He was concerned
, as am I
, that Democrats have expanded the authority of the government beyond what the founding fathers intended
. Take Obamacare
, as an example
. It’s highly unlikely the founders envisioned a government would force its citizens
, under threat of tax
, to buy a product they may or may not want
. En Trump’s move to strike down this provision of the bill was exactly what Frank and I believed necessary to preserve one aspect of our freedoms
Another listener, Karl, from Itasca, Texas, a small community outside the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, told me that he’d prefer Trump because, “I want to remain free in this nation.”
It’s a sentiment that many on the right share, and it highlights the divide between conservatives, who champion the rights of the individual, and liberals, who are willing to limit some of those rights in service of what they consider the “collective good.”
Ironies genoeg, it’s the American conservative who understands the sage advice often attributed to the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu: “Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.”
For many Texas conservatives
, it’s worrying that Democrats have been far more critical of Trump’s response to what he calls the
,” than they have been of China’s withholding of critical information that exacerbated the spread of the pandemic
. As of writing this article
, Democrats on the campaign trail have not placed a strong emphasis on holding China responsible for its role in concealing intel at the start of the pandemic
Texas state Sen. Paul Bettencourt also called in to the show and expressed pride in Trump’s achievements on the courts, including the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy left by the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
, many conservatives have watched in horror as the courts
, stacked by liberals during the Obama years
, have turned into political entities
. Van aborsie
aan voting integrity
aan national security
, liberal judges have worked to stymie laws and executive orders issued by Republicans
, arguing in many cases that they violate the US Constitution
To demonstrate the absurdity of their logic
, one court said that even though it is illegal for foreign nationals to vote in US elections
, Dit was unconstitutional to ask for proof of citizenship when someone registered to vote
. The judges who decided the case
? Judges Mary Beck Briscoe
, Monroe McKay and Jerome Holmes
, who were nominated by Presidents Bill Clinton
, Jimmy Carter and George W
. Bush, onderskeidelik.
From the right’s perspective
, it has been Democrats who have used the courts to advance their political agenda when they can’t get that agenda passed in Congress
. Even Ginsburg said the Roe v
. Wade decision
, legalizing abortion
, might have come to soon
. “My criticism of Roe is that it seemed to have stopped the momentum on the side of change
,” she said in remarks at the University of Chicago Law School
Conservative critics would take it would one step further and argue that Roe led to increased rancor in the country because we never had the chance, as a people, to debate the issue and pass a legislative solution.
When it comes to what conservatives want from our federal government, David, from Midlothian, Texas, expressed frustration with the tumult and vitriol in Washington, DC. He told me that he recognized that we “couldn’t go back” to a more unified time, but he wished lawmakers would be more “respectful” of one another.
In my view, tensions have escalated largely because of Democrats, who destroyed many of the norms that have kept the peace in Washington for decades.
It was Democrats who first went nuclear
, when they removed the filibuster for most presidential nominees in
2013. It was Democrats who ignored GOP input and passed Obamacare
, which has done little to lower the costs of premiums and deductibles for many many Americans
, volgens a 2020 analise from The Kaiser Family Foundation
. In werklikheid, sedert 2008, Kaiser reports that
“average family premiums have increased
55 persentasie, twice as fast as workers
(26%) and three times as fast as inflation
(17%).” And it was Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee this month who
, in a brazen
, yet predictable act of incivility
, boycotted the vote to advance the nomination of Barrett
, a highly qualified judicial thinker and legal mind
Natuurlik, Texas conservatives aren’t looking to eliminate government
, we seek a government that is a servant of
“we the people.
” Voormalige president Ronald Reagan once said government should
“stand by our side
, not ride on our back.
” That’s a clever way of saying that government should limit its involvement to its clearly delineated constitutional functions
This vision of government is in alignment with many of my conservative listeners, who believe that Democrats and their democratic socialist allies wish to place an unfair financial burden on every American, and at the cost of our rights and liberties.
When Trump was elected, many of us marveled at how we elected our second “Citizen President.” Trump was not a lifelong politician or creature of the government establishment. He brought a fresh energy and perspective to politics. And like many of our listeners, I worry that if he loses on November 3, we may never have another citizen president like him again.