These posts were originally put up over at Red Virginia, due to inactivity in that site Barry AUH2O will be posting on this one:
When Barry Goldwater wrote his book “Conscience of a Conservative,” he was faced with a difficult time in the Republican Party. We had just allowed the biggest move towards socialism twice, first under FDR and second under LBJ. The New Deal and the Great Society programs were both accepted by the Republican Party, with almost no fight. People subscribed to the idea of if the people want it and the people cannot do it for themselves, then government should do it.
It is a shame that we have not learned anything since 1960. If anything we have gone backwards. We had Ronald Reagan who, even though spent a lot of money, worked at not growing the size of the government and cutting taxes. We then after the Clinton area went backwards with the Bush administration. All we hear today is “we need another Reagan.” We do not need another Reagan, we need new leadership with the principles that Reagan and Goldwater had plus even better than that. Reagan tried to stop the growth of government. We need to reduce the growth of government. Not since Calvin Coolidge had we seen that, which was in 1929. It has been a long time since someone uttered the words, “Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.”
So to say that we have gone backwards is almost an understatement. Goldwater was worried that the Republican Party fell over at the sight of big government in another party, while we face rolling over today with big government in our own party. Going into 2008, it sounded like we were all pumped up about finding our generation’s Reagan and going back to small government. We sure picked a sheep that may continue spending and hardly understands economics.
What we don’t need is government to stick its nose in primary and secondary education as this administration has (No Child Left Behind). We do not need larger farm subsidies and a new state funded prescription drug entitlement added to Medicare. These were passed under the Republican “compassionate conservative” era of controlling both branches of government. We also do not need a fiscal stimulus package that was recently passed by the current split government. Which is a page ripped out of FDR’s playbook.
Wake up, Fiscal Conservatives! Your country is being taken over by two parties of big government.