Sometimes I force myself to listen to GOP presidential candidates and it looks as if each is trying to outdo the other on being the “most conservative”. For the life of me, I cannot comprehend why that is a virtue, nor how being the “most conservative” benefits our country.
Why people accept this “argument” as valid coming from a group of candidates consisting of a multiple choice adulterer, a chronic flip-flopper and a 17th century religious demagogue by the name of Rick Santorum is beyond my understanding.
Conservatism (Latin: conservare, “to preserve”)  is a political and social philosophy that promotes the maintenance of traditional institutions and supports, at the most, minimal and gradual change in society. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others oppose modernism and seek a return to the way things were.
Lib·er·al [lib-er-uhl, lib-ruhl] Show IPA adjective
Favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs. Often initial capital letter noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform. Of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism. Favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties. Favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/liberal
How do we explain the phenomenon of the reactionary rise in the last 30 years?
By E. J. Dionne Jr.
“The candidates appear much smaller than they are because the party’s primary voters and core interest groups insist upon cutting them down to size. To win a Republican nomination, a candidate has to move right, recant absolutely any past position that violates the current conservative catechism and never dare to speak the truth that solving our deficit problem will require new revenue — a.k.a. taxes.”
“The reason Washington is paralyzed over the deficit is because most Republicans are petrified to admit that we will never get our budget close to balanced without some tax increases. Both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush raised taxes when deficits got too high. If Reagan were trying to do that now, his party would condemn him as a big-taxing liberal.”
One blogger response: “The GOP (Republicans) are NOT the party of Abe Lincoln. The Republican Party of today? Racists, greedy hypocrites! And I used to be one until I woke up. Every Republican I know is a self-serving, greedy bastard…they should take their fortunes, buy an island somewhere, start their own Kingdom, raise their own flag – you know the one – it has a big hog on it !” http://www.craigsfire.com/?p=202
Tragically, the Grand Old Party, the party of Lincoln, is in self-distraction mode initiated by Big Money and the ignorant mob of Tea Baggers whose pain and anger is misplaced and goes against their own best interests.
Newt “GingRich” said he wants to go back to good old values.
Here is a short list of GOP accomplishments over the years: http://www.gop.com/index.php/issues/accomplishment/
Republicans Established the Transcontinental Railroad. The 1860 Republican National Convention in its platform called for building a railroad to the Pacific. In 1862, the Republican-controlled 37th Congress passed the Pacific Railway Act, establishing the transcontinental railroad.
Republicans Freed the Slaves
Republicans Passed the 14th Amendment
Republicans Passed the 15th Amendment
Republicans Outlawed the Ku Klux Klan. In 1871, the Republican-controlled 42nd Congress passed a Civil Rights Act aimed at the Ku Klux Klan.
Yellowstone National Park. On March 1, 1872, Republican President Ulysses S. Grant signed into law a bill establishing Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone was the first national park in the world.
Republicans Passed the 1875 Civil Rights Act. On his deathbed in 1874, Senator Charles Sumner (R-MA) told a Republican colleague: “You must take care of the civil rights bill – my bill, the civil rights bill.”
A Republican Wrote the 19th Amendment. In 1878, U.S. Senator Aaron Sargent (R-CA) introduced in Congress the proposed 19th Amendment, according women the right to vote.
The Republican Party First Called for Ending Racial Segregation in the Military. In 1940, the Republican National Convention approved a plank in its platform calling for racial integration of the armed forces:
A Republican Wrote the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Read more: http://www.gop.com/index.php/issues/accomplishment/#ixzz1kCkDzlPB
Now to the 21st century…and it goes downhill from here.
Operation Enduring Freedom. A week after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Congress authorized the Commander-in-Chief to use military force against those who “planned, authorized, committed….”
Invasion and occupation of Iraq. Iraq: ‘The Greatest Strategic Disaster in American History.’ http://democracyinactionblog.com/2012/01/03/freedom-day-and-war-criminals/
Republican Tax Cuts. In 2001, the Republican-controlled 107th Congress passed and Republican President George W. Bush signed the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act. It lowered individual income tax rates across the board. This combined with a stupid war resulted in a 4 Trillion dollar debt.
So what are these “super-duper” conservatives bragging about?
That being conservative equals tax cuts for the rich and subsidies for corporations?
That being conservative equals the decimation of the middle class?
That being conservative equals homophobia and hatred for anyone who is “different?”
That being conservative equals religious intolerance?
That being conservative equals the rejection of science?
That being conservative equals being a puppet for the 1% ?
That being conservative means occupying other countries?
Being conservative in today’s surreal political climate is, in my opinion, anti-American. Why?
Because “neo-conservatism” goes against everything this country stands for.
Because this “conservative” mantra violates the fundamental ideals and accomplishments of American Republican Presidents from Lincoln until Reagan.
Because the “conservative” policies of Reagan and George W did great harm to our country.
“Republicans have adopted an economic plan that rejects economics and instead pays fealty to the fat-cats and corporations that sustain the party. The GOP has become a party of no ideas because it is so invested in petty, for-the-rich politics that it has given up developing ideas that would move the status quo in any way. Instead of ideas, it has become a party of meaningless, misleading slogans intended to disguise plans to make the rich even richer.”
“What this nation most needs right now is a Republican Party that believes again in its own best traditions. It would be lovely if at least one of the party’s Presidential candidates stood up for them.” http://www.phillyburbs.com/blogs/politically_astute/the-republican-party-has-lost-its-way/article_93d3ce1e-2cb5-11e1-bf15-001a4bcf6878.html
Sadly, the American public is stuck watching a spectacle of “for sale” politics playing for an ignorant and angry audience of the lost generation.