January 8th, 2006
|02:29 am - Gary Trudeau takes the words right out of my mouth|
I think the strip above, which appeared today, is dead-on.
Bush is the Anti-Conservative.
I've been a conservative Republican my entire life. Proud that my first vote as an adult was for Ronald Reagan back in 1984. Worked as a poll inspector for the party on 9-11 when all hell broke out (it was primary day in New York). Member of the Young Republicans even, and a veteran of a number of local campaigns.
But Bush Jr. is no conservative. Barely even a Republican. He and his policies are the antithesis of traditional conservatism and the ideals that the Party of Lincoln has stood for for decade upon decade.
He is a NEO-Conservative. And that is a completely different type of political beastie from the Traditional Conservative.
Traditional Conservatives believe in war as a last resort. Spilling the blood of America's children is done with great reluctance.
Traditional Conservatives believe in fiscal responsibility. Government should not spend money it doesn't have. Large deficits are a bad thing.
Traditional Conservatives believe in moderation and tolerance. Extremist views, even when cloaked as being "family-oriented", are regarded as "unseemly" and destructive to the fabric of society.
Contrast this with the current political and social climate, where Bush Jr. and his political cronies have engendered a pervasive unease and fear in the American populace, where the civil liberties and ideals that define what it is to be an American are being mutated into something that none of the Founding Fathers would recognize. Big Brother is wandering the land and people are terrified of their own government. TORTURE is discussed as a legitimate tool of military intelligence.
I am horrified at this. And disgusted beyond belief. Especially when it is called by the name Conservative, when it is anything BUT Conservative. Radical Right perhaps, but NOT Conservative.
And in case anyone has been wondering, no I did NOT vote for Bush Jr.
Current Mood: pissed off
Current Music: "Falscher Heiland" by Subway to Sally
|Date:||January 8th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)|| |
You should read...
What's the Matter with Kansas? by Thomas Frank, if you haven't already. He details just exactly how it is that the right went wrong, and where it started - and it started, unfortunately, before Reagan. Reagan really lost me when he decided that if he just covered his eyes and pretended it wasn't there, the AIDS crisis would go away.
The title comes from the mind-wrenching fact that the midwest used to be liberal, almost radical even - and now they vote staunchly for Bush "because they're tired of Wall Street having it all their own way." Yup.
They think the Republicans represent good, solid, working-class, simple, humble folk just like them - pickup-drivin', sheep-raisin' folk who don't need no fancy cars or lah-tays to get 'em through the day - good ol' plain coffee's good enough for them, yessir. And they have values, yes they do - not like these godless hippie liberals who don't believe in anything.
They think this because they've been sold a bill of goods. They have been duped. Soundly. They are voting for people who will screw them - who have screwed them, and are screwing them now, and will continue to screw them. And they are blaming not the people who are screwing them but honest, hard-working people like me because we're "godless hippie liberals with no morals."
It defies the imagination. It defies logic. And it gives me very little hope for the future of this country.