Sen. Mitch McConnell has been making a big noise lately about his disdain for the Tea Party and any conservatives who disagree with his left-of-center brand of gimme Republicanism. Now that he’s facing a Tea Party challenger for his seat, he’s ramping up the rhetoric.
“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell told the New York Times. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”
McConnell’s hatred of the Tea Party ranks right up there with Baron Zemo’s hatred of Captain America. (Google it. ‘Nuff said.) When he talks about crushing them, he does everything but rub his hands together and mutter, “Muah-haha.”
At any moment, I expect him to remove his shoe, start pounding his desk and shout at Ted Cruz, “We will bury you!”
OK, that’s a slight exaggeration, but McConnell’s leftist bent, go-along philosophy and me-me-me whininess, and similar attitudes among people who pose as congressional leaders, are a big part of the reason this country’s in the shape it’s in.
Decades of GOP senators and representatives who just phone it in, go along with Democrats’ policies, occasionally sponsoring a bill bought by a campaign contributor, have successfully helped undermine our founding principles. You could argue that’s always the case in the circles of power, but as America’s decline has accelerated in recent decades, it seems fair to hold the most recent crops of do-nothings as being most responsible.
The scientific principle of entropy helps explain how mechanical systems tend toward greater and greater disorder until they reach a point where they fail. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how a similar principle is at work in human interactions.
The essential notion behind entropy, and which you can see at work in history, is that complex systems tend to shake themselves apart and the only way to keep them from collapsing and to ensure they continue to function is by the frequent application of new energy to restore the systems to balance. As Thomas Jefferson put it, the tree of liberty must occasionally be refreshed with the blood of patriots.
The concepts of liberty and law that went into the making of this country are not things that just fell together naturally. They were molded into a single idea by the minds of great thinkers like Ben Franklin, John Adams and Jefferson, and the hard work of patriots like George Washington, Ethan Allen and John Paul Jones.
Throughout our history, great men and women have given their time, their dedication and often their lives to maintain our freedoms and to bring the Founders’ philosophy to a full bloom.
Then there are people like McConnell, who are content to just let things spin out of control so long as they profit by it.
Lower taxes. Constitutionally limited government. Free market principles. These are the three organizing concepts of the Tea Party.
Which of them does McConnell oppose so vehemently that he must “crush” their proponents? All of them, of course, because each one means less power for people like him.
McConnell and politicians like him are the entropy in the machine of freedom, and they’ve been allowed to grow for too long.