Fifty years ago the
modern movement to defend the principles of liberty, outlined in the United
States Constitution, began. That was when conservatives and libertarians
began to stand up to those who advocated government as the answer to the
basic questions of life, as opposed to individual responsibility.
The new conservatives advocated individual freedom, free markets, entrepreneurship,
and limited government intervention into the everyday lives of American families.
At the time, the Republican Party was the best vehicle for promoting the
ideals of the new movement. It was the party of Robert Taft and, later, Jesse
Helms and Ronald Reagan. It was the Party that preached the gospel of limited
government and the Judeo/Christian ideals that are the foundation of Western
The problem was the Republican Party was also the home of Nelson Rockefeller
and the Eastern Establishment elite who advocated their own plans for a welfare
state, much like that of the Democrats, only on a slower, smaller basis.
They liked the benefits of the money business could provide, but wanted to
use government to keep it in check. It was also a handy tool to control your
So a titanic battle between ideologies began for the heart and soul of the
Republican Party. Political parties are simply tools for winning elections.
The kind of candidates they produce and the policies they advocate are a
product of those in control. Conservatives in the middle of the Twentieth
Century understood this. They took up the battle cry of “principle before
party” and then set out to make sure the Republican Party was true to conservative
However, somewhere along the way, conservative principles got watered down
with “Republican” policies. The once mighty conservative grassroots activists
have been reduced to taken-for-granted pawns, warned to speak no evil of
a fellow Republican. Above all, don’t be so childish as to “stand for principle.”
Do so at the risk of finding the label “extremist” permanently tattooed to
your name. We are warned that the alternative to the Republicans are the
devil Democrats – and you know what that means! Big government. Uncontrolled
spending. Higher taxes. Greater regulations on business. Assaults on family
In fear, we comply. Conservatives shuffle their feet, look down at the floor,
bleat the party line, accept the “compromises,” and acknowledge their fate
on the backbenches.
Republicans now have a new agenda. It started with the label of the undefined
“compassionate conservatism.” Now, the compassionate Republican Administration
has ventured on a new path called “National Greatness” with the express purpose
of creating an American empire which seeks to re-draw the map of the Middle
East and use American might to force American ideals on others. They believe
force should not just be limited to the defense of our country.
According to this new policy, big government isn’t bad – it just depends
on who is running it. “We can make government great for the American people
as long as we’re in charge” goes the Party line. Three years of complete
Republican rule have given us a clear understanding of its meaning. Close
inspection will show that this is not your father’s GOP. And it’s not conservative!
On the domestic front, the Republican Party just forced the passage of a
Medicare bill that will cost $7 trillion of unfunded entitlement. According
to reports coming from Capitol Hill, Republican leadership in Congress applied
unprecedented pressure on GOP members to get it passed so the President would
have a major campaign issue in his pocket.
According to Congressman Nick Smith of Michigan, there were threats and intimidation
for him to swallow his convictions that the bill was bad for America. He
was threatened in midnight appeals from House Speaker Dennis Hastert that,
should he vote against the bill, his son, now running for Smith’s seat, would
never get elected. Rep. Tom Feeney of Florida, after resisting phone calls
from President Bush, was told that a no vote would delay his ascent to House
leadership by three more years. In the end, only 25 Republicans stood for
the conservative principle that government shouldn’t be in the healthcare
business and voted against the Medicare bill. Big government just got a whole
lot bigger under Republican rule.
Remember 1994 when the Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives?
One major battle cry was their determination to abolish the Department of
Education. Why? The federal government has no business being involved in
education, which should be controlled at the local level. That’s a point
of fact in the Constitution and a conservative principle. Today, under Republican
control, the issue is simply no longer on the agenda.
