And the divorce decree states...
My fellow blogger Savage Republican and I have never been wont to be shy when it comes to criticizing Republicans. He and I worked pretty hard down here in Scott County running the Bush/Cheney '04 campaign and also working to get Republicans elected in 2000, '02, '04 and '06. I've been a conservative (not ever to be confused, and certainly not to be confused with the current crop of Republicans) for decades. Oh, and I'm a radical...one of those who wants his liberties back! Savage Republican and I chafed at the appointment of Harriet Miers as a Supreme. We said that McCain/Feingold was and is a bad idea (here's a concept: you want money and influence out of politics? Just have Congress honor their oath of office to adhere to the 10th Amendment). We said that the Prescription Drug Act was throwing gas on an out-of-control fire called Medicare bankruptcy. No Child Left Behind? Another nice sounding disaster. But, now, I have irreconcilable differences. The nice, easy title from GWB is "Immigration Reform". Now, what it appears to reform is the concept that illegal activity should be penalized. The reform: It rewards law breaking. The New Left (what I used to call RINO's) even says that if I oppose the "Immigration Reform" bill, why I'm not Christian and I'm a racist as I'm unwilling to forgive these ILLEGAL immigrants. I heard a pundit say that that statement is the equivalent of saying that it's like "forgiving" a carjacker by letting him keep the car, not prosecuting him so he stays out of jail, then giving him an yearly check for $22,000... that the original car owner has to pay.
Well, I'm here to say that it appears many GWB with his illegal immigration supporters and I have reached irreconcilable differences. If I didn't know better, I'd say the evidence would suggest that GWB is a radical left wing plant to destroy the Republican party by thoroughly and completely estranging the conservatives from the party.
Peggy Noonan has written an excellent article on the dangers of what GWB and other Republicans are risking to the Republican Party and what we as conservatives need to do. She has also written about the squandering of a great legacy by both GWB and his father:
"One of the things I have come to think the past few years is that the Bushes, father and son, though different in many ways, are great wasters of political inheritance. They throw it away as if they'd earned it and could do with it what they liked. Bush senior inherited a vibrant country and a party at peace with itself. He won the leadership of a party that had finally, at great cost, by 1980, fought itself through to unity and come together on shared principles. Mr. Bush won in 1988 by saying he would govern as Reagan had. Yet he did not understand he'd been elected to Reagan's third term. He thought he'd been elected because they liked him. And so he raised taxes, sundered a hard-won coalition, and found himself shocked to lose his party the presidency, and for eight long and consequential years. He had many virtues, but he wasted his inheritance.
Bush the younger came forward, presented himself as a conservative, garnered all the frustrated hopes of his party, turned them into victory, and not nine months later was handed a historical trauma that left his country rallied around him, lifting him, and his party bonded to him. He was disciplined and often daring, but in time he sundered the party that rallied to him, and broke his coalition into pieces. He threw away his inheritance. I do not understand such squandering." And neither do I. She goes on to say that we conservatives need to do what we accomplished in 1980: take the Republican Party back from the Rockefeller Country Club Republicans. And time is very, very short.
I have absolutely no clue as to why GWB and the others are doing what they are. And at this point I don't care. At all. (When somebody's attempting to carjack me, trust me, I will not be contemplating "My lands...why would they be doing this?""They have pilloried all who have taken the time to go through the bill page by page (Robert Rector [also here], Hugh Hewitt and World Net Daily to name a few. And they make great points). And how do GWB and his supporters in criminalization legalization respond to the point by point arguments? They parrot the radical left wing in their screeds and demagoguery while refusing to answer our argument.
Time to scar my knuckles in a knock down.