As seen on the Libertarian Party's Facebook page:
Republican Party, you did this to yourself, you managed to alienate such a huge percentage of the populace that you can't beat a guy who has alienated an almost equal percentage of the populace.
You just couldn't leave social issues alone. You just couldn't end the wars. You just couldn't actually prove to be fiscally responsible, or even understand the Fed's effect on the economy.
Don't blame us when you don't get elected.. blame yourselves.
As many regular Colossus readers may know, I consider myself more libertarian (or, as I prefer, "classical liberal") than pretty much anything else, and as such, the above really hit me. Really -- how is it that a guy with the economic record that Boss Obama has is ... deadlocked with the GOP nominee?
Despite the fact that mainstream media indeed has gone overboard in overblowing insane statements like those made by Missouri's Todd Akin, the fact that there are Akins out there in the GOP -- and the fact that they seek to legislate their beliefs -- let's face it: it's a big problem for the GOP. Yes, the Democrats' and the MSM's "GOP War on Women" prattle is 99% ideologically motivated drivel. But, there are many women across the political spectrum who say to themselves "If the GOP is for less government, then why do they want more of it when it comes to my personal life?"
Of course I recognize that abortion is a very delicate issue. It's certainly not, as dogmatists on both sides of like to make it, an "always or never" proposition. The vast majority of the American public have a middle-of-the road approach to the subject. Just take a look at these recent polls. The first question asks, "Do you think abortion should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?" A total of 82% believe in the first two. When it comes to various exceptions for allowing abortion, 88% believe it should be allowed when the woman's life is in danger, 83% when the woman's physical health is in jeopardy, and 83% in cases of rape or incest. On that last one, 76% of Republicans agree. (90% of Democrats agree, and 81% of Independents.)
Clearly, the above is a problem for the socially conservative segment of the GOP -- the segment which has maintained a strict pro-life platform for some thirty years now. Now I know that party platforms do not actually mean much anymore, and that the plank on abortion the way it's written can leave wiggle room for the exceptions noted above, especially at the state level. (Which, by the way, would be what would happen if Roe v. Wade was overturned -- a return to letting states decide, not a comprehensive ban on abortions altogether, which is a common --usually liberal -- misconception.) Mitt Romney has stated that he believes in exceptions in the case of rape, incest and the health and life of the mother, putting him clearly in line with the plurality of Americans' views. His running mate's views are another matter, however, and tie directly into the Libertarian Party's point.
Seven years ago I posted why I was against the Iraq War. And while I do not believe that the US should vacate all its foreign obligations, especially where danger still lurks (such as towards Israel and South Korea, to name two), and shouldn't look the other way when countries which harbor those who attacked us (Afghanistan), why should we commit the lives of our own boys and our tax dollars to "nation-building" to countries that don't want it (or aren't ready for it)? And continue to maintain bases/troops in regions which are clearly capable of taking care of themselves (NATO countries, Japan)? A GOP which seeks to claim the high ground on fiscal responsibility, yet is engaged across the globe in a mostly out-dated Cold War posture, has definite trouble reconciling the two, no?
Remember: Voters tossed out 1994's historic Republican Revolutionaries after a measly dozen years. How come? Because these revolutionaries gave way to those who spent money like drunken sailors. They expanded government (Bush's No Child Left Behind, anyone?). The GOP only recently regained power (in the House, at least) because ... Boss Obama was spending money like a drunken sailor.
So, 'ya get it yet, Grand Old Party? People want you to be true to your word. Be fiscally prudent. Be consistent about less government. You're tied in the polls with this train wreck of a chief executive because people are wary -- they don't quite believe you mean what you say. They want proof, based on one of the oldest maxims of all: Actions speak louder than words. It might be wise to listen a bit more to your libertarian-minded brethren.Posted by Hube at September 3, 2012 12:08 PM | TrackBack