We like to think that the GOP and conservatives are one, but there is a lot of ground between some of the Republican hypocrites calling the shots and the conservative voters they rely on. Eric Cantor just found out what happens when you step over the line. Was the majority leader a hypocrite? That was an issue for Virginia to decide. The larger question is how many voters across the country who call themselves conservatives are also Republican hypocrites?
Big government, big issues, and big Republican hypocrites.
When it comes to conservative voters and GOP bigwigs, is the tail wagging the dog? Are we Republican hypocrites who submit and do as we are told?
Mitt Romney was in the headlines last month for coming out in support of raising the minimum wage, citing the GOP’s support for jobs and higher pay. Rick Santorum and ex-Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty have also nodded their approval, adding their voices to solid Democratic support for extracting more money from businesses for unskilled labor. How can polls show that even Republican voters support the idea, in essence approving big government setting a higher standard of living funded by free enterprise?
We hear the same thing about Republican Party leaders and conservative Americans supporting immigration reform, though whether they have come to believe propaganda and fail to consider the incredible bureaucratic mess we will create is hard to say. How can conservative voters blasting Obamacare think immigration reform can possibly work?
Republicans and Democrats vs. the Tea Party.
Mitch McConnell trounced his Tea Party opponent in the primary and didn’t even come within sniffing distance of Cantor’s fate. GOP leadership never warmed to the Tea Party, preferring to fight a barely sustainable battle of compromise and submission with Democrats. If you swapped out “Left” for “Right” in this remark by McConnell, would you know which side it came from?
This is especially galling because our friends across the aisle always seem to find time for poll-tested show-votes aimed at firing up the Left. They may not be overly concerned about passing jobs legislation for the American people, but you can bet they’ll be forcing everyone to endure plenty of political show votes as we get closer to November.1
Both parties love show votes. Both keep playing the jobs bill game even though the signs are that jobs are coming back. They will forever play the spending cuts game. The December 2013 bipartisan budget bill made sure Washington will keep spending too much because both sides were terrified of fallout from their sequester. Boehner criticized conservative groups and entitlement spending was taken entirely off the table for the sake of trimming a hilariously small number from the federal deficit (see: Did the GOP Back Progressive Extremists Instead of the Tea Party?). Boehner wasn’t the only offender. Can you guess who said this in support of the bill?
This legislation will allow Congress to concentrate on appropriating taxpayer funds for our country’s highest priorities. Let’s stand together and show the American people that we are focused on reining in Washington’s out of control spending habits while growing our economy.2
Hint: he also supported debt ceiling increases and just lost an election.
Are conservative voters Republican hypocrites?
The Founders left much of the power for making government do the right thing to us. If conservative voters are also becoming more like Democrats, the GOP has no future unless we take a chance and remove our Republican hypocrites from office.
We tell ourselves we are fed up with big government. For the time being we are stuck with it. What we aren’t stuck with are Republican hypocrites who endorse it for the sake of keeping the ball rolling with their opponents. Does keeping them in office make conservative voters hypocrites, too?
The Constitution was meant to protect us from government. It is not a tool to control our lives, but both parties endorse using the Constitution to extend the reach of big government when it suits them. Be honest and ask yourself a question. If Democrats used the Constitution to limit the right to bear arms in the same fashion some Republicans suggest we use it to ban same-sex marriage or abortion, which party would be invoking big government to control what Americans can and can’t do?
Appeasement defines conservative hypocrisy.
If Republicans believe that Democrats and Obama wrecked the country, how can they believe that appeasement and compromise are acceptable strategies? Can there be such a thing as a moderate conservative if things are really as bad as Republican leaders lead us to believe?
Much of the need for the Federal Government is created by politicians. When conservative politicians opt for more government because they need big government to give them a reason to exist, they become Republican hypocrites. When conservative voters opt to keep them in office we become Republican hypocrites, too.