Neocons have taken over G.O.P.
Staunch traditional conservatives such as George Will and Kay Parker, among other conservative columnists with similar thinking, are seriously questioning the qualifications of Sarah Palin for vice president, let alone president.
Without going into her statements to questions from the Charlie Gibson, Sean Hannity and Katie Couric interviews, Ms. Palin has confirmed what many suspected. She is an attractive, energetic woman who has a lot of spunk and very little political substance. It is bad enough that she uses ridiculous examples to convince voters of her foreign affairs experience (Putin may fly over Alaskan air space?), she can’t even put her absurd examples into a few intelligible sentences.
Ms. Parker was not kind to Ms. Palin’s fumbling of the few interviews the McCain campaign has allowed her to make (now we know why), and encourages Ms. Palin to bow out of the McCain campaign and put country first. George Will went even further. In addition to finding Ms. Palin unqualified, he also questions Obama’s experience to lead and questions McCain temperament to lead. Mr. Will’s conclusion is that inexperience can be resolved by simply more experience,e but that the temperament inside a 72 year old head may be hard-wired and not subject to change.
This brings me to the Vail Daily and its choice of conservative columnists to contribute opinions. I’m thinking of conservatives such as Sen. Everett Dirksen in the 1970s, Sen. Howard Baker and President Jerry Ford in the 1980s and even President George H. W. Bush spanning the ’80s and ’90s. These traditional conservatives believed in limited federal government, balanced budgets over economic cycles, state’s and individual rights, and a sense of ethics in which Richard Nixon was forced to resign his presidency by members of his own party.
These traditional conservatives were not, as a group, advocates for what is now advertised as “family values.” This is a movement initiated by the religious right and we know as neoconservatives. What do we call the current administration? Well, President Bush believes in neoconservative family values, but his administration exploded the size of the federal government and added $3 trillion to the national debt. And, that doesn’t include the direct costs of our wars in the Middle East or the bailout.
Several weeks ago, Butch Mazzuca praised Sarah Palin as an ideal choice for the McCain ticket. Has her interviews since changed his view as it has those of Parker, Will and others? Today, the Vail Daily ran a “My View” by Cal Thomas. I usually try to avoid Thomas’ writing like I avoid influenza. However, he was in the Vail Daily so I read it. There he was practicing Karl Rove’s strategy. Noting that Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd had accepted PAC money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, he urges voter to “penalize the people and the party (Democrats) that failed to provide it (real reform). This is pure Karl Rove ” take the criticism earned, turn it around 180 degrees and accuse the opposition of exactly what you are criticized for.
If every member of Congress who accepted PAC money from Freddie and Fannie would recuse themselves from any further political activity, the halls of Congress would be empty. Nor would we have a presidential candidate from either the Republicans or Democrats. And let’s don’t forget that the Republicans in Congress were the lap dogs for George Bush from 2000 through 2006. For those who wonder why Congress has been ineffective for the past two years, you might consider the fact that Mr. Bush has used his veto pen 12 times since 2006 and it stands always at the ready. Mr. Bush never used the veto when his party (his lap dogs) were in power.
As a lifelong traditional conservative and straight party Republican voter from 1968 until 2002 and now a registered Independent, I look for traditional conservatives in the Republican party and can’t find many. The party is so concerned about tending to its neoconservative base that fiscally conservative, but socially liberal party members are forced out. So, what is John McCain? He is indeed a maverick, not easy to classify. I tend to agree with the theory of George Will. McCain is a loose cannon on the deck of U.S.S. America.
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