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America: turning left?


Reality: America Isn’t Conservative
by Joe Conason Published: August 21, 2007
The New York Observer.


As Karl Rove exits stage right with his ruined dreams of rightist hegemony, all the political signs and portents tell us that America is turning the other way. No doubt the departing “boy genius” would dispute that assertion as liberal wishful thinking, as would many on the right. But they cannot so easily dismiss The Economist, an avowedly conservative voice that is among the oldest and most respected periodicals in the world.

Framing the shift on the cover of its Aug. 11 issue with a question—“Is America turning left?”—the magazine’s editors conclude in their lead essay that the answer is yes, probably.

“Having recaptured Congress last year, the Democrats are on course to retake the presidency in 2008,” says the venerable British weekly, which blames the destruction of the vaunted Republican machine on the ideological excess and breathtaking incompetence of the Bush administration, as well as the sleaziness of the G.O.P. leadership in Congress.

The editorial warns fellow conservatives against claiming that George W. Bush failed to fulfill their agenda. The president is a lame duck but not a good scapegoat, because “rather than betraying the right, he has given it virtually everything it craved, from humongous tax cuts to conservative judges.” The worst political errors of the Bush regime, from its ruinous war in Iraq to the awful Terri Schiavo intervention, sprang directly from the brilliant minds of the religious right and the neoconservatives.

“Now the American people seem to be reacting to conservative over-reach by turning left. More want universal health insurance; more distrust force as a way to bring about peace; more like greenery; ever more dislike intolerance on social issues.” The magazine also presents a thorough briefing and even more gloomy analysis of the current condition of the American right, noting that conservative activists are openly angry and depressed while Republican officials privately anticipate a “catastrophe” next November.

The Economist’s doomsaying is still more persuasive because its top staffers predicted only a few years ago that the Republican right would fulfill the dreams of Mr. Rove. Back in 2004, Economist editor John Micklethwait and Washington bureau chief Adrian Wooldridge published The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America, a best-selling book that insisted that the United States is an inherently conservative country that was only growing more so under the tutelage of a powerful coalition allied with the Republican Party—and that the remnant of American liberals should simply acknowledge their status as a permanent minority relegated to irrelevance. Right-wingers themselves, the authors predicted that the Republicans could expect a bright and boundless future thanks to favorable demographic trends, bolstered by young people who supposedly leaned right regardless of ethnicity, geography, education or profession.

Happily, neither Mr. Micklethwait nor Mr. Wooldridge has paid much for their bad bet. Indeed, the latter is now the magazine’s Washington bureau chief and featured columnist; the former has been promoted to editor in chief. They deserve to be congratulated not only for climbing the professional ladder, but for confronting the political realities that may now be somewhat embarrassing to both of them.

The Economist’s editors—and all their once triumphal comrades—might have avoided such foolish predictions if they had paid more attention to the nuances of American politics and less to the self-serving propaganda of the Republican noise machine. They might have noticed, for instance, that despite the outcome of the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore and Ralph Nader together decisively outperformed Mr. Bush. Or that Republican power in the Senate owes more to the outsize clout of small states than to a true electoral majority.

Opinion surveys have provided copious evidence that contradicted the conventional wisdom about the nation’s political outlook. Astute analysts at Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group, recently released “The Progressive Majority: Why a Conservative America Is a Myth,” an exhaustive study of reams of polling data from nonpartisan sources that shows that American voters are not just now becoming more progressive, as 2008 approaches. (See Media Matters - The Progressive Majority: Why a Conservative America is a Myth for the full study.)

On salient issues, despite the plurality of respondents who always identify themselves as “conservative,” the American people have favored progressive policies for many years. With all due respect to The Economist, favorable attitudes toward universal health care, environmental stewardship, economic fairness and social tolerance did not suddenly arrive from nowhere this year or even last year. Support for increasing the minimum wage, keeping abortion legal, strong environmental and consumer protections and higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations are among the most durable results in polls from one decade to the next.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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Now, he is not going to be having sex tonight

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Why did you post this stuff? What did Jayhawk ever do to you?

Now, he is not going to be having sex tonight
JAy became a stupid bird lately.

Overall, isn't it always like this?

8 years of Clinton after 12 years of Reagan/Bush Sr.

And 4 years of Jimmy before Reagan. And so the list is going on.

Single party did not have presidency for very long, maybe with the exception of Franklin Roosevelt / Truman years.

