EphBlog author Mike Needham ’04 on the election.
On Tuesday, we saw the first victory in a long and protracted war for the soul of the Republican Party. For the past decade, the federal government has spent beyond its means, centralized control and minimized individual liberties. And during the last two years, those trends have only increased, creating a real sense of crisis throughout the nation. For many Americans, managed decline is not an option.
While the policies of the Obama/Pelosi/Reid government have crystallized this sense of urgency in the minds of the American public, a Republican Party unmoored from its principles has been an active participant in our government’s move away from its constitutional purpose.
We saw then-Republican Senator Arlen Specter vote for a stimulus that added to our nation’s debt, but did little to stimulate the economy. Republican Senator Bob Bennett voted for TARP, which built upon the moral hazards of previous bailouts that set the groundwork for the financial crisis. Charlie Crist, another Republican-turned-Independent, embraced a job-killing cap-and-tax agenda.
Each of these establishment politicians were of the party of Reagan, but forgot his observation that “entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all of the economic growth in the United States.” Each of them was challenged by a candidate who stood on principle and ultimately defeated the business-as-usual arm of the Republican Party.
Read the whole thing. One of the reason that we Tea Partiers are so happy with the election is that it represents the first victory in our long war to take over the Republican Party. Wish us luck!