I wish conservatives could understand these ten things about the American electorate today and not shut down (sorry, “slow down”) the government.
- The government has grown since FDR, expanded by LBJ, liberal Nixon, barely checked by Reagan, grown under Bush, and now increased under Obama. This has been going on for eighty-five years, almost nonstop.
- The public likes big government. People get a lot of benefit from it.
- Seventy-two or eighty percent of the public blame the GOP for any shutdown.
- The news media rush to the defense of the government and the Dems, who sit back and laugh (see no. 9).
- Therefore, it’s a political loser for the GOP.
- We can’t hold the government hostage, after eighty-five years of its being woven into the fabric of America.
- Americans don’t like sudden moves, and neither should conservatives. If we criticize Obama for trying to “fundamentally transform” America in seven years, why should we transform her overnight by circumventing the vote? If we can’t get enough votes in the senate or house or the White House for our issues, let’s not act like spoiled children, stamping our feet and throwing a temper tantrum. That’s how it looks to the public.
- During the shutdown, the elderly think they won’t get their Social Security checks or Medicare, no matter how many times the shut-down professionals reassures them it isn’t so.
- Obama won’t budge because he knows he won’t get blamed. All he’ll do is put his feet up on the desk in the Oval Office, gaze out over the horizon at no one in particular, laugh up his sleeve, and watch the GOP wisely back down because they finally observe they are losing the public opinion polls.
- It shows we’re not serious about governing through a more traditional method, like … I don’t know … electing our candidates. Temper tantrums don’t look good to the moderate voters who live between the two forty-eight yard lines.
For all these reasons, the shutdown strategy should be avoided. Instead, let’s win the White House, once we nominate the right candidate, which for me is looking more and more like Rubio (not Cruz or Carson and certainly not Trump).
Cheer up, conservatives. After election chaos, I’m convinced that the GOP nominee will win the White House in Nov. 2016. Let’s be patient until then and govern the right way.
This article appeared at American Thinker on Nov. 4, 2015, as “Did Paul Ryan say a shut down is on the table?” But it has been expanded and updated here.
Nov. 6, 2015.