Whether they know it or not, nearly every Democratic lawmaker and a majority of Republican lawmakers want the people to be completely dependent on government. For some of them, it’s embedded within their ideology without their own full understanding; they could honestly say they don’t believe in complete dependence in spite of actions to the contrary. Others recognize it for what it is and fully embrace the notion.
There’s a third group who want people to be dependent on government. These are mostly Republicans, though some Democrats can fall into this category. They are the people who aren’t philosophically aligned with overreaching government or citizen dependency but who’ve accepted the concepts for the sake of election victories. In mid-2017, we witnessed many GOP representatives on Capitol Hill expose their membership in this category of big-government opportunists by embracing Trumpcare. What they sold as “repeal and replace” was actually “tweak and rebrand.” They said it was a “common sense” approach to government-run health care, but it’s so close in form and function to Obamacare for two reason: the 2018 and 2020 elections.
Those who fall into this category believe that if they were to pull the rug out from underneath those who signed up for Obamacare, they’ll get slaughtered on election day. We would contend that a full and true repeal accompanied by a solid education campaign and proper coordination with the private market would not only help the vast majority of Americans save money, it would also empower full-repeal-representatives to be in the driver’s seat in their upcoming elections. Unfortunately, they’re addicted to the concept of redistribution of wealth as a way to win votes. As much as the Republican Party espouses the free market economy, one would hope they’d be willing to back up their words with actions. Most are not.
Thankfully, it’s within this third category that we believe we can reach people. That’s not to say that those who fall into categories one or two are unreachable, but changing one’s ideology is more difficult than simply assuaging fears.
We can improve health care by getting the government out of it. We can balance the budget, reduce the national debt, and bring the nation back to a state of fiscal responsibility. We can solve these and so many other problems by cutting and eliminating rather than growing and expanding as DC has been wont to do for decades. To do these things, we need people willing to make the tough calls. We need Federalists.
There’s a perception among politicians that the American people are too simple-minded to accept the complexities of tough decisions. They believe that if you take something away, the reactionary and unintelligent masses will vote the “mean people” out of office. They rightfully believe that media, Hollywood, the education system, and every other facet of indoctrination utilized by big-government folks will sway the people away from backing those who are doing the right thing. With all this, there’s a caveat: properly handled, any righteous and responsible move by government can rise above the indoctrination because Americans aren’t as selfish nor slow-witted as politicians believe.
Americans don’t trust government because the people in government have proven to be untrustworthy. This needs to change. As a party, we intend to take the necessary steps to earn the trust of the people. First, we will hold our candidates and representatives responsible for their actions and beholden to the promises they make. While other parties will attempt to hide the missteps and foibles of their people, we will make sure our people know we’re watching closely and are willing to pull our support if necessary. Second, we have to bring truth and reality to the table. Believe it or not, those are missing components in so many pieces of legislation introduced at every level. Lastly, we’ll be transparent. A Federalist representative must be willing to lay out the benefits and acknowledge the drawbacks of every action they take.
We won’t sell our ideas to the American people through subterfuge or doublespeak. We’ll lay out the facts so the people know precisely why we’re doing what we’re doing. Let’s look at Obamacare as an example.
Will people lose their health care if Obamacare is repealed? Yes. Most who “lose” their health care will simply opt out of the mandate. There have always been people who preferred paying out of pocket because they simply didn’t get sick very often. Others who “lose” their health care will have the option of replacing their Obamacare plan with a private market plan. This is where a combination of the free market economy and charitable efforts must come into play. Instead of government saying everyone must be covered, repeal and working with the industry as well as charities will make it so everyone can be covered. That’s where this nation’s health care system needs to be.
Would repealing and not replacing Obamacare fix the entire system? No. There were challenges before Obamacare and there will be challenges after Obamacare is repealed, but these challenges are best met without Washington DC involved. Government should be the last line of defense, not the tip of the health care spear.
Obamacare is just one example. Politicians are only one problem. It’s also up to the people to regain the willingness of our predecessors to say, “stay out of my business and let me handle my own problems.” For both of these challenges to be addressed requires representatives who are willing to do the right thing even if it means in-depth explanations. We’ve elected and groomed too many politicians who rely on slogans and Tweets in lieu of education and explanation.
If politicians continue to be scared of making tough decisions because it could prevent them from winning re-election, they don’t deserve to be re-elected. There are too many huge problems that require bold actions for us to waste time with spineless representatives. Government has become the greatest impediment to the nation’s prosperity and security. We need representatives who will make the tough calls and stand by them. We need Federalists in office.