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The political party that could rule for 20 years
By Dave Carew
In 2006 and 2008 a majority of the American public—sick to death and horrified by the immoral, strategically-idiotic war in Iraq and (in 2008) a collapsing economy—voted the Republicans out of power, the Democrats in.
Now—with the majority equally livid about sky-high unemployment, Wall Street bail-outs, and unprecedented government intrusion in the economy—it appears the Republicans will soon make a huge come-back, as the Democrats get a beat-down.
When will this moronic, toggle-switch dynamic end? Answer: ONLY when one of the political parties (or a new political movement) analyze which recent GOP and Democratic principles and performance factors the majority embraced, and which they rejected.
Implicit in the GOP failures of 2006 and 2008 is an American majority that embraces a strong defense against terrorism and true foreign enemies . . . but which equally and passionately rejects the use of U.S. military power in nation-building blood-baths that have nothing to do with our security. On the other hand, the struggles of the Democratic Party—for most of the years since the election of Reagan in 1980—reveal a nation sick to death of high taxes, deficits, and debt.
A U.S. political party that would aggressively embrace a strong national defense AND a rejection of military intervention EXCEPT when absolutely necessary to our defense . . . coupled with low taxes and genuine fiscal responsibility . . . could achieve political hegemony for decades to come.
David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.