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Monday, July 31, 2006

 

Delawareliberal Welcomes Disgusted Republicans

You know who you are. Pull up a chair and make yourself at home.

To become the party-in-power, the Democrats have to get 5-10% of the electorate to migrate from the Republicans to the Democrats. Since they are Republicans now, that portion of the electorate is more conservative than most Democrats.

This migration is possible now, because the Republican Party has become repulsive to decency and rationality and secularism. Republicans stand for torture, national bankruptcy, corrupt crony capitalism unbound, and authoritarianism.

The existing right-wing of the Democratic Party, however, has been accomodationist. There's no more prominent example of a Vichy Democrat that Joe. Joe, representing the old Democratic Right, loves Republicanism; the New Democratic Right will consist of former Republican, who are conservative, but HATE Republicanism. Joe was right there defending the fantasy foreign policy in Iraq and Terry Schiavo and so on.

It is not just that Joe's dessicated liberalism is no longer compatible with the emergence of a liberal vision of a just society, it is that he is not the kind of conservative, who will attract the conservatives, who find themselves repulsed by the current Republican Party.

Webb in Virginia, Tester in Montana, Lamont in Connecticut -- Kos of DailyKos fame, Howard Dean, represent a New Democratic Right. (Or Center, if you prefer). They are not pissed off at the excesses of the 60's. They are pissed off about Bush and the excesses of Republicans, now. They are a magnet for people being expelled from the Republican Party by those excesses.

It is Lieberman's way of being a conservative Democrat, which is no longer wanted. It is standing in the way of the long-term project of building a Democratic majority.

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Webb in Virginia, Tester in Montana, Lamont in Connecticut -- Kos of DailyKos fame, Howard Dean, represent a New Democratic Right.

I seriously haven't laughed that hard in weeks. Thanks.
 
"accomodationist" is not proper english.
 
Yeah, I had a good laugh there too, first dude.
 
So you guys are in the anti-secular, pro-torture, pro-national bankruptcy, pro-corrupt crony capitalism and pro-authoritarianism wing of the party then?

Well - you are welcome here too.
 
I don't know which of mine was bigger -- the laugh or the yawn.
 
Well make up your mind Hube. I don't have all day.

I'm not sure the old left/right paradigm makes much sense anymore, this post sounded perfectly reasonable to me.

For example I consider myself a fiscal moderate and a social liberal. I think we need a safety net, but tax money (like any money) needs to be well invested.

If programs are proven to be net loses, they should be canned. If they are good investments in the future they should become less necessary over time.

I don’t expect the pro-national bankruptcy, corrupt crony capitalism wing of the Republican party to "get it", but there it is.
 
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pro-national bankruptcy

Are you talking about Social Security and Medicare again?
 
f programs are proven to be net loses, they should be canned. If they are good investments in the future they should become less necessary over time.

Profitablity is the benchmark for government spending? Wow. So no more welfare then? That's a net loser. No more medicare or social security...
 
More welfare, but smart welfare, then less over time. The poor, as Jesus said, will always be with us.

Medicaid and Social Sec. are clearly great programs that provide important social benefits and are relativly cheap.
 
are relativly cheap.

Are you trying to give me one good gut-busting laugh every day?

I'm going to let that one slide as a simple mistake.
 
Look at the relative cost and benefit for Social Security and the Iraq war and get back to me.
 
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