Sometimes I read blogs from the far left just to remind myself of how differently some people think. Pandagon is a good one, a hotbed of vitriolic liberalism where the writers apparently believe that anyone who disagrees with their politics is an ignorant, racist jackbooted thug. I guess they mean me — even though I’m partial to Rockports. Jackboots aren’t very stealthy when you’re trying to sneak up on unsuspecting liberals.
Anyway, ladies, it’s with great amusement that I read your complaints about the pace of “progress” from your Democratically controlled government. Why, you sound just like the Republicans of six years ago.
Wake up: there is no opposition party in D.C.
[W]ith an opposition party in such distress, why are our Dem leaders so obsessed with not offending the know-nothings, bigots and bible beaters? They will never get their votes, and the folks in the middle of the road are tired of the slacker-ass behavior on the Hill—for instance, many of them want not just a public option, but single-payer health care they live in the real world as opposed to Beltway world, and yet they see both sides caving to interests other than those who put them in office. I don’t know how much more weakened the GOP could be before some spines were grown by these Dems.
Some reality from the heartland: blogger/columnist Andrew Sullivan is not now, nor has he ever been, a true conservative. His abandonment of the Republican Party does not constitute an opposition party in distress. It merely demonstrates that we have a single party — call it the War Party — which manifests itself in two forms to present the illusion of a representative republic to American voters.
Except on hot-button social issues usually related to when and how to have sex and what to do about the consequences thereof, there’s not a dime’s width of difference between the Republicrats and Demopublicans. President Obama’s speech the other night making the case for expanding the war in Afghanistan should have made that clear. People who think independently — a sorta conservative homosexual, like Sullivan, or a paleoconservative who opposed the Bush administration’s unconstitutional expansion of executive power, like me — are unwelcome in either of the two major parties.
So get this, Pandagonistas: the Democrats’ lofty rhetoric during the Bush years was for show. The pendulum is swinging back toward the Republican Party, because, contrary to your warped perception of us real world middle of the road folks, we don’t want the government owning or administering our medical insurance (or General Motors, or AIG, or Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), because we know, deep down in the pits of our knotted stomachs, that it will only accomplish one thing: yet more government control over our lives.
If you understand the depth of the feeling I sense in the people I encounter in the real world, you’ll accept this statement without argument: if John McCain had opposed the TARP bailout last year, he would be the president of the United States today.
Well, for now, Republicans are fanning the flame of resentment against taking money from our grandchildren and giving it to wealthy bankers, wealthy pharmaceutical company CEOs, and wealthy military contractors. However, when we’re back to a Congress controlled by Republicans, which at this rate might be as early as 2011, it will again be conservatives’ turn to wail and gnash teeth. The federal government won’t shrink and its power won’t be constrained.
Those who understand what’s going on will, as always, be excluded from the debate, which will rage on between the ruling party of the week and the disorganized opposition. Just remember: we’ve always been at war with Eastasia.