“When our friends get into power, they aren’t our friends any more.”– M. Stanton Evans
This has become known as “Evans’ law of political perfidy.”
My friend Stan Evans was a wise and eloquent man. He was an intellectual leader within the conservative political movement, beginning around 1960. He arrived at Yale in the year after William F. Buckley graduated. He replaced Buckley as a student leader. Had he replaced Buckley as the spokesman of American conservatism, the country would be a lot better off today. He was a far more reliable thinker than Buckley ever was.
He served as the editor of the Indianapolis News until he was fired for insisting that Nixon was guilty of a cover-up of the Watergate break-in. This was long before any other conservative news outlet did. He was correct. He later created the National Journalism Center to train conservatives in the art of journalism. That was a worthy effort. He wrote many books. There was not a bad one among them.
He knew politics. He understood how the Old Boy Network in Washington sucks in newly elected conservatives and turns them into clones of the system.
Marco Rubio is simply the most visible example. His concession speech on the Ides of March, 2016, reveals what happens to them. They adopt some version of “Mr. Sam” Rayburn’s law: “To get along, you have to go along.”
Ron Paul never did. He was a rare exception.
America is in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami, and we should have seen this coming. Look, people are angry, and people are very frustrated. It really began back in 2007, 2008 with this horrifying downturn. People are very frustrated about the direction of our country. People are frustrated. In 2007 and 2008, there was a horrible downturn in our economy and these changes to our economy that are happening are disrupting people’s lives. And people are very upset about it.
Ron Paul had a clear explanation of that economic crash: the federal government’s deficit spending and the Federal Reserve System’s constant manipulation of the monetary system.
Causes have effects. If you do not correctly identify cause and effect, you are likely to repeat the errors. What has happened in Washington ever since December 2007 has dramatically increased the likelihood of an even greater recession and even greater deficits in the next few years. But Rubio never mentioned this in his campaign. None of the candidates has. David Stockman has identified this: “Amnesty for Janet.”
He blames the elitists, i.e., the establishment which he politely represents in the Senate.
They see America involved in the world and Americans spending money and losing their lives and they see that there is very little gratitude for all the sacrifice America makes. And quite frankly, there’s millions of people in this country that are tired of being looked down upon. Tired of being told by these self-proclaimed elitists that they don’t know what they are talking about and they need to instead listen to the so-called smart people.
Congress could stop this tomorrow. It could simply stop funding the wars. But it refuses. It has refused ever since December 8, 1941.
The Constitution says that Congress must declare war. It hasn’t since December 8, 1941.
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