Christoper Buckley, son of WFB, Jr and no mean author himself, deserted the GOP and voted for Obama. It’s clear he’s got buyer’s remorse, and now admits that Obama’s policies are unsustainable. In Buckley’s words, “[Obama’s] spending will bring this country to its knees.”
This would be a bad thing, unless, of course, you are so enamored of income redistribution that you’d be happy if everyone were the same: dirt poor. As for a remedy to Obama, us Republicans are going to have to get serious. Here’s some of the repentant Chris Buckley’s advice:
The Republican Party once could lay claim to the mantle of being the fiscally responsible, or “Daddy Party.” That reputation was squandered some time ago, but it could be regained if the party would content itself with that all-important goal, and not instead fight doomed skirmishes over gay marriage, stem-cell research, abortion and creationism, Ten Commandments in the courtroom, and other such issues that the country has by and large already decided upon.
That’s fairly good advice: someone in the American political system has to be the adult. I’d suggest something even more basic, from which other principles flow: The Republicans must be the party of individual liberty. In different words, Republicans must be the party of individual citizens, not groups, and not of government. Republicans must stand for limited government, for only such will limit the encroachment on the individual’s liberty.
Back in the day, a big government Republican would have been a rarity. Most Republicans were business-oriented, and favored being left alone by government. Things changed; some Republicans have played fast and loose with our liberties (starting with the very first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln). Others have been nothing more than Democrats in drag. Richard Nixon and George W. Bush come to mind.
Should there be a “litmus test” on who is, and who is not, a Republican? Not really, as long as anyone calling themselves Republican can agree with the general philosophy that favors individual liberty with personal responsibility (ordered liberty), smaller government with less regulation, lower taxes, respect for property rights, and a strong national defense.