posted on May, 17 2009 @ 08:44 AM
You have some good points...as an individual who considers himself an Independent, though most would consider a Liberal...and depending on the
subject, a socialist, though I disagree with any particular party affiliation...I agree with a good amount of what you say...but say this.
Conservatives are called Conservatives for a reason, they adhere to what they view as a tradition...though at this point and time, I for one, am not
sure what that tradition is, aside from a couple of cheap sound bites(rightly so, the same can often be said for the Democrats.) The idea of a
"listening tour" has been thrown out there, by multiple moderate Republicans, and has been denigrated and attacked by those who seem to have a
disproportionate amount of power in the party...
Unfortunately, Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh and all of the other frothing-mouth pundits are the one's behind the steering wheel of the GOP at the
moment; and they are calling forth a political "scorched Earth" policy that is only alienating the moderates of the party...and in doing so,
alienating the party from the political process itself...in an attempt to...I don't even know what their goal is...I'm reading an interesting book
at the moment called "The Eliminiationists" which goes into a journalistic analysis of how what used to be Right-wing fringe ideology has become far
more contemporary and accepted as standard fare.
I have to say, though, and this will sound like a major jibe..but...to me it seems like this realigning of the Republican party is just an excuse; it
is a method to disassociate from a failed administration and all of its failed policies, and the policies that came from it before. For the past 30+
years, the Republicans have put out an image, they have pursued certain policies that, as it turns out, Americans don't approve of...so, now its time
to rebrand, to put a new face on the Republican party...so that they can say "all those policies, those things you didn't like, the war, the
torture, the massive spending, clamping down on civil liberties...the "War on Terror" Era...that wasn't us...we're us, that was someone
else...Bush, he was never really a Conservative, yeah, while he was in office and we controlled congress, we rubber stamped everything he
wanted...but, he wasn't really one of us...we're us, and we adhere to traditional values..." Its pearls on swine, at the very best.
Anyway, I'm not going to go on and on about that...but I will say, what we NEED is a reformation of our electoral system that would allow for more
diversity in politics...a change to the system to get us away from 2-party politics and to something more representative...something where there is a
viable 3rd party...hell, a viable 4th, 5th and 6th party as well....because the reality is...no matter how any party, Left or Right" "realigns"
itself, or how they modernize their core principles, or whatever...as long as we remain in a two party system, its still going to be the same people,
with the same views, puling the same strings...just a different mask...
BUT, to remove the mask and have many parties that actually represent what their actual values are....so we could have the Conservatives AND the GOP
AND the NeoCons AND the Moderates AND the Independents AND Centrists AND Democrats AND Liberals(while we're at it, its not just the Republicans who
have multiple conflictions within their party...)...AND to say to them.."now work together...compromise..." Wouldn't that be something...