We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The divide between Inside Beltway Republicans and the conservatives of Mainstreet while not as large is the widest today since the Goldwater revolution of 1964.
Now, as then, the less polished but more pointed and demanding cries of Mainstreet were derided or neglected by the establishment Republican Party. But, the insiders now have less holds on power. Now, as distinct from then, the Inside Beltway Republicans more realize that their positions depend upon Mainstreet. It makes for a difficult and tenuous relationship.
Formerly, it was the business, press and politicians of the Northeast that dominated the Republican Party. Barry Goldwater, and the electoral shift to the Sunbelt and West, started an end to that, and Ronald Reagan completed the rout.
Republican leaders rooted in the failed Goldwater campaign of 1964 and the successful Reagan rule of the 1980’s came to prominence in the Republican Party. However, many, most who found position and wealth in Washington, pay lip service to Mainstreet while cozying up to fountains of money from Inside Beltway lobbyists and false praise from the Northeast liberal media when they compromise with their similarly corrupted Democrat brethren.
In their defense, usually by themselves, they call themselves “mature” Republicans. Maturity means playing within the 30 or 40 yard lines, sometimes mouthing ambitions for policies at the goal lines but arguing that only short runs are possible or realistic against determined and organized liberals.
The Obama administration, although through a fraudulent 2008 campaign, is stocked with leftist radicals from top to bottom, however, who have gone for the long pass. Sure, it has bred and fueled a widespread rebellion that has seriously weakened their hold on Congress. The Mainstreet rebels are epitomized by the Tea Party who have earned wider support from less activist Republicans and from Independents who are repulsed by the Democrats’ legislative extremism. The rebels seek a more daring game plan. Meanwhile, many entrenched establishment Republicans and their media allies denigrate the voices calling for more aggressive moves downfield.
They have some good reasons. The liberal establishment is very powerful and controls more levers of power, and most centrist Americans are fragile allies and heavily influenced by the traditional liberal media.
Nonetheless, it is irrefutable that the defensive establishment Republicans would not have their comforts without the conservative rebels, and the conservative new media will not let them hide behind their excuses or corrupted transgressions.
One may argue that the radicals who control the Democrat Party have overstepped, which is now recognized by most voters. Yet, they have accomplished many of their goals, from an increasingly entrenched ObamaCare to economy-stifling environmental extremism to displaying un-American timidity and counter-productiveness abroad and undermining our allies.
Most of these extremist laws, regulations and policies are either fait accompli or will take decades to ameliorate, at least if business as usual continues in Washington.
On the other hand, as with the Paul Ryan budget program moving the goal posts, if the establishment Republicans coalesce around and firmly push for radical reforms, the alliance of Mainstreet with the Republican Party may accomplish a quick and real turnaround of the United States’ fate, from decline to revived robustness and confidence.
Myself, I tend toward the wonkish and well appreciate the defensive arguments of establishment Republicans for practicality and restraint. I don’t watch talking head TV and only listen to a few minutes a day of talk radio. Still, it is an inescapable reality that it is these conservative voices that have and continue to lead the conservative revolution and, by carryover, the Republican electoral victories.
While over-the-top extremism must be avoided and refuted for conservative and Republican respect and viability, it is inescusable for establishment Republican voices to attack leading conservative voices as altogether irresponsible. This is false, indeed a slander, and really only serves the interests of the left and of crony-capitalists who place their feeding at the D.C. trough above the ongoing welfare of the country. They must recognize that their Inside Beltway position papers are but waste- and toilet paper without the backing of Mainstreet, and that Mainstreet will not settle for much more.
I’m not naming names, as I don’t want to contribute to the divide. Either Washington Republicans will stand up for where their – and our -- bread is really buttered or just continue to seek pats from interests less nourishing to America’s future. If they don’t resolutely stand up, their and our opportunities for America’s revival will be squandered. Do they care more for lucrative after-careers courtesy of the K-Street lobbies or for America? The next year will tell.
Dammit! Stop the "hail-fellow-well-met" BS and start naming names!
Those of us who are very interested in American revival, but who don't have the time or the "inside" resources for learning those names need the assistence!
You're just enabling the insiders' game to continue unabated, when you state you don't want to "contribute ot the divide", but you are doing just that !
The divide will grow ever wider if those who want serious change cannot identify the foe with particularity: the only choice left is to lump all the establishment types into a single ball of goo and seek their total banishment, perhaps losing valuable allies simply because there are those who don't want to "name names"!
Childish games: "I've got a secret you don't know"....cut the crap and help out or we'll have to consider you one of "them".
Just my opinion, but I don't think he needs to name names. For example, the establishment Republicans would include people like McCain, Boehner, and Romney, whereas the new guys like Paul Ryan and Rand Paul would be the rebels whom we sent to DC with such high hopes.
Just watching and reading the news names all the names, and lets us mainstreet people know who to watch and who to vote for next election, as well as who to vote against. It's up to us to stay on top of their behavior.
Very well said. The "Mainstreeters", as you call us, think that it is incumbent on our representatives in Congress to make sure that in fulfilling their Constitutional mandates, they don't spend more of the taxpayers' money than they have.
I, for one, think that $ .40 of every taxpayer dollar goes to pay interest to our creditors is absolutely crazy. And why do we give monetary aid to other nations (except for emergency food, water & medical) when we need to borrow to keep the government going?
If the people we voted into office last November get sucked into the "this is the way it's always been done" trap, our economy is finished. Is it any wonder that our great country's image is so tarnished?
We think more than that! The only way to return us to constitutional government and liberty is to throw out ALL of those who do not conform to limited government (even that is too much government) and local control of activities. Ryan's budget was a compromise. Compromise will NOT get us where we need to be. "Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead".
If one of your parents served in the upper levels of state or federal government, you are an insider. If you've ever said or implied or allowed your "spokesperson" to argue that it is your turn or your right to be elected to ----- because of your family or because you've served -- terms in the House or Senate, you are an insider.