Cheap Conservatism in the GOP
We know of the conservatism of Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk, Goldwater, and Buckley- the conservative philosophy of our Founding Fathers that guided their contentious debates when they changed "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of property" to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness" in order to avoid a stalemate over slavery. Add our time tested Judeo-Christian principles, Natural Law, and good old American common sense. Now apply this framework and test the current "cheap conservatism" we are watching handcuff the Republican party in Texas. How can you win hearts and minds of new voters when we ourselves cannot allow our hearts and minds to be won over by the liberating principles of conservatism. How can we speak about the free market, about competition and having the cream rise to the top when even in our own party, it does not happen? Our actions speak volumes to the rest of the voters, especially independents. Just like the artificial markets of the housing industry, and the bubble burst of the 90's Internet stocks, this cheap conservatism of protected and outdated methods of choosing representation will collapse our Republican party in the long run. Watch the democratic registration numbers in the urban areas. Observe how many new Texans are flocking to our business friendly cities, young professionals with dreams of making it big, and who are still willing to subscribe to old ways of liberal government from their places of origin. The Republican party of Texas, in the future will require a coalition of dedicated individuals that operate within the very philosophical framework they claim to promote.
There is a huge difference between real conservative grassroots and cheap conservative weeds. These Weeds act like parasites off the work of those political warriors from the past, off the resources of others, and kill those around them in order to live with the party system. True Grassroots and party builders lay down the foundation for life above, pushing upwards and sometimes self sacrificing to push the agenda that is needed to reach higher levels. True grassroots find ways to produce fruit, results and grow the party. Observe our Republican party and ask yourself if we truly have the grassroots needed to keep Texas red. Do we truly have the alliance builders, the political warriors who know how to win hearts and minds of those do not believe us and obtain the power needed to enact our conservative principles through government? True conservatives understand the role of the party as a social institution, and how now more than ever it is being threatened by groups of people whose ideology or message would never work in the free market of ideas. The cheap conservatives are the weeds who use the Republican party to push their free market rejected message. They are easy to spot because they tend to choke off others and produce no fruit on their own. They have no concept of mutually shared principles, of truly applying their principles in all honesty without hypocrisy. Without the power of the Republican party they would cease to exist. True conservatives understand that our activism comes from personal interaction with our neighbors, winning the cultural war over generations, step by step, admitting we were not eternally vigilant during Roe vs Wade, during the socialist overtaking of our school system, after 1986 immigration reform, the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debacle, the Middle East petrodollar-funded rising power of hateful ideologues, the derivatives market, and the insurance of the losses in these markets, and on and on. Our fight is to be won with strategy and patience not cheap talking points and childish positions that may rally the base but destroys the prospects of actually getting any support for a crack at being able to influence public policy. The Republican party is better than this. New challenges are rising up before us and we better have our true conservative game face on, if not we will be crushed at the polls. We have work to do, and one of our goals should be to educate ourselves as to what we stand for.
Lately we had been claiming to be against cap and trade, screaming "Keep your hands off Texas!" Yet this primary, Victor Carrillo, a candidate for Texas Railroad commissioner and appointee of Rick Perry was crushed by an unknown accountant. The price we pay for cheap conservatism was made chillingly clear, when the same Republicans who claim to be against "windfall profits" tax, price controls, new federal taxes on oil and gas production from the Gulf of Mexico, federally imposed environmental standards, global taxation and forced investments in new "green" technologies failed to uphold these principles. We are talking about an office that is in the sniper scope of Obama's administration. The Railroad commission, a symbol of Texas sovereignty on the very front lines against a federal onslaught of a possible socialistic mandates. During the very hour when the world's leftist machine is teaming up with the Democrats to undermine our Texas strength, cheap conservatism bore its fruits of fratricide. The best Republican, Victor Carrillo lost. The message that was sent through the voters box was chilling. The message to the world was clear. It is that Texas lacks an educated and true to its words, conservative citizenry. One that is unwilling to protect its most important assets with a simple vote according to the principles that it upholds in rhetoric. Victor Carrillo, one of our best watchmen at the gate was removed from within.