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Crooks and Liars: Opinion: Mike Lux: Two Kinds of Meanness: The Modern Conservative Movement

It must be snowing in San Diego right now, because I actually agree with Mike Lux on something. But he’s right about at least a couple of things about the modern Republican Party, as I would put it. Can you imagine what Barry Goldwater would’ve said had he heard Vice President Dick Cheney back in 2003, saying that deficits don’t matter? The Republican Party, still has that strong conservative libertarian wing, that I and Mike Lux I guess both respect. I for sure anyway, that is now led by Senator Rand Paul and a few others in and out of Congress.

But in Mr. Conservative Barry Goldwater’s day, the Neoconservatives and Religious-Right, were still a growing force. But the Goldwater-Reagan Republicans and their supporters still ran the party. We’ll see what 2016 looks like and how big a movement the Conservative Libertarians led by Senator Paul are. But since 1988 or so, a Republican couldn’t win the presidential nomination without having the Christian-Conservatives and Neoconservatives behind him. They also couldn’t win the presidential election without these two groups as well.

Back in the day, the Religious-Right and Neoconservatives, the Pat Robertson’s and Rick Santorum’s of the world, were seen as extremists. As dangerous to the Republican Party. Now, the Santorum’s and Mike Huckabee’s of the world are seen as major presidential contenders. But, that could change in 2016 depending on how big a movement the Paul Conservative Libertarians have become. And has the GOP returned to some form of sanity and really gotten back to their conservative libertarian routes. The Patriot Act debate in Congress the last few weeks, suggests that the GOP might be ready to get back to where they were. And move away from their big government Republicanism.

Back in the day, the GOP was the anti-big government party. Not the, “we don’t like your big government when it comes to economic policy. So we’re going to replace your big government with our big government. And stick it in the homes of every American. And show them by force what it means to be a real American.” Back in the day, deficits and debt not only did matter, but they mattered regardless if the President was a Democrat, or Republican and who was in control of Congress. Back in the day, Republicans weren’t in favor of invading countries, simply because they didn’t like the dictator who was in charge of the country. The GOP, up until the last few years, have taken the opposite positions on all of these issues.

I don’t agree with Conservative Libertarians on everything, obviously. Otherwise I would be a Conservative Libertarian, instead of a Liberal myself. But I can work and talk to Conservative Libertarians, because we tend to have similar principles. That we both believe individual freedom, both personal and economic. That we need an effective, but limited government doing for the people what we can’t do for ourselves. And then the debates and discussions become about what exactly government should be doing. How they should regulate and what services they should perform. Instead of should people have the freedom to do this or that for themselves.

American politics would be a lot more fun and interesting today for me as a Liberal Democrat, if the Republican Party didn’t have their big government neoconservative faction. And their anti-government Libertarian faction, that has almost no role for government. Which is more extreme than the Conservative Libertarians, who aren’t anti-government so much as they’re anti-big government, which is different. And whatever you think of Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, they’re not anti-government, or even in favor of big government into people’s personal lives, for the most part. Certainly for Senator Paul, on most if not all issues. And maybe we’ll see the GOP in 2016, move away from both their anti-government and big government trends and become a responsible political party again.

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Classical Conservative

Classical Conservative

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

Whatever Andrew Sullivan is calling himself these days, I still consider him to be a Conservative. Conservative Libertarian even if that makes you feel better. Because similar to Barry Goldwater it is not that conservatism has changed, but similar to liberalism it is the people who call themselves Conservatives or Liberals that has changed. Using the old labels and throwing out the classical ideology and putting in something that is more comfortable with their ideological perspective.

Today’s Conservative is someone who’s supposed to believe that the Federal Government should decide who can and can’t marry.

That deficits and debt doesn’t matter except when there is a Democratic administration.

That tax cuts automatically pay for itself.

That America can afford to and must police the world.

Security before liberty.

That expanding government into the economy is a good thing if it is done with private market principles.

The Second Amendment is not only absolute, but the only absolute Constitutional Amendment that we have. Meaning it isn’t subjected to any form of regulation.

