Disgruntled Conservatives

When Bush pushed for Harriet Miers, I balked. The Republicans are not only not acting like the majority party, but the few battles they win seem like they’re for the other side. The size of government balloons. From the lack of social security reform to the nomonation of Harriet Miers, I’m done giving Bush the benefit of the doubt. The Republicans are winning elections because they talk conservative. Then they forget to act on it.

Another conservative blows his lid today for the same reason.

Okay, I have had it.

Not a damned thing distinguishes the Republicans from the Democrats anymore…not a damned thing. “No Child Left Behind” in essence, and unconstitutionally, federalized education. The GOP-engineered federal prescription drug subsidy program for seniors was another huge and costly step toward total socialized medicine. The Administration’s response to recent natural disasters — here and abroad — establishes the premise of federalizing all local emergencies globally, and reducing the U.S. military into becoming the logistics wing of the International Red Cross.

And so on, and so on.

During George W. Bush’s first term, you could argue (I did) that his tougher foreign policy against Islamofascist terrorists distinguished him from the Democrats. But even that is disintegrating now. Many top Republicans, succumbing to PC critics and sinking polls, are turning tail and running from the war against the perpetrators of 9/11.

Politically, their effort to ape the Democrats won’t work, of course. Me-tooism never does. Voters will ask themselves: Why get our liberal welfare statism on the rocks, when the Dems offer it straight up? As a result, the GOP is going to be badly, and deservedly, chastened at the polls next time. (It already started to happen during this past week’s elections.)

But this leaves the glaring problem of where people like me — the lonely advocates of rational, principled individualism — are supposed to turn, politically.

For now, nowhere. (No, the incoherent Libertarian Party is not an option.)

Excellent reading thanks to a tip from Right Voices.

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4 thoughts on “Disgruntled Conservatives

  1. I too have been extremely unsatisfied with the whole Republican Party. My college campus had Michael Badnarik (the 2004 presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party) here last night which I attended. I agreed with about 98% of what he said over a course of about 3 hours. If they can get their act in gear, I do think they will be a force to be reckoned with. They really only need to change their ideas slightly and they will be picking up almost all of the true conservative voters in my opinion.

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  2. Megan, while I like the Libertarian idea (ultra-conservative), I think most of the Libertarians are unhinged. If they drop the “freely available drugs for everyone” idea, they’ll attract far more people.

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  3. Of course. That is the main issue I disagreed with them on. I personally know that a true Libertarian country would never work. However, I think it would be a good thing to move towards that ideal instead of away from it as we are currently doing. I guess, give me liberty over socialism.

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