Thursday, October 12, 2006

the very antithesis of individual liberty and a limited federal government

I had a joke for ACME this week (before I got sick) about how Bush responded to the North Korean nuclear test by moving to immediately ban gay marriage. I have a cold and a sore throat, so I can't do the joke, but it's an easy one that can be used again for just about anything Bush and the Republicans do, because they talk a big tough line about protecting Americans, but when you get right down to it, all they really do is expand their power and pander to their ultra-right, authoritarian, moralistic religious base.

Greenwald says it perfectly:
The same people who relentlessly insist that this war against The Terrorists which we are fighting is so grave and of such overriding danger that we have to dismantle the Constitution and vest unprecedented domestic powers in the President to fight it, are simultaneously causing the FBI to devote its resources to finding and arresting adults who choose to spend their time and money on gambling and adult pornography, all because James Dobson and Bill First think those activities are immoral and irreligious and, therefore, the Federal Government can and should use its vast law enforcement powers to dictate how adult citizens conduct themselves in their private lives.

It has been obvious for quite some time, and certainly since the Schiavo travesty, that the Bush-led Republican Party is the very antithesis of individual liberty and a limited federal government. The administration and its Congressional loyalists not only seek unlimited state power in name of combating terrorism but also in the name of enforcing private morality.
(emphasis mine) Why don't the so-called Libertarian conservatives get this? Why do people like my father continue to buy into the ridiculous canard that Democrats want to take your money way, when the Republicans are working very diligently to tell you exactly how and where and on what you can spend it?

I, for one, am fed up with this. I am fed up with 30% of the country and a bunch of fanatical religious zealots deciding what the rest of us adults can do in the privacy of our homes.


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