Thursday, March 23, 2006

John Cole: These "conservatives" need about 10-15 years in the wilderness.

John Cole is one of my favorite political bloggers. He's a real conservative (unlike the Bush Cultists who run the show these days) and though we disagree on many things, we are in complete agreement that the current Republican party is anything but conservative:

The right wing of the Republican party has sold the libertarian/centrist wing of the party a bill of goods, and the modern ‘conservatives’ are clearly nothing more than statists who, rather than redistributing wealth like their brethern on the left, instead have decided that the state must have excessive rights in order to ‘protect’ us all from whatever the imagined fear du jour might be. Meanwhile, no one is left protecting us from the religionists and the the state itself. In the new Republican era, only fetuses , tax shelters, and ‘traditional’ marriage deserve protection. According to the actions of the current Republican party, the rest of us need to be wiretapped, monitored, have our homes inspected for whatever reason without warrants, and are incapable of making decisions on our own.
John goes on to say that his 20-year affair with the Republican party is coming to an end, as a result of these policies (pushed by Bush, Cheney, DeLay, and Frist). I wonder how many other real conservatives feel the same way? I wonder how they'll vote this year? As we've seen recently, many so-called moderate Republicans talk a big game, until Uncle Karl gets on the phone and they whip out the rubber stamp and do exactly as they are told.

There are no moderate Republicans, John. Maybe 10-15 years in the wilderness will produce some.

Memo to Democrats: this election is yours to lose. Try not to screw it up. Again.

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