An Appealing Appeal From A Conservative To Conservatives

The following is one of the best blog posts that I have ever seen with regard to how conservatives have allowed their political philosophy and their political party (Republican) to by hijacked by ignorant extremists. I have only posted the portion of the post that addresses conservative hypocrisy. At the end of the post you will find a link to the original article from TPM Muckraker. Please click on the link to read the full article. It will be worth your while.

An open letter to conservatives

March 22, 2010, 3:16PM

Dear Conservative Americans,

The years have not been kind to you. I grew up in a profoundly Republican home, so I can remember when you wore a very different face than the one we see now.  You’ve lost me and you’ve lost most of America.  Because I believe having responsible choices is important to democracy, I’d like to give you some advice and an invitation.

First, the invitation:  Come back to us.

Now the advice.  You’re going to have to come up with a platform that isn’t built on a foundation of cowardice: fear of people with colors, religions, cultures and sex lives that differ from your own; fear of reform in banking, health care, energy; fantasy fears of America being transformed into an Islamic nation, into social/commun/fasc-ism, into a disarmed populace put in internment camps; and more.  But you have work to do even before you take on that task.

Your party — the GOP — and the conservative end of the American political spectrum have become irresponsible and irrational.  Worse, it’s tolerating, promoting and celebrating prejudice and hatred.  Let me provide some examples — by no means an exhaustive list — of where the Right as gotten itself stuck in a swamp of hypocrisy, hyperbole, historical inaccuracy and hatred.

If you’re going to regain your stature as a party of rational, responsible people, you’ll have to start by draining this swamp:

Hypocrisy

You can’t flip out — and threaten impeachment – when Dems use a parliamentary procedure (deem and pass) that you used repeatedly (more than 35 times in just one session and more than 100 times in all!), that’s centuries old and which the courts have supported. Especially when your leaders admit it all.

You can’t vote and scream against the stimulus package and then take credit for the good it’s done in your own district (happily handing out enormous checks representing money that you voted against, is especially ugly) —  114 of you (at last count) did just that — and it’s even worse when you secretly beg for more.

You can’t fight against your own ideas just because the Dem president endorses your proposal.

You can’t call for a pay-as-you-go policy, and then vote against your own ideas.

Are they “unlawful enemy combatants” or are they “prisoners of war” at Gitmo? You can’t have it both ways.

You can’t carry on about the evils of government spending when your family has accepted more than a quarter-million dollars in government handouts.

You can’t refuse to go to a scheduled meeting, to which you were invited, and then blame the Dems because they didn’t meet with you.

You can’t rail against using teleprompters while using teleprompters. Repeatedly.

You can’t rail against the bank bailouts when you supported them as they were happening.

You can’t be for immigration reform, then against it .

You can’t enjoy socialized medicine while condemning it.

You can’t flip out when the black president puts his feet on the presidential desk when you were silent about white presidents doing the same.  Bush.  Ford.

You can’t complain that the president hasn’t closed Gitmo yet when you’ve campaigned to keep Gitmo open.

You can’t flip out when the black president bows to foreign dignitaries, as appropriate for their culture, when you were silent when the white presidents did the same. Bush.  Nixon. Ike. You didn’t even make a peep when Bush held hands and kissed (on the mouth) leaders of countries that are not on “kissing terms” with the US.

You can’t complain that the undies bomber was read his Miranda rights under Obama when the shoe bomber was read his Miranda rights under Bush and you remained silent.  (And, no, Newt — the shoe bomber was not a US citizen either, so there is no difference.)

You can’t attack the Dem president for not personally* publicly condemning a terrorist event for 72 hours when you said nothing about the Rep president waiting 6 days in an eerily similar incident (and, even then, he didn’t issue any condemnation).  *Obama administration did the day of the event.

You can’t throw a hissy fitsound alarms and cry that Obama freed Gitmo prisoners who later helped plan the Christmas Day undie bombing, when — in fact — only one former Gitmo detainee, released by Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, helped to plan the failed attack.

You can’t condemn blaming the Republican president for an attempted terror attack on his watch, then blame the Dem president for an attempted terror attack on his.

