Thursday, September 13, 2007

Take no prisoners when it comes to inept, corrupt government

This blog is born out of Main Street Republicanism -- not the kind fueled to extremes by special interests, including the so-called "religous right."

Today's Republican Party has strayed far from its original principles and cherished history. (So, too, have the Democrats.)

It's time to bring the GOP home.

"Now, certainly, simple honesty is not too much to demand of men in government," Barry Goldwater said in his speech accepting the 1964 Republican presidential nomination.

Senator Goldwater continued that Republicans must demand honesty from all in power: "They demand it from everyone no matter how exalted or protected his position might be. The growing menace in our country tonight, to personal safety, to life, to limb and property, in homes, in churches, on the playgrounds, and places of business, particularly in our great cities, is the mounting concern, or should be, of every thoughtful citizen in the United States. "

He continued with this warning: "Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism."

And so it is that we must insist that the GOP return to its roots and ferret out those among us who blaspheme our party's core principles and cherished history, even if that person occupies (or wants to occupy) the Oval Office.

That's why the Bush administration and its cronies will get no pass here. Nor will legislators or local officials.

Until we clean up our own house we can't go around trying to clean up others -- and maybe we shouldn't.

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