I didn’t know today is the anniversary of the founding of the Republican Party. My goodness, how far the GOP has fallen.
Did you know that today is the anniversary of the founding of the Republican Party?
Yup. The Grand Old Party was founded on March 20, 1854 in Wisconsin.
You would think that a party that battled for the abolition of slavery, for women suffrage, for Civil Rights and for the rights of the Individual would be able to survive longer than one hundred and fifty nine years.
So, on its own birthday, we are watching this once dedicated, principled party willingly walk itself over the edge of a cliff.
Republicans historically have been the fighters.
We stand for something.
We do not let petty attacks, misrepresentations, or an adversarial press sway us.
Until now. (Read More)
Well, in all fairness to today’s Republicans, I can think of a few in the past century or so who didn’t stand up for conservative principles. Richard Nixon and Teddy Roosevelt come to mind. Oh, and who can forget Herbert Hoover? If he hadn’t implemented progressive policies perhaps the Great Depression would have been a short recession. Not that FDR didn’t pile on and make everything worse, while helping to set the stage for the mess we’re in today. Which is why the GOP needs bold leaders who are willing to be honest with the American people and stop letting the left and the press set the narrative. Even Rand Paul seems to have fallen for it by taking up the language of the left on immigration.
Speaking of anniversaries, the Iraq war started ten years ago. Everyone who was for it then is now against it. Yes, many mistakes were made, and the Bush administration did a terrible job with the message. But the current occupant of the White House took what ended up a moderate success and squandered it.
Despite partisan attacks that the war in Iraq was somehow a diversion from the real war on terror in Afghanistan, that’s not how Osama bin Laden saw it. The war in Iraq, he said in December 2004, is “the most important and serious issue today for the whole world”; victory there, Ayman al Zawahiri said the following year, was the necessary condition for establishing a caliphate. What happened instead, thanks to the combination of the U.S. surge and the Sunni Awakening, was that al Qaeda was defeated militarily and rejected politically. That’s more than can be said about the Taliban today.
All this was achieved by the time Mr. Bush left office: Unlike President Clinton, he bequeathed his successor an opportunity instead of a crisis. President Obama could have capitalized strategically on that by negotiating a status of forces agreement that anchored the U.S. relationship to Iraq and provided a U.S. military bulwark against Iran.
Instead, Mr. Obama chose to capitalize politically with a full withdrawal that appealed to his left base and furnished him with a campaign slogan. The result is an Iraq that is looking out for its own interests, with little concern for how they square with America’s. Don’t be surprised if someday Iraq is remembered as the war George Bush won and the peace Barack Obama lost.
Ah well, nobody seems interested in learning from mistakes in this day and age. They just keep repeating the mistakes, under new names and using new memes. Lather, rinse, repeat. Happy anniversary, GOP. Oh, and RIP. Then again, like I said the other day, if we were all to get involved at the local level, perhaps we could change things from the inside.