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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » this brings up some disturbing questions

this brings up some disturbing questions

The Sarah Party? I’m perfectly content to admit that the core of Republicans see Palin as their new star, but from what I can tell that means there is a large base of people out there who are basically horrible people. People who only care about freedom of religion when it comes to which christian denomination you support, who want creationism taught in schools, who think homosexuality is not only immoral but criminal, who think the war on drugs is working, etc., etc. These people are, in fact, a alarmingly high percentage of the population. These people have hijacked the conservative label and twisted it. There have been several occurances of people shouting racist remarks at Palin rallies and what does she do? Says nothing. I could respect her quite a bit more if she at least said, “That’s wrong.” But, no, she does no such thing.

And the fact that her supporters keep pushing the “Obama might be a Muslim” tripe is frustrating because I don’t even see the relevance. I guess it would if you’re scared and full of religious craziness. Religion doesn’t affect my view on a politician unless it’s blatantly obvious that they’re going to push religious doctrine in governmental affairs.

The Republicans haven’t been Buckley conservatives for a long, long time. They represent nearly identical, if only slightly more business-oriented policy combined with more traditional judeo-christian values. The Dems, traditionally the party of the blue-collar guy, is now that of the middle class (where they moved their base to) and are more focused on progressive values but don’t discount those of their religious supporters.

Now me, I’m voting Barr/Root on the 4th. Not that it will matter. But I’ll sleep better.

After the 4th (especially with the Ted Stevens shenanigans) the Democrats will have control of both houses, and then shortly thereafter the office of the president. The big, strong federal government will continue to be so. The benefit might come in the form of some decent SCOTUS judges, but I see the real benefit being that of foreign relations. And that is something many of these Republicans don’t care about. They seem to be clinging onto a cold-war mentality where the US is fighting for democracy world-wide and all other countries are inferior, even our allies.

This is nothing really new, though. History has shown that people vote along lines they think will help the group they affliliate themselves with (rather than themselves specifically).

I’m quite intrigued by these people, though, in a way. They represent something extremely alien to me, but apparently they live next door.

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