Wednesday, August 29, 2012
A Republican Party in Transition
I want you to think back to Wednesday, November 5, 2008; the day after Barack Obama's election.
Today, the Republican VP nominee is publicly identified with entitlement reform. Audit the Fed is part of the party platform. The Republican Party's central economic message is opportunity via entrepreneurship.
If I had offered you this situation in November 2008, would you have taken it?!? Heck, if I had offered you a Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket in November 2008, would you have taken that?!? I certainly would.
This convention, and the entire campaign, is taking place at a weird moment in the history of the Republican Party. The Tea Party has created a new political reality, but the institutional Republican party has yet to fully adjust. While the Republican Party isn't maximizing this opportunity, it's light years ahead of where it was in 2008; that's good enough.
The institutional Republican party, even now, doesn't understand Barack Obama. They don't understand the Fabian Socialists. They don't understand the Frankfurt School. They don't understand Saul Alinsky. They don't understand Frank Marshall Davis. They don't understand the long term objectives of the Weather Underground. They don't understand third-world anti-Colonial thinking. That's unfortunate, because if the institutional Republican party understood the a fore mentioned aspects of twentieth century progressivism, they could illustrate how the economic, geopolitical, and moral devastation Barack Obama has wrought has been deliberate.
That being said, consider how far we've come. If the Republicans win, we'll get meaningful entitlement reform, tax reform, and constraints on the Federal Reserve. This will alter the trajectory of federal spending, grow our economy, and prevent our central bank from printing money willy-nilly. Four years ago, a Republican President "abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system." We've already come VERY far; heading into November, it's good enough.
In his speech at FreePAC last month, Sen. Mike Lee pointed out that it took fifteen years to get from the Boston Tea Party to ratification of the Constitution. This is a long-term fight. It will continue past this convention, and past this election. We still have A LOT of work ahead, but compared to November 2008, we've already covered A LOT of ground.