By the Way (A Political Angle)
I had been thinking about a Robert Whitcomb column earlier, and it could not have been more timely. Writes Whitcomb:
The terminology has been successful in cutting taxes for the wealthy and reducing programs that particularly assist the middle and lower classes. More generally, it makes Americans forget that the socio-economic walls are getting higher. Meanwhile, although traditional GOP views have included (to me admirably) balancing the budget, the budget deficits swell and areas of government grow like Topsy (in part, of course, because of 9/11), but the “conservative, small-government” Republicans don’t seem particularly self-conscious about that. They can change the subject to, say, gay marriage.
However much the bulk of that paragraph might raise questions worthy of consideration, the closing sentence betrays a bias that undermines all the rest. The Republicans (much less conservatives) are not the ones pushing the subject of same-sex marriage into the light. Moreover, one cannot fault them for seeking to write something explicitly into law when judges seem inclined to leverage the lack of such explicitness in order to codify the opposite policy.
As for whether conservatives are “self-conscious” of the Republicans’ abandonment our other priorities, I’d suggest that Mr. Whitcomb keep his eyes open during elections to come.