What follows is an amalgam of comments I posted on other blogs.
Olympia Snowe wrote an editorial piece today whining about Benedict Arlen’s Defection from the Left-Wing of Republican Party to the Left-Wing of the Democrat Party. Let me sum it up for you: “You conservative Republicans need to abandon your ideals and agree with me in the name of party unity.”
I’m a little tired of this “ideological purity” canard folks like the Abominable Snowe Woman keep tossing out. Arlen Specter sided with the Democrats 100% on spending, taxes, Amnesty, judges, abortion, and was waffling on card check. With the Republicans already an ineffectual minority, why even put up with someone like him? The GOP is already on the mat, what does another kick to the head matter?
Snowe, like the other “moderates” are of the notion that the Republican party should just abandon its ideals of limited government, opposition to confiscatory taxation, and protection of innocent human life, and national security. Good Lord, what’s left after all that? What’s the point of having a Republican party that’s a carbon copy of the Democrats?
FWIW, I think moderates are gutless people, and they will bend in whatever direction they think will be the least controversial. Since the MSM define what is controversial and what isn’t, moderates will always bend in their direction, which means they will only bend to the left. Which is also why, the left never is asked to compromise on anything. On abortion, the left’s stand is unyielding… anytime, anywhere, for any reason, without parental consent, at any stage in pregnancy, paid for by taxpayers. Even though this position is embraced by, at most, 20% of Americans… it is the only allowable stance on the issue.
On spending, “moderate” Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter got the leftists to to reduce the porkulus from $900B to $800. Most of the spending was then restored in the Omnibus spending bill that followed. On taxes… Moderate Republicans from Milliken in the 70s to Taft in the 90s to Schwarzie in the 00’s have foisted some of the largest tax increases in history on their constituents.
Principled conservative opposition is the only alternative to big government with an interventionist social agenda. There is no moderate alternative.
Someday, the pendulum will swing back. When it does, I don’t mind if Snowe and Collins are in the party, but I don’t want their ilk running it.