Lindsey Graham, the non-Patrick Henry

Posted by Larry Miller on July 1, 2010 under Why | Be the First to Comment

lindsey-graham1Senator Lindsey Graham has, once again, shown us the fallacy of simply looking at a party label as a sign of common sense and values that will preserve our country. According to a recent New York Times article he admits, “Everything I’m doing now in terms of talking about climate, talking about immigration, talking about Gitmo is completely opposite of where the Tea Party movement’s at.” And he appears to take delight in his position of sticking his thumb in the eye of patriots who love their country.

Of course, his view of the world requires him to see no value in the tea partiers that have been arroused by, not just the socialism of the President and his party, but by patriot pretenders as himself. He sees Americans as irresolute as himself. Lindsey Graham is so wrapped up in his position that he cannot comprehend that the American people would inconvenience themselves and turn off Dancing With The Stars long enough to throw charlatans like himself into the unemployment line… or to those of his elevated stature, into the brotherhood of overpaid lobbyists. Graham avers that “The problem with the Tea Party, I think it’s just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out.”

The man lives in the same fantasy world as the Democratic majority he is so fond of working with in the destruction of our country. He thinks, “If you look at the Republicans who are likely to come into the Senate in 2010, they’re gonna be more like me, not less like me.” If this is the case, it is our fault. We cannot let this happen.

He asks the tea partiers. “What do you want to do? You take back your country — and do what with it?” This shows his perverse thinking that assumes we want to do something with it… big government thinking. We don’t want to do anything with it. We want to be left alone… and have the government stick to it’s legitimate functions of keeping us safe, and doing things that we really cannot do for ourselves and are necessary for our survival.

In a world crying out for another Ronald Reagan, Graham says, “We don’t have a lot of Reagan-type leaders in our party. Remember Ronald Reagan Democrats? I want a Republican that can attract Democrats.” Once more showing a disconnect from the core of the Republican Party he declares, “Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting elected as a Republican today.”

This man, who many Republicans still see as one of their own, is seeking to win over Democrats by being one of them. Ronaldus Magnus won them over by making the case for conservative values and demonstrating the wisdom of their implementation. Reagan won the victory in the battle of ideas. Graham chooses to surrender to the oppositions failed schemes.

Lest one believe that this is just an attack on one senator out of step with the pleasant southern state he represents, consider that this is a warning that we need to be aware of others who just find it convenient to side with enemies of the republic. We can’t just blindly follow the dictates of party leaders who share his disdain for the common folks who make up the tea party movement, but are just not quite so honest. They are more than happy to have our efforts and our votes, but just don’t relish our ideas.

The tea partiers are being used, in many cases, by big government progressives within the party that claims to believe in smaller, less intrusive government. This is backwards. It is time the tea partiers to throw out the professional politicians and use the party apparatus to move us toward more freedom, not less.

While we haven’t identified him or her yet, we need to keep on looking for one with the courage and understanding to conclude another speech with something like “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! – I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” Then we need to the wisdom and courage to follow them.

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