That there’s so such thing as waste in the Defense Department. Even though it is a government agency run by bureaucrats. And no limits to what America can spend on defense.

Corporation’s are people.

Andrew Sullivan’s politics hasn’t changed. He believes the same things that he did probably twenty years ago. But what has changed is the Republican Party and the broader American Right. To the point that Sullivan looks moderate to liberal or libertarian by comparison. But conservatism today is what it was when Barry Goldwater put it on the map in 1964. That big government is government that interferes in the economic and personal affairs of Americans. Whether it is taxing a lot of their money from them to spend on their behalf. Or trying to run their personal lives for them.

The modern rightist or Republican or what I call rabid partisans on the right do not resemble what it means to be a Conservative. Because as much as they may talk about how much they love the Constitution they spend as much time trying to change it. Instead of being about conserving individual freedom both economic and personal. Limited government, that government closest to home is the best government. Defend America first with a limited foreign policy. Not try to police the world ourselves. And keeping spending down so we don’t rack up large deficits and debt.

The rabid partisan is against Barack Obama no matter what even if they are actually in favor of it. Instead of fixing problems looking to blame President Obama for everything that has happened since the Earth was created. It is not that conservatism has changed, but the far-right that used to be so small in the Republican Party that they looked like a group of people who want to outlaw eating meat. Where today they have enough power to decide if the Republican Party can win elections or not. Sullivan is still Sullivan, but his party has changed.

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul

The Dish: Opinion: Andrew Sullivan: Why Rand Paul Matters

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For me, though, these clips make Paul’s candidacy more appealing, not less. What the GOP needs is an honest, stringent account of how it has ended up where it is – a party that has piled on more debt than was once thought imaginable and until recently, has done nothing much to curtail federal spending. Reagan was a great president in many ways, as Paul says explicitly in these clips.
But Reagan introduced something truly poisonous into American conservatism.
It was the notion that you can eat your cake and have it too, that tax cuts pay for themselves and that deficits don’t matter. This isn’t and wasn’t conservatism; it was a loopy utopian denial of math. And the damage it has done to this country’s fiscal standing has been deep and permanent. It is one of modern conservatism’s cardinal sins. And Paul is addressing it forthrightly – just as he is addressing the terrible, devastating consequences of neo-conservatism for America and the world in the 21st Century.

What we desperately need from the right is this kind of accounting. It’s what reformers on the left did in the 1990s – confronting the failures of their past in charting a new future. Taking on Reagan on fiscal matters may be short-term political death, as Corn suspects and maybe hopes, but it is vital if the GOP is to regain some long-term credibility on the core question of government solvency. Compared with the ideological bromides and slogans of so many others, Rand Paul is a tonic. And a courageous one at that.
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I really respect Senator Rand Paul and love Andrew Sullivan (you know platonically) because of their damned straight honesty and forthrightness.  Andrew, on his blog, The Dish, today compared the supply side economics of the Reagan and G.W. Bush administrations with the overreach of the Democratic Party at the time of the emergence of the New Left in America. The base of that party became so radical in the late 1960s and 1970s that it gave liberalism and Liberals a bad name.  It took Bill Clinton ,in the early 1990s, to bring the Democratic Party back to Earth, so to speak, and make it a center-left party again.
Senator Rand Paul was speaking the plain truth when he said that President Jimmy Carter had a better, more responsible and conservative fiscal record than President Ronald Reagan.  President Carter had a balanced budget as one of his goals and he pushed that throughout his presidency. He had a very rough economy and never got there but it wasn’t because of the overspending of his administration or the Congress.  It was because of the bad economy of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
President Reagan abandoned the goal of a balanced Federal budget by 1984 in late 1981 or early 1982 when his Economic Recovery Act became law.  He was getting intelligence reports about the U.S.S.R. and the mess its economy was in.  Perhaps he got the idea that this would be the time to end the Cold War and put the Soviet Union out of business.  That meant building up the Defense Department in an attempt to bring the Russians to their knees so that they had to negotiate with the U.S. in order to survive economically.
The fact is that our last fiscally conservative president was George H.W. Bush who was no radical,  right or left.  He had a pretty conservative fiscal policy and a tight monetary policy.  Without the 1990 Deficit Reduction Act that he negotiated with a Democratic Congress we wouldn’t have reached the balanced budget in 1998 that we did. President Gerald Ford is probably the most fiscally conservative president we’ve ever had as far limiting what the Federal Government would do and spend.  It is not Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush.  They were both supply side borrowers and spenders.

