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I’m confused!

I always thought that conservatives were supposed to have certain views while liberals were supposed to have their own unique set of beliefs.

Conservatives are supposed to support: balanced budgets, a small federal government with minimal government intrusion, right to life, family values, a literal interpretation of the constitution, a military used only for defense of the nations borders and support for big business over labor.

Liberals are supposed to support: The Federal government fixing society and the world, the constitution as a living document interpreted differently for each generation, the environment, humanist/atheist worldview, abortion rights, minority rights, socialism, unions and a plethora of humanitarian crusades.

I know that life has been a little unsettled lately, but I would think that the core values would remain in place. Instead things are just going to heck.

The left seems to be suffering from a nervous breakdown. They are still pretty much in denial but I can see the slow dawn of realization coming to their eyes. The problem with the left is that it got everything it wanted in the 60’s and 70’s and then found out that most of it didn’t work. Women and minorities have equal rights, but the unions are dieing. We had all the trapping of a socialist state (welfare, public housing, food stamps) but the shining hope of a socialist state had to be severely restricted when it became obvious it created more evil that good. Even affirmative action THE big win for the left seems to be slowly showing a dark side. In the strangest twist of fate in the history of our country, black people now have more rights that white. Like any group with power over others they are showing and increasing willingness to abuse that power, with threats of legal action and a readiness to blackmail an employer with the dreaded racist label. This of course is making the liberal left develop an uncontrollable twitch, as it last golden child becomes a psychotic monster terrorizing the nationhood. Now nobody on the left is ready to admit any of this, but time and reality are the ultimate arbitrators of these things. It will probably take another decade but the traditional left is fading away.

This leaves the left wandering the wasteland of politics without a purpose. Don’t worry be happy. Because the conservative right has abandoned many of its core issues, so the left is now free to adopt them.

The rise of George W Bush has done a strange thing to traditional conservatism. The Republican Party seems hypnotized and unable to extrapolate the consequences of its current course. First item out the window is literal interpretation of the constitution and the bill of rights.

Thanks to the Patriot act and the war on terror the government will now have the right to spy on you and create secret procedures to ensure the public doesn’t know who’s being watched. Not to mention the whole “data mining” project that just won’t die. (Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.)

And while we are on this subject: Would someone please explain to me which provision of the Patriot act would have stopped 9/11. After the latest round of hearing it is painfully obvious that the government had all the information it needed to stop the event. It was just to busy doing and imitation of the keystone cops (with a little of Abbot & Costello “who’s on first” throw in for fun). For me, the 9/11 hearing re-enforce the need to let the patriot act die on schedule with the sunset provision.

Next up is Amendments VI: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Perhaps the most disturbing incident of the “War on terror” (besides the fact we haven’t officially declared war) is the arrest of a U.S. citizen, on U.S. soil, who was subsequently declared an “Enemy combatant”. Jose Padilla is probably a traitor and should be shot. But he is also a U.S. citizens and is constitutionally guarantied a trial. He should not be subject to indefinite detention without due process. This is wrong people! This is the slippery slope that leads to tyranny in the name of “national defense”. People who post dissenting views on web sites could be next. A President who exercises this kind of gross disregard for the Bill of Rights is a danger to all of us.

Next item over the side is a balanced budget. Deficits are now good. True a couple of wars and a recession have not helped matters, but the absents of restraint when dishing out the pork is astounding. Finally after years of liberal control and stonewalling the conservative have control of House, Senate and Presidency. What the first thing they do? Pork out! A manned mission to Mars! Give me a break! A Medicare bill that forbids negotiating for better prices! Was the point of Medicare reform bill to bankrupt the country? The federal budget is full of fat. They were supposed to cut it out not make it worse.

And lets not forget the whole amnesty for illegal aliens program purposed by Mr. Bush. Since when did the Republican Party become a haven for criminal behavior? What happen to the whole securing the borders thing? Since the announcement of this program the flood of illegal immigrants has become a tidal wave. What was he thinking?

And while we are shredding the constitution let’s just do away with the whole “The Congress shall have Power To declare War” thing. When threatened we are supposed to declare war. Not “authorize military action”, not “support the presidents negotiations with a resolution”. If negotiations fail the president is supposed to come before congress and ask for a declaration of war. How many “police actions” do we have to get into before we realize the constitution gave that power to the congress to stop military adventurism and to ensure the whole country was behind the effort?

Finally we have the last nail in the coffin for the American constitution. A country founded by people fleeing religious persecution and intolerance will now establish a de-facto state religion. (The first amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”). The state religion will now be fundamentalist evangelical Christianity. Christian text (like the ten commandments) will now be posted in government buildings. Little children will pledge allegiance to a Christian god every morning at school. Please note that is “GOD” they are pledging to, not Allah, not Buddha, not Shiva and not Yahweh. (I guess this isn’t a case of the right abandoning its core values, just subverting the Bill of rights.)

But wait, this gets even better! No longer will the military be used only for defense of the nations borders. The military is now going to be used to spread Christianity. It turns out that we didn’t go to Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, or oil, or because they kept shooting at our planes, or because they kept violating sanctions, or that Saddam was a bad man.

We went in because (and I am quoting Mr. Bush here) “I also have this belief, strong belief, that freedom is not this country's gift to the world. Freedom is the Almighty's gift to every man and woman in this world. And as the greatest power on the face of the earth, we have an obligation to help the spread of freedom.”

It’s nice of Mr. Bush to announce the creation of a new Christian Jihad that will usher in WWIII. Now if the antichrist will just show up we should have a lock on that whole Armageddon thing. After all the constitution was a big impediment to the new world order. Strange thing is, I always figured it would be the liberals who would destroy the constitution so that we could join a world government.

Posted by at April 25, 2004 10:10 PM