Dennis Prager claims to be a Liberal, the JFK type and contends that “the Left” took over the Democrats.
Now I get why he insists on remaining a Liberal…it’s a shuffle game: he has mentioned on more than one occasion how Jewish families are tolerant of almost everything…abortion, gay marriages…but a family member that becomes a Conservative is shunned and ostracized. Thus he can champion the Republican cause, even openly support Republicans, as long as he remains a “liberal”.
And I can even comprehend the idea of a party being taken over by the extremes. In fact I am witnessing such a move by Libertarians calling themselves “conservatives.”
Libertarians believe in very little government…thus they hate programs that allow the elderly the ability to afford the miracle drugs that prolong their lives….they see no value in a program that make teachers accountable for actually educating our children. Twenty five years ago, if the same people who judged GWB as “not conservative enough” had talk shows and blogs, the paragon of conservatism himself Ronald Reagan would have been vilified for all the money he spent on international affairs and let us not forget real amnesty.
For nearly 6 years, the Libertarians aka conservatives have taken over the GOP, pushing many Independents and cross over Democrats out of the Republican tent. They have demanded strict adherence to their “principles”, ideology NOT shared by the majority of American voters (see 2006 and 2008 election results as the Libertarian champions didn’t even win the primaries).
But I learned something very interesting…America is a strange and fairly cool experiment in human self-rule.
6 years ago, conservatives JOINED their liberal counterparts in “reading” the mind of Trent Lott whose great “crime” was that he had made a toast at a birthday party. It wasn’t WHAT Lott said or DID; it was what he MEANT when he made the toast to a 100 year old born during a period of deep southern racial hatred. The crucifixion of this man, driving him out of his Senate Majority leadership, gave notice to all politicians thinking of running under the GOP banner that less than perfection would not be tolerated.
Recently, the sanctimonious talk show mafia and their pundits tried to do it again with Joe Wilson. Only the American people weren’t having it. Joe Wilson said what many listening to Obama’s lies wanted to say.
He spoke for every one of those who had raised their voices at townhall meetings, wrote scathing blogs, and marched on Washington and at tea parties.
All of a sudden, the holier than thou preaching of being “above it all” got angry retorts…Prager, Medved, Hewitt found themselves having to explain their lack of support. They were noticeably happy when the race card got played because all of a sudden they could add a “but” to the Wilson issue. “Yes, I believe he was being inappropriate for the venue in which he uttered the words…BUT to be fair, the president had called the American people liars first…and to claim that he was really uttering a racial epithet, now THAT is going too far!”
Dems may have been happy with Joe Wilson’s outburst…not because he showed how uncontrolled Republicans were, but because it reminded Independents of the racial rhetoric conservatives hurled at MEXICANS, legal or not. It was only logical, that the next card to be played would be their racist card.
But as Blacks needed Whites to finally give them civil rights, Liberals needed Conservatives to win the Joe Wilson hand. And while that was the initial reaction of most talk show hosts and conservative pundits, the latter learned real quick that the real power lays within those who can turn the dial or click on their web site.
For decades, conservatives practically salivated at the power wielded by the mainstream media to influence America. For a short period, conservatives via the talk show mafia believed that power was being transferred to them.
The Joe Wilson hand may be the signal that there’s a new game in town.