Friday, June 29, 2007

Gimme A Break

Here come the "it's all over for the Republicans" chants from the Dems. The same chants being shouted in 1993, as well as in 1977, that predicted "the end of conservatism".

Unsurprisingly, Lowell and Kenton Ngo are leading the way. Lowell, as usual, speaks as if the Republican Party is destined to die soon, and there is no way for them to fix it, because conservatism (to them) is some sort of incredible evil. Kenton is at least a bit more analytical, and doesn't seem to believe that the Democratic Party is in such great shape, either.

Lowell, in quoting and hyping Ngo's blog post, opines...

"OK, so the Republican Party and conservatism have failed"

Really? An economy that has been growing steadily, low unemployment rates, interest rates have been steady for loans and mortgages...that's failure? I've noticed that since the Dems took control of Congress in January, worries about the economy have begun to form in various circles in the various sectors of the investment world. These are worries that were not nearly as prevalent before the new Dem majority (except amongst Dems attempting to win votes).

Nonetheless, that's not my point. I truly believe that Lowell has a serious misunderstanding of the basis of conservative ideology, and what it really opposed to the "moral majority" wing's ideology, which focuses on less important issues (gay marriage, abortion), as opposed to more important issues (national security, economy). Despite the depictions of Ronald Reagan as some Jerry Falwell puppet by the left...Reagan did not really push anti-gay marriage or anti-abortion initiatives. Reagan, like many true conservatives, believed that those were issues for the states to decide upon.

Conservatives need to realize that, because for the federal government to come in and do what the states themselves should be doing individually...that's the opposite of what conservatism is supposed to accomplish.

Where the Republicans went wrong was not because of was because they (Bush and the GOP-controlled Congress) went into unprecedented power, and acted like Democrats in their habits. The Falwell/Robertson wing is losing it's grip on the party itself. The fracture you're seeing in the Republican Party is a shift in ideological direction. Once that shift is complete, you'll see a renewed interest in the party and in the great things conservatism has to offer.

To be honest, I believe these comments are both wishful thinking and spiteful hatred. As much as I strongly disagree with most liberal positions, I would never sit and opine gleefully about the "death" of the Democratic Party. Even if the party were on the brink of extinction, I still believe that there needs to be that balance...just a balance that leans to the conservative side of the scales, of course.

What Dems need to realize is that one disasterous election isn't the end of days for a political party. They should know this, they were in the same position after 1994.

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