By Mr. Curmudgeon:
“We have to use a lot of high-tech — we’ve got to use drones, we’ve got to do a lot of things to get that border secure, but that must be done,” said Arizona’s Sen. John McCain during an appearance on Fox News.
McCain’s droning on about high-flying border drones is a meaningless condition preceding a Republican capitulation to what is essentially a Democratic Party get-out-the-vote drive. Any immigration bill Republicans agree on promises to give Democrats a lock on America’s future.
If you think Obama and his Democratic minions are destroying the Party of Lincoln, you are sadly mistaken.
One man who gets this is conservative radio talk-show host Mark Levin. In an interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity, Levin said, “Is Obama destroying the Republican Party? No. The Republican establishment is destroying the Republican Party. The only reason they’re in the majority in the House is because of conservatives, conservatives across the country, the grassroots … until the Republican leadership that has brought us McCain and Romney, that has a feckless RNC, a preposterously incompetent get-out-the-vote operation, is removed and replaced with fresh, smart, confident, knowledgeable people, until some of our backbenchers move to the front, some of the young, Tea Party conservative candidates who can articulate our vision and our principles, this is going to continue.”
“Obama may want to destroy the Republican Party,” Levin continued, “but the Republican Party is imploding. And you know what? It needs to be cleansed, it needs to be cleaned out – not for purity reasons, not for absolutism, but because it needs to be a party that stands for something.”
This is nothing new. Like men, political parties also die. The Whig Party, of which a young Abraham Lincoln was a proud member, began to fade in the early 1850s because, like today’s GOP, it stood for nothing.
In his book Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, Allen Guelzo writes, “… The Whigs suicidally proclaimed their aversion to party regimentation, on the grounds that political harmony … ought to emerge naturally from shared cultural assumptions …”
Democrats, on the other hand, writes Guelzo, “had better organization, a better history of toeing the party line, and more carrots to dangle on sticks before the party faithful.”
Some things never change.
In an 1856 speech, Abraham Lincoln declared a central principle of the young Republican Party in clear, unambiguous terms. “The Republican Party think it [slavery] wrong, we think it is a moral, a social, and a political wrong. Because we think it wrong, we propose a course of policy that shall deal with it as a wrong. We will deal with it as with any other wrong … and so deal with it that in the end of time there may be some promise of an end to it.”
Notice Lincoln does not use weasel words, unlike today’s Republican spokesmen. Lincoln’s moral absolutism would be condemned by his party’s modern incarnation for not leaving much room for “compromise.”
Obama claims his much talked-about immigration reform will “create new jobs and new prosperity for our citizens.” That is shorthand for, “We will provide cheap labor for American agribusiness while simultaneously providing my party a vast economic underclass to exploit for votes.” Or, as historian Allen Guelzo noted above, “…carrots to dangle on sticks before the party faithful.”
During an interview with ABC News, McCain said, “I’ll give you a little straight talk. Look at the last election. Look at the last election. We [Republicans] are losing dramatically the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours, for a variety of reasons, and we’ve got to understand that.” Notice that McCain is incapable of providing his “variety of reasons.” That’s because it is impossible to articulate ideas when you have none.
However, McCain gave us a glimpse into his view of Hispanic voters during his 2008 run for the White House, and it isn’t a whole lot different from Obama’s. “… They [Hispanics] want us to have an attitude which I think most Americans do, that these are God’s children and they must be taken care of.”
Obama and McCain’s notion that I need to “be taken care of” offends this Hispanic, this American, this Tea Party conservative; that I am motivated by race alone and need to sell my vote for government crumbs; that the promise of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” is parceled out, like food stamps, from the hands of bloodless bureaucrats in Washington; that the cords which bind me to the timeless and universal principles of liberty embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are America’s crumbling and unsustainable entitlement programs.
Obama and McCain believe that free men and women, no matter their race, stand on the auction block to be sold to the highest bidder. It is understandable that the Democratic Party, with its pro-slavery history, continues to view human beings as property. But for the Party of Lincoln to willingly descend into that philosophical dark pit is unconscionable.
At a recent summit hosted by National Review magazine, former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, current president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, said, “Conservatives have given the sole distribution rights of our ideas, our beliefs and our values – at least in the political sphere – to the Republican Party. We are on the outside looking in hoping they will take some of our ideas and adopt them. It is time to flip that around.”
Short of starting a third party, the alternative course is to take back the country by taking the Republican Party from the hands of the GOP’s bloodless, cynical, tired and immoral establishment. Then the Republican Party may regain enough of Lincoln’s moral capital to battle 100 years of Progressive slavery “that in the end of time there may be some promise of an end to it.”