The views so elegantly expressed in Krauthammer’s article are based on an outdated view of the political spectrum. The game has changed drastically and we have President Obama to thank for that. Previous “Progressives” have moved a little more slowly away from Constitutional governance. This President, has made the same type of miscalculation that Osama BinLadin made in atacking the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11, 2001. This President, Obama has awakened the sleeping tiger. He woke up “We the People”.
In Part One we looked at the political landscape in one dimension, now lets do the same analysis in a more comprehensive two dimensional model.
A two-dimensional view of the American political landscape:
Most people have looked at the political landscape as a horizontal line with Liberals on the left and Conservatives on the right. Lets expand that model to a a square plane standing on one corner. The old model shows on this plane as a horizontal line running from corner to corner across the center with Liberals to the left corner and Conservatives at the right corner. The top corner is Libertarian, and the bottom corner is Statist or big government.
You can see this two dimensional model and take a quiz to see where you fit on this two dimensional model at TheAdvocates.org Liberals tend to value personal freedom. Conservatives tend to value economic freedom, Libertarians value both, and Statists are against both. When you go to The Advocates, click on the ‘Quiz’ button or on the ‘TAKE IT NOW’ button just below ‘World’s Smallest Political Quiz’. More information about this new political map.
Early on, using this new two dimensional chart of the political landscape, members of both parties would have covered much of the entire chart, with most being close to the center horizontal line. The leadership of both parties tended to stake out positions close to the center hoping to get the most votes from all sides. Voters in some areas would often switch sides from election to election depending on the men running. Party was secondary.
Over time positions shifted with the leadership of both parties tending to the lower half of the chart. The Democrats staying low to the left, preferring to be libertarian on personal issues and more big government on financial issues. The Republican leaders shifted to the lower right, preferring to be libertarian in regard to financial issues but more controling on personal issues. Buckley’s rule may have still been applicable. But as of the last presidential election, (and maybe a few before that) , Buckley’s rule no longer applies. The leadership of both parties is well below the center of the chart. The public at large is closer to the center, and many of them are above the line. I believe that those who wrote the Constitution would be above the line as well, seeing that the Constitution is largely a document aimed at controlling government.
This assessment of the leadership of both parties moving toward a big government position is what gave rise to the success of the Tea Party movement in the midterm election. It will be interesting to see if the Tea Party types can prevail in the next election. Seeing that the Democrats and the Republicans (to a lesser extent) have set our country on a course to failure; The government has taken major control of banks, of the auto industry, of school loans, of medical issues, of energy and of various consumer protection activities. Unemployment insurance is set to expire for hundreds of workers about the time the new congress takes office, and other systems are set to fail about the same time. Remember that these things were all set into motion before the Tea Party came into office so stay strong. Don’t let them take the blame for the problems to come. But that is for another post