The Party of No and the Party of KnowWritten by Thomas Berry | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Liberals are fond of portraying conservatives as “the party of no.” The inspiration for the slogan is conservative opposition to the unconstitutional agenda being forced onto the country by a radical president and a compliant Democrat majority in both houses of Congress.
As if opposition to tyranny is a strike against us. In this, we are proudly the party of “no.” But we are also proudly the party of “know”; we are the ones who do the homework, care about facts, and understand and respect the Constitution.
Granted, there are conservatives who settle for repeating talking points that they see or hear elsewhere. But that is also very true for a great many liberals. Their dear leaders say it, their news media outlets repeat it, therefore it must be true.
But any conservative who is worthy of the label needs to go beyond that and study the facts for him/herself. The results, when applied to confrontation with Obama liberals, can be most entertaining.
Allow me to use local liberal columnist Don Burnard’s musings about the Gulf oil spill as an example of the fun one can have by being in the party of know.
Mr. Burnard chides Republicans for allegedly defending BP’s interests and not holding it accountable for the consequences of the spill because BP was one of their major contributors.
Party of know response? BP was the single largest contributor to the Obama campaign.
He decries Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas) for apologizing to BP for having to pay into an escrow account for the damage it has done to the Gulf coast. He also condemns senatorial candidate Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) for calling the treatment of BP un-American.
Party of know response? Both Rep. Barton and Mr. Paul were right. Mr. Burnard, not being in the party of know, would rather us not know that BP was forced by presidential decree to establish the escrow fund. Were he in the party of know, he’d know and care that the president has absolutely no Constitutional authority to take this action, hence Mr. Paul is entirely correct.
The party of know would also point out the fallacy of saying BP is solely responsible for the damage. Not after the federal government’s interference with damage containment efforts at turn after turn after doing precisely nothing itself. The EPA banned BP from using chemical dispersants, because of the environmental damage they would do – as if a multimillion-gallon oil spill covering thousands of square miles of seawater and threatening hundreds of miles of coastline was less damaging! BP was banned from burning off the oil early on – too much air pollution. The state of Louisiana was forbidden by the feds from building sand berms to keep the oil out of coastal wetlands. Even efforts to skim the oil from the surface were temporarily halted when the Coast Guard stopped the operations due to lack of fire extinguishers on the vessels involved.
More tidbits from the party of know: The Obama administration passed the Deepwater Horizon rig’s safety inspection, despite documented violations. And Obama’s unconstitutional decree that all deepwater offshore drilling be halted for six months is nothing but a hit to domestic oil producers, as it applies only to American platforms, not to the growing number of platforms being operated near U. S. waters by nations such as Brazil and China.
The boycott of BP gas stations advocated by the party of no knowledge only punishes independent small businessmen and franchisees rather than the perennial bogeyman Big Oil. Typical of Obamaniacs, they don’t care who gets hurt so long as they make meaningless but self-serving Statements. I’m proud to have switched my business to BP gas stations for the duration to offset this idiocy.
And while we’re at it, let’s look at Mr. Burnard’s claim that conservatives blame unqualified home buyers rather than the finance industry for the mortgage meltdown. The party of know points out that the banks were compelled by law, originating with President Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act and compounded by President Clinton, to extend loans to unqualified borrowers under threat of punishment for discrimination. There are also the roles Misrepresentative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) and Senator Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) played more recently in the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – a collapse that occurred under their regulatory watch, while they were on the take from the two companies, despite former President Bush’s warnings of impending disaster.
The Constitution was written to limit government power and protect your freedom. Join the party of know, that you may learn to cherish your liberty and to speak out against a government that has abandoned the Constitution on multiple fronts.
Thomas Berry, for the Children of Liberty.