The Bush Administration under the “No Child Left Behind” Act has created
more regulations and more funding for federally controlled curriculum than
ever before. The Act itself was basically written by Ted Kennedy. No-Child-Left-Behind
is simply the permanent solidification of the failed policies of Goals 2000,
School to Work and the Workforce Development Act. As a result, American education
is now completely controlled from Washington. The federal education bureaucracy
just got a whole lot more powerful under Republican rule.
Sustainable Development is the official policy of the Bush Administration.
It is a leftover from Bill Clinton and could have been eliminated in preference
to reestablishing our Constitutional form of representative government in
which the local town councils and county commissioners are empowered to decide
President Bush chose not to take that action. Instead, he chose Sustainable
Development, a top-down federal zoning approach designed to restructure American
communities to fit the dictates of the United Nation’s Agenda 21 treaty.
As a result of Sustainable Development policies, private, non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) with specific political agendas are now in (partnership)
with elected officials, guiding policy from a central blueprint. As once
guaranteed rights under a rule of law are now pulled and stretched to fit
the current fad policy, homeowners are no longer confident that their property
is secure from new regulations. There is fear that, at any time, their investment
(indeed their home) could suddenly be taken at the whim of newly created
Sustainable policy. Belief in the American dream is dying under Republican
Christianity, the very foundation of Western culture, is being systematically
eliminated from the United States. We’ve witnessed the incredible sight of
a monument of the Ten Commandments being physically removed from the Alabama
Supreme Court at the edict of a federal judge. Both the U.S. and Alabama
Constitutions clearly state that the federal government has no jurisdiction
in the case. Not only has the Bush Administration stood by and let it happen,
it is now considering the prosecutor in the case for a federal judgeship.
As a result of that case, actions to remove any sign of the Christian religion
from public places have quickened in pace. God is being removed from America
under Republican rule.
Our nation is being attacked by fanatical terrorists and we must defend against
them. We have the U.S. Military, the FBI, the CIA, State and local police.
It’s well defined that their job is to defend our borders, coastline, airspace
and cities from threats, both inside and out of our borders. Why is a massive
new agency, armed with the power to intrude into our homes without a search
Does the reader remember hearing the term “Homeland Security” prior to September
11, 2001? Where did the term come from? Familiar terms for defending our
borders have always been national defense or national security. Where did
the term “Homeland” come from? It seems the term has been rattling around
the United Nations for some time. And, in fact, in 2000, at the UN’s Millennium
Summit, attended by 179 world leaders, all nations present agreed to adopt,
without reservation, recommendations for Homeland Security. It was all contained
in a document called the Brahimi Report.
According to researcher Joan Peros, several paragraphs in the section on
Civilian Police are of special note. It calls for member states to increase
their numbers of civilian police and to reform and restructure local police
forces so they can be used in UN peace operations. It calls for joint exercises
and regional training partnerships. Paragraph 124 calls for Member States
to designate a single point of contact within their government structures
to be responsible for coordinating and managing the provisions of police
personnel. In compliance, the United States set up its single point of contact:
The Department of Homeland Security.
By the way, the German translation of the phrase “Homeland Security” is Schutz Staffel.
The Nazis shortened it to “SS.” A massive, intrusive cabinet-level agency
with power beyond the wildest dreams of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson
combined has just been established under Republican rule.
The Bush administration put our country back into UNESCO. The Bush Administration
is moving forward with plans to put illegal aliens on our already-bankrupt
Social Security system. Indeed it wants a full amnesty granted to millions
of outlaw aliens who disregarded our rule of law just to sneak in here.
Conservatives, Libertarians, Americans who believe that the Constitution
was and is the best document yet devised to protect human liberty, it’s time
to come out of your trance and begin anew the fight for “principle before
party.” It is not wrong for you to oppose these actions. It is not wrong
to speak ill of a Party that has lost its way. It is not treason to oppose
these outrageous excesses of the Republican Party. Indeed, it may be treason
if you do not.
Tom DeWeese is publisher and editor of The DeWeese Report and president of the American Policy Center, a grassroots, activist think tank headquartered in Warrenton, VA.