Saturday, April 09, 2005


Friday Blog Blogging, Saturday Night Edition: Now is the time for all good men to abandon their loathesome party

Battlepanda doing some blog blogging of her own.
John Cole is one fed-up Republican

(Via Mark Kleiman)
What I see going on around me is that my party is in power. We control the Presidency. We control the House and the Senate. Republican appointees outnumber Democratic ones on the Supreme Court, and we are poised to add more. We own talk radio. Cable news tends to be neutral to conservative (it certainly is not liberal or progressive- some outfits may have anti-Republican reflexes). We have all but eliminated partisan debate in congress, playing by rules much tougher than anything that was in place. Where there were once no conservative (or few) newspapers, there are now several. We have numerous conservative online journals. Hundreds of publications that all push the same point and pass on the same message.

And it still isn't enough. Everything is under attack if it does not toe the same hard-right line. The university, the institution of marriage, journalism as an enterprise, the medical community, the legal community, every foreign institution, the United Nations- anything, that doesn't cater to the conservative need for instant gratification in the form of message adherence and submission to the new doctronaire must be destroyed. Look at the recent behavior of Republicans in Congress towards REPUBLICAN APPOINTED CONSERVATIVE JUDGES. Forget 'screw me once, shame on you.' This new breed of fanatacism is "Slight me in any discernable way, even a mild disagreement, and I will publicly destroy you."

And for what?

- So Tom DeLay can stuff his pockets with PAC money?

- So the banking interests that bankroll Washington can get their bankruptcy bill, ensuring higher and higher profits and usurious interest rates?

- So Jim Sensennbrenner can put people in jail for broadcasting things he finds obscene?

- So that Congress can insert itself into your marriage, change your end-of-life decisions, because they don't like them?

- So we can make sure gays don't get married?

- To make sure something like evolution and other nasty science things aren't taught in school?

What, exactly are we trying to accomplish, and why, exactly, should I be in favor of it? Other than Iraq and Afghanistan, which are going well and are a success (yet still works in progress), what have we accomplished? I'm serious. Remind me what we are trying to do here - why this is a good thing.
The more I delve into politics, the more I realize that we should be loyal first to our true beliefs and that party loyalty is only a means to an end. I applaud Cole and those like him who are realizing that their party is betraying their cause. I wish I would have the same courage if the Democrats ever get back in power and started acting nuts.
Yeah, but they won't. We'll have to be as hard on them as we are on the Republicans.

Of course, we're doing that now. Which is far more than most Republicans are doing about their own bonfire of the vanities. This is a good start, though.
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