Finally, we have the two nominees from the major parties. Relief from the election is now less than five months away.
The contrast between candidates only more fully emphasizes the contrast in parties.
Much is being written now about the potential demise of the Republican Part as consituted over the past 30 years. Republicans, for
the most part rose to electoral majority and congressional power using tactics of anger, divisiveness and the most serious
degradation of polical civility in the past 100 years.
Nationally, the party now faces the ironic appropriateness of a presidential candidate in his 70's who
primarily touts what are now old tired lines the next generation ingnores in his campaign accurately characterized
as the 3rd term of George W. Bush?
Of his list, Burnham declared,
"Whether the cause of this linkage - which is not absolute, of course - is metaphysical, social or psychological,
we do not need to decide in order to observe that it exists." (Dean, page 9)
Metaphysical, social or psychological?
How about 50 years later we use the words supernatural, socio-pathic, psycho-pathic
or just plain Left Behind?
Here's the list as quoted in Dean's book.
(1) There is a transcendent factor vital to successful government.
Human nature is corrupt, and therefore conservatives reject all utopian solutions to social problems.
Tradition must be respected, and when change is unavoidable it must be undertaken cautiously
Governmental power must be diffused and limited by adhering to the "separation of powers" and "checks and balances" of the
(5) Direct democracy must be rejected because people are not well informed and are
(6) [Conservatives believe] in States Rights
(7) Each branch
of government must be autonomous and must resist encroachment or usurpation by any other
support of limited government must be encourage in order to keep government in check
(9) The Constitution's
principles have permanent value
(10) Government must be decentralized and localized so that power
(11) Private enterprise should be encouraged.
begins with the individual
(13) Congress should be more powerful than the executive branch.
Having successfully and specifically exploited number (5) for seven years, the current Republican talking point Presidential
electoral project implies that the (1) "transcendent factor vital to successful government" is FEAR.
The corruption of human nature is considerably less dim than the corruption of the corporate nature. The abuse of
corporate "personhood" identity has deteriorated to volumes of legislated non-Constitutional inequality: specific partisan
legislation on behalf of non-mortal corporate "persons" at the tragic expense of human citizen persons.
Our contemporary Republican self-styled "conservatives" of this generation have no notion of change undertaken cautiously
and gradually. What has become unavoidable is change based upon greed.
Invoking the fear-based metaphysics of (1) against those described in (5) above, we see a Republican suppression of separation
of powers, checks and balances and all that lie in the venue. This was quite aptly expressed by Naomi Wolf last year in her history article:Fascist America in Ten Easy Steps.
Included in those "Ten Easy's " are
- Set up and internal surveillance system
- Harass citizen's groups
- Arbitrary Detention and Release
- Target key individuals
- Control the Press
- Dissent = Treason
- Suspend the rule of law.
Yeah, and so much for autonomous resistance of encroachment and usurpation.
"No Child Left Behind" and the Abandonment of Common Sense?
Imperialist invasion and occupation
supported significantly by National Guard and Reserves?
Well, the Conservative Republican version was probably still alive in the 70's, when Goldwater
and Dirkson told Nixon to get his ass out.
By the 1990's limited government merely an on-going talking point until the Gingrich-Delay Republican unwise governance.
Until of course the manipulated election of a manipulated candidate so short of wit, wisdom and maturity that he will be
without peer the most incompetent Republican ever to sit in that office.
Permanency of Constitutional Values? Enter the pulpit-pounding hypocrisy of today's social conservatives who dominate a
party that has included the not-infrequent talking point of Gay Marriage as the overriding issue facing this country.
Yeah, and so much for decentralized localized government and diffused power.
"Private enterprise" - in terms of small-business entrepreneurs is the talking point joke behind which big business sucks
at all the biggest troughs. Under the current Republican Conservatism, the Depart of Labor should be renamed the Department
of Corporate Welfare.
Morality begins and ends with the individual. It doesn't spill and splash from a pulpit nor self-promote itself as an artificial
and manufactured construct entitled "Morale Values."
Congress more powerful than the Executive Branch? I think that means that legislation and policy are the purview of represented
electorate. Execution of the law - putting into effect the will of the people - every four years that's what we hire (or rehire)
the President to do.
If we "conservatively" applied this last notion, future candidate posturing during presidential elections would be mere
taking point politics and implied influence sans a lot of the "when I'm President I will - " nonsense.
This is what John McCain and his party have come to and what they are asking voter permission to continue. If the majority
vote him into office this people will confirm what most of us already suspect.
Aptly described by Oliver Lange in Vandenberg - The Journals, 1971
"We proved the lie, were served up with a gagging portion of our own vintage distillation of apocalyptic horseshit
-- all the narcissistic swill about indomitable spirit, invincibility, courage and nobility of purpose --
and demonstrated once and for all to those who looked on with interest a fact long suspected:
that this nation, through a self-administered indoctrination of spurious righteousness, larded with the false rewards of
had at last achieved the most tractable, malleable -- let's face it, spineless -- people to walk the face of the earth."