In many “conservative” circles, the belief exists that the Republican party and its camp followers are the party of small government and the politicians elected have our best interests at heart. For those who subscribe to this notion, I have one question. How do you explain this?
In America, we have two major parties which control everything and numerous smaller ones which want to control everything. The major ones are zealous in keeping their grip on power and will do anything to maintain that status, as would the smaller ones if they were able. The accepted model is one or the other of the two main parties holds the governor’s seat, the Senate, and the House (a trifecta of power) or there is divided government in which they share power.
As it stands right now, in seven states (Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming), the Republican party owns the trifecta. Logically speaking, if “conservative values” are the core of the Republicans, then it would seem these states would have abandoned their emergency declarations and policies enacted during the C.O.V.I.D crisis long ago, yet this is not the case. All still operate under the rubric that the state’s citizens must be protected from the earth-shattering effects of this existential threat to humankind and that the Nanny State knows best.
Come on now! Really? Texas? Idaho, that bastion of freedom? Wyoming, where there are more cattle and prairie dogs than people?
Concerning the difference between the two main political camps, G.K. Chesterton wrote this little bit of wisdom more than 100 years ago when the growth of Big Brother was just getting started. I can only imagine what he would have to say about the situation today.
“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus, we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called the balance, or mutual check, in our Constitution.”
This explains in a nutshell why the growth of government has relentlessly advanced and human liberty has been diminished between then and now. The liberals, progressives, and “forward-thinkers” conjure up things which need to be regulated, controlled, and taxed. The conservatives and “rear-guard protectors of The Law” maintain those items as a matter of holding the line against any enemies, either domestic or foreign. Or viral, for that matter.
If conservatives and Republicans really were champions of small government, this impulse of stupidity would have never gotten traction in the first place, but since it did, there remains one question to be asked. Why in the name of all that is good and holy are these “traditionalists” still hanging onto, admiring, and defending the “ruins”, preventing the mistakes from being corrected? The only logical answer that I can produce is that they are hypocrites. They really do not believe what they espouse. RINO’s. More than likely, they have some vested interest in supporting the status quo.
This brings up another question. If the populations of these states are generally conservative, why haven’t they raised an uproar and thrown these rascals, scallywags, and thieves out wholesale? Would it be that they also have vested interests in maintaining the System, that is, because it will affect their own personal bottom line. BLM! Bottom Lines Matter!! Do not rock the boat or Grandma will starve to death!!!
Unfortunately, it is not only politicians who are hypocrites or RINO’s. People at the grassroots level ought to engage in an activity which most are not willing to do—bringing their stated philosophies and personal actions into a state of consistency. Without this happening on a large scale, we will continue down the road to perpetual slavery, serfdom, and bondage under the auspices of the Omnipotent, Omniscient God of modern humanity—the State.