→ Jonah Goldberg’s Call for Socially Liberal, Fiscal Conservatives to Wake Up

You’re still spouting this nonsense about being fiscally conservative while insisting that the GOP is the problem. You buy into the media’s anti-Republican hysteria no matter what the facts are. Heck, you even believe it when Obama suggests he’s like an Eisenhower Republican.

Well, let’s talk about Eisenhower, your kind of Republican. Did you know that in his famous farewell address he warned about the debt? “We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage,” he said. “We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”

Bob, we are that insolvent phantom, you feckless, gormless clod. The year Eisenhower delivered that speech, U.S. debt was roughly half our GDP. But that was when we were still paying off WWII (not to mention things like the Marshall Plan), and the defense budget constituted more than half the U.S. budget (today it’s a fifth and falling). Now, the debt is bigger than our GDP. Gross Domestic Product is barely $15 trillion. The national debt is over $16 trillion and climbing — fast. The country isn’t going broke, Bob, it is broke.

I completely agree with Mr. Goldberg. I hear the “fiscal conservative, but the party has left me” argument all the time. In my opinion, it’s a sign that the media onslaught, and the rest of the left’s messaging war, has succeeded in making people think that if they believe in small government concepts, they’ll be branded as racists and bigots. If the Republican Party wants to start making up the ground it lost in the last election, this messaging problem has to be the first thing it fixes.