Peeling Away The Base
The Neo-cons “base” of traditional small-gubmint conservatives, freedom-loving libertarians, Jeebus-loving Evangelicals, and your average racist jingoist ‘murkins is fracturing, and it does my leftie heart good to see the GOP starting to sound like a bunch of bickering identity-politik liberals.
In the new Republican era, only fetuses , tax shelters, and ‘traditional’ marriage deserve protection. According to the actions of the current Republican party, the rest of us need to be wiretapped, monitored, have our homes inspected for whatever reason without warrants, and are incapable of making decisions on our own. My 20 year affair with the Republican party is coming to an end. I am not voting for any Republican in 2006 at any level, and I will be hard pressed to vote for this party in 2008– unless, of course, Cindy Sheehan is the Democratic candidate. These ‘conservatives’ need abut 10-15 years in the wilderness.
“That there should even be such a trial is an outrage. How can we congratulate ourselves for liberating Afghanistan from the rule of jihadists only to be ruled by radical Islamists who kill Christians? Such a ‘trial’ is a flagrant violation of Article 18 of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights–which the current Afghan government even incorporated into its constitution.
“Democracy is more than purple thumbs. Americans will not give their blood and treasure to prop up new Islamic fundamentalist regimes. Religious freedom is not just ‘an important element’ of democracy; it is its cornerstone. Religious persecution leads inevitably to political tyranny. Five hundred years of history confirm this. Americans have not given their lives so that Christians can be put to death.“
Now cue the Republican moderates like Sen. Chuck Hagel who don’t think an unchecked executive spying on Americans and violating the law with impunity is a good thing:
HAGEL: I don’t believe, from what I’ve heard, but I’m going to give the administration an opportunity to explain it, that he has the authority now to do what he’s doing. Now, maybe he can convince me otherwise, but that’s OK.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But not yet.
HAGEL: Not yet. But that’s OK. If he needs more authority, he [Bush] just can’t unilaterally decide that that 1978 law is out of date and he will be the guardian of America and he will violate that law. He needs to come back, work with us, work with the courts if he has to, and we will do what we need to do to protect the civil liberties of this country and the national security of this country.
Enter the border state Republicans fearing the influx of damn Mexicans:
Growing frustration over President Bush’s immigration plan and lack of fiscal discipline came to a head behind closed doors at last weekend’s Republican retreat in Philadelphia.
House lawmakers, stunned by the intensity of their constituents’ displeasure at some of Mr. Bush’s key domestic policies, gave his political strategist Karl Rove an earful behind closed doors.
“It was intense, but I was not surprised at the tone of questioning during Rove’s session,” said Rep. Tom Feeney, Florida Republican. “But then this was supposed to be a no-holds-barred discussion, and our constituents are upset.”
“They were all over Karl on immigration and spending,” said Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and a leading House proponent of controlling the nation’s borders and curbing illegal immigration. “This is the first time I didn’t even have to raise the immigration issue myself. Everyone else did.”
And though it’s about a month old, let’s not forget the Republican outrage over giving over control of our ports to the United Arab Emirates:
“Dear Mr President: In regards to selling American ports to the United Arab Emirates, not just NO but HELL NO!” Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) wrote to Bush in a one-sentence letter.
Ah, I love the smell of Republican Bush-bashing in the morning. It smells like… victory! And it looks like… a bluer America.