- Has no differences in principle with the socialist minded Democrats;
- Embraces the substance of Obama's socialist agenda, but "opposes" Obama by criticizing his implementation of socialism, especially when it comes to fiscal matters;
- Agrees in principle with the Democrats on the fundamental issues of justice and morality but employs the deceptive rhetoric of personal opinion to evade the questions of public law and policy they involve. Such issues include child-murder and other abrogations of the unalienable right to life, as well as the rejection of the God endowed rights of the natural family.
The RINO clique pushes the view that only candidates who focus on bread and butter pocketbook issues stand any chance of winning. Money and jobs are all that matters. But money is only a means. It represents the power to procure material effects, including of course the work (jobs) of other people. By insisting that political differences be reduced to disagreements about money and jobs, the RINOs tacitly embrace the notion that human political communities can be formed and maintained on a strictly materialistic basis. But this implies that the individuals who make up the community can also be dealt on a strictly materialistic basis. It further implies that for political purposes, human beings are no better than chattel. Therefore human communities are simply pools of human resources, to be built up or drawn down as administration requires. Like the use of gravel in landscaping, the arrangement and use of these resources involves no moral considerations, and therefore gives rise to no moral conflicts.
Both the RINOs and the socialist Democrats subscribe to these views. They operate from a common perspective; one that makes politics, legislation and policy-making no more than different aspects of social engineering. By redefining every political contest to focus on money and jobs they encourage people to redefine themselves and their aspirations in terms that conform to their role in the administration of things. Pesky ideas of intrinsic worth and dignity are pushed into the background with a view to eliminating them altogether. Of course, this also eliminates the real basis for self-respect, replacing it with a false sense of self-esteem built upon the possession and enjoyment of things. Instead of identifying themselves with the moral substance of actions for which they can take responsibility, people are content to identify themselves with external things, which are at best empty, perishable symbols of their pride. Made hollow by their preoccupation with these things, their consciousness of the interior source of their dignity grows ever weaker, until it is entirely dependent upon the presence or absence of those external things.
At this stage, people become the ideal subjects of the corporate, socialist administrative state that is the ultimate goal of the RINOs and the socialist Democrats. They become dependency minded, unable to imagine life or action outside the government centered and fabricated framework the social engineers have constructed for their habitation. For them, freedom has no meaning apart from the sense of security they feel when all the government services they depend on seem to be in place. Of course, they can never really experience this "freedom", as their sense of dependency is continually teased and manipulated to keep them in subjection to the masters of their state. Like drug dealers, the social engineers administer relief only in order to encourage dependency.
For many Americans the prospect of life under the completed dominance of this socialist, administrative state is repugnant. As they understand the Obama faction's open dedication to achieving it, they are rising to oppose such a fate. Sadly for them, the RINO political theatre is showing the same movie, with a less obviously offensive trailer and soundtrack. The RINOs accept the approach that redefines politics to exclude the moral issues that arise from the self-evident truth: human beings are not things. They are endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights arising from their responsibility for right and the actions they are obliged to take to fulfill that responsibility. Money and jobs are not the salient issues. The salient issues involve justice, responsibility, and respect for individual rights. The proof of this priority lies in the hard fact we are even now inescapably confronting: we shall find no solution to the economic crisis America faces unless we are willing to address the foundational moral crisis from which it springs. Come back for more on this point in my next posting.