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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:10 PM
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Morning in America: a bully is indicted
WHAT'S the difference between the Republican Party then and the Republican Party now? Here's an illustration: Richard Nixon was the president who established the Environmental Protection Agency. Tom "the Hammer" DeLay is the congressman who called the EPA a latter-day "Gestapo." <snip>

DeLay, because he's such a ruthlessly effective bully, has been as responsible as anyone for pushing his party to the end of the political spectrum previously reserved for the anti-everything, loony-bin far right. His comeuppance is an occasion to remind ourselves just what a long, strange trip it's been.

There was a time when the conservative movement in this country was the preserve of principled eccentrics such as Barry Goldwater. These days, Goldwater would be thought of as a libertarian more than anything else, a firm believer that what people really needed was a good leaving-alone. In his prime, he occupied fringe territory that was light-years from the mainstream. <snip>

Theirs is a greedy, small-minded conservatism. In their policies, they seek not to improve government and certainly not to shrink it, but to ruin it to starve the regulatory agencies with tax cuts, then spend so wildly on pork that there's nothing left to pay for actual government work such as, say, preparing for a hurricane. <snip>

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bonito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:16 PM
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1. They didn't come from abroad
armed, they came from within to destroy us. like a nasty infection.
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