Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times

Great column by Ed Feulner over at the Heritage Foundation.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” That Dickensian description of Europe during the French Revolution holds true for American conservatives today.In the modern American edition, though, the two cities of our tale are not Paris and London. They’re “Washington, D.C.” and “everywhere else.”

Beyond the Washington beltway, these are the best of times for conservatives. The vast majority of Americans embrace traditional social values and basic conservative policy principles such as limited government, rule of law and open markets. Spurred by prudent tax cuts, the economic expansion continues apace, with millions of new jobs created yearly, unemployment near record lows and inflation firmly in check. The best of times, indeed.

Yet conservatives who dare look at what’s happening in Washington can hardly be blamed for thinking it is the worst of times.

That's true, and Feulner goes on to describe how, although the Republicans have done a lot of good during their tenure so far in the majority, they have dropped the ball quite a few times, too. Such is to be expected of humans, I guess, but I think the overall biggest disappointment from any conservative I've talked to is the explosion of government spending on non-defense items. We have too many RINOs, just enough to stop any real spending reform. And no, I'm not letting Bush off the hook. I love the guy and I think he's a great president, but he needs to find his veto pen and wield it.

That having been said, I think most of America knows what a fine, decent man President Bush is, for all his faults. He does what he says he is going to do. This fall the Republicans need to keep reminding voters of the words of Dick Durbin, Ted Kennedy, John Murtha et. al. regarding our troops and our mission in Iraq. They need to ask, "Are these the type of people you want in charge of our national security?" How can the answer be anything other than a resounding NO!!?