Many conservatives and Libertarians are sickened by the choices we have for the Senatorial special election. Markey, well he is just as stupid and as far to left as one can get, but on the the other hand we have Gomez. I'm sure a nice guy, and well meaning, very much like Scott Brown, but is he really what is needed in the Senate at this time? Some of my conservative friends are threatening a boycott of the election because they feel that Gomez, especially on the issue of illegal immigration is as bad as Markey, that he is not a true conservative at all.
I am not in total agreement with this tack. As bad as Gomez might seem Markey is by far worse. I will be voting for the "lesser of two evils". However I agree with some of my friends about the slow meandering to the left over the years. I watched in the 60's and 70's where there was little difference between the two parties. Than (thank you God) we had Reagan bring us back to somewhere close to the middle. Now we are back to there being only one party, due to the so-call "compassionate conservatives", like Bush, Carl Rove and that ilk.
To express this slow progress toward the left for BOTH parties, let's look at one of the Democrats own, one that to this day is held in high esteem by the Democrats, and Republicans alike, JFK.
President Kennedy was a firm believer in the free enterprise system, his tax cuts, that's right the Dems CUT TAXES, first one in 1962, where he cut the CORPORATE taxes, and his second tax cut for personal income tax, which sadly he did not see passed, in 1964. Up until this time the U.S. had the weakest post war growth in history (until of course Obama) of only 2.4% a year (1953 – 1960). After the Kennedy TAX CUTS growth increased to nearly 6%, more than double.
Not only did those tax cuts spur growth and job creation,13 million jobs in the sixties, as opposed to the 7 million in the 50's, but tax revenue receipts actually grew by 55% percent through 1968. That's right due to tax cuts the tax revenue actually grew, because there were more workers which means more people paying in to the coffers.
Kennedy was also anti-Federal Reserve, penning an executive order in June of 1963 EO1111 that would have taken our money out of the hands of the world bankers and returned to the treasury and Congress.
Today he would have been labelled a Tea Party member, or at the very least a fiscal conservative.
After JFK's assassination, LBJ, the first real spend-aholic president, squandered those increases in tax receipts though his social spending programs and expansion of the Vietnam war. This spending spree and growing of the government continued on through the Nixon-Ford and Carter administrations.
My point is that many Democrats of the past would be considered right wing today, but in fact at the time they were considered by most on the right to be left of center. The "center" has been steadily moving to the left for at least 6 decades and what was once slightly to the left is now considered the right wing by the media. In turn most people, the low information voters, are brainwashed into thinking that Bush, Rubio, and other Republicans are conservative when in fact they are really moderates/centrists or even slightly to the left of center. The left and their media lap dogs, have people convinced that the left wing is center and that the center is right wing.
Many of my friends are saying enough of this slow migration to the left we need to stop this now. By voting for these neo-cons, or as Bush termed it "compassionate conservatives", we are accepting much of the lefts so-called progressive agenda. This is true, but here in the bluest of blue states we can only hope for someone that will not be a rubber stamp for all that is left wing. To allow Markey to go to the Senate would be a disaster, Gomez can and will at the very least slow the progression to the left down.