I get conservatives. I do. Less government. I understand that. Don’t agree with it. But I grasp it as an ethos. Probably more than many Republicans.
I’ve been following John Labruzzo since the tube tying for poor folks debacle in 2008. Lately, he is all about HB 617, his push for the state to drug test 20 percent of state beneficiaries. Essentially, making sure poor folks aren’t on drugs. He is apparently making progress on this front and is urging his constituency to contact state senators to voice their support for the bill. Senators Adley, Appel, Crowe and Guillory have voted for it. Senators Dorsey, Duplessis and Mount are against it.
I don’t understand how the state requiring drug tests of any kind, in any situation, is in line with small, unobtrusive, liberty-based government. I see that it is merely an us-against-the-poor tactic designed to keep Labruzzo in office. I get that. But at the cost of his party’s core ethos? Or what once was their core ethos?
That’s what ultimately pisses me off about Republicans. I don’t have a problem with conservatives. They don’t elicit anger the way angry, hypocritical Republicans do. Small government does not mean strapping folks to chairs and electrocuting them. It doesn’t mean paying for vasectomies and tube-tying. It doesn’t have anything to do with the church. Or refusing gays to marry. It doesn’t mean requiring drug testing of any sort. It doesn’t mean government controlling people. And Republicans like Labruzzo are all about government control. Control of poor folks. But what he doesn’t understand is that the core belief system of his party is to control them through the free market and not through government.