Our First Priority

Posted by Larry Miller on May 18, 2009 under How | Be the First to Comment

Now we are hearing from many moderates in the mushy middle that the Republican Party should set aside some of the social issues and concentrate on economic issues where “everyone” can agree. I have mixed feelings about this message. On one hand we have the hypocrisy displayed by those pushing this view point as we have seen precious little economic common sense from those who want to elevate that to the top of Republican agenda. On the other, there is an element of truth to the position… but not for their weak kneed reasons.

For the most part, these are the same people who have helped the previous administration push through very unRepublican expansions of government and federal budgets. Now, they are suddenly talking like fiscal conservatives they know the country is looking for. As far as concerning ourselves with the welfare of the unborn, the ability to keep our guns, the sanctity of marriage and the like, perhaps it is time to take a bigger picture view of the situation. It’s not that they are not critical issues and must be dealt with as we look to preserve our country for our kids and grandkids.

The point is that we are working in a political environment that is not only hostile to our values, but, according to a recent Department of Homeland Security report, hostile to us as individuals. The decision makers in Washington are heading full speed in the opposite direction. The are busy expanding the power of the federal government and using it to push our traditional values as far into the distant past as possible.

So before we can, once again, go on offense and pursue the necessary changes we have to put the brakes on this headlong rush to disaster. The teeth of this administration are the increasing powers they are accumulating. It is only because they can impose their views in the American people that their ideas present a hazard to our well being. Pull these, often unconstitutional, teeth, and their big government interventionist policies cease to be a problem.

So our first priority needs to be putting a stop to the growth of our increasingly hostile government so we can, once again, work in an environment where our requests and arguments can receive an honest hearing. This means we cannot afford to be single issue voters and activists. Stopping the explosion of the heavy handed administration has to take precedence over everything else.

Does this mean we follow the “moderates” wanting to steer the Republican Party to the left? Besides the fact that it wouldn’t work, that would only be slowing the velocity of negative changes. We need to think more like chess players. We cannot just look at our current move, but many moves ahead. If we are to make more than cosmetic changes to our government, we need to set ourselves up to capitalize on success in putting a stop to this current nonsense by having people in place who are ready to help us with our key issues,

It is not that we forget our concerns. It is not that we are looking for different candidates. What we need to do is all pull together to restore some form of sanity to DC. We need to get the budgets under control. We need to put a crimp in the federal governments plans to run our lives and impose their radical agenda on our culture.

Then, and only then, can we return to the battle for the individual concerns that drive each of us issue voters and activists. Gun rights people will have to work with pro-lifers. Marriage activists will have to support gun owners as we all work to make America, once again, the shining city on a hill. As Ben Franklin once said, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

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