Skip to comments.Bush’s triumph conceals the great conservative crack-up
Posted on 03/19/2005 7:42:20 PM PST by Mobile Vulgus
It should be the best of times for American conservatism. Republican majorities in the House and Senate, a re-elected Republican president, an increasing number of Republican governors and a rightwards tilt in the judiciary. While the British Tories and German Christian Democrats flounder, Americas right seems to flourish.
Well, thats the cover story. Beneath the surface, however, American conservatism is in increasing trouble. The Republican coalition, always fragile, now depends as much on the haplessness of the Democrats as on its own internal logic. On foreign and domestic policy alike the American right is splintering. With no obvious successor to George W Bush that splintering will deepen....
I agree. the Religious are not all there is to the GOP. It is a huge mistake to think so. But, usually people who DO think that are trying to pretend that the GOP does NOT have a giant toehold in the homes of Joe SixPack and his family! It is their reflexive attempt to imagine that regular Americans are really still on their side and jsut need a "good candidate" for them to vote for.
They are completely unable to admit that it is their MESSAGE that is killing them.
WTF is this "coalition"? The 'Rats are a coalition of every leftist and anti-American group out there; however, the GOP is, IMHO, as united and focused as any political party in American history. It is the GOP unity that obviously has the left frightened.
It is certanly not the equivalent of the Tories or the CDU.
Conservatism in America is ascending. Liberalism in America is declining. Ain't it cool?
Plus, there's a good chance we won't see CWII here.
Life is good.
The Democrats are so much more fragmented than Republicans on every level, that we have to worry more about self sabotage then Democrats.
The only way a Democrat gets the Presidency in 2008 is if Bush blows the war, doesn't work on what he said his agenda was and if Republicans throw an unelectable candidate at the voters.
The next worry is the House and AGAIN we need the Republicans to DO what they said to get elected.
If we have to throw new candidates in open races and to challenge Democrats, FOR GOD SAKE, MAKE THEM ELECTABLE.
I kinda just glossed over that part, considering the source.
The homosexual activists, like Andrew, always say "the religous right runs the party" everytime the homosexual activists get knocked back in their box a bit.
They don't realize that even the socially moderate conservatives, who have no desire to monitor anybody's bedroom activities, also have no desire to have homosexual activists teaching third graders about sexual tolerance and teaching high school kids the joys of fisting.
And we see no need to have society sanction homosexual unions as some sort of norm. It's abnormal. It's unhealthy. And if you want to do it, have a party. But don't demand our approval and praise.
Excuse me? Conservative and progressive don't belong in the same sentence, let alone in the same party.
Then why not say so? this article said the right was fractured. Basically the left is intolerant so the middle is voting with us. If the Democrats ever figure out that they should be Pro America they could take some seats.
The Republicans are not monolithic. They are having some debates over certain aspects of domestic and foreign policy.
On the other hand, the Democrats are squabbling over more difficult ground. They are arguing about whether they have any ideas, and if so, what those ideas might be.
The Republican dilemma is the normal one of a healthy political party. The Democratic dilemma is the one of a political party that is dying. It is not a difficult choice to make as to which one is better.
It's the same mindset that cannot understand why G.W. encourages his cabinet to bounce off each other in spirited, and yes, sometimes heated dialogue. They take that as a sign no one is control. They assume nothing can possibly come together, everything is in disarray.
IMO, it is the Left in serious trouble and I can state why. they've lost their hold on principle. Morality. They have positions they hold deeply, true, but nothing is more important than power. For power they will not just compromise but ABANDON those principles.
That is why they are on the verge of collapse. When denied power, the very thing they defied their beliefs for, they are left with nothing to fill the void.
Posting some cut-and-paste, because this certainly applies...
Consider the 30 year cycle; it goes 10 years of conservative strength, 10 years of liberal spending of that strength (ie wasting of peace dividends), and then another 10 years of suffering under liberal socialism until people snap and say enough is enough, then re-elect conservatives.
This pattern fits perfectly going all the way back to the 1880s, at least. In keeping with it, this decade is essentially a version of the 1970s. We may have yet to elect a "President Carter" and collapse for 4 years before a decade of true conservatism takes hold. (Bush resembles Nixon in some respects, and I mean that as nothing but a positive thing.)
It's a strange factor to consider Bush as a moderate (somewhat debatable), as that could either blunt the strength of a reactionary movement against liberalism (Carter didn't just suck, he sucked ROYALLY), or perhaps it could actually enhance republican policy, with the greatest danger being our own tendency to become moderates and even 'liberal republicans' as we gain power.
Good point. Somehow those who think that we need to accept the Homosexual agenda don't also feel that they need to accept those with a Christian agenda. If they would be as tolerant as they want us to be then maybe they'd have a point.
If any country provides AQ nuclear materials, they are our enemy.
Their form of government is irrelevant.
BTW, Buchanan is a great man with sound ideas, but he has cost the right votes in a strategic sense. That's the price of being right.
Considering his pseudo-retirement, he is a non-factor and I don't see why you are bringing him up and calling him a racist.
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