Shut Down Government If Necessary!
November 15, 2010
By Dr. Don Boys, Ph.D.
Republicans are giddy with their recent success at the polls and have the opportunity to effect the greatest change in a hundred years. But don’t count on it. Like all politicians, they have a propensity to foul their own nest. When it comes to human nature, I expect people to act as they always have--with an exception now and then.
We have two parties to keep the U.S on an even keel, not going to excess in either direction. Need I remind anyone that we have seen both parties swinging to extremes in recent years? Bush spoke of “compassionate conservatism” that was neither compassionate nor conservative. We saw him proclaiming a desire to spread democracy all over the world, without any constitutional authority to do so. Moreover, he had no historical precedent to think that Muslims would be willing to live in a democracy. Evidently, neither Bush nor his advisors had ever read the Koran or Hadith. We saw a “conservative” implement a massive prescription drug bill that alone may destroy us.
His bipartisan law, No Child Left Behind, was a farce that had no basis in law or practical application. It is time to stop throwing dollars into the rat hole of public education. Isn’t it about time to realize that public education is a failure, a farce, and a fraud and we should let it fall like a rotten apple. The feds and the states should get out of the education business, a business that went bankrupt many years ago. I did not weep to see Bush ride off on “ole paint” into the western sunset.
Then Obama, with both guns loaded, rode into town surrounded by a motley crew of socialists, communists, racists, incompetents, and opportunists. But they looked good and voting for them made Americans feel good about themselves. Maybe Whites were not racists after all (but what about more than 90% of Blacks who voted for him?) In two years, we have seen Obama and his crowd bring America to the cusp of the abyss with government takeover of private businesses that would make Mussolini proud. Moreover, passing the massive healthcare bill makes us about as socialist as the various socialist European governments.
Then the Tea Party came to town and sane, sensible Americans felt a stirring of hope again. Maybe we can undo some of the damage done by dangerous demagogues. I am also hopeful, but realistic. There is an old adage in Christian education that “You get what you inspect not what you expect.” Or something like that. We had better make it clear to all conservative legislators that this is their last chance. If the Republican Party doesn’t get it right this time, they will be graveyard dead by 2012. If legislators waver, they will be looking for new jobs. No more chances.
That means no compromise on basic principles. Now that does not mean that legislators cannot be a little flexible with issues such as the amount of tax cuts, how many federal departments to bury in an unmarked grave, how quickly to totally eliminate the abominable Obama health care bill, etc.
If Obama is as socialistic as I think, he may not be willing to cooperate, so the House will have to refuse to fund the massive bills that no one read before they were passed. (Not reading bills should be illegal!) If Obama and his acolytes don’t blink, buckle, and back off, it will mean gridlock and a shutdown of the government. Then shut it down! Then the good guys must be prepared to take their case to the American people. Yes, there will be political risks, but that’s part of governing.
Thinking, concerned citizens should make it clear that we are watching every vote and are taking notes of every compromise. We must let politicians know that we are weary of sending people to Washington (or the state house) only to find them moving to the left upon their arrival in Washington. Have you noticed that “conservatives” usually move to the left (a la Orrin Hatch, et al.) but liberals almost never move to the right?
We must inform politicians that we are weary of politicians who are so enamored with their positions that they will compromise any principle to stay in office or to get peer approval, or maybe even to be on the cocktail circle “A” list.
We are weary of hearing GOP leaders talk about the “big tent” being big enough for perverts, baby killers, socialists, etc., but then those same leaders ridicule the Christian right. How much longer will we put up with such uncivil, unreasonable and unfair treatment? Even a dumb dog can tell the difference in being kicked around and being stumbled over. Republican leaders have “used” Christians long enough.
We are weary of having Republicans buckle under to Democrats’ threats. The two parties are supposed to have different philosophies so that means confrontation, conflict, and sometimes combat. We have sent fighters to Congress, not lovers. At least, that was our intention.
Any Republicans who keep voting for “pork” projects in their districts while they criticize other politicians who want pork for their own districts will be sent back home before they get settled in Washington. I suggest that they not sign any long-term leases. Stop bringing home the bacon hoping to ensure re-election. Simply do the job according to constitutional mandates.
Let’s run out of office any legislator who continues to fund the National Endowment for the Arts when it promotes perversion, blasphemy, but mainly, bad art! Even if it were good art, even noble art, the government has no constitutional authorization to fund it. If artists can’t sell their art then let them sell shoes or flip hamburgers. .
I try to vote for people who use the criteria I used when I was in the Indiana House of Representatives. Before voting on any bill, I asked, Is it Constitutional? Is the proposed law really necessary? Can we afford it and do we need it now? Will this bill expand government? And how will this bill impact families? Moreover, I would never vote for any candidate for any office if he believed it was right to butcher unborn babies.
We are watching all of you and judgment day comes in 2012!