Every once-in-awhile I run across someone who is concerned the Republican Party runs the risk of being perceived as petty obstructionists for being the Party of “No.” Well, first of all the GOP appears to be the Party of It Kinda Depends, which isn’t a good sign, should they actually win back Congress (and why I’m a Conservative first and a Republican second). With that said, I don’t put much stock in anyone who believes the “No” label as of late is some sort of albatross around the Republican Party’s neck. It’s not. And anyone who puts the “no” in context should understand that.

Someone has to tell them utopia is a lie...

There is nothing wrong with saying “no” to manufactured disaster. As the Heritage Foundation notes, sometimes it’s good to put your foot down, particularly when the people in charge (Republicans and Democrats) believe the right medicine for the country consists of:

  • Growth in federal deficit
  • Increased health care costs and spending
  • Slowed economic growth through new taxes and mandates
  • Augmented government control over health care
  • Expansion of inefficient entitlement programs
  • Higher burdens on state budgets
  • Inadequate focus on Medicare
  • Low income worker discrimination
  • Social and economic inequities in the exchange
  • Blatant disregard for federalism and the US Constitution

Do you remember when Bush-Hitler comparisons were the chic thing to do for aging hippies, disgruntled conspiracy theorists, beanie wearing liberals, and guys dressed as Jesus? My favorite is the “shadow government JFK assassination” crowd that linked Bush’s election to Kennedy’s death. If our liberal friends had seen Bubba Ho-Tep they’d know that JFK is still alive, trapped in the body of a heroic black man!

The point is, when Chris “oppose the Nanny State or I’ll insinuate you’re a racist” Matthews is the one giving your Party advice…don’t take it. When his hand-picked panel of leg-tinglers tells you you’re wrong—you’re right. It’s really that simple.

The next time someone alludes to the upcoming negative repercussions for saying “no” to a pair of custom made mind-forged manacles our old pal Jesse James couldn’t replicate if his dominatrix-mistress had his nether-regions in a vice grip, just laugh. Someone has to tell humanity utopia is a lie. Someone has to try. And when even little old ladies like Pam Stout get it, have faith that history will judge you kindly.

“Never compromise, even in the face of Armageddon.”


About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.


  1. I’m watching the Watchmen this weekend I think, so I didn’t watch the clip yet.

    Thanks for posting on this. I think there is truth in the fact that compromising seems to be a one way street today. If you are a conservative, you should compromise your beliefs so that “things” can get done. If you are a progressive, it is ok for you to hold your ground – mostly because you (by default) are right. (See your post on Joy B.)

    1. There is a difference between “preferences” and “principles.” You can compromise “preferences” all day, but one should never compromise their principles. That’s something I wanted to make clearer in the post, but it was after midnight and I was zonked.

      I might do a blog post on it sometime soon, actually.

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