Statism cloaked as “National Service” – A Snapshot of Republican Failure

This morning I received an email from the RNC asking for my input about the “state of the Republican Party” and, then of course, for a contribution. I gave my input, but they will not be getting any of my money. They simply would waste it, trotting after the latest theory of some pet consultant or Washington egomaniac telling them they need to “be for something.”

Republicans often find themselves trying to figure out the primary reasons for the Party’s collapse since its high point (at least on paper) in 2004. And while there are a lot of good arguments… one needn’t look much further than last night’s vote on the “Serve America Act” to get a glimpse of the Party’s rot at its core.

This pathetic vote shows you how far the Party has slid from principle toward expedience and mediocrity. This is what the Party has become… a group of Washington insiders more interested in self-promotion and feel-good talking points than in promoting freedom, personal (and familial) responsibility, self-reliance, limited government, local control, and private enterprise (be it for profit or for charity).

The bill passed by a vote of 79-19-1… that is, with a majority of Republican Senators (22). So a majority of Republican Senators are perfectly comfortable inserting Washington – that great paragon of efficiency and productivity – into the great American tradition of charity, and doing so at unprecedented levels.

But this is how Washington works – even as I receive emails from the RNC asking for my input into the “state” of the Party. A majority of Republicans support a bill that is terribly flawed and contrary to fundamental American principles… it is a long and complicated bill… it was jammed through while the budget debates filled the news… it is hardly known, much less understood by most Americans… it sounds wonderful on paper (it has such a lofty title with such noble goals – who on earth could oppose it?)… and it had the holiest of holies – bipartisan support (the magic word…).

But it is not an American bill. It could not be further from our core American principles. It’s not in our blood to take money through the force of law (taxation), and then inefficiently re-distribute it (over $5 Billion) through government programs to charities chosen and dictated by bureaucrats – all in the name of helping people. DAMN IT… THAT’S NOT HOW WE WORK. But it sure as hell is how these unprincipled Washington Republicans work.

Below is the list of Republican Senators who supported this damaging and un-American legislation. It is worth noting that a few of them will be facing political challenges this election cycle – notably, Senators Hutchison (Governor’s race in Texas), Bennett (a possible primary challenge in Utah), Murkowski (speculation of a primary challenge in AK) and Specter (a likely challenge by Toomey in PA). So, a message to Rick Perry, Pat Toomey and other challengers – remind your constituents that these people don’t believe in freedom and are perfectly content to turn over our personal charitable efforts to the federal government to micro-manage.

And a message to those who are not facing a tough challenge… When you ask yourself what is wrong with the Republican Party… look in the mirror to find the answer.

Alexander (R-TN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Enzi (R-WY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Wicker (R-MS)