Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Reflections of a Republican who left the cult -

From a fascinating piece (HERE) by Mike Lofgren, long-time aide to Republican's in Washington:

"Some liberal writers have opined that the different socio-economic perspectives separating the "business" wing of the GOP and the religious right make it an unstable coalition that could crack. I am not so sure. There is no fundamental disagreement on which direction the two factions want to take the country, merely how far in that direction they want to take it. The plutocrats would drag us back to the Gilded Age, the theocrats to the Salem witch trials. In any case, those consummate plutocrats, the Koch brothers, are pumping large sums of money into Michele Bachman's presidential campaign, so one ought not make too much of a potential plutocrat-theocrat split.

Thus, the modern GOP; it hardly seems conceivable that a Republican could have written the following:

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid." (That was President Eisenhower, writing to his brother Edgar in 1954.)

It is this broad and ever-widening gulf between the traditional Republicanism of an Eisenhower and the quasi-totalitarian cult of a Michele Bachmann that impelled my departure from Capitol Hill."...

"If you think Paul Ryan and his Ayn Rand-worshipping colleagues aren't after your Social Security and Medicare, I am here to disabuse you of your naiveté.[5] They will move heaven and earth to force through tax cuts that will so starve the government of revenue that they will be "forced" to make "hard choices" - and that doesn't mean repealing those very same tax cuts, it means cutting the benefits for which you worked."

Here's what I wonder- some argue politics is a pendulum, one-side wins for a while, then the other side win's... if this is true, what the hell is the Left's equivalent of these people? And what was the Left they were swinging away from? Help me Rhonda, I just can't believe they can get away with, as Norquist ordered, "shrinking the gov't to the size it can be drowned in bathtub" without the people marching with pitchforks and when that pendulum swings back... well, I'd argue it' would have to swing back a long way to match the wrath that the conservatives have wrought for the past 30 years...

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