There are good conservatives and there are bad conservatives.
First, the bad.
Republicans in the House of Representatives are threatening to shutdown the federal government over marginal cuts in a tiny portion of the federal budget. If Republicans succeed in shutting down the government or in getting their desired cuts, it will be because of one thing and one thing only: to garner praise from the base and the talk radio crowd. Their proposed cuts will do NOTHING to deal with our nation's deficit problem. The whole ordeal is a show. Except that this show is dangerous since it will risk some necessary operations of the federal government. Not only that, it is a terrible political move. Barack Obama will win this game. In the 1998 elections, Democrats plastered Newt Gingrich's face in just about every television ad, because they wanted to tie the Republicans to his actions that led to the shutdown. It was terribly effective.
Contrast the children with the adult.
Paul Ryan is set to release his 2012 budget plan that calls for $6.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years. Ryan's plan actually deals with the deficit problem in the United States. The government shutdown threats do not. The reason why Ryan is able to call for so much larger of cuts is because he is looking outside of the politically safe non-defense, discretionary budget (12% of the budget). He wants to reform Medicare and Medicaid. His plan is not perfect as it does not deal with rising health care costs, but it is a bold and courageous attempt to put America's house in order.
We in the conservative grassroots have got to support the good conservatives over the bad. Let's not support the hysterical madness that is taking place over the current fiscal year's budget. Instead, let's support Ryan's plan that actually does deal with the deficit and the national debt. We need smart conservatives, not the crazy, show-boaters.
Cross posted at The Cross Culturalist.