WASHINGTON, March 1, 2015 — When moderate Republicans want to get elected, they lower their voice an octave in an attempt to sound more manly and conservative. But you can tell they are anything but conservative by the way they qualify their brand of conservatism.
Former President George W. Bush called his brand of big-government Republicanism “compassionate conservatism.” His brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, calls his illegal alien-obsessed Republicanism “inclusive conservatism.”
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The Bush brothers hold oxymoronic ideas. You can’t be conservative and explode the cost, size and power of the state. You can’t swamp entitlement programs and destabilize the political system by flooding America with millions of illegal immigrants. That won’t conserve a nation founded on the principles of limited, frugal government; one the Declaration says is designed to promote and preserve individual liberty.
And standing for liberty puts one at odds with the totalitarian minded who demand power at the expense of your freedom and bank account.
Freedom does not flourish when a government subsumes its citizens. And opposing said subsummation is, by its nature, non-inclusive of those doing the subsuming. You can’t be all things to all people. And it’s painfully stupid to say so.
Stupidity was in abundance At the Conservative Political Action Conference when Jeb Bush said he thinks “conservatives in Washington have been principled at opposing the [president’s] overreach, they’ve actually done a pretty good job,” but added that “over time, we have to start being for things again.”
The “things” Bush would like Republicans to be “for” are, of course, policies and programs that make the government much, much bigger and much, much more powerful and intrusive.
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Saturday, another person spoke at CPAC. “We are here today not because we’re Republicans. In fact, many of us are here in spite of that fact. We are here today, because we are losing our Republic,” said conservative talk radio host, author and attorney Mark Levin.
Levin said Obama may have a “phone and a pen,” but “we have the Constitution of the United States. And we, not you, we own that Constitution, we own this country, and you, Mr. Obama, do not have any legitimate authority to fundamentally transform what does not belong to you.”
Unlike 99.9% of conservative talk radio hosts, Levin is no fan of the GOP, although he is a member of the Republican Party.
He told of the time in December 1776 when General George Washington ordered his commanders to read Thomas Pain’s pamphlet Common Sense to his demoralized troops. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”
Using the Declaration of Independence as a guide, Levin listed Obama’s “history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the States.”
Listed among Levin’s indictment of the president are:
“Mr. Obama, you have recklessly destroyed the fiscal well being of this nation with wild spending schemes, driving up the federal operating debt to 18.5 trillion dollars and un-funded liabilities to over 100 trillion dollars, thereby threatening the liberty and prosperity of future generations and the survivability of this country; Mr. Obama, you’ve contravened Congress’ authority over immigration and naturalization, eviscerating existing immigration laws and American sovereignty, endangering the well being of the American people, in blatant pursuit of self-serving political agendas. And may I add here, we are not a nation of immigrants, we’re a nation of citizens; Mr. Obama, you’ve used the office of the presidency, in language and actions, to divide and Balkanize the American people on race, gender, age and income, and excite jealousies, animosity and hatred for political advantage; And Mr. Obama, you have failed to take necessary and effective steps to confront Islamic Nazism and increasingly belligerent regimes in communist China and fascist Russia… And you have undermined our friend Israel while [appeasing] our enemy Iran.”
That done, Levin shifted gears. “Now… I need a few minutes for the Republicans.”
“I’m not running for office,” Levin continued, “I don’t have to put smiley faces on tyranny. And in the face of this growing tyranny: Is it too much to ask the Republican Party, its leaders, its chairmen, its operatives and its consultants, to defend us, to defend the Constitution and the Republic?; is it too much to ask the Republican Party to embrace conservatism, Reaganism, capitalism and constitutionalism?; is it too much to ask the Republican Party to reject crony capitalists and the statist media?; is it too much to ask the Republican Party to offer a real alternative to big, centralized, iron-fisted government?”
“It’s time to remove the old bulls and bring in the patriots,” said Levin. “No more excuses. No more whining. No more lying to the electorate to get elected. No more crony deals with the U.S. Chamber of Crony Capitalism. It’s time to represent the people.”
In short, it’s time Republican voters stop supporting oxymoronic, weak-sister, establishment GOP “conservatism.”