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The Republican Revolution is Dead
CFP ^ | May 13, 2005 | Alan Caruba

Posted on 05/13/2005 8:02:45 AM PDT by MikeEdwards

Back in 1994 when the famed Republican "Contract with America" captured control of Congress for the party, Newt Gingrich, one of its authors, noted that, "Washington is like a sponge. It absorbs waves of change, and it slows them down, and it softens them, and then one morning they cease to exist."

The Republican Party regained power in the House of Representatives after forty years of Democrat domination. They had a margin of 54 House seats. It had been the largest party swing since 1948. In the Senate, they gained control with the addition of eight seats, and added a ninth when Richard Shelby of Alabama switched parties. Like many Republicans, I can recall thinking that we could now look forward to changes in domestic and foreign policies that conservatives had yearned for throughout the Reagan years.

Even Bill Clinton thought so as well. In his 1996, State of the Union address, he said, "The era of big government is over." Perhaps he was thinking about the Contract with America because the newly elected Republican majority, in the first hundred days in office, passed legislation that did make changes.

They introduced real welfare reform and the first major tax cut in sixteen years. The Contract produced the first four consecutive balanced budgets since the 1920s and the first independent financial audit of the House. The Contract resulted in House committee meetings to be open to the public, required a three-fifths majority vote to pass tax increases, and a time limit on the terms of all committee chairs. The Contract’s broad promise was to "end…government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public’s money." But that was a decade ago. . . . .

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1 posted on 05/13/2005 8:02:45 AM PDT by MikeEdwards
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To: MikeEdwards

Thats what happens when you have a bunch of limp wristed people with no backbone.


2 posted on 05/13/2005 8:05:06 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Piquaboy
Thats what happens when you have a bunch of limp wristed people with no backbone.

That's what happens when people who run on a platform of devolving away federal power gain the reigns of federal power. All of a sudden they ain't so interested in getting rid of what they just obtained.

3 posted on 05/13/2005 8:06:21 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drooling moron since 1998...)
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To: MikeEdwards

Did I miss the last election or something?


4 posted on 05/13/2005 8:07:10 AM PDT by funkywbr
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To: dirtboy

Good point...we are stuck between a rock and a hard place...we vote them out, and we get a party that is running on a platform of bigger government....


5 posted on 05/13/2005 8:08:03 AM PDT by Tulane
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To: MikeEdwards

As I recall it, I knew it was over when the introduced about 9 different bills regarding Term Limits so none of them would get a majority support.

All talk.


6 posted on 05/13/2005 8:14:07 AM PDT by scfirewall
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To: Piquaboy
That's what happens when the populace is dumbed down and hand fed at the goverment trough.


The pols are just giving the addicted, "we the people", what we want. More.

7 posted on 05/13/2005 8:14:20 AM PDT by G.Mason ( Save the Republic from the shallow, demagogic sectarians.)
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To: MikeEdwards

It sure is. These days a Republican is a watered-down Democrat.


8 posted on 05/13/2005 8:20:29 AM PDT by FreedomAvatar (Gravity is only a theory, too)
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To: scfirewall

It was all over when the part about being "fiscal conservative" got all shot to hell. I feel like I have this huge knife, in the shape of a rolled up 1040, sticking in the middle of my back.

I'm going to puke when the Dems lead the charge back claiming "fiscal responsibility", and then do the same thing the GOP did once they got there - take a Mr. Burns/Scrooge McDuck/etc... bath in all the money they are fleecing from us.


9 posted on 05/13/2005 8:24:31 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: G.Mason
At my age, my main concern besides breathing in after I breath out, is what kind of country I am leaving for my grandchildren. Will I leave them saddled with a large debt, a debased dollar, and a national culture that is not in the American tradition?

There does not seem to be a major political party on the horizon that stands for these factors. The minority parties, probably will never be in the majority because of the large dependent population that we have created.

10 posted on 05/13/2005 8:24:45 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (A old sailor sends- coming ahead slowly against head seas.)
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To: MikeEdwards
Here is an interesting exchange I overheard between two democrats when they didn't know I was a die-hard Republican:


11 posted on 05/13/2005 8:25:04 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: MikeEdwards

The Republican Revolution is dead because they decided to turn their back on us and do what they always do, which is kiss the asses of the RATS.