1 George Washington John Adams
John Adams 1789-1793
1793-1797 None
2 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 1797-1801 Federalist
3 Thomas Jefferson Aaron Burr
George Clinton 1801-1805
1805-1809 Democratic-Republican
4 James Madison George Clinton
Elbridge Gerry 1809-1813
1813-1817 Democratic-Republican
5 James Monroe Daniel D. Tompkins 1817-1825 Democratic-Republican
6 John Quincy Adams John C. Calhoun 1825-1829 Democratic-Republican
7 Andrew Jackson John C. Calhoun
Martin Van Buren 1829-1833
1833-1837 Democrat
8 Martin Van Buren Richard M. Johnson 1837-1841 Democrat
9 William Henry Harrison John Tyler 1841 Whig
10 John Tyler None 1841-1845 Whig
11 James K. Polk George M. Dallas 1845-1849 Democrat
12 Zachary Taylor Millard Fillmore 1849-1850 Whig
13 Millard Fillmore None 1850-1853 Whig
14 Franklin Pierce William R. King 1853-1857 Democrat
15 James Buchanan John C. Breckinridge 1857-1861 Democrat
16 Abraham Lincoln Hannibal Hamlin
Andrew Johnson 1861-1865
1865 Republican
17 Andrew Johnson None 1865-1869 Democrat
18 Ulysses S. Grant Schuyler Colfax
Henry Wilson 1869-1873
1873-1877 Republican
19 Rutherford B. Hayes William A. Wheeler 1877-1881 Republican
20 James Garfield Chester A. Arthur 1881-1881 Republican
21 Chester A. Arthur None 1881-1885 Republican
22 Grover Cleveland Thomas A. Hendricks 1885-1889 Democratic
23 Benjamin Harrison Levi P. Morton 1889-1893 Republican
24 Grover Cleveland Adlai E. Stevenson 1893-1897 Democratic
25 William McKinley Garret A. Hobart
Theodore Roosevelt 1897-1901
1901 Republican
26 Theodore Roosevelt Charles W. Fairbanks 1901-1905
1905-1909 Republican
27 William H. Taft James S. Sherman 1909-1913 Republican
28 Woodrow Wilson Thomas R. Marshall 1913-1917
1917-1921 Democrat
29 Warren G. Harding Calvin Coolidge 1921-1923 Republican
30 Calvin Coolidge Charles G. Dawes 1923-1925
1925-1929 Republican
31 Herbert C. Hoover Charles Curtis 1929-1933 Republican
32 Franklin D. Roosevelt John N. Garner
Henry A. Wallace
Harry S. Truman 1933-1941
1941-1945
1945 Democrat
33 Harry S. Truman Alben Barkley 1945-1949
1949-1953 Democrat
34 Dwight D. Eisenhower Richard M. Nixon 1953-1961 Republican
35 John F. Kennedy Lyndon B. Johnson 1961-1963 Democrat
36 Lyndon B. Johnson None
Hubert H. Humphrey 1963-1965
1965-1968 Democrat
37 Richard M. Nixon Spiro T. Agnew
Gerald R. Ford 1969-1973
1973-1974 Republican
38 Gerald R. Ford Nelson A. Rockefeller 1974-1977 Republican
39 Jimmy Carter Walter F. Mondale 1977-1981 Democrat
40 Ronald W. Reagan George H.W. Bush
George H.W. Bush 1981-1985
1985-1989 Republican
41 George Herbert Walker Bush Dan Quayle 1989-1993 Republican
42 William J. Clinton Albert Gore Jr. 1993-1997
1997-2001 Democrat
43 George Walker Bush Richard B. Cheney 2001- Republican
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You need to amend that title, since it fails to consider America's number one industry and the primary driving force behind many of our foreign policy decisions.

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You have to admit, when we took Physics we never knew that Newton's Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction would also work in Politics.

Of course it is only a THEORY. I suppose there are NeoCon scientists out there who are lined up to say that we have only had this Newton guy's "theories" since 1700 so there isn't enough "data" to prove whether they are real or not.

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You have to admit, when we took Physics we never knew that Newton's Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction would also work in Politics.

Of course it is only a THEORY. I suppose there are NeoCon scientists out there who are lined up to say that we have only had this Newton guy's "theories" since 1700 so there isn't enough "data" to prove whether they are real or not.
There isn't enough data because our government generally doesn't like to burden us with details regarding actions that lead to these equal and opposite reactions...

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You need to amend that title, since it fails to consider America's number one industry and the primary driving force behind many of our foreign policy decisions.
Here, I fixed it WalPharmOil Armaments, Inc

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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