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PJ Buchanan

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

The world that Pat Buchanan was talking about and advocating for in this 1988 interview, simply doesn’t exist anymore and we were moving away from it in 1988 if not only escaped from there by then. Gays, no longer live in the closet. African-Americans, have just as much right to vote and are treated the same as Caucasian-Americans now. Women, now work and hold very responsible jobs, making good money, running and managing their own business’s. The music is much different and much more open about life. Americans, now have the freedom and feel the freedom to be themselves. Which is Americans and individuals and we live our lives the way we want to. Not how Pat Buchanan and other Christian-Conservatives feel we should live.

The 1950s, was great for America in many ways. We were not just the economic superpower of the world, but became the number one military and diplomatic power in the world. This was post-World War II where our economy boomed and our infrastructure system boomed as a result. But the problem with this era was that many Americans didn’t benefit from these American advances. Not because of anything that they did, but because of how they were born. Their complexion, their race, their ethnicity, their religion, their gender. Not because they were, or could be any less productive than Anglo-Saxon Protestant men. What the 1960s and the 1980s brought to America, was true individual freedom. Both from a personal and economic standpoint.

If you watch this video, think you see Pat Buchanan, essentially acknowledging what I’m arguing here. That the America that he grew up with in the 1950s simply no longer exists. And when he was asked, “do you want to use government to bring that America back?” He answered truthfully and honestly and said he doesn’t believe that, because its simply not possible. Which is a very practical answer and the correct answer. As far as the 1988 presidential election, you had Vice President George H.W. Bush, for the Republican Party. Who represented President Ronald Reagan and his policies in that election. Going up against Governor Michael Dukakis, who represented the New America and the direction that America has been moving to ever since.
Remember This-C-SPAN: Pat Buchanan- Biography, Apartheid, Culture War, Foreign Policy, Free Trade: 1988 Interview

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As a straight man I’m obviously not the most qualified person to speak about homosexuality and what homosexuals go through in America or anywhere else around the world. But I am qualified to speak about what I see as far as the bigotry that’s thrown at homosexuals as a Liberal, as a blogger and as someone who is friends with gay people and someone whose worked with Gay people as well. Plus the bigotry that I’ve seen and read get thrown at gays just because they are gay and who they are attracted to.

And how gays carry themselves. Which is what I’m going to do in this blog, and not trying to speak as an expert on homosexuality which I’m clearly not. Just like a gay person wouldn’t be an expert on heterosexuality because of simple fact they aren’t straight and they do not know what it’s like to be straight. And bisexuals may be the only people who could possibly be qualified to be experts on both homosexuality and heterosexuality because they’ve lived the life as both at least to a certain extent.

As a Liberal I actually do believe in the old fashion conservative notion of personal responsibility. That we must be held accountable for our actions for good and bad. Fine I agree with that, but I’m going to give homophobes a pass when it comes to their homophobia just for this reason. Because and I don’t know this as a fact, but if I had to guess the overwhelming majority of homophobes didn’t decide that they are against homosexuality. Or the way they would put it, they do not agree with homosexuality. When they turned eighteen or twenty-one.

That its something that was already part of homophobes lives much longer before those two very important birthdays. And that since a lot of their homophobia if not all of it comes from a religious vantage point and they grow up in strict religious households or communities, that a lot of their homophobia comes to them when they are in church or from their families. That’s one theory and the other one coming from lets say lack of exposure to gay people and not being friends with those people and not having a good idea what its like to be around gay people.

This might sound like a fantasy or something, but I bet if you took the one-hundred of the most bigoted homophobes who didn’t have violent or murderous tendencies, that their homophobia was purely verbal and how they think rather than how they act and you had them live in a community of homosexuals for let’s say a week or a month or even longer than that, the Homophobes views of homosexuals would change drastically. Because they would see that gay people are people almost just like them, but attracted to the other gender and perhaps a little more feminine or masculine. To play off of a gay stereotype.

And that hay people perhaps have different interests, but that they would find things to agree on as well. And even talk about that and homophobia like all other forms of bigotry are based on simple ignorance. Having strong feelings about something that you simply don’t know much about which of course is dangerous. I really believe this because just look at the last ten years where back in 2003-04 gay-marriage was seen as a fringe issue. Now at least half of Americans are in favor of gay-marriage.

But even ten years ago when gay-marriage was unpopular the idea of civil unions seemed mainstream and an appropriate alternative. So we’ve made a lot of progress in just ten years. Which gets to my point that the more people know about something and see that it’s not dangerous and certainly not a threat to you, the harder it is to hate that thing. And more Americans are simply learning more about homosexuality and knowing gay people and seeing that these people are good people by in large just like straights.
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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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Mainstream Media

Mainstream Media

 

Why the Elite Attack Mainstream America | The Fiscal Times.

