As someone who has never been shy about criticizing status quo politics in Washington I’m often asked whether I have much hope for the future of country. While I don’t have much confidence that the current crop of elected officials in Washington will take serious steps to put us on a sustainable fiscal course or maintain a protracted conflict with radical Islam, I have a great deal of confidence in the American people’s ability to turn Washington upside down when they’ve had enough.
Sites like RedState have already proven their ability to influence the outcome of critical public debates, and your ability to adapt and improve, such as with RedState 3.0, will only increase the importance of your role in the public square in coming years.
The genius of RedState and other sites isn’t so much that you have discovered new ideas but that you are using new technologies to communicate ideas that have always been true and have always worked. When Congress’ experiments with socialism – such as government-run health care – are washed away by the demographic tsunami of retiring Baby Boomers, RedState will be a tool the American people can use to put our economy and representative government back together again. The principles of limited government and freedom RedState steadfastly defends are the ideas that have always worked in our country.
RedState is already doing a heroic job of encouraging Republicans to behave like Republicans. What that task is ultimately about is forcing members of Congress to follow their oath to the Constitution and to not go beyond the limit enumerated powers outlined in the Constitution.
In recent years, revisionists in both parties have misused the Constitution to justify a ‘blank check’ approach to spending and earmarking. James Madison, the father of the Constitution, had this to say about the “blank check” philosophy of government: “With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of [enumerated] powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”
America’s future is at risk precisely because career politicians in both parties have created vast programs and bureaucracies that were never contemplated by our founders. Congress will never put our nation back on a sustainable course until the people rise up and take their government back. RedState will continue to do our country, particularly the next generation of Americans, a tremendous service by making politicians in Washington exceedingly uncomfortable when they push the role of federal government beyond the limited powers outlined in our Constitution.
Congrats on your re-launch. America will thank you even if Washington does not.