A Conservative’s “Enough!”

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Another year of politics is behind us – one which focused on the presidential run and the madness which is the Republican Party. Even with the decisive election loss, Republicans refuse to set the madness aside and work with Democrats for the common good of the  country.

Conservative Andrew Sullivan has had enough and writes of it in a post he aptly titles “Enough!“. I quote in full.

Between the humiliating and chaotic collapse of Speaker Boehner’s already ludicrously extreme Plan B and Wayne La Pierre’s deranged proposal to put government agents in schools with guns, the Republican slide into total epistemic closure and political marginalization has now become a free-fall. This party, not to mince words, is unfit for government. There is no conservative party in the West – except for minor anti-immigrant neo-fascist ones in Europe – anywhere close to this level of far right extremism. And now the damage these fanatics can do is not just to their own country – was the debt ceiling debacle of 2011 not enough for them? – but to the entire world.

Those of us who have warned for years about this disturbing trend toward ever more extreme measures – backing torture, pre-emptive un-budgeted wars, out-of-control spending followed, like a frantic mood swing, by anti-spending absolutism of the most insane variety in a steep recession, vicious hostility to illegal immigrants, contempt for gay couples, hostility even to contraception, let alone a middle ground on abortion … well, you know it all by now.

But the current constitutional and economic vandalism removes any shred of doubt that this party and its lucrative media bubble is in any way conservative. They aren’t. They’re ideological zealots, indifferent to the consequences of their actions, contemptuous of the very to-and-fro essential for the American system to work, gerry-mandering to thwart the popular will, filibustering in a way that all but wrecks the core mechanics of American democracy, and now willing to acquiesce to the biggest tax increase imaginable because they cannot even accept Obama’s compromise from his clear campaign promise to raise rates for those earning over $250,000 to $400,000 a year.

And this is not the exception. It is the rule. On abortion, the party proposes that it be made illegal in every state by amending the Constitution. Torture? More, please. Iran? It should be attacked if it merely develops the technological skill to make a nuclear bomb, let alone actually make one. Israel? Leading Republicans don’t just support new settlements on the West Bank. They show up for the opening ceremonies!

Gun control? A massacre of children leads to a proposal for more guns in elementary schools and no concession on assault weapons. Immigration? Romney represented the party base – favoring a brutal regime of persecution of illegal immigrants until they are forced to “self-deport” – or rounding as many up as they can. Climate change? It’s a hoax – and we should respond by shrieking “Drill, Baby, Drill!” Gay marriage? The federal constitution should be amended to bar any legal recognition of any gay relationships, including civil partnerships. Their legislative agenda in this Congress? To “make Obama a one-term president.” Not saving the economy, not pursuing new policies, not cooperating to make Democratic legislation better. Just destroying a president of the opposite party. And, of course, failing.

Then there is the rhetoric. In just the last fortnight, House Republicans have asserted that secretary of state Clinton faked her recent fall and concussion at home in order to get out of testifying on the Benghazi consulate attack. And then the Weekly Standard quotes a Senate Republican staffer saying: “Send us Hagel and we will make sure every American knows he is an anti-Semite.”

Enough. This faction and its unhinged fanaticism has no place in any advanced democracy. They must be broken. But the current irony is that no one has managed to expose their extremism more clearly than their own Speaker. His career is over. As is the current Republican party. We need a new governing coalition in the House – Democrats and those few sane Republicans willing to put country before ideology. But even that may be impossible.

Unhinged fanaticism…and it’s not about to end any time soon.

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Comments

  1. Karen Weston says:

    Wow — if that isn’t the Republican party in a NUTshell! They have a bad case of oppositional disorder and we are all suffering the consequences. I was hopeful they would see the handwriting on the wall after the election and be more willing to work with the President in his second term, but they are still locked in to their old ideologies and they don’t give a damn about what’s in the country’s best interest. We need a working government before it self-destructs and takes us all down with it!

  2. Jueseppi B. says:

    I usually won’t post garbage from the Daily Beast, because it’s a conselfishservative trash pail, BUT this just may be my cup of tea. Thank you MarioPiperniDotCom for posting this. Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa & Merry Christmas from The ObamaCrat.Com™.

  3. Peter Hockley says:

    Good spot Mario, have a Happy Christmas and The Best for The New Year!

  4. alwaysoccupy says:

    Mr Sullivan,

    Next time Mr Sullivan,don’t hold anything back. Ha Ha !

    I propose to Mr Reid when he comes backafter Christmas holidays, to send down the budget proposal to the house and Mrs Pelosi will garner the democrats and 25 old conservative Republicans ( including Mr Sullivan and LaTourette)who care for America and will pass the bill. Mr Boehner and his ilk are broken but those Republicans that want their party back will vote with Pelosi. They don’t need Boehner’s approval.

    Save America is the order of the day. Let’s get to the business of FORWARD

  5. Sydney says:

    When, I wonder, will ONE rational clear-headed republican speak up and say ENOUGH ALREADY.

  6. fidlerten says:

    Whew!

    Now you’re telling me this guy is a conservative? If he is conservative, he’s what conservatives should be. I’ve heard of him but never followed him. Great writing and right on, I’ve never heard anything put so keenly.

    The Republican Party is in trouble because they decided to listen to what a few wealthy men said instead of the People. They’re in deeper now because they also decided to listen to the extremist in their party instead of the majority in their party; those closer to the middle.

    Thanks for sharing that with us, I will have to start paying attention to this guy.

  7. Carol says:

    Andrew has long been a favorite of mine, although, as a conservative, we have our disagreements.
    I especially liked him on Maher months ago re: the modern Catholic…tolerant (welcoming him and the rest of the gay community), less dogmatic. He made me feel a whole lot better about Catholicism than the Pope, even if he HAS joined the twitter-verse.

    I daydream that Boehner will end up with the handful of “old” conservatives for the country’s sake…yes, I held out hope for the NRA too, I admit…but there just may not BE enough sane Republicans to pass a bill and even if he’s “not good at his job”, as Rachel contends, he occasionally seems like a rational man. His heart isn’t in his recent statements blaming the President for inaction and the Dems for doing NOTHING….”God only knows”.

    I fear we’re in for a protracted (at least til the ’14 cycle) period of further inaction and distrust, frustration and anger…and I only hope we can boot a number of them out then too…enough to make them and their big-money-funded “ideology” inconsequential enough to run the government. I’m betting Dick Armey and his ilk are having second thoughts about their willingness to bankroll the “grassroots” movement…Dick Armey with his $8 mil “retirement” package from the Tea Party. I’m clinging to the polls that say Dem candidates for ’14 are polling ahead of R’s…and asking Vicky Kennedy to run in MA for Kerry’s seat as I fall asleep at night. What a waste of a second term until then. We can only hope for growing backlash and vocal engagement against the fringe.

    BTW, gun rights protesters picketed Joe Manchin’s office today after his original statement on Sandy Hook…he’s already back-peddled but they’re fightin’ mad. I hope you all are DVR-ing Morning Joe lately (starts way too early for me)…I don’t much care for Joe mostly but he’s been right on the money lately, making a thoughtful and articulate statement, critical of the R’s silence after the tragedy in CT and confrontational with an R Rep for his idiotic statements about “politicising” such a sorrowful event…finding it, as we all do, unimaginable that NOT ONE REPUBLICAN has made any statement…not until the crazed NRA “monologue” they called a press conference…I still haven’t heard a statement from a Senator…only Joe, our WV DINO, whom I count as a Republican.