Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Restless Native

AMERICAblog points out that disgruntlement with the Bush administration has become bipartisan. Here’s the take from George Conway, a columnist for the National Review Online:

John Fund, after discussing how disgruntled the GOP base may be, has it exactly right: “Republicans have appeared to the world to be as unprincipled and rudderless as the politicians they campaigned against back in 1994. Unless they change course dramatically in the seven months between now and Election Day, they may well find themselves facing the same fate as the Democratic political dinosaurs of that year that they replaced.” I’m disgruntled, too, and I’m going to get it all of my chest this morning: I’ve never voted for a Democrat in a general election in my life, and I don’t expect to anytime soon, but it’s been impossible for me over the past couple of years to get enthused about the Republican party. I voted for President Bush twice, and contributed to his campaign twice, but held my nose when I did it the second time. I don’t consider myself a Republican any longer. Thanks to this Administration and the Republicans in Congress, the Republican Party today is the party of pork-barrel spending, Congressional corruption — and, I know folks on this web site don’t want to hear it, but deep down they know it’s true — foreign and military policy incompetence. Frankly, speaking of incompetence, I think this Administration is the most politically and substantively inept that the nation has had in over a quarter of a century. The good news about it, as far as I’m concerned, is that it’s almost over.

Yeowch. That’s gotta leave a scar.

As John at AMERICAblog notes, George Conway made his bones by making Paula Jones a household name, so he’s no Lincoln Chaffee. And note that Mr. Conway’s disgust isn’t just limited to the president; it encompasses the entire party.

It makes you wonder how many card-carrying Republicans who pride themselves for the things they believed their party stood for — smaller government, more freedom, fiscal responsibility, self-reliance and respect for the rule of law — feel the same way Mr. Conway does as their party has been turned into a big government, big spending, hate-mongering, and snoopy busy-body alternate-universe Borg-like collective. Their much-vaunted efficient and corporate-model world has proven indeed to be exactly that — doing in just twelve years what it took the Democrats forty to do: make the Congress a den of corruption and arrogance, dominated by an oligarchy of a few who rankle even their own party members and president.

Not only that, they have sold their souls to a vocal band of religious fanatics who demand obedience, and they risk the wrath of God and direct mail if they do not toe the line. A party that once stood squarely for the idea of live-and-let-live and sneered at social engineering now finds itself in the odd position of being aligned with those who would deny equal rights to all people and desecrate one of the founding ideas of this country: that religon has no place in the government.

I’m sure that Mr. Conway isn’t alone in his feelings; I wonder how many others feel the same way but are afraid to speak up. Well, now’s your chance.