Chip McLean — We Have Met the Enemy, And He is Us
Another election has come and gone and once again the GOP has demonstrated their uncanny ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
As I watched the vote totals updating in the battleground states, it became apparent very quickly that the GOP establishment template of “Democrat Lite”, would once again fail to prevail. When will they ever learn?
I thought back to a column I wrote in 2005 and realized it is just as relevant (if not more so) now as it was then. What follows is the original article:
I recently returned from the Colorado Rockies after an invigorating vacation. The tranquility of those majestic mountains, added to the fact that for several days I was removed from the news, the internet and indeed the toils of life allowed me a chance to step back from it all.
After returning, and witnessing the daily political games and one-upmanship in our nation’s capitol, I had to ask myself just exactly why we the public put up with such nonsense from our elected leaders. Sometimes in the course of the daily grind of deadlines, obligations and plain old force of habit, we fall into the trap of seeing things from a position that is entirely too close to the situation. It can make us all a bit myopic – the inability to see the forest for the trees cliché becomes more than just a cliché.
Stepping back caused me to ask myself a question – just exactly what the hell has happened to the GOP, and even to the conservative movement in general? It isn’t that I haven’t asked myself those questions before, it’s just that I don’t think I realized how far removed from true conservatism the current Administration and Congress have become.
A classic line from the old comic strip Pogo, once declared that, “we have met the enemy, and he is us!” That unfortunately seems to be the case today. What about the Dems you ask? Well, what about them? We all know what liberal Dems do – they want to tell us where we can live, what we can build on our property, take away our guns, tell us who we can hire, regulate our healthcare, take away our SUV’s and add layer upon layer of big government that will require more and more of our hard earned dollars. That’s because they know what’s best for us and can spend our money more wisely than we can. That’s what liberals do. We all know that, so aren’t they the enemy?
Well yes, but they aren’t really the problem. The problem is that those who are supposed to keep them from doing all of this, are actually doing it themselves, and more effectively than any liberal could…………