Monday, January 4, 2010

They Had Their Chance

Devilstower at Daily Kos makes the case for keeping the conservatives out of office by reminding us that in the first decade of the 21st Century, they got just about everything they say they want.

You want less taxes? You got less taxes. You want less regulation? You got less regulation. Open markets? Wide open. An illusuion of security in place of rights? Hey, presto. Think we should privatize war by handing unlimited power given to military contractors so they can kick butt and take names? Kiddo, we passed out boots and pencils by the thousands. Everything, everything, that ever showed up on a drooled-over right wing wish list got implemented — with a side order of Freedom Fries.

They will try to disown it, and God knows if I was responsible for this mess I’d be disowning it, too. But the truth is that the conservatives got everything they wanted in the decade just past, everything that they’ve claimed for forty years would make America “great again”. They didn’t fart around with any “red dog Republicans.” They rolled over their moderates and implemented a conservative dream.

What did we get for it? We got an economy in ruins, a government in massive debt, unending war, and the repudiation of the world. There’s no doubt that Republicans want you to forget the last decade, because if you remember… if you remember when you went down to the water hole and were jumped by every lunacy that ever emerged from the wet dreams of Grover Norquist and Dick Cheney, well, it’s not likely that you’d give them a chance to do it again.

And they will. Given half a chance — less than half — they’ll do it again, only worse.

To be fair, they didn’t quite get everything: gays and lesbians are still allowed some modicum of civil rights, and we didn’t march into every Islamic country, kill their leaders, and convert them all to Christianity, but hey, they did pretty well.

So when you hear the tea-baggers demanding that they “want their country back,” that’s exactly the country they’re clamoring for.

Via Digby.