This morning on Morning Joe, Scarborough's political views were on full display. These are also the political views of the Jeb Bushes, the Centrists, the No Label crowd, and it's why the Republican Party is split and clumsily rebuilding. There are serious men and women on the Right who reject the statist/social conservatives, the Centrist/No Label crowd, and the Country Club set who care only about political power. These new Republicans are a combination of libertarians and limited government conservatives who want to limit the power of government and allow a free market to organically arise, released from the tenacles of a too-powerful State.
Scarborough likes to play it all ways -- he said this morning, when they were discussing Newsweek's new issue discussing the American Dream, that government should get out of the way . Scarborough said that neither Obama nor Romney get the American Dream. Well, both Obama and Romney have different versions of the American Dream, and that's what was discussed on the show, and it represents the split in America and the hypocricy of Centrists like Scarborough who want to have to both ways. The libertarian/limited government conservative view asks government to really get of the way, and this view wants to establish actual limits on power so that government can't intervene when a new election brings in eager statists with a basketful of new central plans for the economy.
Scarborough and the Centrists give lip service to government getting out of way, but what they mean is that they want their version of government in control which would be smarter, more in tune with the American Dream, more willing to promise long term spending cuts in exchange for short term spending on infrastructure projects. The Scarborough Centrists are certain that their government will do it right -- they will truly design a future plan to deal with entitlements and such -- but, right now, their government will do the Big Things that Ike and FDR did. Scarborough said that FDR understood the American Dream. Holy Cow! Scarborough calls himself a "small" government conservative, and he said he voted for Ron Paul, then he uses FDR as his example of what role a government should play in recovery from recession! From Rothbard to Friedman to Tom Woods, they all show clearly how FDR's interventions prolonged the depression and made it a hundred times worse than it needed to be. FDR became a dictator.
The philosophical confusion, the pragmatic short-sightedness, the lack of principles and the failure to learn from history have all played a part in the GOP's split and fall under George Bush who violated free market principles in order to save them as he likes to say. What's worse is that Bush didn't understand that our government hasn't fully abided by free market principles in its history and certainly not since FDR. Scarborough and his ilk might avoid association with Bush now, but they are promoting the same Big Government, statist conservativism
The GOP, like the Democratic Party, might be too broken to fix -- we'll see.