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The Kos Attacks Republicans for NOT Agreeing With The Democrats Again

May 3, 2009

The Daily Kos is at it again.  They hate Republicans with a passion.  That is fine, they have that right, but they insist that Republicans agree with Democrats on every issue.  They whine about and demand tolerance for different opinions, but won’t show any tolerance for anyone who disagrees with their views.

In the latest example of the Kos’ intolerance Dana Houle compares the Republicans to “indulgent parents” for not telling voters and the conservative wing of the Republican party to “shut up.”

“In American politics, the spoiled children struggling to deal with a reality they don’t like and didn’t expect are those voters who make up the rightwing of the Republican base. The indulgent parents of American politics are the leaders, elected officials and apparatchiks of the Republican party.”

Apparently, the Kos doesn’t understand how American politics work.  “The indulgent parents of American politics are the leaders, elected officials and apparatchiks of the Republican party” are not the parents, the voters are.  The political leaders, elected officials and “apparatchiks” of the Republican party work for us, the voters, not the other way around.  In the Kos’ communistic world the elected officials are the ones in control, but in America’s political system the voters are the ultimate authority.  We vote them in, and we can and will vote them out.  They cannot vote us out.

Dana Houle goes on to declare that Republicans used to be “tolerant” and progressive.

“It wasn’t always so. The Republican party wasn’t always hostile to progress, tolerance and good governance. After WWII, it still contained some retrograde elements who wanted to go back to 1928 and wipe out an expansive role for the federal government. But most top Republicans at least tried to live in reality and be responsible about governance. That began to change, however, after their landslide loss in 1964. The Goldwater insurgency marked the beginning of a long-term takeover of the GOP by the rightwing ultras who viewed the world through an unyielding ideological prism.”

In truth, Conservatives lost their way, they got away from the principles of conservatism, and bought into the idea that people wanted to be controlled by government.  While some people do want the government handouts promised by “progressives” most people recognize that they can’t have those handouts without giving up control of their own lives.  This is what Houle fails to understand, that most of us that realize what is happening are not willing to hand control of our lives over to the socialistic Democrats that promise to make things more fair and equitable.  The progressives idea of making things “fair and equitable” is to condemn all to mediocrity.  They fail to understand that individuality is what sets us apart from each other and drives some to succeed in business while others are more than willing to find success in spending more time at home with friends and family. 

One should not fail to see the ludicrous claim of “rightwing ultras” viewing the world through an “ideological prism.”  The fact is, the the “leftwing ultras” also see the world through their own ideological prism.   The difference is that the rightwing ideology allows liberty and individuality, while the leftwing ideology leads to a cookie cutter approach that leaves all people exactly the same as everyone else, and enslaved to the government that seeks to make all equal in that slavery.

“As the ultras expanded their control over the party and increasingly determined the results of Republican primaries, the Republican party took on an aggressive agenda of eliminating taxes and regulations and rejecting the legitimacy of nearly all government action (except on issue of bellicose foreign policy and domestic law-and-order).”

Apparently, the ultras are the Republican voters since it is the voters that decide the primaries and in effect the agenda of the Party.  What the Republican voters seek is to get the government out of our lives and back to where the Founding Fathers intended it to be.  Government was never intended to provide anything more than opportunity, what an individual did with that opportunity was up to the individual.  With that in mind, it is only natural that Republican voters want less government intrusion into their lives.  What is surprising is that Democratic voters are willing to be slaves to the government and to force the rest of us into that slavery, too.

“However, it wasn’t until the newly-organized religious right became important to GOP success that the reactionary social issues gained a more important place in the agenda and the campaign messaging of the Republican party. Because of the rise of the religious right, the GOP increasingly accepted and eventually embraced social intolerance and a view of the world that in numerous ways—especially in regards to science, reason, faith and tolerance of individual differences—rejected the Enlightenment.”

Houle’s attack on the religious right is an odd one.  An intolerant rant against the tolerance of individual differences while appearing to be in support of individual differences.  So much for “enlightenment.”  I guess individual differences are only allowable if you aren’t different?

“From the late 70’s through the presidency of George W. Bush, politically active evangelical Christians joined with the libertarians, xenophobes, anticommunists, neocons and other various “movement conservatives” in solidifying their hold over the Republican party.”

In contrast, the Democrats have submitted to consistantly more control from the Communist Party USA, the Socialist Democrats of America, communistic Labor Unions and political fringe groups that seek to end the American way of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness in favor equality for all as decided by government, which will be, as all government programs are, extremely limited and impossible to escape from.  But while it is wrong to desire to have control over your own life, it is ok to want the government to control everything you think, say and do.

