Posted On: Monday - July 17th 2017 3:45PM MST
In Topics:   History  Liberty/Libertarianism  US Feral Government
Before I get too far, this post is really about when this writer REALIZED the Feral Gov't of the US was OUT OF CONTROL - but I couldn't get it short enough to be a title.
My answer is 1995. That was too short a post. Let's elaborate. That'll bring some history in here, and I'll tell you right now, I'm going off of top of my head (well, some from the middle and lower-right side too, if feels like). I just have a hard time writing when I have to look up many details, as, dammit Jim, I'm not a HISTORIAN, I'm just a country BLOGGER! Got some corrections - I'll be glad to correct anything wrong in here. However, the reader won't need exact dates here, but the big picture still may be new to younger readers.
If you were a conservative, libertarian, or constitutionalist sort back in 1981, you had to be ecstatic when Ronald Reagan won the presidential election against Jimmy Carter. Now hold on! I'm not saying everything worked out all constitution-abiding and that Reagan didn't let us down in a number of ways, especially by signing the 1st illegal alien amnesty bill, with later regrets about that. However, it was still a change for the much better, even with the thought that a Jimmy Carter today would be considered a HARD RIGHT Nazi (since he's retired he's just a hard-right house-building Nazi to the cntrl-left running the D-party).
Reagan had to
Note, I have the numbers through 1992, meaning through the G.H.W. Bush presidency also - 1994 is when things changed, which will lead shortly to the point about 1995. Just a BTW here, but the Democrats had had a majority since the year 1954! While clicking on wikepdia info. I found this and the 2 names of the House party leaders, Mr. Joseph Martin, R majority leader of Massachusetts (yes, you read that right, Massa-freakin-chusetts), and Mr. Sam Rayburn, D minority leader of Texas, were probably dead before most readers of Peak Stupidity were born.
This period was about the time in my life I was doing a lot else and not too concerned about politics, mostly due to the fact that I figured the nation was at least going in the right direction. I could quit thinking about it all. True any conservative policy proposal had to be run up against that pretty big majority of Democrats in the House - look at 1982 for example. The best years should have been the 1st 2, and the D-majority never came back near that level until 1994. However, the Democrat party was not the complete collection of fools and misfits that it is in the present day - it was nothing like that.
Then GHW Bush got elected (nope, didn't vote for him - voted Libertarian once I saw him give part of a speech in Spanish - yes 1988!), the Cold War had been won, and I figured conservatism was entrenched somewhat. Yes, I was too naive to see the whole New World Order business taking shape in American leaders, like the ex-CIA president.
You, the reader, may be caught up at this point, or bored senseless, but I'm almost there. 1992 brought Bill Clinton to the presidency, so the Exec. Branch and both Houses were in Democrat hands, now, as the Senate had flipped in 1990 (probably about the time Bush reneged on his "read my lips, no new taxes" promise. As the 1st lady had decided "she wouldn't just be baking cookies" (well would you eat a cake baked by another antiChrist runner-up? Can't exactly blame ya!), we heard that this non-elected wife had plans to have the US Feral Gov't take over health care. I'll tell ya - those Feral Gov't doings were starting to chap my hide back by 1994 or so.
Now along came 1994 and, I guess I was not the only one who was pissed, as the House, for the 1st time in 42 years was (+26) Republican majority, and the Senate was too (+6). We started to hear a lot from this man and this "Contract with American" dealy:
Things were looking up, at the Feral Gov't level, and state governments, other than in the Northeast hell-holes, were becoming conservative to boot.
It was an exciting time in American federal level politics. This "Contract" had about 10 points or so to bring back conservatism, led by Newt Gingrich, the man in the picture, who is, unfortunately, still on TV. I write this because, looking back, and here is the bottom line of this post,
I don't think many of these people, including Mr. Gingrich really cared a whole lot about conserving America. They had a chance to roll things back with their majorities and momentum. It never happened. By 1995 or so, things had just petered out, and it started to seem like these national politicians just wanted to stay in their offices in the Federal Shithole, bicker on TV, and do it again next terms. It was a big letdown at the time, but even for a few year, one could imagine things turning around with some decent people in Wash. FS, but, no, things never turned around.
All this post sounds like a big Red-team vs. Blue-team battle for the country, but, as the last paragraph indicates, it didn't seem to matter by the mid 1990's (maybe it hadn't for a while).
Additionally, this post was completely about the political situation at the federal level, and that's not all I wanted to write about. Therefore, this is officially Part 1 of a multipart post again, consisting of at least one more. Isn't that special?!