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Red Tory

I couldn't agree with you more, especially about so-called "Conservatives" being more aptly referred to as "Radical Reactionaries." That brought to mind an essay by Garrison Keillor prior to the election last year:

Something has gone seriously haywire with the Republican Party. Once, it was the party of pragmatic Main Street businessmen in steel-rimmed spectacles who decried profligacy and waste, were devoted to their communities and supported the sort of prosperity that raises all ships. They were good-hearted people who vanquished the gnarlier elements of their party, the paranoid Roosevelt-haters, the flat Earthers and Prohibitionists, the antipapist antiforeigner element. The genial Eisenhower was their man, a genuine American hero of D-Day, who made it OK for reasonable people to vote Republican. He brought the Korean War to a stalemate, produced the Interstate Highway System, declined to rescue the French colonial army in Vietnam, and gave us a period of peace and prosperity, in which (oddly) American arts and letters flourished and higher education burgeoned—and there was a degree of plain decency in the country.

[snip]

The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists, fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats, nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks, fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to diminish the rest of us, Newt’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to walk. Republicans: The No.1 reason the rest of the world thinks we’re deaf, dumb and dangerous.

Sorry for quoting at length, but there's little point in re-inventing a perfectly good wheel.

You mentioned an extinct species called "Liberal Republicans." Here in Canada we used to have "Progressive Conservatives" (aka "Red Tories"). We too are highly endangered creatures these days and for the most part have simply walked our votes over to the Liberal Party where we are more naturally at home.

coturnix

Very nice. The problems with labels. Always. I've been writing a post on this (as if I have not written about this a million times already) but it has reached book-length by now and it's not even finished yet. Ah well. Maybe I'll post it, maybe not. Radicals. Regressives. Now, I am off to see the Viscount....

Campaspe

Re: Miss Atlas and her (ahem) sidebars, what concerns me are the extensive quotations from Edna St. Vincent Millay. Millay was a feminist, pacifist (until her anti-fascism compelled her to abandon that in WW II), wrote passionately on behalf of Sacco & Vanzetti and was firmly against Franco in the Spanish Civil War.

Poor Millay, drafted to show the sensitive, poetic side of social Darwinism. In life she wouldn't have given this shirt-clutching far-right harpy so much as a nickel to go to the john. Also, would someone please write Ms. Atlas and inform her that putting a date of 1952 on quotes from Millay's letters does not tend to illustrate devotion to the poet, since Millay died in 1950. "Edna, My Edna" my ass.

Exiled in NJ

I was curious enough about the real nature of conservatives to click the link to Atlas, and as I glanced about there, I confirmed a thought that has been in the back of my head for some time~~~these guys have been on this earth before. I'd always felt the wingers who came out of their pods somewhere about 1993 were descendants of the pre-war French right wing whose political philosophy was "better Hitler than Leon Blum."

Now no one wants to bring the "H" word into any discussion, but I took my argument back 40 more years, read a chapter of Barbara Tuchman's The Proud Tower, and realized I can trace the lineage of Reynolds, Simon et al back to the anti-Dreyfusards, the supporters of Major Henry and his forgeries that sent the French Captain to Devils Island. Read up on it; it's all there: the choice of country over justice, reason, or at least the framing of the debate in that fashion.

To quote one of them, "Indeed" no matter what evidence comes out that a gang of cheats, liars and thugs hijacked this country's government, these guys keep in lock step. Notice the newest mud-slinging: Rethugs who've never served trying to term ex-Marine Murtha a coward.

Jennifer

Narcissism indeed! Holy crap! I dared to go there the other day as well after clicking on Wolcott's link. I wasn't sure what smacked me in the face more, the incredible ME quotient or the hate quotient. I guess I wasn't sure what was more important to her... getting her message across that the left is evil, how much she LUVS America or that she is a FOX! I guess God blessed her since she believes the right way and follows the right people.

One other thought I had after reading and guffawing at Campaspe's comment was, would the harpy even be able to argue the points raised or would she merely use the sour grapes theory and say that the lefties attack her because she is so beautiful...

lymie

I would like to point out that all those Powerline guys are Dartmouth grads (classes of '71 and '73), but that was BEFORE Dartmouth went co-ed. There must be a lesson there.

Red Tory

Gag. I just checked out that Atlas link. Holy cripes, they're more horrific in person than in print! Who knew that was possible? It's like something out of a high-school yearbook.

Ryan

This is off topic - but I was wondering if any of you could provide some info for a script I am writing.

I'm probably one of the only right-wing writers in this town. And the script definitely reflects that - it can best be desribed as a very right wing Fight Club.

What I'm looking for is: actions or ways to be active, at the local level, for neo cons.

Any thoughts - no matter how small or large the action - are appreciated...

You can email at laxwriter at yahoo.com

The Viscount

Thanks for your kind words.

Shakespeare's Sister

The most disturbing thing about the Atlas post to me was this:

UPDATE: November 17 Thumbs down to dirty old man Wolcott.

What's left of his brain is in the gutter. Look at the picture. I am giving a thumbs up to OSM.

Is she on crack, or does she just think we are?

Granted, most of her readers are obviously willing to swallow bucketloads of bullshit, but I have a tough time believing that even a slack-jawed moron who believes Saddam was connected to 9/11 is brain-dead enough to buy that particular interpretation of that particular image.

Jeff Medcalf

That's funny: most of the liberals I've met are Republicans. It's true that most of the conservatives I've met are Democrats. That is the problem with using labels from the 1750s in today's political climate: they don't match.

Maybe it's just that calling names can be so satisfying at times, and is certainly easier than engaging others one on one; particularly if those others don't share your premises. And of course, it's hardly a one way street: plenty of Republicans and plenty of Democrats (and plenty of Libertarians and Constitutionalists and Greens and everyone else) are happy calling names, too.

Gratuitous swipes are easier than empathy.

CTC

Hey! How about some more fascinating stories from the life of Chris The Cop. Gosh, they're interesting!

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