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Conservatives Richard Falknor on 28 Nov 2012 09:50 am

Time for a Conservative Plan of Action in the Post-Romney World

Time is fast running out for us — as conservatives — to come to terms with our  relationship with the Republican Party which is an increasingly abusive partner for us.

Conservatives, we hasten to add, are those citizens who support our ancient constitutional liberties; free markets (as opposed to business-friendly government deals); low taxes and only essential regulation; our national sovereignty; a strong national defense; and a color-blind (but not culture-blind) America. Conservatives understand our freedom can only endure if our society draws its strength from our Judaeo-Christian heritage, and that new generations of our students must learn that cultural heritage as well as our founding constitutional principles.

But these concerns seem light years from the priorities of most of the Beltway GOP.

Whether that tight circle is using the Romney defeat as an excuse for amnesty for illegals, or whether some GOP senators, with their keen appetite for public theater and with the help of some supposed GOP-friendly media, are denouncing the no-new-taxes pledge — that circle seems quite content with the prospect of an expanding government.

One can see how they try to eke out Washington, D. C. ‘respectability’ through crumbs of approval from the Government Class and its compliant media. One unanswered question, of course, is whether the Beltway GOP would be pursing the same course with Mr. Romney’s blessing were he the president elect today.

In the meantime, we suggest several analyses (below) that may be helpful to conservatives in sorting it all out.

The No-New-Taxes Pledge Meets The Fiscal Cliff

Daniel Horowitz (Madison Project) said it best Monday (click here) in his “Saxby Chambliss’s Fuzzy Math” —

“This imbroglio over the fiscal cliff was never about the budget – spending or revenue.  It is about the fundamental role of government in a Constitutional Republic that inherently restrains the size of government.  As such, even if raising taxes on the rich would be fair (it’s not; they already pay 37% of the income taxes), and even if it would be economically prudent; it is the wrong thing to do.  Any additional revenue would be used to grow the size of government at a time when it needs to be cut in half.  On this core issue, Republicans like Chambliss and Graham side with Democrats.  We side with the Constitution.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Analyst Horowitz explains —

That’s why this has never been about Norquist and his tax pledge.  If Democrats would genuinely agree to a deal that would wind down the welfare and entitlement programs and eliminate full departments of the executive branch, conservatives would reluctantly go along with some form of revenue increases.  Raising taxes is unfair and counterintuitive, but if that is what it would take to get Democrats to come onboard with our efforts to shrink government, then it would be a deal worth making.

 The real narrative here is that Democrats will never agree to downsize the budget in any consequential way.  And with Republicans like Saxby Chambliss, why should they?” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Didn’t Romney Persuade Enough Conservatives?

Seasoned investigator Cliff Kincaid (America’s Survival) points us to Steve Baldwin’s assessment of the election (click here) —

“But as any conservative from Massachusetts knew, Romney was a liberal at heart who, as Governor,  led the nation in passing three of the left’s most sacred issues:  Same sex marriage, Cap and Trade, and government control of health care.

But the Romney forces were clever.  Beginning in 2004, they created a half dozen PACs to give money to conservative and GOP entities all over the country. I’ve reviewed these disclosures and hundreds of GOP and conservative entities benefitted from Romney’s largess.   In other words, he bought the support of many ‘conservative leaders’ and used that support to give himself ‘cred’ among conservative voters.  It was a phony image though and it’s shameful that so many conservative leaders went along with this ruse.

As a result, Romney’s liberal record on taxes (yes, he taxed the corporate world in Massachusetts), Cap and Trade (first in the nation!),  gay marriage, gay rights, quotas, gun control, immigration, etc, etc. was  little known outside of Massachusetts because many of America’s leading conservatives decided to  portray him as someone he wasn’t.  Even a number of prominent right to life and national pro-family groups and leaders made a decision to remake Romney as a conservative even though they knew he was not.  I should know; I briefed many of them about Romney’s record.  Had the conservative leadership told the truth about Romney’s record as Governor, it’s likely he wouldn’t have won the GOP nomination.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Long-time conservative Baldwin concluded

“As someone who has networked with conservative activists for 35 years, I know for a fact that large segments of the Tea Party and Ron Paul movements did NOT vote for Romney and I also know that many evangelicals refused to support Romney as well.   They knew that Romney was, deep down, a big government, socially liberal Republican and believed that electing Romney would set conservatives back decades.   They believed that he would – under the mantle of ‘conservatism’ – carry out a big government agenda instead of taking bold action to tame the deficit or get our economy growing again.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Cliff Kincaid made an important related point

“Although Romney’s position was that he was in favor of traditional marriage, he did not campaign on the issue. What’s more, he had said publicly that the spontaneous public protests in favor of Chick-fil-A over its CEO’s comments in favor of traditional marriage were not part of his campaign. In addition, during the campaign he reiterated his support for opening up the Boy Scouts to homosexuals.

