Ideological purges lead to unintended consequences. The Star Chamber, the Inquisition, Stalin, Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Cambodia. Salem’s witch trials. History treats all of these misadventures unkindly.
Now it’s more Tea Party stuff. The Tea Party isn’t a party, and nothing about it reminds me of any party I ever enjoyed: it’s a type of ideology, perhaps vaguely defined, but definitely anti-government.
After the American Revolution some thoughtful guys thought that we needed a government. Not liking the British royalty model, they invented a new one. But we need to remember that they created a government, necessary to an emerging civilization. They did not embrace inquisitions.
Time goes by. Presidents Coolidge and Hoover create, or supervise over, disaster; FDR saves the day. Eisenhower presided over massive expansion of the federal government, but his efforts paled when Lyndon Johnson, apparently oblivious to math, decided to create a huge war and a Great Society simultaneously. Nixon soils his nest, Carter flounders, Reagan chooses to cut taxes instead of cutting spending, big deficits ensue. Clinton, in between letting his knickers down, actually tries to balance the budget, but no one can remember that after Monica. President Gore did not actually get to serve as president; his birthright having been stolen by a “W” who cut taxes (true version: he watched television while Congress cut taxes), deregulated several species of lenders then was forced to create massive bailouts for which Obama is blamed.
Then, who could imagine THIS, an upstart community organizer from Chicago with incredible speech-making skills, a gorgeous and charming wife and a sort of dusky complexion takes the White House.
So what is my point? The answer is: Conservative Republicans of Wyoming. CROW. A newly minted watchdog of ideological purity for Republican candidates in Wyoming.
Better than: Conservatives Rampant Against Profligacy.
Or: Simple History Is Truth
Or: Conservatives Of Wyoming Promoting Obviously Obsolete Principles
CROW worries, correctly, that candidates who run as Republicans are really not clones of Cotton Mather. In many counties in this state if you want to be in theWyoming legislature, you are more likely to be elected if you run as a Republican, regardless of whether you want to be one.
CROW doesn’t like that. CROW wants only the pure to run as Republicans.
(It appears that some of my friends and colleagues are behind this CROW thing. Isn’t this a small state?)
The CROW organizers plan to interrogate all candidates for statewide office to see if they are pure. Litmus tests, maybe even pee tests. “Do you watch MSNBC on the sly? Do you want prayer in school? Should we cut taxes or spending first? Would you admit that you think Michelle Obama is cute?”
One of the reasons why the Republicans hold such massive control in the Wyoming legislature is that independents and Democrats routinely cross over in the primaries to vote for moderates, then vote for them again in November.
If CROW has its way, independents and Democrats will field their own candidates, including candidates pushed away by the CROW inquisitions. Unanticipated consequences. Wonder what CROW is going to eat when independents and Democrats win legislative seats?