Sadly, the Right seems torn by divisiveness these days. Many self-described conservatives – David Brooks, Rod Dreher, Kathleen Parker, et al – seem to think that the main function of Republicans is to serve as a mass of barnacles on the Ship of State as Captain Barrie and the Democrats continue on their invariable course toward socialism – but why retard the progress of the journey if you admit the inevitability of the destination? Perhaps the most fatuous of their complaints against people like Rush Limbaugh and other outspoken opponents of the Democrats’ colossal overreaching is that Republicans just keep saying “No.” They are overlooking the fact that every “no” is simply the obverse of a “yes.”
Saying “No” to the stimulus bill (and the omnibus spending bill and the bailouts) is saying “Yes” to taxpayers (present and future) and to their right to enjoy the fruit of their own labor without the encumbrance of the State’s arbitrary attachment thereof.
Saying “No” to the wilder claims of climate alarmists is saying “Yes” to vital industries, job creation, genuine science and right reason.
Saying “No” to the invertebrate foreign policy of the Obama administration is saying “Yes” to a strong America and to the hopes and aspirations of people everywhere who look to our country as a beacon of freedom.
The Vichy conservatives seem to think that you can simply split the difference between Left and Right, and that people will rally to the banner of a heterogeneous ideology that is neither fish nor fowl. I’ll stick with people like Limbaugh and Palin and Jindal and many others, in and out of government, who take delight in mounting a spirited opposition to the leviathan state, and whose minds are not clouded by the leftist ethos of the Beltway culture.
Update: The Other McCain has a roundup of links to other folks who have had enough of the so-called moderates.