12 posted on 05/13/2005 8:30:54 AM PDT by Houmatt (Jeb Bush is a moron. Tracking devices on sex offenders? Give me a break!)
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To: G.Mason

People are just so overwhelmed these days - many folks are working 2-3 jobs and many households have both parents working. People are just exhausted between working, commuting, raising kids - where do we find time to control these yahoos as well? Most of them have betrayed us and revealed their true colors, especiallly in regards to immigration issues. The sight of Gingrich sucking up to the Hildebeest is nauseating.


13 posted on 05/13/2005 8:33:52 AM PDT by blueblazes
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To: MikeEdwards
"The sight of Gingrich sucking up to the Hildebeest is nauseating." Boy, you got that right. What in the heck is Gingrich thinking I'll never know. Really puzzled.
14 posted on 05/13/2005 8:41:00 AM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: MikeEdwards
The so-called Republican Revolution of the 1990`s was based on a conservative policy agenda that championed the idea of limited government. Too bad the effort was so short lived. The tax cuts pushed into law by PresBush and the GOP majority were the right thing to do, but Republicans have not addressed the expansive growth of the federal bureaucracy early in the new century. The American taxpayer is still being forced to pay for a bloated bureaucracy of liberal programs that continues to suck the life out of hard working people.

Sadly, big government Republicanism rules.

15 posted on 05/13/2005 8:41:22 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("Don't let the bastards grind you down." General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
This lament has been going on, at least since Davy Crockett was in Congress. (1827)


No one listened to him then. No one, or very few, are listening now.

Anyone who dares to openly state that the government of the United States has no right to use monies of the U.S.Treasury for welfare, or social programs is immediately drummed out of town.


Yes. You will leave your grandchildren "saddled with a large debt, a debased dollar, and a national culture that is not in the American tradition.". But therein does not lie the problem.

You will leave them totally dependent on the government for their very survival as they slide down the slope into third world status.

They won't mind. They are being prepared for it in the public school system and we have allowed it.

16 posted on 05/13/2005 8:45:39 AM PDT by G.Mason ( Save the Republic from the shallow, demagogic sectarians.)
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To: MikeEdwards

What happened in November, 2004?


17 posted on 05/13/2005 8:47:40 AM PDT by Dallas59 (" I have a great team that is going to beat George W. Bush" John Kerry -2004)
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To: dirtboy

Bump, you nailed it.


18 posted on 05/13/2005 8:50:59 AM PDT by jpsb (I already know I am a terrible speller)
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To: scfirewall

Exactly Right! I have yet to see any idiot news media report on what you point out, though I'm sure politicians do this on other matters. In this case, practically every Republican could claim he voted FOR term limits, but with a wink and nod because there were so many bills, as planned, everybody knew none of them would win.

Then Bushie decided he wanted to outspend every Democrat president in history, mental health screen all kids, destroy the culture with illegal aliens....A Kerry presidency would have been better because the Republicans would have stiffed him and held back spending. Frist, who was originally a real conservative, seems more like a Trent Lott today. I guess I could only vote for a Ron Paul.


19 posted on 05/13/2005 8:54:44 AM PDT by Charlesj (I'd gladly fire Drier.)
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To: Dallas59
A liberal, globalist, big spending government growing president was reelected. Which kind of reinforces the point of the article that conservatism is all but dead in the usa.
20 posted on 05/13/2005 8:55:07 AM PDT by jpsb (I already know I am a terrible speller)
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To: blueblazes
"People are just so overwhelmed these days - many folks are working 2-3 jobs and many households have both parents working. People are just exhausted between working, commuting, raising kids - where do we find time to control these yahoos as well? Most of them have betrayed us and revealed their true colors, especiallly in regards to immigration issues."


Agreed. You know what we did? When the town became full of undesireables we moved out and commuted an hour and a half to work. We had latch key kids, who came and went without proper supervision so we could make more dough. We forced government to force industry to provide daycare centers. We allowed the schools to take over the parenting obligation to the point that parents have no rights.

We could go on and on.

I hope the money was worth it. Though I'm afraid it was not.

I have no solution. Sorry.

21 posted on 05/13/2005 8:57:04 AM PDT by G.Mason ( Save the Republic from the shallow, demagogic sectarians.)
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To: blueblazes
"People are just so overwhelmed these days - many folks are working 2-3 jobs and many households have both parents working. People are just exhausted between working, commuting, raising kids -"

I would be interested to hear what a different Republican Party, one more to your (and my) liking could do to alleviate the parents having 2-3 jobs etc?

22 posted on 05/13/2005 9:01:43 AM PDT by JoeV1 (Democrat Party-The unlawful and corrupt leading the blind and uneducated)
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To: dirtboy
That's what happens when people who run on a platform of devolving away federal power gain the reigns of federal power. All of a sudden they ain't so interested in getting rid of what they just obtained.

