Monday, May 3, 2004

What’s a “Republican?”

I remember the old days when Republicans stood for fiscal frugality, railed against over-reaching government intervention, held to a somewhat isolationist foreign policy, believed in free trade abroad and laisez-faire regulation for businesses at home, and advocated a fierce defense of personal liberty tempered with personal responsibility. But according to a scion of an old California Republican party, that’s not true anymore:

If you’re fiscally responsible, this is not your party. If you believe in a moderate foreign policy characterized by alliances, free trade and the ability to operate in an international environment, this is not your party. If you believe in limited federal government, this is not your party. If you believe that the government should stay out of your bedroom, this is very definitely not your party. In fact, I would argue that unless you believe in the American imperium, imposed on the world by force, or unless you believe in the literal interpretation of the Book of Revelations, this is not your party.

Not surprisingly, this person has reasons not to trust the current “Republican” administration.