This Is Not Conservative

This is not the post I had planned today. But the value of a blog is flexibility, and some things call for an immediate response, and while definition by exclusion is suboptimal, sometimes you need a primal scream.

North Carolina’s state legislature, home to a gerrymandered GOP supermajority (for now) called a special session to strip Governor-elect Roy Cooper of much of his power. Republican officials who have spent the past eight years deriding the Obama Administration’s overreaches (with cause!), are silent. Hell, in Raleigh, they’re actually invoking checks and balances to justify their actions. Since the GOP writ large is tacitly endorsing the session, I’ve taken it upon myself to point out something that should be obvious: Not only is this corrosive to democracy, the rule of law, and the will of the governed, but in no way is it even conservative. And it is far from the first time in recent years that budget-slashing social engineering, pseudo-religious zealotry, and flat-out spite have underpinned policies that get sold to us as “conservative.” It’s crap. So for any of my fellow conservatives who haven’t spoken out, even if just to family and friends, I have some questions:

What is so conservative about the government telling poor people how long they’re allowed to be poor, or how much cash they can take out of an ATM?

What is so conservative about ignoring a meddlesome, genocidal autocrat simply because a guy who happens to share your party affiliation has murky business ties with his country?

What is so conservative about actively picking which of your state’s residents get specific protection under the law?

What is so conservative about usurping local authority while… implicitly picking which of your state’s residents get specific protection under the law?

What is so conservative about banning earmarks and letting the executive branch unilaterally make spending decision?

What is so conservative about refusing Medicaid expansion just so your state isn’t the one controlling federal money?

What is so conservative about sowing the seeds of chaos inherent in repeal-and-shrug?

What is so conservative about supporting a backwards, distortive subsidy simply because of a fluke of the electoral calendar?

What is so conservative about splitting up families — including minor children — to prove a point about borders?

What is so conservative, while we’re at it, about the government defining what a family is?

Finally, what the ever-loving Hell is so conservative about perpetuating a system in which that same government is encouraged to play God?

Please, enlighten me.