You can’t mount a boycott against singers who say they’re ashamed of the president for starting a war, but remain silent when another singer says he’s ashamed of the president and falsely calls him a Maoist who makes him want to throw up and says he ought to be in jail.

You can’t cry that the health care bill is too long, then cry that it’s too short.

You can’t support the individual mandate for health insurance, then call it unconstitutional when Dems propose it and campaign against your own ideas.

You can’t demand television coverage, then whine about it when you get it.  Repeatedly.

You can’t praise criminal trials in US courts for terror suspects under a Rep president, then call it “treasonous” under a Dem president.

You can’t propose ideas to create jobs, and then work against them when the Dems put your ideas in a bill.

You can’t be both pro-choice and anti-choice.

You can’t damn someone for failing to pay $900 in taxes when you’ve paid nearly $20,000 in IRS fines.

You can’t condemn criticizing the president when US troops are in harms way, then attack the president when US troops are in harms way , the only difference being the president’s party affiliation (and, by the way, armed conflict does NOT remove our right and our duty as Americans to speak up).

You can’t be both for cap-and-trade policy and against it.

You can’t vote to block debate on a bill, then bemoan the lack of  ‘open debate’.

If you push anti-gay legislation and make anti-gay speeches, you should probably take a pass on having gay sex, regardless of whether it’s 2004 or 2010.  This is true, too, if you’re taking GOP money and giving anti-gay rants on CNN.  Taking right-wing money and GOP favors to write anti-gay stories for news sites while working as a gay prostitute, doubles down on both the hypocrisy and the prostitution.  This is especially true if you claim your anti-gay stand is God’s stand, too.

When you chair the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, you can’t send sexy emails to 16-year-old boys (illegal anyway, but you made it hypocritical as well).

You can’t criticize Dems for not doing something you didn’t do while you held power over the past 16 years, especially when the Dems have done more in one year than you did in 16.

You can’t decry “name calling” when you’ve been the most consistent and outrageous at it. And the most vile.

You can’t spend more than 40 years hating, cutting and trying to kill Medicare, and then pretend to be the defenders of Medicare

You can’t praise the Congressional Budget Office when it’s analysis produces numbers that fit your political agenda, then claim it’s unreliable when it comes up with numbers that don’t.

You can’t vote for X under a Republican president, then vote against X under a Democratic president.  Either you support X or you don’t. And it makes it worse when you change your position merely for the sake obstructionism.

You can’t call a reconciliation out of bounds when you used it repeatedly.

You can’t spend taxpayer money on ads against spending taxpayer money.

You can’t condemn individual health insurance mandates in a Dem bill, when the mandates were your idea.

You can’t demand everyone listen to the generals when they say what fits your agenda, and then ignore them when they don’t.

You can’t whine that it’s unfair when people accuse you of exploiting racism for political gain, when your party’s former leader admits you’ve been doing it for decades.

You can’t portray yourself as fighting terrorists when you openly and passionately support terrorists.

You can’t complain about a lack of bipartisanship when you’ve routinely obstructed for the sake of political gain — threatening to filibuster at least 100 pieces of legislation in one session, far more than any other since the procedural tactic was invented — and admitted it.  Some admissions are unintentional, others are made proudly. This is especially true when the bill is the result of decades of compromise between the two parties and is filled with your own ideas.

You can’t question the loyalty of Department of Justice lawyers when you didn’t object when your own Republican president appointed them.

You can’t preach and try to legislate “Family Values” when you: take nude hot tub dips with teenagers (and pay them hush money); cheat on your wife with a secret lover and lie about it to the world; cheat with a staffer’s wife (and pay them off with a new job); pay hookers for sex while wearing a diaper and cheating on your wife; or just enjoying an old fashioned non-kinky cheating on your wife; try to have gay sex in a public toilet; authorize the rape of children in Iraqi prisons to coerce their parents into providing information; seek, look at or have sex with children; replace a guy who cheats on his wife with a guy who cheats on his pregnant wife with his wife’s mother;

Read the rest of this wonderful post here.

