How the Ratchet Effect Has Moved America Far Left

How the Ratchet Effect Has Moved America Far Left

Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

By J. Allen Tharp

By J. Allen Tharp

We’ve all seen how often the GOP surrenders conservative values and adopts liberal issues as their own, while liberals never, never adopt conservative issues. Term after term, this has led to a ratchet effect: small, incremental turns to the left with no turns to the right, eventually result in a huge leftward swing. For example, the Democrats passed a huge government takeover of the health insurance market when they passed Obamacare, but the GOP not only failed to repeal it but they only tried to repeal parts of it. Their partial repeal efforts kept much of the underlying structure that cause the huge premium price increases. They had sworn to rip it out root and branch. But when given the chance to keep their promises, they kept Obamacare in place. That is the ratchet effect.

For establishment GOP RINOs, there is no conservative compass and no guiding principles other than the desire to be re-elected or to be promoted within the chamber. 

Democrats, on the other hand, are truly committed to their liberal Marxist ideals and religiously push their big government programs that are destroying this country.

Traditionally Republican issues:

Fiscal responsibility has been touted as a Republican issue, but is it? When was the last time you heard the GOP address cutting spending, balancing the budget, or paying off the debt?  Reagan?

Rather than cut spending, they redefine the term “cuts” instead. Cuts in Washington vernacular no longer mean actual cuts. They now just mean smaller increases than originally were proposed, but spending still goes up. That’s part of the smoke-and-mirrors game for which Washington has become so infamous.

What about cutting unnecessary and duplicative federal agencies? Wasn’t smaller, limited Constitutional government supposed to be a Republican issue? Obviously it is not, or we would see legislation being proposed by the GOP to eliminate federal programs and departments.  

Oh sure, many Republicans talk about cutting the size of government during the campaign, but then they get elected and do a 180-degree turn and vote for every big spending bill that comes down the pike.

Where is the party of Reagan that believed in lowering taxes for all Americans?  Where is the commitment to fair and equal treatment for all? I guess it left the building when Reagan did.   

The GOP has also fully bought in to class warfare and is selling the Democrat progressive income tax system. They even use Marxist language when they divide Americans into classes: the middle class and the wealthy. They have abandoned the conservative principle that a rising tide lifts all boats.   

There has been too little effort to promote the precepts of fiscal conservativism espoused by people like Art Laffer who said, “If the government takes from someone who makes more, the government has reduced that person’s incentives to earn income, and that person will in turn produce less.”  “If the government then gives that money to those who have less, they now have a source of income other than work and will also produce less.”  

Traditionally Democrat issues:  

Now, consider Democrat issues. They are mostly aimed at either growing government, giving government more control, or the balkanization of America. Dems fire up their base by offering free stuff and using fear mongering and class envy. Woman against man, black against white, gay against heterosexual. This is how they fire up their Democrat base.  

Democrats made the Confederate flag an issue, and Republicans jumped on the “ban the flag” bandwagon. Time that should have been spent fighting for fiscally conservative legislation or restoring constitutional government–instead was squandered on attacking a piece of cloth. Democrat issues prevailed.  

Hate crime legislation is another ridiculous construct of the Democrat party. Democrats proposed targeted laws making certain groups protected classes, and Republicans rushed to jump onboard too, although the concept never made a lick of sense.  

They created harsher sentencing criteria for crimes against some groups over other groups. They threw out the concept of fair and equal treatment for all citizens. As usual, the Democrats sold it and the GOP bought it.   

Then there are the open borders policies. Amnesty and open borders for illegal aliens are known as comprehensive immigration reform by liberals and national suicide by conservatives. These are policies that are beneficial only to the Democrat party but have been pushed hard by some misguided Republicans at the peril of their own party and country. 

We put Republicans in control of all three branches of the Federal Government, and this is what they give us: more debt, more spending, and less liberty. 

It’s clear that many of the GOP leadership’s priorities are certainly not the same as ours. Our Republican-controlled Congress: 

  • continued funding for sanctuary cities;
  • continued bailouts for big insurance companies to prop up Obamacare;
  • funded another bailout for Puerto Rico;
  • funded a bailout for the coal miners’ union;
  • continued funding for Planned Parenthood;
  • continued funding for NPR;
  • continued funding for the trillion dollar food stamp bill;
  • and continued funding for dozens more Democrat priorities.… 

Time and time again, we see that we get the same results out of Washington D.C., whether Republicans or Democrats are in charge. Their profligate spending and their disregard for the Constitutional limitations placed on the Federal Government put the survival of our Republic in jeopardy. 

Over and over, we see Republicans drinking the liberal kool-aid and promoting radical leftist policies. But incredibly we never see Democrats crossing over and promoting conservative ideals.

If we are going to change Washington, we have to do what it takes to get more true conservatives elected and then hold them accountable.  Conservative Republicans are still a minority in Congress, but we have been making progress every election. Let’s keep the momentum going through 2018.

Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.

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3 Responses to "How the Ratchet Effect Has Moved America Far Left"

  1. LARRY NELSON  November 25, 2017 at 10:03 am

    God said: Don’t eat the forbidden fruit. Satan said: Eat and you will be like gods knowing good from evil. God said: Thou shalt not murder. Progressives said: These little ones have no rights until they are born. God said: Thou shalt not steal: Progressives said: If you don’t like the way a court case ends, burn and loot. God said: Homosexuality, even cross dressing is an abomination. Progressives said: Give them more consideration than your own children. Let grown men shower with your little girls. Under Obama, Christians were persecuted by Homosexuals. They were allowed to sue Christians for refusing to participate in their abominable marrages. Under Trump, this persecution has been stopped. I am not saying that Republicans are Godly. But I am saying that all the ungodly organizations flock to the Democrats. If you are a Christian and pull the Democratic lever, stop it. We should replace all Democrats, and most Republicans. Get your fiends registered and let’s clean house.

  2. Edward Elmer  November 22, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Awesome article, Allen. Thank you!

  3. Dave R  November 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Some say the Dems and the Libs are losing. I contend that is NOT true — they are ‘winning”
    – Liberal (Dem) spending rates continue
    -government continues to get bigger and bigger at federal and state levels
    – Despite the Dems being in the minority, Obamacare continues to wreck havoc
    – In Texas, we have a RINO speaker who continues to champion bigger government
    – No real tax reform in site – in fact, those that pay the majority of the bill are likely to be paying more under the latest tax plans
    – No effort towards limited government, no effort towards more freedoms for ordinary Americans.
    Despite the ballot box “wins for Republicans, someone is going to have a hell of a time convincing me that Dems are not winning.

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