by N. A. Halkides 10/31/14
After six long, miserable years of misrule by Barack Hussein Obama and a Democratic-held Senate, this should by rights be a blowout election with massive Republican gains and a lot of shell-shocked Democrats making excuses on Wednesday morning. Instead, many Senate races are so close that Republicans may not even win control of that body, when a 55-seat majority was certainly obtainable. What happened?
What happened was that the Republican Party is still under the control of its Establishment, which has but one electoral strategy: wait for the Democrats to screw up so badly that you get a small lead in the polls you didn’t earn and then sit on it, hoping it carries you through the election. The silence from Republicans has been deafening. Here are some things we haven’t heard from them:
- Obamacare has caused millions of Americans to lose the health insurance they were perfectly happy with and raised the costs of insurance for others in a massive wealth-transference scheme – the worst way possible to handle the problem of the uninsured. Vote Republican to get your good insurance back.
- Democrats are rabidly anti-gun and want to gradually erode the right to bear arms. California, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey are probably the worst offenders, but everywhere Democrats have control, gun rights are endangered. If you care about your gun rights, vote Republican.
- Moving from the Second Amendment to the First, Senate Democrats recently proposed repealing it. Yes, they did – they want to control criticism of incumbents (themselves). If you believe in the right of free speech, vote Republican.
- Democrats have used, and are still using, the IRS to harass and abuse their political opponents. If you want the IRS finally brought under control, vote Republican.
- Democrats want to flood this country with at least 11 million (and probably many more) new legal immigrants by granting an amnesty to the illegal aliens already present. Yes, they want to import a number Central and South American peasants about equal to the present population of Illinois (the 5th largest state!) at a time when Americans can’t find work. Obviously, these illegals are either on welfare or taking jobs that should have gone to American citizens. Democrats are trying to do this because they don’t care about ordinary Americans or the health hazards of allowing disease-riddled immigrants to come to this country, or about the dangers of failing to secure our southern border against terrorists and criminals, because they know that should these illegals become legalized, the inevitable result will be that many of them will become citizens and proceed to vote probably 70% Democratic. Yes, Establishment Republicans won’t oppose amnesty even though it means the end of the GOP as a (potential) opposition party to the Democratic Left. That is how slavishly they follow the wishes of large business interests. Note that some individual Republicans have been doing well by using the immigration issue, for example Scott Brown in New Hampshire, but the Establishment stubbornly refuses to budge on this issue.
- National security – the Democrats are so bad here I won’t even levy any specific charges. Suffice it to say that Democrats are vulnerable – if called on their policies, which they haven’t been.
Why such a passive approach from Establishment Republicans when direct attacks on Democratic vulnerabilities would be so effective? The answer is partly intellectual and partly dispositional. Establishment-men are uniformly un-intellectual, caring little for political ideas, and therefore have absorbed by default the prevailing political idea of our time – statism. They don’t really oppose the Democrats’ welfare state schemes, at least not in principle, but only object slightly to the excessive costs. By disposition, Establishment-men view their Democratic opponents basically as members of the same exclusive country club rather than as deadly enemies to be fought with all the energy they can muster – a deadly misconception on their part.
One other factor comes into play in a few races, namely the failure of the Establishment to capitalize on opportunities to weaken the opposition. The most obvious case is Scott Walker’s bid for re-election as Wisconsin Governor. In Scott Walker on Close Inspection, I criticized Walker’s failure to strike a mortal blow at Wisconsin’s public sector unions when he had the chance. I likened what he had done to poking a snake with a sharp stick instead of cutting its head off, the danger of course being that the snake could still strike back. Well, since then the snake has indeed struck back as the unions have poured millions of dollars into defeating Walker, and the race is now a dead heat. Even though other factors are in play, such as the Democrats abusing the criminal law to harass Walker, if he loses the unions will probably have been the deciding factor.
Republicans need to learn that Democrats have tilted the playing field heavily in their favor by creating a welfare state and a massive public sector bureaucracy. Anything Republicans can do to reduce welfare state dependency, decrease the number of public sector workers, or reduce their power by breaking their unions, will help to restore some balance. Where an opportunity exists to smash a public sector union, Republicans must take it.
Walker and other Republicans may still win, but if they do it will be more to luck than political skill. The GOP Establishment is plainly hopeless. The only solution to America’s problems is a party willing to fight the Democrats on principle, and that means either Conservative control of the Republican Party or a new Conservative party.
Nik is a freelance writer, former professor, and has written for FrontPage Magazine.
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