"George Bush, I believe, is in his soul a moderate."
- Howard Dean in 2000
I'm concerned for the future of this nation because the left has been able to fool so many people into believing that George W. Bush is an extreme right-winger, when in truth he is a moderate. Look at his record on spending: He joined with Teddy Kennedy for the largest expansion of federal spending on education in decades. He signed into law so-called "Campaign Finance Reform" which like political correctness (another left-wing idea) attempts to limit free speech. Then he pushed through Congress a $400 Billion Medicare Drug Benefit program - the largest new entitlement since Johnson’s Great Society - though admittedly $400 billion is far less than the Democrats wanted to spend. He has yet attempted to reduce any government programs or spending. Other than tax cuts, he hasn't pushed any co-called right-wing initiatives through Congress.
What does this mean for the future of our nation? How can important "right-wing" initiatives (such as school vouchers, tort reform, and reforming/privatizing Social Security) needed to reform and limit government ever be passed when a moderate can be painted as so extreme?
If this continues, how can a truly conservative candidate ever be elected?
There is something to be said about helping the fall of the country by not producing, electing left-wing candidates, and dropping out. This would allow government to expand its size and control over the everyday lives of its citizens beyond anything sustainable until the day it crumbles under its own weight (like the former Soviet Union). Then a new smaller and limited form of government could be crafted out of the ashes. However, the fall will take at least 20 years to occur and the aftermath and reconstruction will likely take nearly as long... and there's no guarantee the new government would not be an even greater monster than the one that just fell apart.
Even if it was known that only the best possible result could occur, I honestly wouldn't want to live through those 40 plus years of turmoil. So being selfish, I'd like to at least delay the collapse until a day I wouldn't have to live through it. I'm afraid with the current political climate that's the best we can do.
At least these people let me believe there is some slight hope for the future.
In case you were wondering as to Who is John Galt? 8-)