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Too Liberal For The Modern GOP

Too Liberal For The Modern GOP

How the GOP Turned from Pragmatism to Tribalism | The Fiscal Times.

I’m not a Republican and probably would never be a Republican as long as the Tea Party and Christian-Right. Are calling the shots in that party but I’ve always since I’ve followed American politics. Since high school have had a respect for the Republican Party in how it has balanced our two-party system. The Republican Party is the party of big business and the wealthy and the wealthy in the sense. That it wants all Americans to have a good shot at living the American dream however you define that. But it gets to being economically successful and living with broader personal freedom in life as well. The Democratic Party is and I believe still the party of working people. Middle class workers who play by the rules, go to and finish school to get ahead in life. The Republican Party at least back in the day was the party of big business and management. The Democratic Party the party of big labor and without either side at least at the leadership level. Being against big or small business or labor but they just tend to represent one side or another. So both sides are represented well and work well.

The Republican Party I just described was the Republican Party of Dwight Eisenhower. Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Robert Dole. All of these men even though they were all very successful and very good for the GOP in their. Time couldn’t get elected by the national Republican Party today because of two groups. The Christian-Right and the Tea Party and what makes this more interesting is the. Christian-Right along with Libertarian-Republicans who believe working with Democrats is a form of. Surrender is part of the Tea Party as well and the reason these men wouldn’t be. Successful national Republicans today is because they would be considered Moderates. Liberals even which is laughable to me as an actual Liberal or what the Tea Party calls Rinos. Republicans in Name Only, when the men I described and their followers are the. Real Conservative-Republicans and represent the GOP’s glory days.

So because of the leadership void that came about in the Republican Party when. President George W. Bush left office in 2009 with an approval rating in the high twenties or. Low thirties and without establishment Republicans stepping up and taking charge of the. Republican Party, the GOP is left as a collection of political tribes without a real. Leader someone who can bring them together and unite the party.

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U.S. House Republican Conference Meeting

U.S. House Republican Conference Meeting

What Is the Republican Party Health Care Plan? Alan Grayson: "Don't Get Sick … Die Quickly" – YouTube.

What is the Republican healthcare plan? Which is a good question because they do not seem to have one that not only unifies the entire party. But something that would be popular with the country at large and to be completely honest neither do the Democrats. The ACA is still unpopular as a whole three years later even though certain aspects of it are very popular. Sure there are Republicans who have their own healthcare plans and Republican groups that have. Their own healthcare plans like the Neoconservative Heritage Foundation. Which tells me that the Republican healthcare plan, if there actually is one. Is to first repeal the Affordable Care Act and then replace it with the old healthcare system pre 2010. That left roughly fifty-million Americans without health insurance. And perhaps strip more regulations from the healthcare system and give more power to corporations over individuals as far as. Who can have health insurance and for how long which is why they do not want to propose that. Because of how unpopular it would be.

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Religious Conservative

Religious Conservative

It’s Uphill All the Way for Social Conservatives | News & Analysis | The Rothenberg Political Report.

I believe there’s a little need for definitions and defining and why political labels are at times important. A Social-Conservative is someone who believes in conserving social freedom not subtracting from it but protecting it. Why do I say that because Conservative in the political sense is about conserving freedom not subtracting from it. People who are called Social-Conservatives today are really Religious-Conservatives and in America they tend to be. Christian-Conservatives no matter what type of Christianity they practice. Back in the day Bob Dole, Gerry Ford, Ron Reagan, Barry Goldwater of course Bill Buckley. These were the Social-Conservatives at least of the World War II generation who expired others to become. Republicans because they believed in freedom and not just economic or religious but personal as well. The so-called culture war wasn’t fought between Liberals and Conservatives which tend to be the popular. Opinion but between Liberals and Religious-Conservatives or Neoconservatives. People who tend not to believe in personal freedom because they see it as threat. To our national security and morality if individuals were simply allowed to live their own lives.