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel recognizes the political reality. On the group’s ‘Faith and Freedom’ radio show, he pointed out that Romney failed to speak out in favor of traditional marriage, including in the four states with gay marriage on the ballot. In addition to Maryland, they were Minnesota, Maine and Washington. ‘Had he done so,’ Staver said, ‘his numbers would’ve gone up and I bet the marriage polls would’ve gone up.’ Instead, he noted, Romney was a ‘one-note’ candidate who focused almost exclusively on the economy.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Readers will want to revisit our Maryland county-by-county chart “Statewide: Values & Immigration Control Votes Exceed Romney Votes” (click here) showing how overall (and where locally) votes against same-sex marriage exceeded the Romney vote: a lost outreach opportunity for the Old Line State’s GOP. But perhaps it was not the kind of outreach that GOP wanted to spend time on?

Persistent GOP Myths About Immigration and The Hispanic Vote

The new Beltway GOP  ‘wisdom’ is that Republicans need to drop a tough line on illegal immigration to win elections.

Heather MacDonald (NRO) sets us straight here

  • “If Republicans want to change their stance on immigration, they should do so on the merits, not out of a belief that only immigration policy stands between them and a Republican Hispanic majority. It is not immigration policy that creates the strong bond between Hispanics and the Democratic party, but the core Democratic principles of a more generous safety net, strong government intervention in the economy, and progressive taxation. Hispanics will prove to be even more decisive in the victory of Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, which raised upper-income taxes and the sales tax, than in the Obama election.”
  • “ And a strong reason for that support for big government is that so many Hispanics use government programs. U.S.-born Hispanic households in California use welfare programs at twice the rate of native-born non-Hispanic households. And that is because nearly one-quarter of all Hispanics are poor in California, compared to a little over one-tenth of non-Hispanics. Nearly seven in ten poor children in the state are Hispanic, and one in three Hispanic children is poor, compared to less than one in six non-Hispanic children. One can see that disparity in classrooms across the state, which are chock full of social workers and teachers’ aides trying to boost Hispanic educational performance.”
  • “The idea of the ‘social issues’ Hispanic voter is also a mirage. A majority of Hispanics now support gay marriage, a Pew Research Center poll from last month found. The Hispanic out-of-wedlock birth rate is 53 percent, about twice that of whites.(Highlighting throughout Forum’s.)

The Statist Imagination of the GOP

Perhaps Mark Krikorian has the most revealing report about the goals of the GOP Establishment and immigration —

A comment by Haley Barbour at the recent Republican Governors Association conference shone light on the GOP establishment’s view that the point of mass immigration, legal or not, is to provide cheap labor inputs for industry:

‘Col. Sanders needs these guys,’ Barbour said, referring to the Latinos in Mississippi who work at processing plants.

So that’s why we have immigration? To procure compliant, disposable, low-cost staff for big employers, now that the old method for doing that has been banned by the 13th amendment? Un-effing-believable.

Teddy Roosevelt got a lot of stuff wrong, what with that Progressive baloney and wanting to acquire colonies, but he certainly got this right:

Never under any condition should this Nation look at an immigrant as primarily a labor unit. He should always be looked at primarily as a future citizen and the father of other citizens who are to live in this land as fellows with our children and our children’s children.’” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

And it doesn’t stop with cheap-labor immigration!

For GOP Establishment luminary Haley Barbour’s views on the elasticity of property rights, click here for Damon W. Root’s (Reason) “Sold Down the River: How Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour sabotaged eminent domain reform.”

We’ll be bringing you more food for thought during the current lame duck season (click here) where we must be alert to an unfriendly agenda.

And we need to consider how to  follow up on the growing number of reports of fraud in the November 6 presidential election.  Click here and here for World Net Daily’s compilation.

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