by Ross Kaminsky
Ross is my personal favorite blogger. He writes the blog "Rossputin."
This Rocky column shows why he is my favorite.
Ross nails it. The Republican Party must return to small government, free market ideals or it will remain irrelevant.
The promotion of a conservative social agenda is not necessary for the Republicans to win elections. In fact, it is a hindrance.
Ross' conclusion sums it up nicely:
Robert Novak hit the nail on the head when he said, "God put the Republican Party on Earth to cut taxes. If they don't do that, they have no useful function." When social issues conservatives distract from that mission, they are not simply other Republicans under the big tent. They are the arsonists burning the tent down.
Given the Republicans' recent history, there is little reason to believe they can get it right.
There is only one political party in the United States that believes in and promotes free markets and limited government. That is the Libertarian Party.
I defy any Republican to assert otherwise.
The facts can not be denied. The GOP supports massive taxpayer bailouts of failed private business; the at-will printing of paper fiat money that taxes everyone of us via inflation; the expansion of federal power by the creation of the Bureau of Homeland Security and the concomitant abuses of power by TASA; the passage of Fourth Amendment eroding bills like FISA and REAL ID; anti-free speech legislation like McCain-Feingold, and on and on.
This is the opposition party to the big-government Democrats? It would be amusing if it were not so sad.