Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Conservatives Replace Principle With Blind Support for Bush

Besides the article mentioned earlier from the New York Times on not everyone going along with right wing religious views with regards to evolution, the Times had an additional article about someone not going along with right wing orthodoxy. In this case it is a conservative who has been rejected by other conservatives for being critical of George Bush.

Former Reagan aide Bruce Bartlett wrote a book entitled “Impostor: Why George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy.” This led to him losing his job at a conservative think tank, the National Center for Policy Analysis. Bartlett also says, “Nobody will touch me,” and “I think I’m just kind of radioactive at the moment.”

For modern conservatives, there is no longer an ideology. They’ve abandoned their traditional suspicion of power, and have become the party of big government (even incompetent big government). Principle has been replaced by a blind support for authority, as Bush supporters find ways to justify lying the country into a disastrous war, increased corporate welfare, and violations of civil liberties. These conservatives never really opposed big government–they just wanted to be the ones in control.


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