By Irene F. Starkehaus -
I had it suggested to me, "This election is the last chance Americans have to make our voices heard on Obamacare," to which I replied, "Spoken like a true Republican. Always the fatalists." Quite the paradox when you consider how many Republicans are free will advocates.
But such is the fundamental difference between the two parties. The Republican establishment – with few exceptions – sees each and every election outcome as "The End…game over." The Dems see both wins and losses as "Once upon a time...now let's get working."
When a Republican loses at the ballot box, he shakes his head and gloomily declares that the people have spoken. The other side has triumphed. He will invariably assert that it's time to move on and find a way to adjust our lifestyles to the imminent hardships and restrictions. Think about John Boehner's fatalism over Obamacare…it's too late to repeal. We'll have to live with what we've got.
When a Democrat loses, he busies himself in the cause of promoting histrionic movie scripts, recruiting actors for contrived ribbon campaigns and rewriting our children's textbooks – all to proselytize it forward so that he can revisit the issue in ten years and rape the Constitution more successfully. Being politically savvy, he understands the slow burn of sustainable change as he keeps his eyes on the prize.
In this election, conservatives have been told to put aside our core beliefs and embrace the party no matter what her iniquities and malformations. By and large, conservatives have swallowed that bitter pill as there is no practical alternative for demonstrating our opposition to the current powerbrokers, but we should be under no illusion that we have fixed our current crisis by replacing the D with an R. The story isn't over. It has just begun.
The establishment's refrain: forget prolife issues. Accept that the abortion debate is over. The contraception debate is lost. Obamacare is immutable law. Gay marriage has been decided. Reflection on the wisdom of raising the minimum wage can no longer be tolerated. Welcome our new breed of libertarian Republicans who will erase the line in the sand that once demarcated the divide between the two parties. The new, more tolerant heroes of the GOP will draw a fresh line to appease the social liberals hoping to put the argument to rest.
But the social engineering is not over, and the Dems will now roll up their sleeves in preparation for their newest "Once upon a time..." I found myself shuddering this week as I read the news: