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Can You Handle The Truth?
Newt Gingrich -  Misplaced Notion of Party Loyalty
-by Scott Rohter, January 2012

Do you want to know the truth?  Well here it is!  Under no circumstances would I support a Republican candidate for President who describes himself as a “Real Politick” Wilsonian, a man who views the Constitution as an impediment, or an obstacle to overcome, or someone who agrees with Alvin Toffler’s crazy progressive ideas about a new world civilization.  I won’t vote for a progressive just because he happens to be a registered Republican, or because he might be one step better than an outright Marxist!  So much for Newt Gingrich!

Liberals and progressives have been monopolizing both branches of the same political Party, and through them our country for most of the 20th Century!  They are strangling the Republican Party right now with the cockamamie idea that a progressive Republican is somehow better than a progressive Democrat.  The truth is that all progressives are equally bad for the long term survival of our country, and for the continued prospects for freedom in America!

Progressive ideology is the prima fascia reason that the United States is in the mess that it’s in!  There are no shades or gradients of evil when it comes to those who would take away our precious freedom, and replace it with some form of government controlled entitlement society, complete with cradle to grave handouts!  All such supposedly "progressive" ideas are bad!  There is nothing actually forward looking about them at all.  They are all incremental steps backward in history, to a time and place when people were less free, and government was more powerful…  Franklin Roosevelt said it best.  “If you give up freedom for a little security, then you don’t deserve either, [and you will probably lose both]!” Reprisal by editor.

I am a conservative.  Conservatives believe in limited government.  The reason we believe in limited government is because all governments tend to become corrupt over time.  Our Founding Fathers knew this very well because they experienced it first hand.  That is why they designed a Constitution whose main purpose was to restrict the reach of the Federal Government.  And they did this by dividing and allocating its defined powers between three branches of government, and instituting checks and balances so that no one branch of government could become too powerful.  Furthermore, in the Bill of Rights, which was one of the first official acts of Congress, they did not limit the rights of the people, but they did seriously limit the powers of the Federal Government.  (See 9th and 10th Amendments.)

James Madison wrote, “In designing a government, the great difficulty is this:  You must first empower the government to control the governed, and then in the very next step, you must oblige it to control itself.” (from the Federalist  Papers #51).  That’s why one of the very first acts of Congress was to pass the first ten amendments to the Constitution, to secure the rights of the people, and to limit the powers of the Federal government, by unequivocally stating that whatever powers were not set forth in the Constitution as belonging to the Federal Government, were reserved to the States and to the People. There is little wonder why they chose the number ten.  It was in obvious deference to the Ten Commandments, and with an eye to tradition, something that Newt Gingrich only pays lip service to!  “The purpose of government is to secure our unalienable God given rights.  Whenever any government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it…[in fact] it is their solemn duty to throw off such a government”  (from the Declaration of Independence.

As a conservative my loyalty is first to the Constitution, and then to the Republic for which it was written, and in the way that it was originally intended, with just a few notable exceptions, such as freeing the slaves, and giving women the right to vote!  My Republican Party affiliation is a distant second place.  What about you?  Can you handle the truth?  Do you have any children? Are you the parents of a young teenage son or daughter?  Well if you are, then you should be a lot more concerned about the future that they will inherit, if we don’t get this Federal Debt under control and stop the leftward slide of our country, than some Misplaced Notion of Party Loyalty.

"The truth, the political truth, and nothing but the political truth.
A journalist has no better friend than the truth."
- Scott Rohter

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