Friday, May 13, 2005

The Past Pipes Up

Here's a quote from the last decent Republican president, and yes, I am including Bill Clinton in that group:

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things . Among them are ... a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid ."

–President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954

There's nothing I can add to that, except to say that I wish the part about Preznit Raw Deal's party disappearing would come true. This country has skewed so far to the right, however, that I just don't see that happening any time soon. The Birchers and the Freepers and the Fundies -- what used to be known as the Fringe Element -- have coopted the Republican party, and have no plans to give it back or open it up for moderates of any sort. They're well-funded, organized, and they're not going away. We've got to fight them at every turn, using just about any means necessary. There's a war on in this country, and it isn't against terrorism, it's against tyranny.
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