Skip to comments.The Notional Dangers of the Fictional Far Right
Posted on 05/07/2009 10:50:31 PM PDT by neverdem
Arlen Specter has left the Republican Caucus and become a Democrat. Why? The ostensible reason was because Republicans were dominated by the far right. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a dire warning to watch out for members of the far right in combating the nonexistent threat of "domestic terrorism." Again, the far right is the bogeyman. Listen to Nancy Pelosi or Barney Frank or MSNBC reporters or the New York Times. What is the mythical danger? It is the "far right."
You should read what this left wingnut wrote.
Very eloquent, but it’s wasted using it on Specter.
There isn’t a soul on the right or left who believes for a moment that Specter didn’t do this in a craven attempt to extend his hold on office.
The good part about this disgusting ploy is that his gleeful humiliation at the hands of his new democrat colleagues is definitely going to give pause to other RINO’s who might be thinking of switching sides. An earlier article mentioned the fact that “Jumpin’ Jim” Jeffords was so disappointed and embittered at his overnight obscurity that he didn’t bother to run for re-election. Something I had not known.
I trust Snowe and Collins have been paying attention.
The reality is that moving "too far" in the direction of limited government fairly quickly leads to a modest, safe, tame approach to politics and government.
Which is another way of saying that it is impossible to move too far in the direction of the mythical "far right." "
Candidates for Lithium!
In fact, in states where difficult budget decisions are being debated and argued over, the one thing they don't want to fool with is education money! No, they deem it imperative that the indoctrination continue unabated, if not accelerated.
I've implored every young person I know (or even meet and get mildly acquainted with) to raise their awareness and learn that every issue has at least 2 sides, if not more, and that by opening their minds (truly) to the Way The World Works they have the power to become that most dangerous of men - the Free Thinker.
I think the only way to get them to at least investigate the possibility is to remind/warn them that their real education will start the moment they finish school, and that the best thing they could do to pursue that “higher education” is to more or less forget everything they were taught in school, because the real-world applicability is zilch.
It's a tough row to hoe, but one that may spawn benefits if even just a few kids come around to this kind of insight.
Just my 2 cents...
huh...Specter, if you haven’t noticed...Rhinos have dominated the republican party for some time. Conservatives have just ran along with them, thinking we could deal with your kind. Now I’m sure there are many board memebers here that are a bit too hawkish for me, being I started off a libertarian..although I have accepted a stronger role in our security....
But to think the extreme right or conservatives (as he pussy foots around it) are responsible for the rights problems is just silly!?
Conservatives only faults lie...
In our lack of pushing conservative leadership within the GOP. They didn’t have to be pure blood conservatives, but anything but you Specter.
“I trust Snowe and Collins have been paying attention.”
I don’t mind rinos...as long as they know their place. I just want MORE conservative leadership from now on. Some people have a philosophy of ‘no rhinos’, and really that’s just not going to cut it. Politically, the only way we’ll have political power and real conservatism...is to allow rhinos to be at the bottom. They can help us on certain issues and stand to the side on the ones they disagree with.
This is *NOT* correct. Folks better stop misrepresenting the Pro-Life position.
The points may be true, but the tendency of people claiming to be conservatives, including an awful lot of Freepers, who compare Obama to Hitler makes it all the problematic.
You see the clear logic of Obama is Hitler and it would have been if someone had “stopped” Hitler is quite an easy line of reasoning to draw. The advocacy of 2nd Amendment rights and massive purchases of firearms, also help to reinforce this type of thinking.
“Now, the far right of the liberals’ imagination simply does not exist.”
And the very real far-left dominates his new party.
Objectively, Specter's assertion that the GOP is increasingly on the “far right” is nonsense. Both parties are far to the left of where they were decades ago when Specter switched from the Democrats to the Republicans. The GOP he joined was, for example, 100% opposed to any “gay rights” legislation whatsoever, let alone same-sex “marriage”. In 1980, the year Reagan was elected, he ran on a platform that was 100% pro-life, and the Democrat candidate, Jimmy Carter, opposed tax funding of abortions. Bill Clinton, the next Democrat president, signed DOMA, which passed Congress with unanimous GOP support and majority Democrat support.
Both parties have moved to the left since those days. But since leftism is by nature totalitarian, it constantly constricts the spheres in which opposition to itself is permitted. So as the right declines, it finds itself more demonized than ever, pictured in the media as more of a threat than ever. In the novel 1984, the right didn't even exist anymore, but everyone ran to their TV screen daily to let loose two minutes of hate against Goldstein, the fictional right-wing opponent of the progressive government. Goldstein was ever evil, ever a threat, and only constant leftist vigilance and subservience to the state could keep him at bay.
Just look at the list of things that are accepted by our political class today that would have been unthinkable not that long ago. Same-sex "marriage". Abortion-on-demand. Open borders. Bilingualism. A commander-in-chief with a Muslim background. Open discussion of a "gay activist" Supreme Court justice. Budgets in the trillions of dollars range. Diversity training.
Fifty years ago both parties would have been horrified at all of those things. In 1980, the year Specter cites as being one in which the "far right" had not yet seized the GOP, most of those things weren't even on the radar screen. And for those that were, such as abortion-on-demand, both parties were to the right of where they are today. The Dems had a decent-sized pro-life contingent in the Senate, for example, while today there's only one pro-life Dem Senator and a second who claims to be pro-life but has a mixed record (Casey).
In 1980, Joseph Biden was pro-life, opposed to women in combat, and had never even mentioned "gay rights" issues. Al Gore held the same positions and in 1984 openly campaigned as an opponent of the gay agenda. Look at both of them now.
So the meme about the GOP becoming a "far right" party is a fiction. As the West collapses further to the left, opposition to the left will be increasingly painted as being beyond the pale. As the Democrats become more monolithically leftist, the compliant liberal media will paint the GOP as becoming more fanatically rightist, even though the GOP is actually moving to the left.
As time passes, people will be ostracized (and eventually prosecuted) for increasingly innocent comments, as we saw happen to Miss California. We live in a world where a pornographic homosexual blogger can be a judge in a mainstream beauty pageant, can inject his homosexuality into the contest, can penalize a contestant for not agreeing with him, and can call her a b---h and a c--t afterward.
Something like that would have created outrage against such a person a generation ago (imagine this happening in the Bert Parks era). Today, it led to outrage against Miss California, but the fact that the outrage against her isn't unanimous is seen as "proof" that there's a dangerous "far right" element in society that needs to be further suppressed by the state and demonized by the media.
Only when people realize what they're dealing with can they begin to fight it. Conservatives will never win again until they accept the truth about what modern liberalism is.
As I've remarked in the past, to the Left a "dangerous radical" is someone who continues to believe what he always has and what everyone used to believe, while a "moderate" is someone who keeps changing his views to keep up with the Marxist/Hegelian teleological flow of history.
>>>The points may be true, but the tendency of people claiming to be conservatives, including an awful lot of Freepers, who compare Obama to Hitler makes it all the problematic.>>>
Just for starters, what does the “it” refer to.... the tendency of people? conservatives? an awful lot of Freepers?
And, of course, Obama is not Hitler. Hitler was a national socialist. Obama is an international socialist. A world of differences there.
Well put. Frankly the way things are now thanks to the radical leftist direction of both politics and the culture, I feel like I’m living in a PC fascist state.
Seeking the overturning of Roe vs. Wade is not a pro-life position? Really?
It is "a" Pro-Life position. It is not "THE" Pro-Life position. Life is a Constitutional matter. It does not belong in the hands of the states.