Watch whom you’re calling ‘conservative’

By From page A5 | July 25, 2014


Although I generally agree with Gene Altshuler’s columns, I fault him for his poor choice of nouns and adjectives used to describe the Tea-Party-addled-GOP.

Mr. Altshuler keeps calling these people “conservatives.” As the name indicates, conservative implies conservation, thinking twice before changing a policy. The people that run the TP/GOP are bomb-throwers, intent on destroying, not in conserving anything. They’re reactionaries in the best sense of the world; they want to take us back to the “good old days,” when men were men and women knew their place — a world that never existed, except in John Wayne movies. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision to reverse over 100 years of law and precedents is Exhibit 1. Its Hobby Lobby, replacing secular law with private religion, is Exhibit 2 of the regressive path on which this country is embarked.

Anyone with an open mind can see that the GOP is interested in obtaining power, but not in governing. Unable to win elections at the ballot box, it resorts to mindless and endless investigations (Benghazi), threats of impeachment and making it difficult, or impossible, for minorities and the young to vote. Clinton’s impeachment was an attempted coup d’etat; the talk of impeaching President Obama is more of the same. Unable to sell a coherent agenda to the general public, the GOP’s electoral strategy is reduced to lies, threats, fear-mongering and gumming up the works of government. These tactics are the mirror-images of the tactics Fascists have used to gain power since Mussolini.

So, Gene, please call the Tea Party and its GOP acolytes what they are: dystopian reactionaries whose vision of the future comes only from their lily-white rear view mirror.


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