Derek Hunter

We conservatives are principled, there’s no doubt about that. Unfortunately, far too many of us have the strategic sense of a beginning checkers player at the World Chess Championship. To put it bluntly – we’re idiots.

I use “we” because I’ve been guilty of this as well. But I’m not a part of the current Olympic-level “shooting ourselves in the foot” contest. This time, we need to put emotion aside and think.

Conservatives got bent out of shape this week over the “clean debt limit increase” that passed the House of Representatives. Is it sad? Absolutely. Was there any real choice in the matter? Absolutely not.

Go ahead, call me a squish. Knock yourself out.

Once you get that out of your system, think for a minute. What other possible outcomes could there have been? I can think of two:

One – Republicans add something to a debt limit increase to make it palatable. That bill goes to the Senate, Harry Reid removes it, doesn’t allow amendments, passes a clean increase and the House either passes it or refuses to, and the government again shuts down.

Republicans, unable to articulate their names most of the time, let alone a clear agenda, get the blame. The persuadable public, which only slightly favors Republicans in generic polls because they don’t favor Democrats, says “to hell with it, they’re all idiots” and stays home come November. Democrats, thanks to perpetually motivated progressive activists mobilizing low-information voters, hold the Senate and maybe retake the House.

Or two …

Actually, there is no “two.” If Republicans had not passed a clean increase and taken another shutdown off the table, Democrats would have forced a shutdown. Why? Because they don’t care about anything but their agenda, and their agenda is to hold on to power.

Democrats have nothing to offer the American public. They’re empty. We’re living the result of their dreams. Obamacare has been a disaster. Their economic policies have driven the hope of finding work out of more people in the last five years than have found jobs. Our standing in the world has never been lower.

People are hurting, particularly those Democrats claim to champion – the poor, minorities, women. And they’re hurting as a direct result of Democrats’ actions. Yet, motivated by fear and lies, their voters will show up in droves come November, and if Republicans screw up, progressives again will solidify their power and start again. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.