It is clear now that the current Republican Party is no place for either conservatives or libertarians.
Conservatives and libertarians reject statism, embrace small government, and abhor confiscatory taxes. Conservatives believe in a strong military for the Nation's defense (not military adventurism). Libertarians advocate liberty and personal responsibility.
The Republican Party is now ruled by CINOs (conservatives in name only). It is a slap in the face to former Tea Partiers (the entire movement was hijacked by the GOP and their corporatist masters and subsequently ground into dust) who battled against Obamacare and went to the polls in droves a decade ago to give the Republicans the House of Representatives, unseating several CINOs along the way.
The GOP and its compliant whore media — especially FOX News — will now spend the next several weeks alternately wooing true conservative supporters for their votes and denigrating them as "ensuring the election of Joe Biden" if they didn't abandon their principles and toe the party line.
The main tenants of conservativism are now anathema to Republican Party establishment elites, who embrace militarism rather than defense, bow to Israel and Saudi Arabia when it comes to foreign policy, and pass laws that destroy liberty and promote the police state.
They have repeatedly voted for extensions of the USA Patriot Act and for the National Defense Authorization Act, which suspends habeas corpus and subjects all Americans to indefinite detention without trial. They and most of the rest of the Republicans in Congress are anti-liberty. It's not that they were too conservative. It's that their actions outed them as CINOs.
Militarism, endless foisting of private debts on the public, trillions in "stimulus" money and a growing police state are not the things Tea Partiers thought they were in their future when voting in 2010. But bigger government, militarism, reduced liberty and tax increases are what the Republican Party now stands for. And despite the party's brand (the small government, low taxes, pro-liberty party), it has been that way since its beginnings out of the ruins of the Whig Party.
Politics in America is not a party system any longer. It is instead a repetitive and insulting process of pacifying the national will with the illusion of freedom and political choices.
The elites in the District of Criminals and the money power behind them are so far removed from the people over whom they lord and/or whom they employ, that they may as well be on a distant planet in another solar system. All the thoughts they think and all the things they do are designed to draw more power and more wealth into their control.
Every two years, whether it's in the off-year congressional election or the quadrennial presidential "election," the false paradigm is reinforced. The opposing candidates square off, promising change of this or that nature, and the people, hearing catchphrases and buzzwords that tickle their ears, fall in line and cast their votes. But regardless of whether this Republicrat or that Democan gets elected, nothing of consequence ever changes.
Banks and crony firms get the bailouts and the contracts, the wars continue, the money printing never ceases, government grows, the illegals keep coming, wealth is still transferred, the regulatory structure gets more burdensome, protection and advantages for the elites get stronger, and the people are further impoverished and enslaved. The only difference we see is which of the elites get best seats at the table nearest the king and which are relegated to the back seats.
The political class and their handlers look upon the people as cattle to be herded along, controlled, used and thrown away as needed. To the political class, the people are simply ignorant rubes of lower stratum who are incapable of making rational decisions if left to their own devices.
It's past time for conservative voters to stick to their principles and abandon the Republican Party. It's past time for true conservatives to realize the Republican Party is the CINO party.
The quicker we come to terms with reality about politics in America, the closer we come to serious action to restore freedom of the individual. The government and its politicians are at war with us in order to protect their interests, which are 180 degrees out of phase with ours.
Yours for the truth,
Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter®