by Tim Jones 6/4/15
Republicans Need to do a Better Job at Communicating this to the Pubic by Connecting the Dots. • It has become extremely easy to pinpoint the flaws in Democrat policy and objectives as stated in the rhetoric of their candidates and congressmen, at least for those of outside of government. For those inside government, or who want to get there, always profess they will improve lives of Americans, especially those of lesser financial status. But when you connect the dots to the rhetoric and the reality, it always comes back to one thing and one thing only: more government. And more government by definition means more bureaucracy (which is the way they carry out their policies once they become law) which in turns means more rules and regulations.
By definition more rules and regulations means more interference in the lives of Americans by force of the law through means of penalties of one kind or another when individuals don’t abide by the laws they’ve enacted. This is why it is very logical to say that for the Democrats — beginning with Franklin Roosevelt to Lyndon Johnson and now to Obama — the trajectory of the country has been one towards more government interference while having the inverse effect of creating less freedom. This cannot be disputed.
Bureaucracy has now basically become an unaccountable and unelected fourth branch of government that carries out the majority of rules and regulations that Americans have to abide by. This is what is known as soft tyranny and the way we’re going is leading to absolute authoritarianism. What may be the best example is the recent EPA ruling to regulate literally every body of water in the country that includes small ponds, streams, or even large puddles on private poverty. The following is from a recent story in the Washington Times: Obama admin asserts dominion over creeks, streams, wetlands, ditches — even big puddles
“President Obama’s administration on Wednesday claimed dominion over all of America’s streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, creeks, wetlands — perhaps even puddles — in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority. The Environmental Protection Agency along with the Army Corps of Engineers, says it has the authority to control all waterways within the United States — and will exercise that authority….EPA’s attempt to redefine ‘navigable waterways’ to include every drainage ditch, backyard pond, and puddle is a radical regulatory overreach that threatens to take away the rights of property owners and will lead to costly litigation and lost jobs”
For Republicans that truly believe in smaller government and the need to downsize it, it’s time they start connecting the dots for the American people and show how, for all of the “compassionate” rhetoric of the Democrats, it’s all just smoke and mirrors that always leads to one thing: less freedom and keeping the country on the incrementalist path of governmental control over everyone, no matter what your station is in life. It’s high time Republicans, especially the next nominee for president, start educating and communicating this to the American public.
For far too long Republicans have accepted the Democratic mantra that government can and will make your life better . That’s just become kind of a default standard for politicking and legislating as well as a kind of conventional wisdom put forth by both parties ever since Roosevelt unilaterally and in many ways unconstitutionally granted more powers to the federal government than was intended by the Founding Fathers and the limited enumerated powers they spelled out in the Constitution.
It was Richard Nixon who in an ironic twist of history created the EPA and George W. Bush who significantly expanded the massive federal Medicare healthcare entitlement program for those 65 years old and over with its unfunded Medicare Part D prescription drug program. When it comes to rhetoric and to legislating, successful Republicans should consider the Buddhist mantra: “less is more” and start educating and articulating clearly to the public why that is in their best interest when it comes to federal policy.