I have heard from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Tammy Bruce, Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Michele Bachman, Mark Levin, Sarah Palin, and etc, all claiming that the Republican Party has left its conservative “roots”, yet how can this be since we have had a Republican President for eight years and even a Republican Congress from 1994-2006? My friends we have been living under conservative rule, but it has been the policies of what is known as Neo-Conservatism. It is easy to fall under the belief that all “conservatives” believe the same thing, but nothing could be further from the truth. There are basically two streams of conservatism.
The battle that is going on is between: Tea Party Conservatism and Neo-Conservatism. So what is the difference? Let me point out what each camp believes.
Neo-Conservatives on the issues:
1.) Their origins- Neo-Conservatism began in the 1970’s and they were semi-conservative pro-government Democrats who left the Democratic Party because of its move toward extreme socialistic liberalism and they joined the Republican Party (and brought their semi-liberalism with them).
2.) Their foreign policy- Is to convert the world to democracy, even in places where democracy will never work because of the cultural barriers to democracy.
3.) Government- They support big government and have a low opinion of states’ rights.
4.) Spending- They are big spenders on social programs and believe in deficits. Balancing the budget is not a priority.
5.) Welfare- They generally support it.
6.) Social issues- Generally give lip servive to conservative social issues, but rarely pursue them when in office.
7.) Economic issues- Very extreme in free trade and globalization. Supporters of big buisnesses.
8.) Immigration- Believe in open boreders and have done nothing to secure the borders and they support general amnesty.
9.) Education- The federal government must regulate it and support it.
10.) The Constitution- They never bother to ask whether the laws they vote for are constitutional or not. They reject the notion of federalism (divided government).
11.) Judicial Activism- They have no plans to oppose unelected judges who make laws that violate the Constitution.
Faces of neo-conservitism: Both Bushes, Bill Kristol, Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, The Weekly Standard, Charles Krauthammer, most of the Senate Republicans and especially John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and the current Speaker of The House John Boehner and his fellow ilk (in fact the entire GOP leadership).
Tea Party Conservatives on the issues:
1.) Their origins: The Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson’s Republicanism, Andrew Jackson’s Popularism, Edmund Burke, The Federalist Papers & The Anti-Federalist Papers, Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and the modern Tea Party.
2.) Foreign policy- Use force to protect American intrests but it is not our job to always build and save nations and police the world in every particular circumstance. It is not the job of the United States to convert the world to democracy. It is our job to intervene when human rights are being completely trampled by evil tyrants.
3.) Government- Government is the problem not the solution. Cut government programs. Strongly protect states’ rights (federalism).
4.) Spending- Strongly believe in cutting government programs and radically reducing spending. Balancing budgets should be a goal. Primary spending should be on the military.
5.) Welfare: Oppose it.
6.) Social issues: Takes social issues seriously. The root of most problems in the country are the result of immoral behavior. Welfare and social programs is simply the goverment bailing people out of the consequences of their actions. A virtuous and prudent people has little need for government.
7.) Economics- Deregulate businesses. Tax cuts across the borad and remove many taxes such as the death tax and the corporate tax. Supports free trade and low tariffs if they be needed.
8.) Immigration- Supports securing the border and the deportation of illegal aliens.
9.) Education- Is not the job of the federal government but is a state and local issue. Support vouchers or tax credits at most.
10.) The Constitution- They take seriously whether the Constitution prohibts a law or not. It is well understood that the Constitution mandates limited government. Federalism is passionately held up.
11.) Judicial Activism- Activist federal judges including the U.S. Supreme Court must be reigned in and their power to create unconstitional laws from the bench must be fought. Judges should have term limits, or be subject to popular elections. The U.S. Congress should have the power to overturn outragous and unconstitutional rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court, thus the ultimate power must rest with the people and not unelected judges who are responsible to no one.
The most famous Tea Party Conservatives are: The American Founding Fathers, President Ronald Reagan, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Tammy Bruce, Senators Jim Demint, Rand Paul & Marco Rubio, and Sarah Palin.
We have not had a decent Republican President since President Reagan and we all know it. Bush senior led to Bill Clinton, Bob Dole was a dud and led to 4 more years of Clinton, and Bush junior (along with John Mccain) has led us to a radical Democratic Congress and Barak Obama. It is time to either reclaim the Republican Party or breakaway from the GOP and form a new major second political party, letting the GOP go the way of the Whig Party. The Republican elites are all neo-conservatives and the GOP base are mostly Tea Party Conservatives, and we need to reclaim the Republican Party from the neo-conservatives. This is why it is so important to pay attention in selecting Republican state chairmanships and in selecting true Tea Party Conservatives during the primaries (as well did last November): both on a local level and a national level. The last thing we need is another government growing neo-conservative. My friends throw the Republican neo-conservatives overboard and put Tea Party Conservatives in power and things will change for the better! Neo-Conservatism has been tried and has been an absolute disaster; now let’s throw the S.O.B’s out in the 2012 GOP primaries.