“Dear Conservative Americans”

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    This is amazing, I strongly recommend that everyone read it. Here’s the beginning:

    Dear Conservative Americans,

    The years have not been kind to you. I grew up in a profoundly Republican home, so I can remember when you wore a very different face than the one we see now.  You’ve lost me and you’ve lost most of America.  Because I believe having responsible choices is important to democracy, I’d like to give you some advice and an invitation.

    First, the invitation:  Come back to us.

    Now the advice. You’re going to have to come up with a platform that isn’t built on a foundation of cowardice: fear of people with colors, religions, cultures and sex lives that differ from your own; fear of reform in banking, health care, energy; fantasy fears of America being transformed into an Islamic nation, into social/commun/fasc-ism, into a disarmed populace put in internment camps; and more.  But you have work to do even before you take on that task.

    Your party — the GOP — and the conservative end of the American political spectrum has become irresponsible and irrational.  Worse, it’s tolerating, promoting and celebrating prejudice and hatred.  Let me provide some expamples — by no means an exhaustive list — of where the Right as gotten itself stuck in a swamp of hypocrisy, hyperbole, historical inaccuracy and hatred.

    If you’re going to regain your stature as a party of rational, responsible people, you’ll have to start by draining this swamp:

    What follows is an exhaustive list, duly cited and linked, of conservative “hypocrisy,” “hyperbole,” misunderstanding of “history,” and of course “hatred.”  As my friend Josh says, “Quite possibly the greatest takedown of conservative hypocricy, hyperbole, and hatred in history.” Check it out.

    • TomPaine

      If they were drain their swamp and forego hypocrisy, hatred, and hyperbole, they would have neither a party nor a platform!

    • Teddy Goodson

      on the Internet already; I read it yesterday in an e-mail. Russell King on TPM has hit the bull’s-eye and done a magnificent, thorough job, right up to the minute, including even the latest Texas textbook censoring.

      Most of us dedicted progressives could recognize each citation without going to the source or verification so handily provided. Needless to say, the letter will undoubtedly be ignored by those to whom it is addressed—- my Northern Grandmother used to say:

      “there are none so deaf as those who will not hear”

      and just glancing today at the comments appended to the letter pretty well proves that (“are you applying the same standards to Democrats?” for example).

      I walked out of the Republican Party back in May of 2004 over exactly such shenanigans as listed here. Think how much worse it is today, piled higher and deeper. Only the wilfully blind (“there are none so blind as those who will not see”) can cling to such a corrupted, venal oufit…. and some are in my own family. Bah!  

    • KathyinBlacksburg

      the sucker….

      Superb…

    • TomPaine

      The main political issue of our time isn’t whether markets are always right but whether they are always good. Adam Smith, in “The Wealth of Nations,” advocated free trade based on his theory that the market’s invisible hand would provide for the greater wealth of nations across the social spectrum. This moral vision was long ago abandoned by free marketeers in favor of another theory from the founding era: the inviolability of property rights. But we know that capitalism has historically followed a pattern of boom and bust, a cycle whose impact has been mitigated-in the spirit of Smith’s moral philosophy, and for economic conditions he could not have foreseen-by civic intervention, otherwise called government regulation and progressive taxation.

      This is the fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats tend to believe that, in the light of our long experience with boom and bust, fiscal policy should provide social and economic equity for the American people. Republicans seem to believe that fiscal policy should protect the acquisition of wealth, however skewed the distribution of wealth may become and however small the number of citizens protected. The difference is abundantly apparent in California today, where the Democratic legacy of equitable distribution of wealth, through public education especially, but also in many other areas, was long ago sacrificed on the altar of property rights in Proposition 13.

      Dee E. Andrews

      Professor of History

      California State University, East Bay

      San Francisco, Calif.

    • Apparently growing up in a Republican home didn’t teach this guy what underlies Republican and conservative principles – it certainly isn’t fear.

    • TomPaine

      The new Quinnipac poll shows that at least 77% of the moronic, racist, (and now sometimes violent-prone) Teabaggers self-identify themselves as Republicans.

      Those that I met at several polls last September campaigning for Republican candidates more often than not admitted they did not live in the precincts where they were campaigning!

      Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind!

      • I was a Teenage Republican back in the late 1970s, but today this party is completely unrecognizable to me.  All fear and loathing, all the time. Why would anyone want to be a part of that?