Recently by Eric Peters: Operation Enduring Idiocy
You expect 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 coming.
Like The Chimp himself once said: Fool me once shame on.. shame on you you cant get fooled again.
Except many people Republican voters reflexively, routinely do get fooled again.
In Connecticut, 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andreckless driver fees of $1,000 or more to be levied onto motorists convicted of ordinary traffic offenses (since repealed or defeated but still) figures the dumbos out there are too stupid to understand that a tax is a tax is a tax, whether its called one or not.
The bottom line is always pay up!
And, give up your liberty.
Mitt Romneys 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.
Think about 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 on you.
Guess who the bills author was? Republican State Senator Allen Christensen.
Probably, he 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 modern-day iteration.
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.
Its what he does; its what they (Republicans) do. Always, Forever.
Never forget this and maybe one day America will remember herself.
Reprinted with permission from EricPetersAutos.com.