AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: The GOP just “ain’t” Republican any more

Moanin’ the Grand Old Party Blues

I’ve been a registered Republican since the Eisenhower administration — for those of you too young or too old to recall, that is since the late 1950’s — and yes, I’m old!

The current GOP just “ain’t” the same. Over the years it’s evolved into something totally different.

The old GOP believed in less government intervention into state affairs and people’s lives. Call me a rebel or an independent pioneer or just plain ornery, but I don’t want our government to tell us what books we can read, or that our kids need to pray in public school, or that our property can be seized by the government for development purposes.

I’m from “the old school” where if you have damaged your credit and are in debt, you dig down deep and pull yourself out from that debt and get on with your life. To me, a “bail-out” is what you do when your ship is sinking and is NOT a handout from American taxpayers.

Perhaps the GOP needs to make a name change to something more catchy and contemporary in nature to its political platform and philosophy — say, like maybe the NEO-CONS, which is closer to a NeoConservative Party. After all, when government believes it has a right to tell all of us unequivocally what we can and can’t do, that nation goes from a Representative Democratic Republic to a more fascist orientation.

If you don’t like that name change idea, how about an exodus by the REAL fiscal and political conservative Republicans within the current GOP to form their own party? They could become the OGOP — for Older Grand Old Party, which granted may be too redundant on the old slant — or maybe even the “MCGOP” would be better, for More Conservative GOP.

Pres. George Walker Bush finally is stepping down as CEO of the United States of America after first bringing us all “down to our knees”, but not before he made a mockery of the GOP by being fiscally irresponsible, invading our social beliefs, and setting a new precedence of atmospheric federal indebtedness that already has “dominoed” down to state and local government.

The main point I am making is that during the past several decades the GOP has evolved into a totally different self-fulfilling organism that believes in more government control, increasing taxes “creatively” on the general public still under the guise of “No New Taxes”, and doing as little as possible to improve the overall quality of life for most Americans.

This was NOT the intent of the original GOP platform.

In addition, it has become the party of the corporate sector. Certainly a review of political history past to the present clearly indicates that the GOP no longer maintains true Republican platforms, policies and objectives. This is an instance of when “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose” no longer is a Rose.

Apparently the current GOP leadership must dismantle the internal mechanisms of a grand old party that has gone renegade.

On January 17, 1961 former Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower tried to warn Americans in his farewell address that…

“…In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together…”

The reality of our modern time has proven Pres. Eisenhower was accurate. During the past decade the direction of the United States has been altered as a world leader. Our American roadway has become bogged-down with the greed of the corporate sector and purposeful mismanagement by government leaders.

American voters have taken the first giant step towards detoxing our poisonous system. We have voted for a president with a modified perspective of openness and rejuvenation. Next week after Sen. Barack Obama becomes President Obama, he will attempt to lead the U.S. away from its unproductive management style and instead will rebuild the path to our recovery.

Never doubt that the previously blinded and corrupt leaders who brought havoc to the American way of life are ever far removed. Many still are at top levels of our government and in the corporate sector. They await our first stumble on the new road so that they may again seize control for their own greedy purposes.

While the U.S. is on the way to recovery, it will take years to rebuild an ethical and purposeful foundation; however; Americans must remain vigilant and cautious because “the water is filled with sharks.”