Yesterday didn’t see a solution to the “fiscal cliff.
What we saw was an artificially manufactured crisis that ensured the administration got its way with taxes while pretending to save the American middle class it is actively destroying.
Obama used the divide between “moderates” and conservatives extremely well. His divide and conquer tactics so effectively he got his way and will probably get his way on the debt limit as well.
So much for political expediency. Congratulations, Mr. President.
But wait. There’s worse to come.
What we may well have seen is the end of the Republican Party as it is presently constituted. The split that enabled Obama’s victory may be permanent, as conservatives of all stripes can no longer support Republican leadership that has sold them out time and again, handing victory after victory to leftist Democrats.
The split in the Republican Party now appears to be irreparable. It is hard to see how the party can hold together in any respect concerning any issue.
Conservatives may at last be faced with their only alternative–a third party. They have threatened to form one time and again, but have been persuaded for the sake of the country and party unity to put their concerns and even their principles on the back burner.
That may no longer be possible, as House Speaker Boehner has not only purged conservatives but has waved the white flag of surrender.
Many disaffected have already joined the Tea Party. Now the task is to create a coalition that will gather libertarians, fiscal and social conservatives and others who can no longer support the GOP.
It’s 1860 all over again.
On January 1, 2013 the Republican leadership broke their promise about not raising taxes on the rich. “The deal passed by the Senate early this morning, with the endorsement of all but seven of the 47 Republicans, would raise $620 billion in new revenue, hiking tax rates on households earning more than $450,000 a year.”
“‘Keep in mind that just last month Republicans in Congress said they would never agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest Americans,’ President Obama said Monday. ‘Obviously, the agreement that’s currently being discussed would raise those rates and raise them permanently.’”
It reminds me of the speech that Yaron Brook gave at the Tea Party Patriots Summit in Arizona February 25, 2011 when he talked about the Republicans having a hard time with the budget. He said, “They don’t have a principle.”
The Founding Fathers had a principle. I find it interesting that for all the attention that the Founding Fathers are getting right now, people are still missing the one principle that they stood for, a principle without which there never would have been a United States of America. It is this single idea that all the rest of their ideas rested upon and it is how they came up with our unique system of government. Does any Republican leader even know what that one principle is, let alone stick to it? Yet the Founders were willing to risk their lives and everything they had for it — the principle of individual rights.
Individual rights are spelled out very clearly in the Declaration of Independence: Our rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (our happiness, not anyone else’s). They went on to say that the government was created among men to protect those rights. And that is all the government should be doing.
It is very depressing to see these Republicans just bow down to the wicked, to our enslavers, and give them everything they want. The men of today have absolutely nothing in common with the men of 1776. Yaron Brook pointed this out about the Founding Fathers: “They didn’t say, ‘We just want a little bit less taxes, please, King George.’ They didn’t say, ‘Give us some liberty, please, King George.’ They changed the world because they asked a fundamental question. And the question they asked is, ‘Who does your life — does my life — belong to?’ That’s a question that people had never asked, because it was always obvious: your life belongs to the state, to the king, to some emperor, to somebody else — and it’s your job to do his bidding. The Founders of this country said ‘No: sovereignty belongs with the individual. My life is mine. Your life is yours. And nobody can take that away — not a king; but not even a majority!”
Until politicians come forth that understand this principle and have the courage to act on this principle there will be no change. We can just count on more compromises as they bend over to satisfy those who want to control our lives. And our time is running out.