May 12, 2005

A Species Under Extinction: Reasonable Republicans?

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are [a] few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

Now, this is a very sensible view! If I were an insider or a talking head, I'd be repeating this every time Bush and his henchmen in Congress propose to destroy Social Security, eliminate consumer protection laws, repeal laws that protect the environment, and generally push for ways to transfer our national wealth to their wealthy friends and big corporations.
These principles as stated by the author of the quote have remained as valid as they were back in the 1950s! As a matter of fact, they should be more important today since America's safety net has been torn to shreds by the Republican leadership in our one-party government. I think reason itself is under attack in this country. Not only our rulers are talking Newspeak , but they're trying to convince the nation to follow their own perverted perception of reality. They are for social Darwinism: whereas the survival of the fittest means that the rich and powerful deserve to be so, and the poor and the weak deserve their fate because of their own moral failings. This is, in my estimate, not very Christian-like. Not what Jesus had in mind. Of course, no one who has reached, or inherited his position in the socio-economic elite bothers to mention that the cards are marked, and the game is fixed. Yes, the elites are not stupid. They know how to use wedge politics, push "hot buttons", and use issues that are really irrelevant to the actual quality of life of most people in order to make the latter vote against their own economic interests!

Some traditional Republicans will object to this criticism, but since their party has been hijacked by the theologs and the powerlogs, they better take into advice the quote above and then take action. Instead of the nation having a debate between reasonable people as to how to solve our big problems, the present rulers have been directing the country to go back to the past and to re-examine whether evolution is scientific, whether the laws of physics should apply to ..this country! They also want to teach our children that there is an "equally credible theory" out there which proposes that the Earth was created in a couple days and it's probably ..flat, and in the center of the universe! Talking about dumbing down our country...
Are there any reasonable Republicans left in the party that controls the power today ? Do they have the guts to stand up and reclaim their party? Can we move this country forward? We've been through costly battles, paid the price, but we've arrived at the 21st century. We should be choosing among the best-qualified and able persons to do the job at hand regardless of party affiliation; the best CEO if you like. The Repubs seem to buck progress and want to steer us to their own version of the Dark Ages. I don't know if being in power is good enough for some people regardless of what policies are followed, but there have to be some people on the other side of the political spectrum that are fed up with their current leadership. Aren't there any Eisenhower Republicans left?

By the way, the author of the quote above: President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 11/8/54 . My thanks to David Sirota who dug up this gem. Check the Sirotablog for more links.


Anonymous said...

I hope Ike was right about the party that proposes these monstrocities has no future!...

Anonymous said...

It's unfortunate that the Republican party has turned into such a ghost of its past. What happened to the party that wanted a balanced budget and people's privacy?
It's sad that we have to look back 40 years ago to find good Republicans like Ike and Goldwater--honest men with the interest of the people in mind.

Cathy Ludd

Anonymous said...

As long as people are easily distracted and buy into BS then you have to wait a long time before things improve.... People change slowly. This is a myth-making country. The problem is that too many people believe myths without critical evaluation.


Anonymous said...

Wait a minute... Ike knew something about the Texas millionaires back then.... Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

You liberals can't stand to accept that you're a defeated minority. You're the extreme, and yuo're going to be extinct, sooner than later!
R. Milhouse N.

Andros said...

The link "11/8/54" is to President Eisenhower's papers. The quoted passage is in the 4th paragraph.

It's worth adding the preceding sentence from the same page:

"The political processes of our country are such that if a rule of reason is not applied in this effort, we will lose everything--even to a possible and drastic change in the Constitution. This is what I mean by my constant insistence upon "moderation" in government."

Indeed, a RULE OF REASON is NOT applied in this country!

Unfortunately, we are producing too many morons in this country who are succeptible to superstition, have no critical skills, know little about history and the natural environment, are afraid of life & death, and they feel that, by belonging to a big horde of barbarians, they're safe. So, why not...burn the witches and the heretics, and all those who distrurb the sleep of the chosen ones...

Well, that's MY theory...and the Kansas Board of "Education" seems to agree with me.

Daedalus said...

I posted this as well. Sad to think that the "millionaires" he was talking about back then are now "billionaires" are were allowed to become so because no one was paying attention.

Tuli said...

Yes, GO IKE! I never thought that I would say that, but let's also not forget what the historian, Blanche W. Cook reported that Ike said: Beware the Military-Industrial Complex!

It is so all connected.


Anonymous said...

anyone seen any black-helicopters around here?

Anonymous said...

This from the New York Times...

"Bolton is a perfect example of putting the moderates in an impossible situation," said Senator Lincoln Chafee, the Rhode Island Republican who also sits on the Foreign Relations Committee and who agonized publicly over Mr. Bolton for weeks. "It's a no-win. Either we don't support the president or we vote for a very unpopular pick to represent us at the United Nations." [...]
But here in the Capitol, [moderate Senate Republicans] are so few, said Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, that they quit having their weekly lunches about a year ago.

"Susan and I were there alone for so much of the time," Mr. Specter he said, referring to Senator Susan Collins of Maine, "we worked through all of our conversation and decided to disband."

As Mr. Voinovich's refusal to support Mr. Bolton's nomination demonstrates, "the vanishing center"-as another centrist Republican, Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, often says - can still play a powerful role. There are just four core centrists in the Senate, Mr. Chafee, Ms. Collins, Ms. Snowe and Mr. Specter. They are joined from time to time by mavericks like Senators John McCain of Arizona, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Mr. Voinovich."

You're right, the moderate Republicans are a species under extinction!
I think they should consider either forming another party!

In the end, I think, the current GOP will become so extreme that it will push itself out of power from many years to come. It might have the opposite effect of what the neo-cons hope, that is, to rule for the next 25 years.
However, after Bush leaves office in 2008, the inflicted damage by the neo-cons will be very hard to repair for many years after that date..