I was reminded today of one aspect of President Bill Clinton's two terms in office that greatly concerned me then and no less so now. If I correctly understand what is going on and the political "forces" at work in the situation, then I believe there is an obstacle to achieving any decrease in liberalism in Federal government policies, let alone seeing any enduring conservative gains.
The thing about Clinton's administration that so concerned me was that while we the voters were constantly told through the media that Congress was "gridlocked" and going nowhere, it was in fact true that behind the scenes President Clinton was energetically appointing intense liberals to open Government positions and Congress was voting them in. Passage of bills might have been affected by gridlock but confirmation of Federal appointments was a different process and seemed to be quietly bringing in a rising tide of left-wing liberals, some being the first to be openly gay, for example.
Current media coverage meant to convince us that Congress is hopelessly mired in partisan gridlock therefore arouses suspicion. Just what is really going on in Foggy Bottom in terms of appointment of liberals to fill government positions which happn to come open? This is especially important if we pay attention to its being twenty years since President Clinton first took office. Some of the natural rate of attrition from people retiring will in fact work against us if Obama and other Democrats successfully install younger, perhaps even more liberal employees to replace them. It is, after all, really these people, the government employees, who carry out policies put into bills and passed by the House and Senate and signed by the President. It does not do us much good to pass new, more conservative legislation and regulations if the Federal bureaucracy still has those who lack any desire to enforce what is passed.
Here, unfortunately, Democratic methods of operation and Republican principles actually interact to work against the conservative agenda. It is Democratic Party policy to spend more, to hire more Federal employees and increase the power of government. Therefore, when Democrats have the upper hand, in will come the "tide" of more liberal government employees. Unfortunately, since we Republicans do not believe in increasing the size of government. if we succeed in electing a solid Republican President, we will expect him to decrease the size of government. This means that people get let go. However, anti-discrimination legislation being what it is, it is obvious that we cannot automatically remove the liberals. While it is of course possible - perhaps even probable - that the Republicans will try to cut exactly those agencies which the Democrats had expanded, there is little other direct control that can be exerted to produce an outgoing tide of liberals from D. C. offices.
That is the problem I am talking about. The Democrats' way is to add more employees to government and to appoint liberals whenever possible. The Republican way is to cut government and reduce the number of employees - but, this may in fact cause the loss of Republican or conservative employees, thus worsening this imbalance yet more. We need to pray more often for the appointment of Christian, conservative Federal employees. The trend will always work against us. We need to ask God to enable us to find a way to defeat this trend, without doing the same thing the Democrats do, namely hiring more people just to hire more people.
It is not an easy problem to solve.
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