SAY, REPUBLICAN LEADERS — AND, FOR THAT MATTER, DEMOCRATIC READERS — could do worse than going back to read my 2006 pre-mortem for the GOP Congress and apply it to today’s circumstances.
What struck me the most in about the 2006 piece he cites here (and yes, there are a couple of links to old DP posts in his post) is how completely homogenous American politics have become.
The party labels changed in House, Senate, and White House, (and changed back again in the House), but little else did. We still have the ever-metastasizing security state encroaching on American liberties in the name of keeping us safe. In 2006 we had an administration that pushed (and passed) huge new health entitlements, and today we have a completely different administration that pushed and passed huge new health entitlements.
We left an administration that lacked the guts to actually make war on the causes of Muslim terrorism by destroying the regimes that create, support, and use the Muslim terror armies, and now enjoy an administration not only does likewise, but actually surrenders to these regimes.
Back then we had an administration and party pushing scamnesty and open borders as hard as it could. Today we have an administration and two parties pushing scamnesty and open borders just as hard as they can.
In short, more than seven years after this article was written, everything is the same, except worse.
And we have a Republican leadership that says, “Trust us and give us power, because we intend to continue operating just as we always have, just as we did in 2006, in fact.”
Glenn has said that you go with the political class you have. I disagree, especially when history teaches that doing so is tantamount to suicide.
Instead, the real solution is to change the rules in such a way as to destroy that political class, and give us a chance to develop a new one. Which is why I support calling a convention of the states to amend the Constitution – a solution given us by the Framers specifically to deal with the sort of entrenched political regimes we have today.
BTW, reading comments at both Glenn’s and my posts (Lastango’s post, actually) reminds me once again just how suicidally idiotic, in almost every conceivable way, the mindless GOP-bots and their “my party, right or wrong,” approach have been over the years.