Monday, October 17, 2005

Liberal Republicans

Over the last year, we've seen a bit of confusion in the conservative ranks. Bush supporters are increasingly becoming dissillusioned with the Bush plan.

All along, conservatives have been uncomfortable with Bush's liberalism in economics.

The War Against Iraq has been a stickler that's making more people uneasy.

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, has some of my ex-Bush supporter friends completely livid.

Some of the nicest people I know, that still believed in Bush because of his professed faith and desire to use war for good, not evil, are now saying very unkind things about the administration.

I do realize that Bush has seen some extraordinarily bad things happen while he was in office.

Like back in September 2001, Meirs delivered a report to Bush entitled, "Osama Bin Laden Determined to Attack America", then the attack happened. And after Bush cut the budget to protect The United States most strategic port and restructured FEMA into oblivion, a hurricance came and chewed the port city up.

But to some degree, many of these events did happen the way they did, because Bush made purposeful decisions that decreased our preparedness for these acts. After all, Bush saw Osama Bin Laden as a Clinton problem that he could ignore, and what are the odds of two Cat Five hurricanes appearing in one year, during any presidency?

It's been five years of Bush rule now. Let's take a moment and reflect.

1. Has any aspect our lives improved since Bush took office?
2. Has anything gotten worse?
3. Is there anything you would've done differently, than the path Bush chose for us?
4. Are we really living in the best possible America as many conservatives insist we are?

Please feel free to comment.

3 Comments:

At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Andy R said...

1. Has any aspect our lives improved since Bush took office?

The economy did improve after the mini-recession caused by 09/11, but the rise in fuel prices has largely negated that improvement.
We continue to experience the closest thing to full employment that there is, with unemployment operating as the revolving door it should be.

2. Has anything gotten worse?

Debt - both national and personal, thanks to easy credit. Today, the new bankruptcy laws take effect. I wonder if this will do for our economy what the Smoot-Hawley tarriffs did in the 1930s?

3. Is there anything you would've done differently, than the path Bush chose for us?

I wouldn't call it a War on Terror. I wouldn't hand Al Qaeda a victory by exploiting public fear to violate civil liberties.

Bin Laden would be dead because We would not have waited for the Pakistanis to catch him.
Our war on terrorism would involve intelligence, quick strikes and no occupation of foreign territory. I would not give a hoot whether Saddam gassed, executed or imprisoned his own people - as long as he was kept impotent in terms of harming ours.

4. Are we really living in the best possible America as many conservatives insist we are?

Do they?

The best possible America would not be maintaining a worldwide empire and would therefore be in a better position to sustain itself indefinitely. As it stands, we are in more danger now specifically because of our global reach.

A real conservative wants to conserve not only traditional values, but also relationships with the rest of the world, the resources used at home and sees the best use of the military as defending our own borders, not violating others.
Bush is the farthest thing from a real conservative and has more in common with LBJ than with Reagan.
Neither has much in common with Jefferson.

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger Concerned said...

I thought to blog about some of this at Really News.

To answer the questions: No, yes, yes, and no.

Hurricanes increasing? Global Warning.

The Weather Channel now has a list of government approved media it is allowed to speak with. (Article )

Finally, it seems some Republicans are standing up and exhibiting real moral values. Given all I have discovered about 9/11, the Pentagon cover up and smear campaign against another whistleblower was brought out passionately on the House Floor by Congressman Weldon of Pennsylvania.

See Video
Congressman Weldon (R) blasts Pentagon

Republican Congressman Weldon speaks passionately in Congress alleging a 9/11 cover up smear campaign of the Pentagon against Able Danger Whistleblower.(Windows Media Player video) OR QuickTime Video) More from Guerilla News (see article Weldon on the Warpath) 10/21/05

Our country must heal, but I am unsure as to how that is to be accomplished if so many refuse to believe the truth as the media will not tell them what is going on.

I never have subscribed to any party and it is doubtful that I ever will. A "Bi-partisan" system was not what our founding fathers had in mind and believed that having three or less parties would bring about division and the destruction of what they had envisioned for America.

I wonder why the Green and Libertarian candidates were NOT invited to participate in Presidential debates and then were arrested for showing up, not allowed to even enter the building lest it compromise the "two" party system.

Michael Badnarik, Libertarian Candidate of Texas and David Cobb of the Green Party were arrested for "Civil Disobedience" on one of the debate nights, just because they were there.

Consider these Quotes from Thomas Jefferson -

"A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

"An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes."

"The greatest [calamity] which could befall [us would be] submission to a government of unlimited powers." --Thomas Jefferson: Declaration and Protest of Virginia, 1825. ME 17:445


Just some thoughts :)

 
At 10:59 PM, Anonymous fizure said...

Found you through Kunstler's "Clusterfuck Nation". Nice blog.

I've added you to my feed demon RSS feed. =]

 

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