Houle goes on to place the race baiting game, misleading readers into thinking conservatism is primarily a racist movement.

“Not all White evangelicals are social and political conservatives, but a disproportionate percentage of white evangelicals are. They’re also heavily concentrated in the states of the Confederacy, although there are social conservatives just about everywhere in the country. This bloc of voters, and the politicians they’ve sent to Washington, have increasingly exerted control over the national Republican party.”

What Houle neglects to mention is that Conservatives are also heavily concetrated in places like Kansas (an anti-slave sgtate during the “Confederacy”), Texas (which wasn’t even a state yet), South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, and Utah.  None of these states had anything to do with the “Confederacy.”  And again Houle fails to recognize that the voters are the ones’ who are supposed to control the Party, not the other way around.

“Since Reagan the Republican party’s centers of power shifted from the rural Midwest, northern upscale suburbs and the Sunbelt of California and the Southwest to Texas and the states of the Confederacy. But because of the organization of the Christian rightwing, they were able to apply pressure and often determine the winners of Republican primaries in most of the country.”

This is so far out there, I can’t even make sense of it, let alone dispute it.  From what I can tell, Houle is saying that Conservatism is from the Confederate states but from all states.  Wouldn’t that make it more of a national movement than a “South doin’ it again” movement?  Of course, Houle won’t say that, it wouldn’t fit with the idea that conservatism is about racism.

“As the Republican power base shifted southward, the litmus test issues of the far right increasingly became litmus test issues for the Republican party everywhere. Republicans usually opposed taxes and often—especially if they were outside the Northeast—took a more conservative view on social issues. But even in to the 1990’s there were plenty of socially tolerant Republicans who respected good governance (and could support taxes as a “necessary evil”), and didn’t demagogue on social issues.”

As Houle points out here, the Republican party is “tolerant” of different opinions.  It shouldn’t be surprising to anyone but the far left that Republicans in the Northeast would have different priorities than Republicans in the Midwest, and would, as a result, vote for a different type of Republican.  That is a totally foreign concept to the left that doesn’t believe in and cannot understand something like individuality or even regional differences in priorities.  Everybody has to be the same in their view.

Houle goes on to make a claim that most Conservatives aren’t Conservatives, but rather “Authoritarians.”  Considering Obama’s time in the White House, declaring anyone who doesn’t support him to be a “rightwing extremist” and declaring that nothing can be accomplished if Republicans listen to Rush(instead of him), one would reasonably wonder who the real authoritarians are.  Or maybe the term “authoritarian” has a new meaning now?

“The second major development that allowed the radical right to take over the GOP and the rightwing base to determine the winners of Republican primaries was the rise of Rush Limbaugh and rightwing talk radio. Meshing with the conservative think tanks funded by rich reactionaries, conservative foundations and corporations from industries hostile to government regulation, the radical right now had an effective propaganda machine more effective than the Republican party itself.”

Houle fails to acknowledge that the “rightwing” talk radio hosts would have no radio shows to host if they had no audience.  They do have the audience, and that audience grows everyday because they are saying what people believe and want to hear.  The left also has its talk radio hosts, but not the audience.  Why?  Because they aren’t saying what people think and want to hear.

“Karl Rove, George Bush and the Republicans’ Congressional Leadership gave everything they could to the far right of the Republican base. They were told they would be given whatever they asked for.

Ronald Reagan had begun the indulgence of the Republican base with the idiocy of supply side economics and the Laffer Curve. He told Americans that if you cut taxes, revenues would rise.”

In actuality, Bush and Reagan can’t be truly compared.  What did Bush in was his propensity to spend like a Democrat.  Bush did not follow Reagan’s lead, and he suffered in the polls for it, he lost the midterm elections in 2006 because of it.  Houle also fails to acknowledge that Reagan’s “supply side economics” worked exactly like Reagan said they would.  Revenues did rise, and people prospered.  That was bad for the Democrats and their idea that people needed government to make them successful.

“The eventual problem, for the Republicans, is the same as the problem for parents who never tell their kids no: eventually, they lost control. What makes this so deadly for the Republican party is that they’ve lost control to a reactionary base that wants to take the country back to an idyllic Christian, anti-Enlightenment past that never existed as societal and cultural change render the beliefs of the radical right increasingly anachronistic and rejected by the American mainstream.”

No.  What the problem is, is that the Republican voters want the Republican party to go back to the Constitution.  Nowhere in the Constitution does the government have the right to control the people in the ways the Left want.  Nowhere in the Constitution is the government required to provide health care for those who provide their own.  Nowhere in the Constitution does the government have the power to control peoples’ lives in the manner the Left seeks.

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