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I will not make it a practice of simply copying and pasting other people's work without my own analysis or comment, but I happened upon this article today and it speaks so eloquently to our problem that I feel compelled to share it.

"What Became of Conservatives?"

by Paul Craig Roberts

I remember when friends would excitedly telephone to report that Rush Limbaugh or G. Gordon Liddy had just read one of my syndicated columns over the air. That was before I became a critic of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration, and the neoconservative ideologues who have seized control of the U.S. government.

America has blundered into a needless and dangerous war, and fully half of the country's population is enthusiastic. Many Christians think that war in the Middle East signals "end times" and that they are about to be wafted up to heaven. Many patriots think that, finally, America is standing up for itself and demonstrating its righteous might. Conservatives are taking out their Vietnam frustrations on Iraqis. Karl Rove is wrapping Bush in the protective cloak of war leader. The military-industrial complex is drooling over the profits of war. And neoconservatives are laying the groundwork for Israeli territorial expansion.

Read the rest of the article here.


Blogger marxistcapitalistobjectivistbuddhist said...

Just as Roberts is baffled by conservatives' swing towards big government, I am befuddled by Liberals' own ambivalence to government.

On the one hand, the government is something not to trust-- it shouldn't have our personal information, it shouldn't intrude in our bedrooms, it is corrupt and in-bed with big business.

On the other hand, Government is the benign wet-nurse that should provide our health care, guarantee our retirement, and guard our safety from rapacious corporations.

Huh?! So you trust the corrupt, corporate-slave government to really look out for your best interests when doling out health care and retirement benefits? Do you really think that a George W in charge of national health care would preserve abortion and drug treatment benefits? Exactly.

You can't have it both ways: either the government is something to be limited in scope to protect our freedom, or it is something to be expanded to "increase the public good" at the expense of our freedom.

November 28, 2004 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger The Termite said...

Swings the other way, too, doesn't it?

There's a religious agenda in this administration (and in government in general) masquerading as a moral agenda. Many Junior voters openly and without question trust their leader to re-define and re-codify American values through his filter of Christianity Lite. The First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments are under open assault because people who call themselves patriots have decided that they'd rather feel safe than be free.

These people trust government to tell them what is acceptable in their bedrooms, on their televisions, in their stereos, and on the Internet. And they're the same people who refuse to trust government to appropriate their tax dollars. As far as they're concerned it's the Democrats who are spending their money, not the Republicans. The Republicans want to give us back our money, remember? They're too busy intercepting terrorists and otherwise doing God's work to have any use for it.

November 28, 2004 at 11:10 AM  

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