But at least we all have a moment of clarity. The GOP is not, in any meaningful sense, a conservative, first-principles, Constitutionalist party — and unless it’s subsumed by the Tea Party, it never will be. Rather, it’s content to be the lesser half of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party as long as it can collect some of the pork scraps from underneath the table of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government. No wonder they keep losing — they like it.
Hmm. This sounds familiar. Where have I heard it before?
Oh, that’s right. I’ve been saying it for the past ten years or so, right here on this blog.
In this case, the political system (read: the voters) reward politicians who “bring home the bacon,” even if such mass-boodling means that eventually the entire system will go bankrupt and collapse. What’s disheartening is that while it isn’t surprising that both Democrats and Republicans chase their self-interest first, it is the supposedly fiscally conservative Republicans who’ve been doing by far the most damage for the past decade or so.
When I first started noticing that the vaunted G.W. Bush administration was not much better than the Clinton administration, I was roundly denounced by Bushbots for heresy. Because Republicans Are Ever So Much Better.
I came within an inch of not voting for Bush in 2004, and I’ve regretted that I didn’t do so ever since. But strangely enough, when I talk about the Ruling Class and the two factions of the Ruling Party (Gentry GOP and Marxist Democrats) I don’t get nearly as much pushback as I used to. I’m not sure if that’s because I ran all the Bushbots off, or that some of them have finally opened their eyes and seen the reality of today’s political system.
Be that as it may, my own way forward is clear: I will never again vote for anybody based on party identification. I will only vote for those I wish to vote for, primarily because they reflect and stay true to the values I hold dear, primarily those that buttress individual liberty and oppose the encroaching tyranny that has so strangled our governance today.