"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

December 11, 2006

Conservatism Dead?

I don't think anyone can analyze the republi-con congress of the last 12 years from a positive view. I'm sure, History will not be kind, in any form. But out of all the articles I've read on the past republi-con congresses, the Washington Post article, "GOP's congressional run comes to close", I was struck by a statement in the first paragraph of page 2:

Compared with the liberal ascendancy, which ran from Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal to Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society and arguably Ronald Reagan's election, the conservative era has been brief and relatively inconsequential, said Julian Zelizer, a Boston University congressional historian. Nothing in the past 12 years compares with the creation of Social Security or Medicare, the voting rights and civil rights acts or the Marshall Plan, or even Dwight D. Eisenhower's interstate highway system. Nor were any of those big-government achievements fundamentally altered.

(emphasis mine)

While I agree with the basic premise that, "any of those big-government achievements" were not "fundamentally altered." I can't say from an historic sense if 'the conservative era' will end up being 'brief and relatively inconsequential'! I truly feel, this will be the most damaging political era of a lifetime, if not American history. The blatant arrogance, sickening self-admiration, purely pretentious, and without a doubt, the most hypocritical politicians ever to serve will make these last 12 years an example of how not to govern! What has been bred out of this era will take more than a lifetime to eliminate. As long as we have church interference, a controlled media (mainly FOX TV and Rush type radio ), and the remaining portion of a political party believing in this failed policy we will always have to continue the battle against conservatism and these crazed American zealots.

I ask three questions: 1) Will the 'conservative era' be the 'brief and relatively inconsequential era' as Julian Zelizer described? 2) Is it dead? 3) What approach can we make to keep the conservative agenda in check?

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