Thursday, November 12, 2009
Slouching Toward Socialism
Many conservatives such as myself have been concerned about the Marxist-Socialist sympathies of the Obama Administration. I said "slouching" in the title of this post, but "careening" might have been a better word.
This week, no less than Texas Governor Rick Perry charged Obama with taking the nation toward socialism. I agree with the Governor, but he's also in the midst of a primary fight with Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. That means the governor might be using more heated rhetoric to cast himself to the right of Hutchison. Probably a good political tactic, but I wish that Republicans wouldn't be slugging it out with each other at this moment in time. We've got a whole Augean stable of Democrats that we need to clean out in Washington. Inter-party fighting at crucial moments makes me nervous.
Don't get me wrong. I want liberal Republicans out. Good riddance to Arlen Specter, who bolted the GOP to rejoin the Democrats -- his original party back in the 60s. He never really left them. Remember what a thorn in the side Lowell Weicker was when he was in the Senate? I can. But there's a time to do it, and a time to hold off. Could this be one of those times?
I wish I had a firm answer. If true conservatives could win primaries and go on to win the general, I'd be as pleased as punch. But look what happened in New York, where the liberal Republican dropped out after a conservative challenge, only to endorse the Democrat in the race. Maybe in the long run it will be a good thing if New York Republicans purge themselves of RINOS in their midst. But that will mean making more true conservatives to replace those who find a conservative Republican Party unpalatable. That will take some effort.
And the stakes are very, very high.