You’ve all heard the “well, I’m socially liberal, BUT fiscally conservative” declaration moderates have made in the past. Another one is “if only the Republican Party weren’t so socially conservative, I could tolerate them.” Well, the time for this bellyaching is over. It’s zero hour, and the debt crisis is looming. No one is ever going to agree with his, or her, party 100% of the time. It’s time to suck it up, and that’s what Jonah Goldberg eloquently wrote today.
He addresses “Bob” as his socially liberal, bust fiscally conservative “friend” saying:
…Bob, you think Republicans are acting crazy-pants on the debt ceiling. You don’t really follow all of the details, but you can just tell that the GOP is being “extreme,” thanks to those wacky tea partiers.
So, Bob, as a “fiscal conservative,” what was so outrageous about trying to cut pork — Fisheries in Alaska! Massive subsidies for Amtrak! — from the Sandy disaster-relief bill? What was so nuts about looking for offsets to pay for it?
Bob, I’m going to be straight with you. I never had much respect for your political acumen before, but you’re a sucker.
You’re still spouting this nonsense about being fiscally conservative while insisting that the GOP is the problem. You buy into the media’s anti-Republican hysteria no matter what the facts are. Heck, you even believe it when Obama suggests he’s like an Eisenhower Republican.
Let’s not forget that Rachel Maddow said she’s “almost [in] total agreement with the Eisenhower-era Republican party platform.” Need I say more? So:
…let’s talk about Eisenhower, your kind of Republican. Did you know that in his famous farewell address he warned about the debt? “We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage,” he said. “We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”
Bob, we are that insolvent phantom, you feckless, gormless clod. The year Eisenhower delivered that speech, U.S. debt was roughly half our GDP. But that was when we were still paying off WWII (not to mention things like the Marshall Plan), and the defense budget constituted more than half the U.S. budget (today it’s a fifth and falling).
The nation is broke, and Republicans are the only ones that have a plan to balance the budget. The Ryan budget projects that by 2040, our fiscal equilibrium will return. Goldberg ends by pleading with the moderates (aka RINOs) to “stop preening about your fiscal conservatism, particularly as you condemn the GOP for not being fiscal conservatives, even when they are the only fiscal conservatives in town.”
I couldn’t agree more. It’s time to get down to business, and moderates are welcome to join in the conversation about how to fix our nation’s financial woes. However, it’s time for them to drop their “Democrat-lite” dispositions. It’s time to pick sides.