Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Compromise and Idiotic Congressional Republicans

I've been reading Ayn Rand of late, noting how her essays in Capitalism: The Unknown Idea are still very relevant to today, and I was fascinated by The Anatomy of Compromise. In it, she lays out three basic truths:
  1. In any conflict between two men (or groups) who hold the same basic principles, it is the more consistent one who wins.
  2. In any collaboration between two men (or groups) who hold different basic principles, it is the more evil or irrational one who wins.
  3. When opposite basic principles are clearly and openly defined, it works to the advantage of the rational side; when they are not clearly defined, but are hidden or evaded, it works to the advantage of the irrational side.
These are fundamental truths in compromise that cannot be denied. Currently, the Republicans in Congress have done a terrible job of acknowledging these simple facts of conflict and collaboration. After all, politics is the socialization of conflict.
Who the group most likely to call for bipartisanship? Who is the group that is never consistent with their views, follows an outdated ideology that has proven to be a failure by the mounds of bodies in Russia, China, and Southeast Asia? Who is the group who thinks that the best way to solve the current credit "crisis" is to pump more credit into the system? Which political party will always, invariably and undeniably, seek to raise taxes in some form or another, while campaigning that such things will not affect the working man (a huge lie)?
The answer is the Democrats. They like to hide their ideology, only giving subtle hints from time to time and silencing their idiotic blabbermouths who let slip their stupid beliefs (the exception being Walter Mondale in 1984). The Democrats are the party of irrational ideas and total economic ignorance. They think that government is the only good force in the world and that it is through them that all good things come.
With all this in mind, what does that say for Congressional Republicans? After all, they seem to be the party of compromise, willing to come across the isle, and "work" with their political opponents. In national politics, there are no enemies, just friendly duels over trivial issues. This is largely due to Congressional Republicans being wholly ignorant of the fundamental truths I listed above. The two most important being numbers two and three.
When President Bush worked with Senate Democrats on the No Child Left Behind Bill, the Democrats won. After all, they were able to stall conservative jurist nominations, prevented Social Security reform, and managed to pull together two humiliating defeats at the polls. They did nothing to deserve those wins; the Republicans did all the leg work for them.
The Democrats will call for compromise or "bipartisanship" all the time because that's how they win. They are the party of irrational voters, by and large, feeding on fear, altruism, and victimization.
The Democrats are also very good at masking their true ideology and intentions. After all, if Obama had ran on his radical, left-wing views that he got from his church, he would have lost badly to John McCain. Instead, he merely positioned himself as a moderate, much like Bill Clinton did. The Republicans failed to demonstrate their own core beliefs when they won big in 2004 and so they lost in 2006. They continued this tread right up to the elections with the 700 billion (Democrat supported) bailout bill, legislation that the Senate was "proud of," and showed us all just how much contempt they have for the American people. Well, the American people said they'd rather have the irrational party in power because they do crap like this all the time.
The Republicans in Congress don't stand for anything anymore. President Bush has done a bang up job of making sure that the party of Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and Newt Gingrich is a fading memory. Now they stand for limited government, and big government, fiscal conservatism, and non-military deficit spending, economic freedom, and economic fascism. You can see why the Democrats have won now, right?
Until Congressional Republicans learn to no longer compromise with the Democrats, who are their enemies, and be open about what they truly believe, as well as be consistent in that belief, then they will always be the losers.