November 5, 2018 · OPINION
Republicans seek to save traditional U.S. values
By Greg Schumacher
Chairman, Fauquier County Republican Committee
“This is America.” How often have you uttered that phrase, or heard someone else use it? Usually it’s said in reference to a perceived injustice or when contrasting the principles enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights with tyranny in other countries.
Despite our diversity along ethnic, racial, religious, political, social and policy lines, we used to have a consensus on what the idea of America is, and shared a common bond as Americans. That was the whole point. America drew people from all over the world with a common dream of retaining the richness of their heritage, while becoming Americans, united around the ideas that formed America. “Epluribus unum.”
Out of the many, one. No more. We are at a crossroads confronting two distinct visions for what America is and what our future will be, and the disunity is tearing us apart as a nation.
One vision is based on the ideas America was founded upon, represented by our founding documents and principles such as: the inalienable rights of the individual; a framework that is not a pure democracy, but a representative republic; the rule of law; three co-equal branches of government; federalism, the idea that the central government was to be limited and to focus on things a central government can do best, like “provide for the common defense”, and to leave the rest to the states, closer to the will of the people; and free speech.
The other vision is moving toward a “democratic socialism” model with increasing and alarming totalitarian aspects, incorporating some of the following: the rights of the collective and various, favored groups; bending the Constitution through judicial fiat and not through the amendment process; a powerful, central government that will seek more and more control over our citizens, enabled by massive growth in tenured government positions; attacks on free speech, where any deviation from the politically correct, progressive narrative is labeled as hate speech and not tolerated (just like 1984 Newspeak); and advocacy of open borders.
So what’s at stake in these upcoming mid-terms, and all future elections, is much more existential and important than individual policy choices, and it is this: Do we want to preserve the idea of America, unique in human history, that has brought more freedom, liberty, wealth and opportunity to more people than any other system? Do we want to foster diversity and cultural richness while simultaneously uniting as Americans?
Or do we want to be fractured along the lines of identity politics, ultimately to be ruled by an elite that purports to know what is best for us, wants to fundamentally transform the America of the founding to a socialist state, one that is intolerant of dissent and free speech, and enforces its dictates from a powerful central government funded by high taxes on all? Will we continue to be the America, the idea that is America, that our forefathers fought and died to establish and preserve?
Or will we become just another failed, socialist experiment that might even become renamed, because the left seems to find the idea that is America, our flag and patriotism to be increasingly abhorrent.
Tony Bentley · December 28, 2018 at 8:55 pm
Just wondering where all those people who were bragging on how great their 401 (k) was doing under Trump, are feeling now. I've lost $55,000. Geez-o-pete!
Matthew Smith · November 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Folks, I think that we'd be better if we all come back toward the center. The extremes on both sides is not benefiting anyone and is only causing a lot of polarization.
sshrader · November 9, 2018 at 11:52 am
Observer- most members of Antifa do not consider themselves Democrats, many of them have as much disdain for Democrats as they do Republicans
Observer · November 9, 2018 at 11:06 am
Says voter of a party that uses thugs to attack political opponents.
Melrose Carter · November 9, 2018 at 9:25 am
Inane comments such as Observer and nonewtaxes post will not stop because they are cowards hiding behind an anonymous name.
Observer · November 9, 2018 at 6:22 am
Melrose: Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Now change your diaper, take a pill and go back to bed.
nonewtaxes · November 8, 2018 at 9:51 pm
In what way?
Melrose Carter · November 8, 2018 at 3:35 pm
nonewtaxes - you might want to FACT check YOURSELF on the HATE issue.
Melrose Carter · November 7, 2018 at 8:47 pm
Just calling them as I see them nonewtaxes. I only person I hate is Donald J. Trump, plain and simply because he is a lying crook, and has been one most of his life. We'll see how this all plays out under your Fuhrer Herr Trump.
nonewtaxes · November 7, 2018 at 5:35 pm
Melrose, you are beyond comparison. Part of the reason left and right cant get together is comments like yours. Because I voted republican I'm a racist? I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume your just misinformed rather than maladjusted.
I voted republican for the following reasons:
Strong economy due to less taxes and regulations
Stong military including borders
Right to be born
None of these reasons are racist.
It's not a strong economy only for whites or reds or blacks or yellows. ITs a strong economy for all. In fact, black unemployment is at its lowest level in 50 years.
A strict constitution is not racist. A justice does not interpet the law one way for one race and then another way for another race.
