Saturday, December 08, 2007

Pork and Conservatism... pass the antacids

I have been quietly watching the ramp-up to 2008's elections. I've tried to hold my tongue. Really, I have. However, my eyes have been opened now to the stupor into which I allowed myself to be lulled by the same old songs of Republican politicians. I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!

So why am I all up in arms this afternoon? In preparation for some tough choices in the GOP primary in 2008, I began doing some research online. Lo and behold, among my travels online, I found some of my favorite Conservatives rated badly on the Club for Growth's RePORK Cards for the Senate and the House. Let's just say that I was offended to find only ONE of Kentucky's Senators on the list of Top 10 Anti-Pork Senators! (Again, thank you for your true Conservatism, Senator Bunning.)

In the "good old days," Conservatives rejected an overblown federal government whose voracious appetite for bigger and bigger spending meant more taxes and subsequently an overabundance of dollars that weren't actually even needed at the federal level and thusly could be granted willy nilly back to the states as "favors." In a nutshell, "pork." I thought that pork was anathema to Conservatives who struggled to downsize the cost and the span of our federal government. I thought getting federal government to stick to its charter was the general idea.

Heck, it seems to me that pork and Conservatism are just a recipe for political indigestion. Is that an outdated taste? Have I missed the appeal of the trendy, embellished plate of Conservatism that was pushed on a cart past my table? It now seems to be a big hit among those at other tables.

I ask this because, in the Republican party of today, the taste for that trendy, bigger plate seems to have replaced the sparse, yet functional smaller dish that was my Conservative plate. Granted, it wasn't as pretty; there are no drizzles of dark chocolate with a fresh flower on the edge; however, it filled a need and did it without causing harm. I'm left wondering what has become of my Conservative ideology. The one from back in the "good old days" when pork was pork and Conservatism meant you simply said "No, thank you" and had a slice of lean beef instead.

Shouldn't Conservative Senators and Congressmen be cutting our taxes at the federal level and promoting federal legislation that promotes a reduction in the dictatorship over the economy and future of each state? Isn't it time to allow the states to determine their own futures and to build environments in which individuals thrive? Fire the fancy chef and get me a good short order cook, please!

Look, I'm not going to name names in this post. I'd prefer not to because it only aids and abets the Liberals and, let's get one thing straight, I do not intend to further ANY Leftist agenda for this country. I am not a fan of socialism, communism, or any other political ideology that denies the individual. What I will say is that some of the current election ads running in my state are really causing me intestinal upset. I cannot believe I am watching an alleged Conservative advertise the pork he has brought home to his state! Why not work to get federal legislation back in line rather than putting your state at the teat of Nanny Fed so that she can grant us "favors?" I am ashamed.

So, for Republican candidates and pundits, allow me to issue a polite warning. Don't come to ConservaChick looking for favorable commentary on "compassionate conservatism," "Christian conservatism," or any other flavor but Goldwater Conservatism. I will no longer idly support a Republican in the hope that he or she will come back home to true Conservatism.

It's time to pop some antacids and get back to the true work of Conservatism before we are all devoured by the voracious monster we call the federal government.

(*burp* Excuse me!)


Tammy said...

I can't decide if this is Bush's fault or not.
He seems to be spend, spend, spend... and maybe the masses are following his lead.
I fear however that this is a chicken or egg argument and we may never know what went wrong.

Dawn said...

Yeah, I think you're right, Tammy. I would really like to blame Bush a bit for the trend toward big spending because when he started using the term "compassionate Conservatism" I think he really meant "Nanny State."

I like the guy, don't get me wrong. He's a decent human being. I just think he and Rove are partly responsible for derailing the Goldwater vision of Conservatism. It's a shame. Sure hope we get it back!

Anonymous said...

Ballsy and right on, Chick. Kudos. SCOOBY

Dawn said...

"Ballsy," Scooby? I don't know about that. If I want to be sure I'm included in the GOP club then maybe it was ballsy of me to point out the failings of the party; however, at this point in my life, I'm finished saying what people want to hear. I prefer to say exactly what I mean and let the chips fall where they may. I've found out over the years that the chips, given their freedom, will generally fall where they are supposed to.

Thanks for the kudos. You're obviously a cartoon dog with intellect! ;-)