And why the Republican Party is in danger today of losing power in the near future and even in danger of becoming. A small opposition minority party in the future. Is because of the religious and Neoconservative factions in their party. Who still have a lot of power as we saw in 2012 with Rick Santrorum who comes from this faction of the GOP. Who finished second in the GOP nomination contest for president. While the most Conservative Republican running for president Ron Paul only managed to win one state in the Republican primaries. But the good news for the GOP is that they do not have to become a brand new party to remain a big. Force in American politics but simply go back to being who they use to be. And let the Religious-Conservatives and Neoconservatives bolt if they choose to form some far-right. Confederate Party or something while the GOP brings in Northeastern Conservatives. Libertarians, Independents and Latinos to make up the difference.

In other words a real Social-Conservative is someone who believes in social freedom. Civil liberties, equal rights, civil rights. Rather than being against these things and being some type of statist who’ll do anything to see that Americans do not gain personal freedom. Or protect laws that would weaken our personal freedom even by going against Conservative. Principles like states rights as we saw in the DOMA case a couple of weeks ago.

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Lost

Lost

Source: The Washington Post: Opinion- Matt Miller- How Democrats Can Save Yhe GOP

If I was nothing more than a partisan Democrat who didn’t care that much about the American political system. And American politics in general except for of course how it effected the Democratic Party. And I wasn’t a broader political junky who did care about American political system and American politics. I would tell the current Republican Party to keep doing what you are doing and stay on course. Continue to treat personal freedom like it’s a threat to national security and forget about states rights. As they relate to social issues and continue to treat immigrants who do not come from Europe as invaders. And ethnic and racial minorities as Un American who do not deserve full American citizenship and constitutional rights as. European-Americans and are people who should go home to the land of their ancestors. But even though I’m a proud Liberal and a proud Liberal Democrat, the Democratic Party is not the only. Thing that I care about when it comes to American politics and our political system.

The two-party system in America works best when both parties are strong. Not divided government necessarily but when both parties are strong enough to compete with the other. So maybe we do have united government from a partisan perspective. Meaning one party controls both the White House and Congress House and Senate. But where the minority party has enough seats in Congress and the resources and candidates available to win all three back or at. Least part of the Federal Government back and today that’s where we are basically politically. One strong party in the Democratic Party with the White House and Senate. And the opposition party the Republican Party holding the House to serve as a check. That’s where we are today but long-term if the Republican Party holds course and still relies mainly on what I call. It’s Confederate base of mainly Southern and rural Neoconservative Republicans mostly Caucasian and male. To win elections todays strong GOP will evaporate and become a far-right third-party basically. With Democrats controlling everything in huge numbers and we become basically a one-party state.

That’s the situation for the Republican Party in near future as the country is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. And less Caucasian with more Americans of all racial and ethnic backgrounds living in metropolitan areas. Meaning for the Republican Party to compete they are going to have to win over voters in non-traditional areas. And stop kissing off the Northeast, big states in the Midwest like Michigan and Illinois at the Presidential level. As well as California and the way we are moving demographically. Arizona and Texas are heading towards becoming swing-states that Democratic presidential candidates will be able to compete. In and win and win at the state level as well and win the state legislature. Republicans can prevent this by bringing in new voters especially Latinos and women but Gays as well who tend. To be economically Conservatives and stop treating these groups as immoral or Un American or just a waste of their time.

I’ve blogged before that the problem with todays Republican Party is that it’s not Conservative enough. Rather than being too Conservative and that they do not believe in states rights and individual freedom enough. That their positions on these issues are too limited rather than believing in them too much. That the way to save the Republican Party is for them to be more Conservative and move away from the Neoconservative Statist policies and views.

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