David Brooks, my favorite conservative columnist, has hit the nail on the head.
Since my exodus from the South, I’ve evolved into somewhat of a bleeding heart liberal, yet I still bear a soft spot for the conservative ideal of responsible spending. I don’t like to see government waste, but paying taxes is a responsibility that comes with the blessing of living in a free nation. Our freedom won’t remain intact without some financial input, and that price must include the cost of educating our citizenship, taking care of our environment, and protecting those who are weakened by physical, mental or financial liabilities.
Of course, my fondness for fiscal responsibility is in no way related to the single track mind of today’s Republican base, currently being dragged through the mud by Tea Party darlings Michelle Bachmann and the like. There has never been a more ripe example of how political forces can combine to bastardize a good idea. In truth, I can’t decide if the failure is due more to a lack of economic intellect among the major players of the party, or simply a desire to appease an uneducated base. Maybe it’s both, but the movement has made it impossible for me to consider voting for a Republican, even one with moderate social politics, for fear of their propensity to drive our nation into bankruptcy for the sake of reelection.
I worry what happens next month when our country is slated to go into financial default, and I don’t see any urgency or willingness to compromise from those that pledged fiscal responsibility in last year’s elections. I can only hope that, as David Brooks suggests, this series of events drives the Republican Party into the true fringe of American politics. It’s time for a change and sensibility when people talk about responsible spending and tax policies. The Tea Party had its chance but has proven unworthy for riding the winds of change. I’m waiting for a genuine conservative revolution, which moves this country back to the understanding that taxes are not evil, the appreciation of intellect in our leaders, the embrace of every citizen’s freedom.
Then and only then, the *other* party might have a shot at earning my vote.______________________________________________ Like what you’re reading? Click the banner to vote for my blog!