Taxes: The perfect issue for Republicans in 2010

2009 April 25
by ruleoflawrestoration

It’s been exciting to see all the hubbub over the tax protests.  Seeing people get involved—hearing them voice their concerns—seeing the mainstream media have to decide whether to cover the protests favorably or critically.

I have also noticed, however, that there seem always to be Republican politicians close at hand at the protests.  I’m not suggesting that the GOP has funded or organized any or all of these protests, but they’re always there.  And it occurs to me that it’s the perfect opportunity for them to campaign for 2010.  By participating in the protest rallies, Republican politicians can appear to be taking a stand against some of the very taxes that their own party has been instrumental in helping to raise.  And further, they can do their best to make the 2010 elections a one-issue affair—effectively ignoring the many evils that have been perpetrated by Republicans in office.  (Now in case you don’t know it yet, I believe that both parties have severely undermined the Constitution.)

Remember, all that has to happen for Republican success in 2010 is for the majority of people to consider that the 2010 Republican platform is “the lesser of two evils”.  What a low “bar” to jump, indeed!  Yet, in a time of economic crisis, when the people are hurting in the pocket book, the obvious knee-jerk reaction is to go with the group that has been calling for lower taxes.

Never mind that the Republicans are not willing to operate under the Rule of Law, obeying the very Constitution that established the Congress in which they serve.  No, we don’t care about that.  And frankly, the restoration of the rule of law is simply too high an aspiration for the American voter.  No, we’d much rather have the simple “lesser of two evils”.  Who cares that the government grew bigger under the last Republican majority than it ever had in history before that time.

So if we’re thinking that by these tax protests, we’d like to bring about some sort of significant reform in 2010, perhaps we should refocus the topic of the protests, shifting it from taxation to the Rule of Law.  This would make it much harder for the typical Republican politician to take the podium, as most of them have very clear track records as violators of the Constitution.

Who cares if you want lower taxes, buddy? You’ve already proved yourself an enemy of the very Constitution you swore to uphold!

If it were up to me, everybody in the country would quit their political parties altogether.  I, for one, think that the parties are incorrigible—beyond reform.  But for those who are still hoping like crazy that I’m wrong about that, a shift in focus from taxation to the Rule of Law would be a great help in determining which of the politicians in their parties are really serious about foundational things, and which simply want to be re-elected.

Jack Pelham

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