Although Republicans have their share of statists, too many, the Democratic Party and the Left in general are now associated closely with interventionist government. The Left was sure that the march of social democracy was such that collective concerns outweighed private interests, and that our era of abundance had ushered in the economy of free time, universal efforts for social justice and the end of capitalism. The idea of planning and markets as inseperable in the US has led to large, unfunded entitlement programs, failing public education, a too-close relationship between government and the Fed, politicized unions, State capitalism, tight, irrational and over-reaching regulations and a welfare state which doesn't effectively move the poor into the middle class. More and more Democrats are associated with these flaws and failures of Big Government.
As soon as Hurricane Sandy did its damage, politicans and statists of all stripes, mainly on the Left, were hailing the virtues of FEMA and Big Government and rebuking the "limited government" crowd as insensitive to social needs such as disaster relief which only, of course, Big Federal Government can provide. Ask the residents on Staten Island what they think about FEMA. Democrats are quick to embrace this Big Government narrative, so now they are facing the problems that the premature praise of government action has wrought. Chris Christie is likely wishing he had not kissed Obama quite so lovingly.
Big Government is failing at all levels, and Benghazi is a case in point that even our national security is threatened by a government that has grown too big, too secretive, too entangled in foreign affairs, and too powerful. The Afghanistan War, the "good war" as Obama called it, is a failure, but media will not properly report the failure because they're protecting Obama's image. Now that Romney will be President, perhaps media will tell the truth about Afghanistan and Pakistan so Romney can end these wars and get our troops home.
Romney has a big challenge lying ahead -- turning around this Leviathan while whittling it down to appropriate size. Will Romney meet this challenge? He has to, and the American people must insist on it. The Republican Party is best positioned to present a true opposition to statism, because no third party has shown any success so far. The success of the GOP in cutting government and creating the rational playing field for a free market depends on the American people not accepting anything less than limited government and a free market. The GOP's past history of free market rhetoric and statist governance can not be repeated. The two principles of limitations and liberty have been the heart of the American idea that's never been realized. It's time to realize the idea completely. The principles of equality and justice are part and parcel of limited government and a free market -- equal opportunity and justice for all, no favoritism, no protection of large corporations or unions or special interests, no power elite.
The Left has lost the private sector as it, the Left, has embraced interventionist government, and this is the cause of the downfall of the Democratic Party. It might not be apparent to everyone, but anyone paying attention has to realize the failures of Big Government and the need for limits on power. It will soon be painfully obvious, if we don't quickly change.