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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Daniel McCarthy on Neoconservatism: Where the GOP went wrong
The Republican Party at its best and most powerful and able to reach as many voters as possible, has to be a Classical Conservative Party. A party that believes that conservatism is about protecting Constitutional Rights for individuals, letting Free People in a Free Society be free. To live their own lives as they see fit as long as they are not hurting innocent people. Fiscal Responsibility, government paying its bills, and is very limited, that the Federal Government should be as decentralized as possible. Should stay within the US Constitution and not try to get around the US Constitution in the name of National Security.
The Patriot Act being a perfect example of this, where Classical Conservatives against it back in 2001 when it was created and now. Because they believe that it violates the Fourth Amendment and other things, libertarians and liberals believe the same thing. The Republican Party used to be a Classical Conservative Limited Government Party, Small Government Party even. Which is how they won 7-9 Presidential Elections from 1952-88, controlled the Senate from 1953-55, 1981-87 and won back control of Congress for the first time in forty two years in 1994. The Republican Party went downhill in 2001 with George W Bush as President, when they decided that expanding democracy around the World. Including in areas that aren't use to democracy like in the Middle East. And they decided that Fiscal Responsibility was no longer important, borrowing 3T$ for the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and borrowing 500B$ for Medicare Advantage and 3T$ for the Bush Tax Cuts in 2001 and 2003. That Fiscal Responsibility was no longer important if americans had as much Economic Freedom as possible. And that the US Constitution was no longer important if americans had National Security. And that instead of government being used to protect Constitutional Rights and Individual Liberty, that it should try to tell people how to live their own lives. And try to make things illegal just because they don't like them. And all of these things led to the Republican Party losing control of Congress in 2006 and losing the White House in 2008 and dropping more seats in Congress in 2008 and becoming an Opposition Minority Party in the Federal Government.
The Republican Party has moved so far to the right into the Neoconservatism Authoritarian direction, that there isn't one Classical Conservative running for President for 2012 as of right now, other then maybe Buddy Roemer. The closest they have are three Libertarian Candidates in Ron Paul, Gary Johnson and John Huntsman. But ideologically they should all be running for President in another party, because now the Republican Party has become a Big Government Party but in a different form. An Authoritarian Neoconservative Party.
Click on the link of the blog to see a video interview about Neoconservatism