” My latest Townhall column is called, 7 Reasons Conservatives Don’t Trust the Republican Establishment. Here’s an excerpt from the column.
Just as moderates are completely unrepresented in a Democratic Party that’s dominated by liberals, movement conservatives often don’t feel represented by the Republican Party. At first glance, this seems rather odd since most Republicans in Congress are conservative. However, it’s a natural reaction to the Republican establishment that has its hands welded to many of the GOP’s levers of power. The Republican Party may be mostly conservative, but there are a multitude of reasons that you can’t trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them. “
Illustration By Michael Ramirez
” If someone had woken you from a dead sleep 20 years ago and asked what the Republican Party stood for, you would’ve had no trouble answering: Fiscal restraint, a strong national defense and lower taxes. Those were the three pillars of the GOP. The party’s brand was clear. Voters understood it, and many approved. In the days before Obama, Republicans won seven out of ten presidential elections.
Things have changed for the muddier. Scratch the surface and you’ll find there is no longer a consensus among Republicans on foreign policy. Fiscal restraint? Years of earmarks, record deficits and at least one new federal entitlement under Republican congresses make that idea a bitter joke.
Of the three principles that have united the party since Reagan, only taxes remain. Republicans have been able to claim — sincerely, and with continuing success at the ballot box — that they are for lower taxes.
Here’s what happened: For reasons that aren’t entirely clear but are probably related to panic and a basic lack of principle, the Speaker of the House and other Republicans in Congress signed on to Democratic calls for “balance” between tax hikes and spending cuts — this despite the overwhelming evidence that spending is the real problem. “
So, even before the negotiation began, they abandoned decades of principle on taxes. The result: Two months later, we have a deal, but no balance. It’s all tax hikes. Zero spending cuts. Nice job.
Illustration By Michael Ramirez
“OBAMA CAMP CONDEMNS ROMNEY BEFORE CONDEMNING ATTACKS IN EGYPT, LIBYA”
“At 11:53pm last night Talking Points Memo released a statement from the Obama campaign condemning Mitt Romney for
criticizing something the White House itself disavowed — an appalling apology issued by
the State Department.
Eight hours later , President Obama finally got around to condemning the monsters who attacked us on our own soil and killed our fellow citizens.
Yesterday, on the 11th anniversary of September 11, the Obama White House snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , accepted an invitation from David Letterman , and apologized to Islamists upset over
a film that mocks Islam and Mohammed — something “artists” in America do to Christianity with my tax dollars on a fairly regular basis.”
Yesterday we posted a link to Legal Insurrection about planned protests regarding Eric Holder speaking at Harvard . Today we received word , again from Professor Jacobson that the university has succeeded in quashing the website spearheading to protest .
“This is an update to my post yesterday regarding the protest organized against Eric Holder’s visit to Harvard Law School tomorrow, specifically his stonewalling the Fast and Furious investigations. The protest was organized by a website using the name Harvard Law Unbound which has been operating since early April.
Despite the fact that Harvard Law Unbound used a banner which specifically alerted readers to the fact that it was not affiliatied with “Unbound – Harvard Journal of the Legal Left,” the editors of that Journal along with the HLS administration alleged that the website misled people as to the source of the opinion. (See link above for details on the threats and the involvement of the HLS administration) “
” Killing Bin Laden: Like so many others, the final decision to pull the trigger on the world’s most-
wanted man was delegated to an admiral who undoubtedly would have been thrown under the bus had the mission failed. “
As seems to be the case throughout our ” dear leader’s ” career if there is a decision to be made that might entail some measure of responsibility , the fall back position is to pass the buck to a potential bus chassis accessory .