[Vision2020] Conservatism

Dave tiedye at turbonet.com
Mon Sep 20 20:56:33 PDT 2010

One of the best commentaries I've heard lately (on KRFP of course).


> /Monday, September 20, 2010/   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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> Listen to this Commentary 
> <http://www.jimhightower.com/sites/jimhightower.civicactions.net/files/35-18_mnc.mp3>
> I'm at a loss for words, so I need your help.
> Not so long ago, Republican officeholders in our country were 
> conservatives, a political philosophy which literally encompasses the 
> notion of conservation. Those Republicans wanted to conserve important 
> things -- like the public infrastructure, the rule of law, public 
> education, and even our environment. During the last 30 years, though, 
> voters in the GOP's primaries systematically culled these classic 
> conservatives from office, replacing them with right-wing, 
> laissez-faire ideologues. These new-breed Republicans largely rejected 
> our country's commitment to the common good, instead supporting 
> privatization of government functions and tax favoritism for the 
> corporate elite.
> The media, however, made no linguistic adjustment to this fundamental 
> change in philosophy, simply shifting the "conservative" label to the 
> right-wingers. But if they can be called conservative, what the hell 
> do we call the new new-breed Republicans who're presently displacing 
> those politicos who displaced the actual conservatives?
> This year, the Republican primary has gone from plain old 
> right-wingism to right-wing crackpotism. In Nevada, Wisconsin, 
> Colorado, Delaware, New York, Kentucky, and elsewhere, many GOP 
> nominees to Congress and other offices are farther out than Pluto! 
> "End Social Security," they rant, "Stop punishing BP," "Cut off 
> unemployment benefits to jobless Americans," "Keep the government's 
> hands off of our Medicare" ... and on and on. Instead of tea, I think 
> there these people's tea bags are filled with loco weed.
> Once again, however, the media merely labels them "conservatives." 
> Surely you can think of a better, more apt term. Send your suggestions 
> to info at jimhightower.com. Best suggestion wins a free subscription to 
> The Hightower Lowdown.

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