A strong military and strong borders are not racist. No one is turned away from military service because of race.
SOunds like you are so full of hate you cant see straight.
Melrose Carter · November 7, 2018 at 3:28 pm
Jim Griffin - Yes, that's true, but bigotry and hatred are alive and unwell in Fauquier County as evidence of the strong Republican turnout or a least they support a racist bigot for a POTUS.
I've met, unfortunately, more racists in this state then any other, and I'm originally from the Mid-West which is saying a lot as most, not all, are afraid of anyone that isn't white, Christian and Heterosexual.
Jim Griffin · November 7, 2018 at 12:33 pm
Melrose: Respectfully, while I found the expletives GSL hurled your way completely unacceptable (especially out of place in a fine community like ours), the references made here by GSL to "synagogue of satan" and "multicultural cesspool" are still worse.
These remarks are akin to the Charlottesville taunts ("Jews Will Not Replace Us") made by those carrying torches and spraying lighter fluid. They are especially hurtful post-Pittsburgh.
Bigotry and hatred have no place in the great place that is Fauquier County.
martinkus · November 6, 2018 at 5:56 pm
Farmbum has it right...the GOP that I knew and supported "died" with the rise of Herr Trump. I was a Reagan Republican. Now, there is no moral compass or compassion coming from the White House, just a demagogue in power sowing the seeds of hate, much like overseas in the late 1930s. Sad indeed!
Melrose Carter · November 6, 2018 at 3:37 pm
One thing has improved, "Guns save lives" isn't using obscenity to try and make a point anymore.
farmbum · November 6, 2018 at 12:34 pm
And the ultra conservative values have just resurfaced with the below comment.
That mindset is what is destroying us. hate, bigotry, racist and contrary to the values America was founded on.
I suggest getting out more, perhaps a trip to Ellis Island.
Guns save lives · November 6, 2018 at 12:02 pm
More like we are under attack by the synagogue of satan that is the liberal left ..
We need more hard right leaders to stop this plauge of pc garbage and bring America back to its core.
We need to stop the traitors from making America a multicultural cesspool and worry about Americans first !
farmbum · November 6, 2018 at 11:31 am
They are NOT being represented by the current Republican party or the current administration.
Our personal liberty is under attack by hate groups and fear mongering.
Our social and moral compass has lost the individual in favor of the corporation.
Our free markets are stymied by poor trade policies and undo government influence.
Our government fiscal responsibility continues to grow and expand via massive increases in debt.
Liberty, personal accountability and responsibility , free markets and basic moral AND FISCAL VALUES.
nonewtaxes · November 6, 2018 at 10:48 am
What do you think conservative values are?
farmbum · November 6, 2018 at 8:12 am
The new party is NOT based on conservative values.
They lack basic morals, lack fiscal responsibility, have zero accountability and are they elite or the elite. They have tuned out middle America and given every known break to the corporate world at the EXPENSE of the working American.
For goodness sake, they are Republican in name only. The GOP died with Trumpisum.
An angry, misinformed, brainwashed constituency THINKS the party hold their values. Incredible, if it were not so sad.
Guns save lives · November 5, 2018 at 7:20 pm
Red wave here we come.
Show the liberal trash we are not going to take it anymore.
martinkus · November 5, 2018 at 5:29 pm
Trump lacks civility, lacks compassion, is not credible, is not competent, encourages the far right "nut jobs," and above all, is the poster child for the 25th amendment. Go Blue Wave...wash away the toxic red tide!
Silii · November 5, 2018 at 4:49 pm
"...ultimately to be ruled by an elite..." Ha. That's exactly what we have with this administration. Trump has been a multi-millionaire since he was 3 years old when his daddy started giving him $3million a year. Look at the cabinet: millionaires. Look at presidential advisors - millionaires, including Trump's daughter and son-in-law. Look at tax reform - cut taxes for the wealthy by millions and millions. The first thing Trump said to his Republican constituents at Mar-a-Lago after signing the tax reform bill was they should be very happy because he just made them millions. I didn't hear him say that to the middle and lower classes. November 6 - get rid of the bums, or at least vote in a Congress that will investigate their illegal activities and either cause them to be indicted or fired. Let's get some middle class sense back in the USA.
Melrose Carter · November 5, 2018 at 1:11 pm
LOL, if you mean by traditional U.S. values you mean: lying, cheating, and taking advantage of the less than rich, you would be correct.
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