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Posted on March 27, 2010, in Republican and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. The country may need them back, but I’ll be writing in the names of my cats before I ever vote for a Republican after this most recent display. The cats have thrown up fur balls that are smarter than these people.

  2. Fear and Smear

    Passing the HCR Bill was the best way to put an end to all the lies: the passage of the Senate Healthcare fix-it Bill by a 56-43 margin did not appear to be particularly unrepresentative!

    It is amusing to see Moneybags McCain (re-election!) defending Medicare and expressing his feverish and urgent desire to “improve” HCR. But Republicans should be congratulated for their deviousness, as HCR, in it’s present form, is more Republican than Liberal.

  3. Julie (Former Palintologist)

    Reading TPM Muckrakerś post made me think of John Paul Stevens, SCOTUSś senior justice:

    ¨Stevens is an unlikely liberal icon. When he was appointed, he told me recently, he thought of himself as a Republican and always had—“ever since my father voted for Coolidge and Harding.” He declined to say whether he still does. For many decades, there have been moderate Republicans on the Court—John M. Harlan II and Potter Stewart (appointed by Eisenhower), Lewis F. Powell and Harry Blackmun (Nixon), David H. Souter (Bush I). Stevens is the last of them, and his departure will mark a cultural milestone. The moderate-Republican tradition that he came out of “goes way back,” Stevens said. “But things have changed.”¨

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/03/22/100322fa_fact_toobin

    But there is hope.

    In March, 2009, one year ago, news broke that A.I.G., the insurance giant that had received billions of dollars in bailout money, would pay itś employees a hundred and sixty-five million dollars in bonuses. There was outrage across the country-the reputation of the bailouts never recovered-and the House voted immediately on a bill to levy a ninety-per-cent tax on most bonuses at A.I.G. and other firms that had received taxpayer money. The bill split the Republican caucus, including its leadership. Commentators on Fox News began anxiously defending the sanctity of contracts. The Administration could have seized the moment and amplified the publicś anger at the financial sector, putting the Republicans on the defensive (read that sentence again!). But the White House shot down the House bill: it had the air of an opportunistic ploy, it was almost certainly unconstitutional, and it put in jeopardy Wall Streetś cooperation with the Administrationś plan for restoring solvency to the banks. President Obama would have been happy to hold top bank officials accountable by forcing entire management teams out of their jobs. But Obama felt that firing the leadership of the bailed-out banks would ultimately cost taxpayers money, owing to the loss of expertise, and would inevitably punish executives who were not to blame. This was terrible politics (a Democrat backing the corporations) and President Obamaś approval ratings began to decline. But it was the responsible thing to do. And that is when I became a President Obama supporter.

    Our President is conscientious in addressing difficult problems like financial instability and soaring health-care costs, regardless of political fallout. He does what he believes to be right in spite of short-term political calculations. He stands apart from prevailing politics in Washington.

    We are lucky to have him.

  4. Julie thank you for saying what needed to be said.

    If people could set aside their political leanings, keep an open mind and apply reasoned logic, but unfortunately many are unwilling to listen to different points of view or cannot separate policy from politics or lack education, training and skills or get their information from unreliable sources or some other reason. At any rate whatever the reason President Obama’s support has declined as a result thereof.

    A lot of people are angry and upset, fearful even, I get that. But what I don’t get is their apparent memory loss. Obama has been in office for less than two years and already voters are inexplicably thinking about putting conservatives back in charge. Given the fact they refuse to help Obama and the democrats solve the problems that they themselves created in the first place along with all the other nonsensical antics and political gimmicks prove conservatives would rather play politics than attend to the people’s needs. Governing is not a political game. President Obama gets that.

    Republicans know what they are selling the public wouldn’t buy. Since they can’t talk policy they resort to fearmongering and concoct wildly absurd stories as a way to keep Americans distracted. Which worked for decades, but after everything went haywire they were rightly voted out of office. It’ll take a long time, perhaps a decade or more, to clean up the mess.

    Apparently many have forgotten that is why they put Obama and the Democrats in charge.

    Sometimes, more-often-than-not, we fail to appreciate what we have until after it’s gone. Let’s keep that in mind before we make the same mistake again.

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