In this final fiscal cliff drama, the hard-line Conservatives are being extremely self-righteous about not compromising their beliefs on taxes and spending — and they, in a perfect world, are absolutely right. In a perfect world, which is far from today’s situation, they WOULD BE right but in the real world . . . today’s world . . . they are continuing to act like fools.
Lets go back about 2-1/2 months to that contentious period before the elections. Once again, the hard-line Conservatives were standing up and insisting that no one but a card-carrying, Limbaugh and Hannity approved Conservative should be the next president and that that Romney guy just didn’t measure up. Yeah, he was kind of Conservative but not an uncompromising hard-liner. So, before the election, the hard-line Conservatives did not campaign for Romney and on election day they stayed home by the hundreds of thousands — their attitude was, it was either someone they chose or nothing: i.e. if we can’t have our way, re-electing Barack Obama and allowing him to continue his destruction of the country is OK with us.
Fast forward back to today, Republicans in Congress are fighting for the best deal they can get for the majority of taxpayers and Barack Obama is playing hard ball (from Hawaii) on the other team, using all his resources and telling all his half truths — half-truths readily echoed by the Liberal media. Bottom line: It’s either “over the cliff” or settle for what they (the Republicans) can get Obama to agree to.
If those hard-line Conservatives were not such self-righteous idiots and did the right thing back in the run-up to the November elections, they very well could be dealing with a Republican president instead of a Socialist-leaning Democrat. Their tax proposals would, no doubt, be well received and the size of government would begin to be reduced on Jan, 20, 2013 as promised by Mitt Romney.
What would be worse for the country? Mitt Romney who is a Republican but not a “certified” Conservative or Barack Obama who is . . . well, what he always has been? I asked that question to a hard-line Conservative radio host and he claimed that Romney would “not necessarily” be better for the country. Not necessarily? What is he smoking?
What this radio host and all of his hard-line Conservative buddies are missing is the fact that Conservative principles are not “The Gospel” to anyone but other hard-line Conservatives (and that’s far, far less than 1/2 the country); another fact they seem to overlook is that our government and, indeed, the entire country always has and always will run on compromise. Most Republicans, most Democrats and, indeed, most Americans not only realize that but are forced to live with that fact every day.
For my part, I’m sick of the hard-line Conservative’s holier than thou attitude. I may occasionally still read their articles, listen to their radio shows and watch them on TV and even waste my time arguing with them, but I believe their rhetoric even less than I did before.