Dear Republican friends and neighbors,
Please talk to me about a few of the tenants of the modern Republican party. As an outside observer the concerns held by the Republican party about “opposition to the unnecessary encroachment and expansion of the government” appear, from the outside, to be at odds with other actions taken or values held by the Republican party. To me this appears to be hypocrisy yet I know there are many well meaning and intelligent Republicans and I only want to understand how you reconcile these beliefs or opinions.
I truly mean this to be a series of questions to help me understand and I will try my best to separate these questions from any explosive language. oppose (what we see as) unnecessary expansion and encroachment of government.unnecessary expansion and encroachment of government
So, here I go:
There is current concern about unnecessary encroachment and expansion of the government. How is this reconciled with the expansion and encroachment of the government under the Bush administration? Particularly in response to the Patriot Act, the unfunded spending on behalf of the Iraq war, the expansion of many social programs? Many news sources site the former President Bush as having “presided over the largest expansion of government since Lyndon Johnson.” (just do a goggle search for ‘government expansion under bush’)
Why was that good under President Bush and intolerable under our current President?
To make my questions a little harder: why is it ok for the encroachment of government to reach into who I want to marry or what procedures my doctor and I might consider?
Please, please don’t see this as baiting you into angry responses. I really want to understand.
I think in many ways I might be quite open to being a Republican, but I have no ability to tolerate hypocrisy. I can’t stand it in the Democratic party either. So, honestly, honestly, I ask you to help me understand how these pieces fit together for a modern Republican.