless speeder. In the past, all he could do
was shake his bony wrist (slowly) and mutter angrily to himself.
Had this Republican-backed bill (SB
84) passed, the angry old coot would have had a magnificent
cudgel available to impose his revenge. Ditto every saaaafety-obsessed
mom or anyone else who wanted to sick the dogs
Guess who the
bills author was? Republican State Senator Allen Christensen.
thinks his ideas help the children. More likely, hes
just as cynical, corrupt and power-hungry as the liberals
he fulminates against come election season.
Just like the
Republicans in Congress who gave us the Patriot Act,
Homeland Security and the federal REAL ID Act which will
shortly impose a de facto national ID system on the American people
little different from the your papers, please regime
that (we thought, some of us) had disappeared forever with the fall
of the Berlin Wall and the crumbling of the old Soviet Union.
And these people
dont get hounded out of office. They routinely get adulated
and re-elected. The Chimp did; Romneys on deck for
2012. Grampy won in AZ, too. Many others besides. Talk freedom
while taking it away. Peddle small government
while growing it ever bigger. Toss in a few Bible references and
mention the fambly. Be sure to mention the flag. It works
every time. So far.
So, how did
we get Here from There? Has Republicanism been twisted, as some
allege? Or is it merely returning to its roots? People forget
that Republicanism began as a militant crusade to impose a centralized
state that determined the extent of its own power; with the violent
suppression of dissent at bayonet-point, literally. With
suspension of the rule of law. With the personal Decidership
of a stovepipe hat-wearing 19th century version of George W. Bush
only much, much worse because it had at least 30 IQ points on the
The ugly truth
of the matter is that we now have two authoritarian parties (or
wingsof the same unitary party) vying for power. Power
over anyone they can get their hands on. The reasons no longer matter
much only the effects. And the bottom line is if you are
among the declining few who still believe in such strange and unusual
notions as a government that protects your property rather than
takes it, that defends your liberty rather than systematically destroying
it well, then you dont have a dog in this fight
either as a motorist or citizen. Democrat or Republican left
or right theyve got us coming and going.
There is no
hope no future until the sickness is rightly diagnosed.
Expecting Republicans the party of Lincoln, who destroyed
the Republic to stand athwart the road and call Halt!
to the bums rush toward more and ever-more oppressive government
is as silly as expecting a Come To Jesus (in prison) serial killer
to not resume serial killing once set loose again.
he does; its what they (Republicans) do. Always, Forever.
this and maybe one day America will remember herself.
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