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On Romney and Ratchets… and Congress.


For the record, yours truly is very concerned about the Ratchet.  Nearly every Administration and Congress has left power with the State in greater control and expense than it had previously.  Each has pushed to crank the State Ratchet a notch or two leftwards.  For example, Reagan’s Administration fought hard against the Congress to keep it in place – winning some and loosing others.  The present Administration, with the aid of the previous Congress cranked it many notches hard-Left with pathetic opposition.

It doesn’t take a genius to slay an empty chair… the point being, Romney’s apparent winning at the moment is better described as Obama’s loosing.  Romney still hasn’t convinced us that at the end of his first term – should there be one – that America will be a more Free and Brave home.

Will Romney and the new Congress actually unwind the massive, punitive expansion of centralized government and regulation of the past twelve years?  Will they chop Dodd-Frank? Will they gore Sarbanes-Oxley? Rain on the EPA? Send the Bureau of Land Management out to pasture?  Will they pink-slip hundreds of wasteful Agencies, Bureaus and Administrations? Will they have the guts to free Big Bird to fend for himself like an adult?

Will we have much of our Constitution restored and will we appoint true, originalist Justices to help guard it?

Not likely.

   Romney the Squish lurks still within.  He may be useful in the fight against some over-reach, but much will remain in place, notched further Left.


   Romney will be lead by Congress, if Congress makes the commitment to atone.  The answer is Congress, not Romney.  It won’t be over if Romney wins – it just begins.  (To borrow a concept… ) Revolution of our republic is a process, not an event.


“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.” –  Carroll Quigley.

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  1. macmanjim permalink
    2012/10/07 13:44

    Not enough tea and even tea spoils when it has been in the pot too long. The political will doesn’t exist because the pressure to change isn’t there and I mean pressure from the people. Not yet. The reason Quigley’s assertion holds weight is that a lot of us are tied to narratives that the two parties use to get elected. How do you change what people believe? Behind the fairytales is a sausage making machine that no one sees or knows how it really works.

    • 2012/10/07 15:31

      How do you change what people believe? Well, for starters, that’s what the Tea revolution is all about… the political activism is simply an effect of it.

      Tea is about reexamining the ideological underpinnings of republican constitutional Liberty. It’s about clinging with joy and gratitude to our Faith, our families and our firearms. It’s about teaching our kids at the dinner table – undoing the rot of the public schrools or home-education. It’s about talking to fellows at church and synagogue. Blogging. It’s about the next generation.

      Tea has many brewers; It’s a twenty-year steep, at least.

      • macmanjim permalink
        2012/10/07 15:59

        The war the progressives have waged in the last 80 years has taken it’s toll: We’ve gone from a country of rugged self-reliant individualists to people that expect largesse from the government. Go back to my grandparents generation (all born in the 19th century) and they would be surprised at what our country has become. I think we are near the tipping point between those that have their hand out and those that don’t. Romney has a hard job and to your point, if he is led by, or leads an ineffectual and corrupt congress and senate, it’s done and might as well have been Barry O. In fact, Barry O has been the best friend of the real right in galvanizing us. I hope both the congress and Romney have the political will to not only get rid of Obamacare, but kill DHS/TSA, make government small, lower the budget and debt and not just the growth, and in general, get the government out of the way. Who knows, may be he’ll be the next Calvin Coolidge, which isn’t a bad thing.

        It’s all tough medicine. Politicians want to get reelected and fear they won’t if they take the lollipop away. See my first sentence of this post. The truth in that is that we have a very ignorant voting electorate that somehow believes that deficit spending is sustainable. They fail to see that we are enslaving future generations to debt so they get “what is theirs” or whatever non-sense it is. At some point someone has throw cold water on them and tell them the truth.

      • 2012/10/07 16:27

        AMEN! Thanks.

  2. ccoffer permalink
    2012/10/11 14:19

    Economic growth isn’t a panacea, but it’s damn close. Look at this country before and after Eisenhower and you can see the striking effect of benign neglect. Eisenhower is probably the greatest president of the 20th century precisely because he didn’t try to be great. He let the country be great instead. Romney is in that mold I think.

    • NRA permalink
      2012/10/11 15:41

      Yup. You have been right about Mitt so far. (Please may your streak continue…)

    • 2012/10/11 15:45

      If you want the greatest for economics, look at Calvin Coolidge. He’s the greatest president most people don’t know about. As far as Eisenhower goes, he was a general before presidents and great military leader know that you don’t tell soldiers how to do something, but what to do and let them use their ingenuity. This extends to the mentality of letting people do with their money what they want to do…which is let ingenuity and innovation reign. He was a wise man.

      • 2012/10/11 17:49

        John Derbyshire wrote a short novel called “Seeing Calvin Coolidge In A Dream” – it centers around Liberty. Cheers.

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