Published: Sunday, Feb. 9 2014 12:00 a.m. MST
Republicans only like "small government" when Democrats are in power.
The GOP loves big government as long as they are the ones running it. The only
president in the last sixty years to actually shrink government was Bill
Clinton. Under Bush Jr. the government grew at the fastest rate since Lyndon
Johnson. Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush Sr. all liked big government just fine.
If only we could get back to the good ole days of yesteryear (2000-2006) when
the beloved GOP controlled the all 3 branches. The sun would shine, the flowers
bloom, and the universe could again be in balance.Please people.
Just pull the "R" lever. Don't we all want to live in Sandy's
Utopia?(disclaimer, No where did I advocate voting Democrat as a
"There's nothing I'd like more than to change our country and
transform it back into the land of the free and the home of the brave. "As long as we can tell you what you can and can't do with your
body, where you buy your liquor, who you can marry, etc. etc., and we have an
all volunteer military.
And I join millions in gratitude for a great president who has made measurable
progress at regaining our world-leader status. The Bush
administration did more harm to our nation than any in history. And Sandy
Thackery wrote many many letters in support of Bush: The worst president in our
country's history.It absolutely tickles me to know that the
next President will also cause much grief for Tea Partiers and Republicans!!!Go Hillary!!!!
I was just reading in article in Governing Magazine that the state of Texas is
the last "big" reliable red state, but that is threatened with its
shrinking white population and growing Hispanics who are sensitive to
immigration and interested in helping immigrants get public education to reach
the American Dream. Rick Perry on the campaign trail got hammered by
conservatives when he said he supported illegal immigrant children to get a free
public education.It seems that Texas' independent mindedness
works both ways -- they may hate federal government intrusions, but they also
hate outside conservatives telling it what to do regarding immigration as well.
While the GOP may value "freedom," for many immigrants and
non-whites, that freedom largely means freedom for whites and oppression for
everyone else. The GOP needs to look at their values and figure out
how to make these values work for non-whites, which is the fastest growing
segment of America's population.
You are so right, Sandy. Without these principles expounded by Tea Party
affiliates the GOP seems to be floundering and might as well be a part of the
It's all Obama's fault. Riiiiight.
In order to be relevant again the GOP must step away from so-called 'social
issues'; gay marriage, abortion, birth control etc. The country has moved
past them. The TeaParty just can't and the GOP follows the Reagan law,
'Speak no ill of another Republican'.The GOP has a
legitimate role in US government concerning fiscal policy. But they have to
find someone more connected with reality. Romney may have been the one but he
pandered to the TeaParty and lost. Christy would've also been a good
candidate but he's also just about ruined it.Jindal said the
GOP has to "stop being the stupid party". May be they should nominate
The problem with the TEA party is that when you shrink the size of government
you reduce the industries from which politicians can get campaign contributions
to push policies in favor of one side or the other. Most long term Republicans
are in the political favor business - just to a lesser extent than most
Democrats. If government no longer has its hand in everything, who is going to
contribute to their campaigns. The reason we should support the TEA party
politicians is that they are championing causes which work against their
political interests (but in the interests of the people as a whole). Why else
would they be so demonized for the radical view that government should not spend
more than it takes in. You can answer almost any question in Washington by
simply following the money.
I have some news for Sandy. If the Republicans continue to cater to the Tea
Party extremists they will lose the next elections. They have to be more
moderate to pick up that huge segment of independents. And who will the Tea
Party vote for? Are they going to vote for a liberal Democrat just because the
Republican candidate is too moderate? I do not think so. They will vote for the
"lesser of two evils."
Its obvious that the gop needs to splinter. The Reagan wing has been
marginalized; 1st by the the theocratic right and now by the tea party.
Ask the people around Zion's Park how the Tea Party and Lee helped them out
just recently. I don't think we can afford more of their antics.
If the tea party is really as great as Sandy thinks it is, why don't they
form their own party and swim while letting the GOP continue to sink?
re: embarrassed Utahn!"The Bush administration did more harm to
our nation than any in history. And Sandy Thackery wrote many many letters in
support of Bush: The worst president in our country's history."I don't know about that. LBJ (also from Texas (ironically?)) could
be thought of the worst.
Hearing " There's nothing I'd like more than to change our
country and transform it back into the land of the free and home of the
brave", doesn't really know much about our history. I would ask, When
was America more free than now? Certainly we have more laws and regulations,
but I am a believer of the quote "the law shall make you free".The truth is that the freedom of all people comes from taking freedom from
business minded people. So, if you are a businessman, your freedom has been
diminished. But if you are one of the vast majority of people in America your
freedom has been advanced. However we still have a long way to go
in the civilization of human beings before we can be labeled as the home of the
I for the life of me can not figure out this utopia the tea party keeps on
Ah, an amusing letter. "The good old days weren't always good, tomorrow
ain't as bad as it seems" (Billy Joel). This a great example of how
perception is not reality. If shutting down the government is your objective
then your teaps are doing a bang up job, hurting all but the select.
Based on what T-partiers say, they don't want to be Republicans anymore. It
sounds to me like they want a totally unregulated, "every man for
himself," Somalia-style society which would be a nightmare for all of us. I
respect mainstream Republicans who propose conservative improvements to our
national house without threatening to burn it down.
Sandy: The choice is a hard one, no question. On the one hand, if the Teas and
the Pubs can work together they can dominate the U.S. House of Representatives
and perhaps even the Senate. On the other hand the Boehner led majority, know
that if they continue down that road the Presidency will be the permanent
possession of the Democrats. The principles of the Tea party while a big seller
in Utah and a few other States, they are a non-starter for the nation at large.
Hence devil is once again in the details. Stay the dominant party in the
Congress or change direction and become once again a political force in national
Sandy, everyone I know is still free and still brave.
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