A Friendly Reminder for the Circular Firing Squad
Hold your fire
By Leon H Wolf Posted in 2006 — Comments (20) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
I think, almost a week after a disastrous election, that it's time for a friendly reminder of something I first pointed out last year; to wit, fiscal conservatives who are concerned about excessive government spending should lay off blaming the social conservatives for their woes. The same principle goes the other way for social conservatives. Although there are undoubtedly voters who might identify more with small-government conservatism or social conservatism, the general rule when it comes to elected officials is that you don't get to choose one other the other. When it comes to Congress, an elected representative is either conservative or he is not, and the fiscal conservative who's liberal on social issues is simply an animal that does not exist.
By way of review, the defining moment with reference to spending came during last year's battles over the Coburn Amendments. When you look at the list of Senators who supported those amendments, you find Tom Coburn, Jeff Sessions, Jim DeMint, and Jon Kyl - rabid social conservatives all. You know who you don't find on the list? Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, or Lincoln Chafee. As I pointed out last year, the best indicator of whether a Senator is likely to support anti-pork measures like the Coburn amendments, is whether they also opposed government-funded embryo destruction or supported a constitutional amendment for the traditional definition of marriage.
So, if there are fiscal conservatives out there who are sick of the big government spending, don't look to Specter, Snowe and Collins as models for new Republicans - the social liberals in the Senate are the worst porkers in the entire Republican caucus. The best thing you can do for your cause is to support a person who is conservative through and through - because only such a person will actually follow through on a promise to reduce government spending, even at their own political expense.