And then it hit me. I have the perfect name for the new third party that will gain prominence once the Stupid Party screws things up. I mentioned on last night's BB & Guns that I had little hope that the GOP would take the right message from a win this coming Tuesday. I stand by that prediction - it only took a few election cycles after 1994 for them to become just as beholden to power as the Democrats, just as willing to stomp all over our rights (just different rights) to appease their perceived base to remain in power. Well, this morning the new political party came to me in a thunderclap. We should call our new party:
The "Stay Off My Lawn" Party.
The "Stay Off My Lawn" Party will be socially liberal - people should be free to do what they wish to their own bodies as long as they don't hurt others. You want to smoke dope, marry another dude, or light yourself on fire as a tribute to Chthulu, go right ahead. As long as your actions do not harm any other person, knock yourself out (literally, if that's your bag). However... The flip side to this is that if your actions cause harm to another person, we're going to drop the jail on top of you and leave it there. If you get in a car and crash it into a bus full of nuns and orphans because you were coked to the gills on heroin, then we're going to put you somewhere that makes Gitmo look like Club Med, capiche?
"Stay Off My Lawn" works with fiscal issues as well. The government is not, should not, cannot be in the business of providing everyone with everything. Period. There is a very short list of things that the government can and should be doing - make the currency, regulate international relations, maintain an army to kill people and break things when outsiders threaten, and things of that nature. Making sure I have enough money to retire on is not one of them, nor is it the government's job to make sure that crappy car companies stay in business. "Stay Off My Lawn" feels that the free market is the ultimate test of the viability of any business.
Internationally, "Stay Off My Lawn" fits seamlessly as encapsulated by Agent J in "Men In Black": If you don't start none, there won't be none. Leave the US alone and we're happy to leave you alone; mess with us, we're going to make Nagasaki and Hiroshima look like a damn picnic. We'll pull out of Mecca, Medina, Europe, Africa, etc. - all the places you accuse "The Great Satan" of entering for our own gain - but we're taking our armed forces and foreign aid dollars with us. We're also going to build a reinforced wall across the borders of the US and staff said wall with the armed forces recalled from around the world - immigration will still be allowed, of course; however it will also be firmly and fairly regulated so that only those that truly want to become Americans can enter.
So there you have it, the basic tenets of the "Stay Off My Lawn" party. The party will be overwhelmingly guided by that ancient and mystical document known as the US Constitution and Bill of Rights - if it doesn't pass constitutional muster, we don't support it. The government has no place telling us what to say, what to own for defense, how we testify in court, etc.; in turn, we obey the laws and pay our (greatly reduced) taxes so that the (significantly more limited) Federal government can keep out the bad guys, make the money, and maintain the infrastructure. Taxes go down, private industry takes over many of the former duties, individual freedom goes up. The only price we pay is that we are a lot more responsible for our own actions.
What are we missing?
That is all.