Looking on the bright side
Neal Boortz finds the nugget of good news in the results of yesterday's booting of so many Republicans from power in the U.S. Congress and across the land:
The Republicans worked very hard for this defeat. They've earned every lost seat. The Republican majority that was sent packing yesterday bore little resemblance to the Republican majority that rode to power 12 years ago. In 1994 we were promised less government. Over the next 12 years the Republicans more than doubled the size of the government. We were promised control over runaway spending. In the last six years discretionary spending has doubled. We were promised fiscal responsibility. We got a bridge to nowhere in Alaska. We were promised the elimination of the Department of Education. After all, educational achievement had been on a steady decline since education was federalized under this Department. In no time at all the Republicans doubled funding for the Department of Education. In the meanwhile America continues to slip on the international scorecard of educational achievement.
The Republicans, in full control of the government, couldn't even manage to stop the Mexican invasion. How many Hispanics invaded our country across the Mexican / American border in the last 12 years? Twelve million? Twenty? Funny, but I don't remember pressing 1 for English in 1994.
So how did I actually vote when I got that provisional (see below) ballot in my hand. Straight Libertarian. I voted for every Libertarian candidate on the ballot. I couldn't bring myself to vote for the Social Democrat Party ... and the Republicans simply had not earned my vote. I was heartened this morning to read the following line from an Augusta Chronicle story on the vote: "With the aid of statewide distribution of Libertarian Neal Boortz's radio talk show since the last election, the Libertarian Party is enjoying its strongest support ever, making Georgia one of the party's most vibrant states." Good to hear....
If the Republicans had maintained their power we would have faced two more years of business as usual. Two more years of spending and government growth. Now we have two years of Republicans figuring out how they can convince the American people that they deserve to lead again.
He also points out that today is a happy day for "the Mexican invaders:"
Amnesty for illegals is on the way. President Bush is for it. The Senate had already voted for it. The only roadblock was the House. Now, with Democrats in control, the House will be eager to go along.
This will be one of the first moves the Democrats make ... right after they go to raise the minimum wage. Amnesty for illegal aliens will be the order of the day, amnesty without any meaningful controls to make sure that the invasion ceases.
Every one of these invaders is looked on as a potential future vote by Democrats. Nothing will be done to stem the tide.
(Sigh.) I guess we'll have to muddle through somehow, as we always do. And as Boortz says, have your escape plan ready for when the Republic finally sinks. Maybe one of these states may offer a dedicated haven for individual rights, the rule of law, and restricted government someday:
Eminent domain abuse ballot initiatives won overwhelmingly in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, and South Carolina. The Kelo decision could turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to the anti-eminent domain movement. All of the propositions won handily by an average of 75%. Not one proposal to limit eminent domain lost.
America is nothing if not schizophrenic and volatile when it comes to worldviews. Let's hope that can somehow turn out to be a saving grace, and not a fatal flaw.