MS Fowler - 12/6/2005 4:48 AM
old300D - 12/5/2005 8:39 PM
MS Fowler - 12/5/2005 3:24 PM
I will grant the premise that the current administration is not truly conservative. It has not been financillay conservative; it has not protected the country's borders as it should.
However, there is some stirring among republicans to return to its conservative roots.
The republican party does have a wider diversity of opinion than does the democrat party who refuses to even allow pro-life speakers at its convention.
Yes, the conservatives have abandoned their principles.
But you are wrong that the republicans have a wider diversity of opinion, at least it may be a matter of perspective. In fact, I view the democratic diversity right now as a weakness -- they cannot focus and present a unified front to oppose Bush's bankrupt policies.
Colorado has a governor's race coming up next year, and right now the democrats are lining up behind a Catholic, so-called "right to lifer". His views are similar to a recent democrat (can't remember, virginia, new jersey..?) who also was elected perhaps in spite of "pro-life" views.
Both of these people also support choice and honor existing law. They just don't consider abortion as a personal choice like many others, including me.
I agree that the dems have a problem--they STILL don't present a coherent philosophy. They do not have a unified theory of government. The republicans are known as the party of conservatives--whether in fact they are, or not is another point. But at least there is a general understanding that repubs support a more limited view of government--their problem is that now that they actually have the power of government, many have abandoned their principles and are behaving like big-government, big pork-spending democrats.
On the other hand, democrats do not even have a unified philosophy, other than bigger is better, as far a government is concerned. They have focused almost exclusively on being anti Bush. Its easy to agree that someone, any one person is wrong, and be critical. It is significantly more difficult to offer a positive agenda that shows what positive action one would take that is different from the targeted "evil" person. Thats the problem the dems are begining to understand. Hillary gets heckled by the move-on fringe when she doesn't present a plan for immediate pull out from Iraq.
You may remember, I posted a thread a few weeks ago, asking dems to post positive statements concerning what they would do --if they were returned to power. Very few dems--particularly those who post the most extreme anti-Bush spew, responded in any intelligent way. In fact, they still posted negative, anti-Bush jabs. It seems that this is an illustration of the problems with the dems. They are unified only in their hatred; not in any positive agenda.
Isn't the dem leadership trying to formulate such a positive strategy behind closed doors? I think they have met several times, but seem unable to articulate a positive plan. It must be frustrating for them.