Saturday, December 30, 2006

Ford and Kolbe Resonate Same Chord

Tucson, Arizona—With the resignation of Congressmen Kolbe and the death of President Ford, what these two Republicans really think has risen to a new level of candor, and they are singing tunes that march to the same drummer. The GOP’s rightward shift to religious fanatics obsessed with gay rights, homosexuality, and abortion is a mistake. In an interview with Bob Woodward, Ford adds that Iraq was a mistake, "I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation (my emphasis) around the globe freeing people unless it is directly related to our own national security."

Assuming we’re still around, 200 years from now acceptance of gays will come as easily as different eye color. Gender and race biases will evaporate into the intelligent recognition of value for value. Skills, talent, and genuine merit will overwhelm infantile knuckle dragging nonsense, and gay, black women with purple eyes will get the promotion if they are the most qualified.

I think Giffords would have beaten Huffman, but the race would have been tighter and tougher. By going to the right with Graf, the GOP handed Gabrielle her seat. In LD 26, the GOP committed the same error, ousting a solid, respected Toni Hellon as Senator and a strong Carol Somers for Representative, setting up democratic victories in November.

The GOP went Jesus freak and gave seats to the democrats.

I think the GOP is at a certain crossroads, where they have to choose between forces associated with traditional Goldwater concepts of fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, strong defense, and government where government makes sense (which does not include the bedroom), and this religious kook-case nonsense.

Kolbe and Ford are making these kinds of statements, and for good reason.

I’m an independent, and a GOP that talks about personal responsibility and a government accountable for its use of taxpayer dollars makes sense to me. A government that tells me how to have sex and who with seems to defy everything the GOP stands for.

The GOP has serious issues. They have sold out to religious extremists, and they have succumbed to obscene levels of corruption that make laughable any notion of fiscal responsibility. The 109th Congress was a Congress of unprecedented pork, an orgy of earmarked billions, remarkably led by the party of "limited government and fiscal responsibility."

The GOP tags the democrats with "tax and spend." This is worse than "borrow and spend"? Worse, spend on what?

Follow the money. I sometimes have to wonder if the Bush Administration is at its root a project to maximize the profits of a small number of corporations. Seriously, might the war in Iraq be a business venture? Let’s just watch who gets to extract oil from where and reap the rewards. The very oil "machinery" attached to Bush and Cheney appears well positioned to score the prize in Iraq. I find it difficult to avoid the conclusion that someone became President of the United States for the financial gain of himself and his associates.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huffman would have lost even worse to Giffords. You are right that he is more moderate, but he is a terrible campaigner.

12/31/2006 12:52 PM  
Blogger phx kid said...

Ford should not be taken as a model of success for the Republican Party due to the simple fact that he lost in 1976. A much better template for the Republicans was the pro-life Ronald Reagan who won convincingly in ’80 and ’84.

Kolbe was in office for 22 years and during that time the problems of drug and human trafficking, violence, and environmental damage along the border got steadily worse. Thanks a lot Jim.

12/31/2006 11:27 PM  
Blogger sirocco said...

The statement:

"A government that tells me how to have sex and who with seems to defy everything the GOP stands for."

... is demonstrably wrong. Certainly it applies to the classical sense of the GOP, but dating back to at least the Reagan years, the GOP has (as you later note) become increasingly associated with theocratic views, until at this point you can certainly argue (I would) that such views have a greater association with the GOP than the old, classical views (such as fiscal responsibility) do.

Certainly, the actions of the recent administration and Congress would support this contention. Lots of attempts at additional theocracy, little or nothing at limiting government or fiscal responsibility.

This most certainly does present an issue for the party. It's going to be hard to win elections if they keep veering toward their theocratic supporters. OTOH, if they revert back to their more classical orientation and lose a lot of their more theocratic voters, it will be hard to win elections as well ... although less difficult, I think, as they will have an easier time winning true independents, and can hope to get their votes in sufficient number to more than offset any votes they lose from the more relifious wing.

Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see iti play out.

1/02/2007 10:34 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Sirocco,

Actually, I agree with everything you wrote. It was a semantics thing. I meant "original GOP" a la Goldwater and conservatives like William Buckley.

You raise a good question. The GOP loses a LOT of independents (I am one of them) because of this theocratic "Christian nation" banter, and I think the country is FAR more pro-choice than most think.

If they truly do outlaw abortion, I think the backlash would be huge.

1/02/2007 1:46 PM  
Blogger liza.oliver said...

The Republican party is going to have to reinvent itself unless they want to continue to lose elections. The neoconservative, radical right wing idealogues who took over the government when George Bush was given the presidency in 2000 have destroyed any remaining perception that Republicans represent "limited government and fiscal responsibility." They have damaged the Republican party far more than the religious right for some very obvious reasons - astronomical government spending and deficits, a disastrous foreign policy, and unmitigated corruption to name just a few. And, worst of all for the Republican party is the fact that the Bush Administration will not admit mistakes or alter their failed foreign and domestic policy. This presidency will just simply have to play itself out, meaning that it will be at least 2008 before the Republicans can begin to work on their image problem. Of course, the Democrats may help them out by failing to address Iraq and reinforcing the perception held by many voters that one party is as useless as the other.

1/02/2007 6:09 PM  

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