By David Beilstein
RAMESH PONNURU wrote an article for NRODT, (National Review on dead trees). In his article he writes of the weakness of the GOP, the 2012 election simply a consequence of a seriously ill political party.
Ponnuru goes on to say, Mitt Romney should not be blamed for this. I tend to agree, even though, on social media, and elsewhere, I was one of the biggest critics of the GOP in general and Mitt Romney in particularl, during the Republican Primaries.
My reason was simple enough: Romney was not a strict classical liberal. Not wafting of the gentle breeze and stout hearts of Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan. Romney’s healthcare plan in his home state, restricts freedom, and is too costly. The list goes on. This put a serious wrinkle in my boxer shorts. In that regard, I threw hard punches at Romney during the GOP primaries; even harder punches at Michelle Bachman and Rick Santorum. Both of whom, Santorum and Bachman, would have been far worse than Romney against incumbent Barry Obama. When it came to Mitt Romney, I got the sense (and it was stated directly too) he thought government was good, even in areas it is restricted by Constitutional law; I also got the sense, Romney would never run a campaign based upon government being the problem, rather than the solution.
I was right here. But there are few Republicans in a position to run for high office, who would dare to blame government for American collapse, fiscally, as well as culturally. And it would be hard to get away with such a panegyric quite honestly, since Republican candidates for quite sometime have accepted the leftist premise that government does have a large role to play here. Put another way, with such a progressive leftist premise accepted even by Republicans, GOP candidates wage a war with Niagara falls when they commence to utter, cajole, Americans to believe, that when Democrats are in control of the civil magistrate state only; things are bad – as they have been, certainly, under Obama.
But since things have been deteriorating under GOP leadership in America, too, stripped of classical liberal policy principals, it is not hard to see why Romney’s pitch to the American people fell on deaf ears, propelling President Obama to reelection, easily. When you have the job losses, income stagnation, amidst various difference cultures within America, occurring over decades, simply blaming Obama and the last four years sounds awfully stupid.
Don’t misunderstand. Obama was a disaster, if his policies do not change, his reelection, for America, will a larger disaster. But a political party has to have a basis of trustworthiness and competence in order to sell a product: in this case, the GOP is trying to sell itself in a leadership role to the American public. Nov. 6, the American people said, “No thanks.” And that was based upon what the GOP has done in the past – delegitimising their pitch for the future.
Once ideology is stripped from the national dialogue, things turn simplistic and stale quickly. Suffice to say, an argument between Democrats do this, Republicans do that, ensues. Such a moronic dialectic does not inform, educate, or explicate, why fortune or impoverishment ensues out of [political] policy – a consequence of specific policies, which thus, are a consequence of particular political ideology. The GOP hates ideology; seeing it as complex wasps nest never to be approached. What they are left with is, well – the 2012 campaign: Democrat’s suck, vote for us. ObamaCare sucks – vote for us, badly fought wars (and their consequences); the financial collapse of 2008 and all!
Gentlemen’s! not going to cut it – sounds like granny-dodging, sapsucker excreta to more and more Americans.
Ponnuru is correct: the GOP is weak; it has been weak for sometime. And part of the entire point of this blog, Crede, ut Intelligas, has been to try to elucidate why the Republican Party is so weak. Granted, the Libertarian Party and other classical liberal formulations connect with me far more than the GOP; it must be quite clear, third party solutions are bankrupt up until now. Not even the rock star entheos of the people of these United States behind him could elect Teddy Roosevelt in 1912.
And Roosevelt was a successful, and popular, president. Consequently, the recapturing of the GOP hill by classical liberals, is the most realistic approach that can be made; at least in our own times.
History is made, records are broken. One of them was broken this past Nov. 6, when a president seeking reelection – who should have lost based upon all historical data, won – winning handedly. Given the texture of history, we will never know whether this was based upon Barry Obama’s presidential skills, or a GOP in free fall and structural collapse.
My suspicion is the latter.