They told me it is safer not to discuss politics. So I won’t. I’ll just discuss wooden teeth. Sort of. Here is STEP ONE. Admitting you can’t control your addiction and/or compulsion.
My Wooden Teeth
First there were The Republicans. The salt of the old Middle Ohio Valley American Tin Crafters who were hanging around hunting raccoon and illegal potato poachers in Jackson, Michigan. They dreamed of less restrictions on wagon wheel grease and lower conestoga licensing fees. They also had strong feelings about indentured servitude and buying human flesh labor on the open market to work on tracts of land larger than some Michigan counties.
Even the early conservatives had “in-fighting” to contend with, however. Some wanted growth based upon ability and merit and some wanted party power based upon the ideals of the “winner-take-all philosophy” only. (By taking all of the government jobs and giving them as thank you favors to large contributors and family members of elected officials)
These were termed Stalwarts and Half-Breeds accordingly.
Fast forward to 2014 in roughly the same region of the country as originally responsible for the implosion of conservative-minded members in Michigan and we find remnants of the same dichotomy blossoming again after decades of hibernation.
What were the original principles of the party? Abolish slavery. What are the apparent motivations today? Who is going to pay the dinner tab and the hotel room.
Well……….the fact is that you CAN be conservative and poor at the same time. You can in fact be one of the 98% who still believes in free enterprise and opportunity for all and cultivating a scale of economies that is not based on government created pyramid schemes like going back to college when you are 60 years old. These are coming to be known as Constitutional Conservatives. Libertarians.
So Who are those having the biggest issues with party unity?
I will call this new breed The Wooden Teeth. They are not really RINOS. They are not Tea Partiers. They are Whiners. They lost in the mid-term primaries and can’t seem to put down the hammer and sickle and let go of their losses.
Ever try to get a piece of broccoli out of your teeth with a tooth-pick? Now imagine that if you were wearing wooden false teeth. Wood against wood. These folks – all well intentioned card carrying members of the GOP – are clinging to old principles like broccoli. They can’t see past the end of their noses to the end of the soup line.
I, for one, happen to be hungry. Hungry for Reason. Hungry for Opportunity. Hungry for a party that embraces the plight of the middle class as seen through a realistic set of spectacles. A party that is not there because of the “party” afterwards. A Party for Liberty.