That's why the founders drafted the 10th Amendment. Too bad we basically got rid of it half a century ago.

23 posted on 05/13/2005 9:03:17 AM PDT by Texas Federalist (No matter what my work/play ratio is, I am never a dull boy.)
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To: MikeEdwards

B.S.


24 posted on 05/13/2005 9:04:59 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Dealing with liberals? Remember: when you wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty and he loves it.)
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To: Piquaboy; All

Good grief .. the repub revolution has just begun.

These people are continuing in their wishful thinking. They're out of power and they're trying to psyche people into thinking the democrats are still in charge.

Dream on!!


25 posted on 05/13/2005 9:11:56 AM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: JoeV1

I dunno. Maybe things have gone so far that it can't be stopped. It comes down to a lot of things, partly just the high cost of living, affording a house (real estate values), high taxes, and raising/educating kids. Some of this might be changed by govt such as lowering taxes, especially locally (you just can't lower federal taxes and then increase local taxes to make up the difference) and improving public schools so people don't have to private school their kids. Maybe zoning laws or practices need to be changed - why are contractors building nothing but huge houses that are inherently expensive? I see big houses with nothing but a couple and maybe a kid or two in them. sometimes there's just one person. Cars have become much more expensive (and I think the quality has severely declined) frequently because of all the safety gizmos and enviromental doo-hickeys that have to be included now. When I was a kid we sat in the back of a station wagon and wrestled. Nobody ever got hurt. Can you imagine kids doing that nowadays?

There are some things the govt could do to stop this process, but why would they? It actually BENEFITS them as there's no one watching them anymore. They LIKE that.


26 posted on 05/13/2005 9:17:24 AM PDT by blueblazes
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To: MikeEdwards
Oh, how remember election night in 1994. I was thrilled. My wife and I stayed up to 4 in the morning celebrating.

Well, the party was shortlived because by November of 1995 when the Republicans had to put their money where their mouth is, they deserted Newt, who led them to the majority status, when Newt, rightly so, took on Clinton and called his bluff to shutdown the government.

That is the date I quit calling myself a Republican. I was proud to be a Reagan Republican, up to that point.

"Today the federal government continues to increase regulations, adding $800 billion to the cost of everything Americans do. Its spending programs continue to increase. Its so-called "entitlement" programs are bankrupt. And expanding! There are more and more federal crimes added to the books."

Regulations violate Amendment V (nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.)

Mandatory Social Security participation, was originally found to be unconstitutional in RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD v. ALTON R. CO., 295 U.S. 330 (1935. The reason it is not unconstitutional now is because it is VOLUNTARY.

Interdiction laws, which are federal crimes, are unconstitutional because they violate Amendment IX. (The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.)

So, what is the position of the party that says they believe in limited, delegated authority government coupled with constitutionally protected rights, on these issues?

Status quo. Just like a Democrat.

"There is less and less power at the State level where the framers of the Constitution wanted it."

This is a correct statement, with respect to the founders desires.

But the founders vision was change permamently and properly with a constitutional amendment: Amendment XIV.

27 posted on 05/13/2005 9:40:55 AM PDT by tahiti
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To: Texas Federalist
"That's why the founders drafted the 10th Amendment. Too bad we basically got rid of it half a century ago."

I contend that the 10th amendment was rendered superfluous and in fact, for all intents and purposes, amended on July 9, 1868, when Amendmet XIV was ratified.

The good news is the "amendment" process is the correct constitutional procedure for making changes of such magnitude versus just the Congress enacted laws contrary to the covenants of the Constitution.

28 posted on 05/13/2005 9:46:34 AM PDT by tahiti
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To: tahiti
I contend that the 10th amendment was rendered superfluous and in fact, for all intents and purposes, amended on July 9, 1868, when Amendmet XIV was ratified.

Amendment XIV, as you know, subjected state lawmaking authority to the Bill of Rights and, thus affected the scope of state lawmaking authority. It did not affect the scope of federal lawmaking authority, which was still limited by Art. I Sec. 8 of the Consitituion and the 10th Amendment. Even after the 14th Amendment, the Supreme Court struck down many federal laws as being beyond the scope of their enumerated powers. I was referring to the Wagner Act cases in which the Supreme Court "interpreted" the Commerce Clause to allow the federal government to pass almost any law on any subject.

29 posted on 05/13/2005 11:10:39 AM PDT by Texas Federalist (No matter what my work/play ratio is, I am never a dull boy.)
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