David Kirkpatrick

August 4, 2009

Conservatism as a movement of “no”

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:24 pm

Andrew Sullivan made a very pertinent point today at the tail end of a post on a related, but more focused, topic. His point is conservatism as it’s realized today in the United States is against a lot of things, but not really for anything.

At one point in time you could honestly believe conservatism sought limited government and civil liberties. Those days are long over. Sure many self-styled conservatives in the GOP will sp0ut these ideals, but as nothing more than platitudes while doing nothing in terms of public policy, promoting legislation or even simply offering philosophical arguments on the hows and whys of this approach to government.

It’s easy to shake your head “no” at every proposal offered by those across the aisle. It’s a lot more difficult to actually counter with solutions and ideas to join all that dissent. Just ask today’s Republican Party.

From the link:

I repeat to conservatives: we know what you’re against, in healthcare, energy, counter-terrorism, taxation, gay rights, abortion. What are you actually for? How do you intend to actually address the questions of our time and place? And if conservatism cannot do that, what use is it?

June 3, 2009

United Socialist States of America?

Filed under: Business, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 9:01 pm

Not so much.

Socialism chart

April 23, 2009

The RNC crazy continues

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:04 pm

I’m really speechless at this point. This is so unbelievably stupid there’s no where to even start. Combined with the “budget plan” tossed out there a few weeks ago, you’d have to think the RNC is full of less-than-clever fourth graders.

From the first link:

A conservative faction of the Republican National Committee is urging the GOP to take a harder line against both Democrats and wayward Republicans, drafting a resolution to rename the opposition the “Democrat Socialist Party” and moving to rebuke the three Republican senators who supported the stimulus package.

(Hat tip: the Daily Dish)

March 1, 2009

Today’s GOP no ideas, no clue

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 7:45 pm

This quote from Eric Cantor totally sums up the intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party right now:

Cantor went on. “He understands the burdens of the office and at the same time understands that this is a center-right country. We’re closer to that, frankly, than the majority in the House.”

The United States is clearly not a center-right country at this political moment. Bush 43 and Karl Rove killed that dream and Rush Limbaugh seems happy to burn the corpse while he stands athwart.

As long as the GOP braintrust keeps spouting the “center-right” bullshit and refuses to face reality, the longer the party remains in the political hinterlands. Maybe for good.