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  •  Debra Saunders, et al (1+ / 0-)
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    Saunders is a comparatively civilized case.  

    I can thing of so many examples of this phenomenon I could fill up this whole web site.

    Obviously, this is a big subject that could never be covered in one page.  The insidious thing about so-called "Libertarian Conservative" is they way they play this little game of occupying two contradictory positions at once:

    They play the "libertarian" card when they want the freedom to do something without "interference" from government.

    But they also play the "Conservative" care when they want to use the power of government to get their way.  

    William F. Buckley, Jr. pioneered this technique when he founded National Review back around 1955.

    The so-called neoconservatives have simply cared this to the ultimate level -- in the name of spreading "freedom" around the world the neocons openly advocate a dictatorship of "conservatives" in the United States to rule the world.  

    As a few commentators have pointed out, this is one of the reasons why they did such a piss-poor job in Iraq.  They said they wanted to bring freedom to the Middle East -- a worthy goal -- but for them it was "My Way or the Highway" and no criticism was tolerated even from sympathetic members of Congress.  

    I personally lost what teeny, tiny respect I had for John McCain after he turned out to be such a craven suck-up to Bush.  

    As for Ron Paul, a man like Ron Paul has no more business being in the Republican than Joe Lieberman has in being in the Democratic Party.  He's a congressman from Texas, so the truth just picked the GOP label out of convenience (like some people choose to be Democrats in New York City even though they really hate most of what the Demos stand for).

    One of the good things about the 2006 election, in my opinion, is that we finally purged some of these jive-ass Republicans like Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island who made a whole career out of confusing the issues.

    •  Goes back to before the Civil War, (0+ / 0-)

      when the slave power (Democrats) would assert states' rights to maintain the right to own and sell slaves, to oppose the tariff, etc., and then demand the Federal government assert power to protect their interests (i.e. the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 which overturned the rights of other, non-slave states).

      Impeach Bush and Cheney because it's the right thing to do.

      by revbludge on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 05:15:14 AM PST

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