As for now, there is an interesting debate going on at Legal Insurrection over the debt ceiling debate and how lovers of property, freedom and peace should conduct themselves. I made the following comment:
"The Boehner bill establishes the principles of no new taxes, dollar-for-dollar offsets of debt and budget cuts, capping the growth of government, and the necessity of further cuts. The Boehner bill also establishes this agenda as the agenda for the presidential election by making sure that more hard decisions are made during the electoral season."
I don't understand. The Boehner bill was written by Establishment Republicans with sops to the Tea Partiers in order to secure their votes. From all reports the "budget cuts" are miniscule. This hardly "establishes the principles of...capping the growth of government, and the necessity of further cuts."
Moreover, this claim of establishing principles and agendas is wishful thinking. Are Obama, Harry Reid and company going to heed any "principles" or "agenda" established by House Republicans in this debt ceiling fight?
If the principles you outline were indeed established, the House would be passing Connie Mack's "Penney Plan" with sops to establishment Republicans in order to secure their votes.
The hard truth is that "Establishment Politicians" are in charge on both sides of the aisle. They are supported by the "Establishment Media," the "Establishment Bureaucracy" and a sizeable percentage of the "Establishment Public" which sucks at the teat of the Welfare State. The Tea Partiers are gnats buzzing at the fringe of "The Establishment."
The idea that any political strategy is capable of changing this hard truth or cajoling "The Establishment" to do what is right is laughable. Playing ball with "The Establishment" is suicide.
I say stand on principle, do harm to "The Establishment" by any political means possible. If that means the "Establishment Public" has to come to terms living without a government check, so be it.
Whether you know it or not, the battle lines for 2012 are already drawn. We won't win that battle by conceding anything to the other side. It's Liberty versus the Welfare State. That's the only agenda I'm interested in establishing for the 2012 Presidential election.