I was having coffee with a liberal friend of mine this morning and heard a familiar lament – the government is being held hostage to the Tea Party. When I pointed out that the Republicans only held half of one branch of government, and Obama got everything he wanted during the first two years of his presidency save cap and trade (which was killed by Senate Democrats) she reiterated that our government didn’t work. I guess she wants a totalitarian state, which is the really scary thing about Bay Area liberals. When you push, they want someone in charge who will just do stuff. As if totalitarians through the ages (Stalin, Mao, Castro) were leaders one wanted to live under.
What’s wrong with our government today is that both the GOP and the Democrats are big spending, big government parties. How can we get the country back on track when both parties are pointed in the same deadly direction? And it saddens me that though our leading Republican nominees talk about small government, if you look at their actions (e.g. Romneycare, Gingrich’s “big green” advertisement with Nancy P.), they’re not that different from the Democrats.
Small government is appealing to so many – hence the Tea Party and Ron Paul, who has so many younger supporters. Conservatives and libertarians know that small government presents the greatest opportunity for personal growth and economic advancement. Will the “establishment” GOP ever figure it out?
Sorry about the rant – but it fell on deaf ears over coffee this morning.