International Writers Magazine: USA Elections Reality
Final Battle For The Soul Of The Republican Party
day left for the Republicans to defend their turf. One day left
before the final nail is driven in the Revolution's coffin. One
day to go for the tattered remains of the Contract With America
before it is likely shuffled off into blessed ignominy with every
other spectacular line of steaming bullshit shoveled upon the
voting public. One more day before...gulp!...the Democrats take
the stage once again.
Seems like only
yesterday Newt Gingrich and his charges swept into town as the power-tie
cavalry and promised to clean up the corruption, trim fiscal bloating,
and finish the job The Gipper began in 1980. Conservatism: Less government,
more individual freedom. But, alas, the new order went the way of the
old order -- Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Today, with 12
years of Republican control in two branches of the federal government,
corruption abounds, pork is aplenty, and no one seems to know how to
protect the borders, wage a war, or save the nation in time of national
crisis, hurricane or terror.
What happened to the dream, some may ask. I will not be one of them.
The dream, as John Lennon once wrote, is over, mainly because there
never was a dream. Rhetorical power drives and ideological demagoguery,
but not really a dream.
I don't believe in Beatles.
But failure to overcome the greatest human frailty -- pure greed and
a lust to horde, in this case power over promise -- is not the only
downfall of the modern Republican surge of 1994. Nope. The Republicans
went wrong because the party that claims to have a direction -- and
appears so primarily because the other party we're stuck with is woefully
devoid of direction -- has none. It is divided. It has lost its way.
Conservatism vs. Fundamentalism: Fundamentalism won.
No one affiliated with this charade wants to admit it, beyond the old
guard: William F. Buckley, George Will, and Pat Buchanan. But somewhere
along the line the purveyors of true Conservatism bastardized it, sold
it down the river for votes and popularity and special interests. Don't
worry. It's not the first time this has happened in politics. It happened
to the rotting corpse of Liberalism too. And it's bound to happen again.
You see, when Barry Goldwater ran for president as the first strongly
opinionated right-winger in 1964, and was savagely painted as a war-mongering
despot by the sanctimonious LBJ clan, he did so as a true Conservative.
He wrote a book about it. He was pro-environment, pro-choice, and pro
gay rights. He even fought against Jerry Falwell and his medieval Moral
Majority thugs at every turn, the ones who now run this government and
press their atavistic Stone Age agenda as holy war.
Truth is, the Republican Party has been hijacked by religious zealots,
who ignore the very tenets of Conservatism by wishing to use the Bible
instead of the Constitution for a framework of civil rights and a guideline
Then there is the subject of Fiscal Conservatism, of which this Republican
Congress and the present administration patently ignores.
Today, if Goldwater saw a Republican President of the United States
signing off one hundred percent of the domestic spending for six consecutive
years, funneled to him by a Republican Congress spending nearly half
of the national budget on rebuilding the ideological face of entire
regions across the globe, while getting re-elected on "moral"
grounds and not from performance record, he would never stop puking.
Not since the Great Society of massive government programs has a president
or a Congress passed this level of domestic spending in one six year
period. Even factoring in two wars, anti-terrorist provisions, and the
rate of inflation, this is still one of the most bloated federal governments
in the history of this nation. What, I ask you, is conservative about
Okay, never mind Goldwater, what about the other Conservative sacred
cow, Ronnie Reagan?
Here's what the aforementioned Pat Buchanan told me about that six years
ago when he bolted the Republican Party for an independent run for president;
"If Ronald Reagan ran as a Republican it would be a far different
story than what they've got now."
The sad truth about Conservatism is that it is, like most isms, a lie.
There is no Conservatism to speak of, not the actual original concept,
but a weirdly translated coagulation of political agenda and fear mongering.
Not unlike Christianity, or the neo-corporate version of it exploited
by fundamentalist freaks or organized clans. Mostly, the term Conservatism,
and its home base, the Republican Party, has been sold out by the Religious
Right, which corrupted the party platform and got a religious fanatic
elected president on the assumption that he is pure and true and takes
his cue from Jesus Christ.
This is how morality puppets are allowed to attack sexual lifestyles
and scream murder of innocent babies on the floor of Congress, beat
the floorboards against Hollywood and South Park and video games while
they funnel billions into government-created sink holes like Homeland
Security and No Child Left Behind and Medicare bills which grease the
palms of no-bid contractors and union creeps and pharmaceutical conglomerates
that buy and sell this country from the inside, sucking our resources
and jilting the populace.
I might agree or disagree with many intellectual and philosophical concepts
behind Conservatism, modern or otherwise, but I know one thing, real
conservatives would not support nation building, which the current administration
and Republican-controlled Congress does. Nor would real conservatives
tinker around with the touchy illegal immigration issue, which this
lame Congress continues to do. And real conservatives certainly would
not allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation to spy on its citizenry
with the most inclusive and abusive laws yet known to this republic.
How in the world these performing seals like Rush Limbaugh, who claim
to be conservatives but are really just interested in playing party
barkers, can continue to defend this two-dimensional fraud is as perplexing
as the National Organization For Women defending the actions of a misogynistic
predator like Bill Clinton to promote its national agenda.
Look, this week, when the voters speak, and perhaps the Republicans
lose the House and/or the Senate, many will look to the failed Iraq
War, or the rampant corruption, and the malaise of a "do-nothing"
Congress. But this space chooses to believe there may be, praise God,
a swing in the phony fascist Holy Roller contingent whose days of influence
and bullying are numbered.
© James Campion November 6th 2006
Result: Democrats take Congress - Senate hangs in
the balance Nov 8th 2006
Bush now a lame duck.
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