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Thanks for your sensible commentary. I'm a progressive who is hoping that the GOP can get a grip and reclaim its status as a responsible partner in the political conversation. At present the Republican Party is not to be taken seriously-- a party that tries to put a nitwit like Sarah Palin in the White House sacrifices its own credibility. The GOP has made the mistake of defining itself by hatred of Obama, rather than putting forth a positive agenda of its own. The Right is gripped by fear-- fear of taxation, fear of gays, fear of government, fear of colored people, fear of just about everything. This is not a good foundation for a political party. It's a breeding ground for delusional types who will resort to violence someday.

If GW Bush had proposed exactly the same healthcare reform that Obama is pushing for, the crazies on the Right would have hailed it as the greatest policy proposal in history, because they are clueless about the specifics of the policy itself-- they are simply reacting to the black messenger.

Comment Posted By old yankee On 30.09.2009 @ 12:56

The Beckian Wing of Conservatism

It would be a useful exercise for conservatives to actually sit down and write a definition for Conservatism. I have no idea what it is anymore, and I don't think anyone else does, either. It certainly isn't the ravings of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Sadly, at this moment Conservatism doesn't seem to be anything more than an angry reaction to Liberalism. Since Obama was elected, I have yet to see a single conservative stand up and offer a sensible suggestion on how things might be different and better. We are standing on the outside, lobbing rotten eggs and wallowing bitterly in our irrelevance. While that might be great sport, it isn't a winning strategy for attracting voters.

Comment Posted By old yankee On 13.04.2009 @ 14:29

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