After reading the press release from Congressman Eric Cantor’s office concerning the National Council for a New America (NCNA) I found that I had mixed feeling about this so called new movement. I was glad to see the Republican Party attempting to make changes but was disappointed to see that they weren’t changing. I am beginning to think that these men in elected office are clueless.
In an article concerning the NCNA on the blog Stoptheaclu.com Cantor and McCain were quoted as saying that “this is not a contract with America but a conversation with her”. Why do I have a feeling that this is going to be a one way conversation? Could it be because in the NCNA press release they list issues such as healthcare, education, energy and national security but no mention of tax relief or smaller government? The only item listed above that is referenced in the U.S. Constitution is national security, so how are the Republicans any different than the Democrats? This is not smaller government; they are only offering a different form of big government.
They say that they want to listen to the people. Did they not hear about the Tea Parties? If they were really listening they would have tried to bring in fresh faces for this council. By bringing in Bush and McCain they show that nothing is going to change. They want us to believe they are headed in a new direction. To quote Jeb Bush in a Sunday Washington Times article: “So our ideas need to be forward looking and relevant. I felt like there was a lot of nostalgia and the good old days in the [Republican] messaging. I mean, it’s great, but it doesn’t draw people toward your cause.” Yes there is nostalgia for the good old days, the days when our country respected the constitution and what it stood for. For some reason the Republicans cannot seem to comprehend that the reason for their problems is that they are becoming the Democrat-Lite party. Jeb Bush wants us to look forward, forward to what? To bigger government in which the only difference is that it will be run by Republicans instead of Democrats.
If this council is any indication of where the Republican Party is headed I would say it is slouching into obscurity. On April 15th in the city of Charlottesville, a bastion of liberalality, I witnessed thousands of people gather in support of smaller government, reasonable taxes and adherence to Constitutional principles. If the Jefferson Area Tea Party is any indication of what true conservatives want then politician’s better listen or they should find new occupations.