Thursday, January 5, 2012
"The GOP's Struggle for Identity in 2012": Big Government vs Limited Government in the GOP
First to correct one thing from this video, there's no such thing as a "Big Government Conservative". Thats a borderline Oxymoron, Conservative in a political sense. Means Conserving Individual Liberty not subtracting from it, so if your a Social Conservative. You believe Conservative Social Liberty and are concern about things like Civil Liberties and other Social Liberties. Your not someone like Rick Santorum who believes that one of the problems with America is that we have too much Social Liberty. That we need to subtract from that and instead encourage people to good things. And that Government and Christianity decides what these things are, similar to the Islamic Republic of Iran. But they are governed by a very fundamentalist view of Islam not Christianity. Rick Santorum is actually not a Social Conservative, if he was he would be like Ron Paul. But they are night and day on most Social Issues, Rick Santorum is a Religious Conservative. Someone who uses their Religion to Govern their View of the World and that we should all do what God would intend us to do. Based on what they feel God wants us to do and that for us to do the Work of God, we need Limited Liberty not Limited Government. Rick Santorum's idea of Individual Liberty is that Free People should be able to live freely. As long as they are living in a way that he approves essentially. Which I believe is a very dangerous Political Ideology in any Liberal Democracy.
Thats one side of the current Republican Party, there's another Worldview that Free People should live Freely. As long as they are not hurting anyone else with what they are doing. Thats the Ron Paul Libertarian Faction of the Party that Jon Huntsman subscribes to a lot of that as well. Instead of government trying to put people down because of what they watch on TV, what music they listen to. Whether they have live in girlfriends and boy friends that they aren't married to. Whether they have kids without marrying, whether they are attracted to people of the same sex or not. Gamble your own money, smoke pot whatever the situation is that doesn't effect anyone else. If your doing these things, in the mind of a Religious Conservative. Your immoral basically but in the mind of a Classical Conservative, Libertarian or in my case a Liberal. Your a Free Person living your own life making what you believe are the best decisions for yourself. And its basically none of governments business, as long as your not hurting anyone else with what your doing. These are two of the competing Political Factions in the Republican Party right now.
The Religious Right basically won Iowa with their candidate Rick Santorum getting as many delegates as the guy who won Iowa. In Mitt Romney but of course Iowa is very friendly ground to Religious Conservatives. They are the South Carolina or Mississippi of the Midwest but New Hampshire is the Live Free or Die State. Not in God We Trust and is very friendly territory for Classical Conservatives, Libertarians and Liberals. And this will be a big opportunity for Ron Paul.