For far too long, the Democratic Party has been the party of blind allegiance. Meaning, no matter how bad their public programs, platforms, and social-engineering ideas are for the citizenry of America, Democrats will inevitably vote for their candidate with very little question.
That’s an important distinction between the two parties. Republicans, and more precisely conservatives, attempt to thoroughly vet candidates to insure the values and principles we hold dear are properly represented. Conservatives do their best to support the representative that they believe truly cares about people, not just those pushing their preferred agenda. And if someone isn’t living up to that expectation, rest assured that their feet will be held to the fire. That is one main reason there has been such a disconnect among factions of the Republican Party this election cycle, but that’s another article for another day.
To see the irony of the left, one must look no further than the recent SEPTA strike. For those who are unfamiliar, SEPTA is the mass-transit system in Philadelphia. Because of this strike, the people who live and work in the city have been under siege by this massive union. On local talk radio and TV this past week, the citizens who’ve publicly spoken out against this strike will no doubt be first in line to reinstate the same Democratic machine that’s had Philadelphia in stranglehold for years.
Let us look at a city like Detroit. Due to massive regulations, record-high corporate taxes along with the out-of-control UAW wages and benefits smothering the automotive industry, it’s no wonder companies have relocated to other countries. Detroit has essentially become an economically-starved wasteland. We can find examples of this all over the United States in what were once thriving industries, especially manufacturing. If anyone in D.C. ever dared to look, they’d see that middle America has been absolutely decimated by big government regulations and union strong-arming.
It’s no secret that all large unions in this country are in the pockets of the Democrats. Whether it be SEIU, UAW, teachers unions, or any other big labor union, the liberals will tout their importance in exchange for donations and votes. It’s an endless cycle and an unfortunate truth.
Don’t believe me? Just look at how Democrats rail against “right to work” states. To be fair, there was a time when unions served an important purpose. But in this day and age, they only seem to serve themselves… and of course the Democratic establishment.
Another example is these massive entitlement programs pushed by the left which only lead to even more ridiculous spending and higher taxes. Democrat voters have been hypnotized into thinking that the more money is spent on welfare, Obamacare, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, etc., the better it is for the well-being of those living in our country. Conversely, many of us on the right recognize this type of welfare state as precisely what our founders warned about. The framers of this country understood that big-government handouts and entitlement programs would eventually enslave the dependent masses to the benefit of big government, instead of the other way around.
“I am for doing good to the poor, but… I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” — Benjamin Franklin
All while racking up-almost $20 trillion in fiscal operating debt and $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities for our children (and our children’s children) to pay-off! Such liberal policies and big government agendas already promise to financially handcuff America’s children for generations to come. That’s the guise the left always hides behind: the children. Well, I contend that enslaving children born today – to repay a debt of more than $1 million dollars each – is the true disgrace.
Let that sink in for a moment, folks. A child born today is already saddled with tons of debt before they can even crawl. That’s not merely sad, but completely immoral. But again, whenever confronted with such facts, those same Democrat voters ask “How did things get so out of control?” Again, the irony is fantastic.
So, what is it about Democrats? Are they simply ignorant as to how entitlement programs work and who pays for them? Possible. Is it more of a willful blindness and lack of empathy for businesses and cold indifference to taxpayers of any ages? Probably. There is no doubt, however, that a sub-group of the Democratic party cheers openly for even more Socialism. Just look at the Bernie Sanders supporters. They don’t think the government goes far enough. The disingenuous promises of “free” healthcare, college, and a multitude of other various goodies ring true for them.
For whatever reasons they place their trust in such lunacy, a large part of the blame lies with Republicans for failing to make the case for entitlement reform. They are so scared of losing voters (or being labeled a racist/heartless/etc.) that nothing ever gets discussed or explained. That’s a real problem. Until conservatives can explain why two-thirds of American workers who did NOT graduate college cannot afford to pay for their children’s college education, we won’t get anywhere.
The only thing I want for my three children is true liberty. The freedom to live their lives and make their own choices, without being enslaved to a federal leviathan taking more and more from them to redistribute to others due to poor decision-making and lack of self-responsibility. We should ALL want that type of freedom for our children.
Nevertheless, as conservatives, we must not be afraid to discuss these realities and express our point of view with those on the left. However, screaming back and forth does no good. We must make our voices loud but clear. We need to make concise intelligent arguments without fear of scorn. Who knows? Perhaps there are more conservatives out there than we think.