- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 8, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Wesley Pruden’s column “It’s a scary movie, but the plot is old,” (Perspectives, Friday) postulating a comeback by Republican conservatives is in error. He is wrong on this issue for one reason: the schools.

You cannot turn out millions of little socialists for 40-plus years and expect to get back conservative Republicans. This time the death of the Republican Party as the conservative entity many of us remember is permanent and inexorable.

The Republican Party of today is not the party of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. It no longer stands for traditional principles of limited government, low taxes or even “America First.” No matter who heads the party, it’s too late.

The Republican Party has been infiltrated by closet liberals who abandoned the framers’ notions about self-determination and self-sufficiency to espouse left-leaning programs like Social Security, public-private partnerships, “green” redistribution-of-wealth schemes and “social justice” (the latter being an effort aimed more at increasing public entitlements than ensuring public safety).

The education establishment helped generate, then capitalized on, this massive 180-degree turnabout by instilling into a now-grown, voting populace its present-day dependency mentality, whether one chooses to call it that or not.

Mr. Pruden talks about a lack of institutional memory, but he himself apparently forgets that the job of America’s government was originally to protect private enterprise, free markets, personal property and privacy, not to “partner” with business, landholders, school districts and foundations.

The mixing of private and taxpayer money (even for noble purposes, like school vouchers) has compromised the wall of separation that once existed between government and special interests - a breakdown that results in a carrot-and-stick approach to rule which initially dilutes states’ rights and finally targets the rights of individuals.

Mr. Pruden needs to rethink his position, and the rest of us need to reread our history - if we can still find an accurate account.

BEVERLY K. EAKMAN

Kensington

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