We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When politics in a democracy is normal, the political parties all agree to preserve the operating system while they compete to improve it. This is what is actually happening when one party in Congress introduces a new piece of healthcare or education legislation and the other party opposes it or introduces its own healthcare or education bill, or when two candidates for the Senate argue over whether or not to change our immigration laws. Honorable people often will disagree about what to do -- sometimes quite strongly, just as the software engineers at Microsoft and Apple will sometimes argue through the night about whether a proposed change in the operating system's code is an improvement or just "kludge." But in normal politics the outer limits of all these disagreements are marked by a shared commitment to preserving and improving the operating system.
In abnormal politics, the objective of one party isn't to improve the operating system, but to overthrow it.
With this analogy in mind, now we can see clearly what's been happening in the United States during the last three decades. While conservatives have been working to improve our democracy and our free-market economy, liberals have been working to replace our democracy with a dictatorship, and our free-market economy with a command economy controlled by the government. The liberals couldn't say this aloud, because if they did the American people would have tossed them out of office on their ears. So the liberals worked covertly, feigning support for democracy and for the free market while working diligently to undermine both.
This is why our politics has been so partisan, so vicious, and so deadlocked. This is why words have lost their meaning in Washington, why we can never get to the bottom of anything, why we lurch from one manufactured scandal to another. It's all been part of a decades-long effort by the liberals to throw sand in our eyes -- to keep us from seeing clearly where they really want to take us.
It's hard to argue with a straight face that the so-called conservatives in power the last 8 years were against a command control centrally planned economy. Bush and the Republican Congress grew the federal government more than anyone since FDR, and lest we forget, it was the Bush Treasury that started bailout mania. Both Dems and Reps take it for granted that the Fed is a good thing and that central planning of monetary policy with constant inflation is necessary for a free market. INSANE. The Fed's central planning of the supply and value of the most important part of our economy, our medium of exchange, is the antithesis of the free market.
As far as I'm concerned, Obama and the current Dems have just picked up where Bush left off, though they are taking it to an extreme, no doubt. Neither Dems nor Reps want a revolution, they love the status quo because it has allowed them to merge government with markets. I WANT a revolution, a free market revolution. Monkeying with the status quo is not good enough at this point. These big government Republicans and Democrats need to GO, replaced by small government free market conservatives/libertarians. Most important of all, we need to abolish the Federal Reserve system. If we don't, the dollar will not survive to 2020.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
It is exactly the tone of this article that I see as THE issue of the conservative party. The idea that they are above the partisanship and the pettiness. Or the idea that they were not as much a part of the recession as the left.
The economic policies of the Clinton, Bush and (so far) Obama camps have seriously not been that much different. The housing crisis came from a long standing government manipulation and promotion of the housing market via legislation and via ultra low Fed rates. And both Bush and Obama reacted by further manipulation and promotion. And sadly, of the 3, the "economic conservative" was Clinton.
...and the same goes for other issues as well. Listen to the right (or the ones in power) when they talk about health care reform as well. They don't argue for free markets, but argue for "reform" as well. It isn't "the left is absolutely wrong" but "the left is correct and their ideas go to far."