Before I explain what I mean about people who attack mainstream America, first I believe I should explain what I mean about. Mainstream America even if that is possible because it is such a broad term in such a broad country. But it is basically represents the country and the things and values that tend to bring us together from people on the Left and Right. Not Centrists exactly but things I would have in common with Conservatives as a Liberal. To sort of use President John F. Kennedy‘s speech about the Soviet Union in the early 1960s when he was talking about what. Americans have in common with Russians simply as human beings even if we tend to see politics a bit differently. We both love our families, we both want to see a world that is safe enough for our children to grow up in and live in and other values. That both nationalities shared and similar values as well as these values tend to bring Liberals on the Center-Left together with Conservatives. On the Center-Right which is how these two diverse groups tend to be able to be friends with each other and even love each other.

What tends to bring diverse Americans together is love for family, beliefs in free speech, tolerance, equal protection. Right to privacy and responsibility for one’s decisions in life even if we tend to disagree with each other as Liberals and Conservatives. When it comes to tax policy, role of government, foreign policy, national security how to create jobs and economic growth and other. Issues but we tend to have a core that brings us together as well as having things in common as it relates to sports, entertainment. Things we would do in our free time. Well the people and organizations that make up our mainstream media in America. From network TV to newspapers, news magazines and news radio tend to share these values because they grew up with them. And even live them themselves. The beliefs in free speech, tolerance, equal protection, right to privacy and other things that people who. Aren’t part of the mainstream in America tend to disagree with because they come from the fringes on the Right and Lefts. Radicals from both sides who want America to be a different place and represent their radical values instead of the values. That bring most of the country together.

That is why both the Far-Right and Far-Left bash what is called the mainstream media and even mainstream America. Because they are not part of the mainstream media or the mainstream part of the country and do not like how key stories and issues are. Covered and reported because they do not represent their own partisan agenda and do not advance their own ideological causes. So the way they get back at the New York Times or Wall Street Journal or Washington Post or CBS News to use as examples. Is to bash them and make it look like they are outside of the mainstream instead.

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Big Government Republican

Imagine if President Obama said he wanted more Americans on Public Assistance. Instead of in Higher Education, imagine how the Right Wing would’ve reacted. They would’ve called Barack Obama a Socialist, see we’ve been right all along. Barack Obama is a Socialist. He wants more people in America dependent on government. Instead of taking care of themselves, he wants to transform America into Europe.

Rick Santorum and the rest of the Right Wing can’t have it both ways and be credible. If you believe Higher Education and being Self Sufficient is the right thing. Instead of being dependent on Public Assistance. Something they’ve been saying for eighty years if not longer. Then you can’t say well thats a bad idea now, just because someone you don’t like agrees with you. What you should be saying instead, is that Government Dependence is bad and we need more people working. In America paying their own bills, instead of living off of people who do. Even Barack Obama understands this, we’ve been right all along.

People simply for the most part unless they are an athlete or entertainer. Can’t make it on their own in America, with just a High School diploma. Are economy is just too advanced now, people need Higher Education. And get those extra skills just to have a good chance of getting a good job in this country. Which is something that President Obama was acknowledging and Rick Santorum doesn’t understand.

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Big Government Republican

Big Government Republican


Chicago Tribune: Opinion: Kathleen Parker: Rick Santorum, President Obama’s Dream Opponent

Imagine this. You’re a member of the Opposition Party, facing a President that has presided over the Great Recession. The worst Recession we’ve had since the Great Depression of the 1930s. You’re facing a President that’s also presided over a fairly modest if not weak economic recovery. We are still growing at around 2% GDP with 8.2$ Unemployment. We now have a national debt that’s larger than our economy. We now have a budget deficit that’s 13% of our GDP and we have the highest Poverty Rate in twenty years.

The up incoming presidential election is almost completely about the economy. At least to Independent voters that will decide the presidential election. So all you need is a presidential nominee that can talk economics and communicate a plan back to strong economic growth. And bring down our high unemployment rate. You do that and ask the question, “are you better off today, then you were four years ago?” You win the Presidential Election by 5-10 points and take Congress with you.

I just laid out the perfect storm for how Republicans should be able to win back the White House. But the problem is we are dealing with a Republican Party. Thats now dominated by Religious and Neoconservatives that believe gay marriage and pornography are bigger threats to the country, than terrorism or the weak economic recovery. They don’t live in the same world as sane people. They care more about ideological purity than they do winning presidential elections. Someone who represents their Far-Right big government political ideology. Than winning the presidential election and doing what’s in the best interest of the country.

Which is the whole reason why Rick Santorum is seen as a serious contender for the presidential nomination. When thirty years ago he would’ve been seen as nothing more than a Far-Right presidential candidate, like Pat Robertson. But the problem with the GOP today is that they have more Pat Robertson’s than Barry Goldwater’s or Ron Reagan’s. When it comes to Social Issues and national security, sure the Far-Right has its presidential candidate. And a competitive shot at winning the presidential nomination. The problem for the GOP is most of the country isn’t part of the Far-Right. And someone like a Rick Santorum would have a hard time winning 45% of the vote. And would kill the GOP’s chances of retaining the House and winning back the Senate.

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