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Posted: 1/9/2003 7:15:08 AM EDT
We need our enemies respect. People in power seem to want their affection instead.

Link Posted: 1/9/2003 8:49:15 AM EDT
Like I said, another DU infiltrator.
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 9:31:48 AM EDT
Thank you Herky..

We're all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

Link Posted: 1/9/2003 9:50:10 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 10:03:45 AM EDT
Toogood Reports is generally supportive of conservatism.  This editorial is no exception.  Sure the title is "in your face trolling" but the article raises good points.
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 11:17:52 AM EDT
I'm not sure what difference it makes who I voted for but I am over 50 and I always vote.  I usually vote in primaries and I have been known to kick in a few bucks to the pols.  I have never voted for anyone who was not a Redumblican, but I have to hold my nose a lot of times.  
The Dems don't give a damn what we think.  They would just as soon spit on us as to slit our throats.  The Republicans seem to always want to be liked.  It isn't just the Lott fiasco, and it is a fiasco still unfolding.  We always give into them.  The term Republican used to often be used with Country Club.  Certainly most Republicans are not rich, but the Country Club label has some substance.  They view politics as a kind of social thing, like a Country Club.  The Dems view politics as a way to yield unlimited power and could care less about being liked, ethics, honesty, or the law.  We could at least grow a backbone.  In case anyone cares, the last pres that I liked was Nixon and I wish that we had him now.  
Link Posted: 1/9/2003 11:42:01 AM EDT
Good article- true too.

Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Like I said, another DU infiltrator.
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That's an odd bit of (il)logic you have going on there:

People who post on DU are socialists, anti-liberty, and hate anything and everything on the left.

People who write articles like the posted won believe in capitalism, are pro-liberty, and love the right.

I can't see how either of them are even closely related, or how he could be a DU "infiltrator".
Link Posted: 1/10/2003 5:48:03 AM EDT
Maybe Sam Francis can put it better:

Lott episode reveals vacuum on the right
by Samuel Francis

"Nickles Seeks Lott's Ouster," blared the Washington Post's lead headline Monday morning. "GOP Agenda at Risk, Senator Says." The good news is not that Senate Republicans have decided that their Majority Leader must go but that there is a GOP agenda at all. From the way in which the Republicans and their neo-conservative allies have responded to the "crisis" created by Sen. Trent Lott's positive remarks about Strom Thurmond's 1948 segregationist presidential campaign, you would not necessarily know there was.

The initial reaction to the Mississippi senator's words from his counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, seemed almost sympathetic. Mr. Daschle noted that Mr. Lott had explained himself to him, and "I accept that." Mr. Daschle, no fool, understands that when the Majority Leader feels the need to explain himself to the Minority Leader, it's pretty clear who really calls the shots in the Senate.

And as the Senate goes, so went what remains of the "conservative movement," as defined by the neo-conservatives who have come to dominate and speak for it. Almost to a man, their spokesmen damned Mr. Lott's remarks -- "disgraceful" (David Frum), "indefensible" (Jonah Goldberg) "ludicrous," (William Kristol), "appalling" (Charles Krauthammer), "shameful" (a public statement issued by four Republican appointees to the Civil Rights Commission), etc. Neo-conservative ex-football star Jack Kemp ranted that "until [Mr. Lott] totally repudiates segregation and every aspect of its evil manifestation," the Republicans would continue to suffer damage from his remarks. He demanded that Mr. Lott, as the Post reported, "go before a civil rights group and make a major speech about race and racial reconciliation in the New South to help clear the air."

What is remarkable about this reaction from the right is that it is entirely indistinguishable from the reaction from the left -- except perhaps that the left was a bit less outraged. What the reaction of the right reveals is that the neo-conservatives who today have come to define the American right share precisely the same views as the left. And what that means is that the right does absolutely nothing to challenge the left. The left can "up the ante" -- escalate its political demands -- as far to the left as it wishes, and the "right" will tag along behind (or perhaps even run in front). This is why there is and can be no Republican "agenda," despite what the wannabe Majority Leaders try to claim.

There can be no Republican agenda because as long as the left defines the boundaries of American politics, any agenda the Republicans or the "right" comes up with will merely reflect what the left allows it to support. Any dissent from what the left allows will be denounced -- as "racist" or some other sort of "extremism" -- and you can bet your armband it will probably be the neo-conservatives who will do the denouncing.

By the middle of last week, with the neo-con pack in full bay at Mr. Lott's heels, the left "upped the ante" a bit more. It soon became clear that the real target was not what in the most extreme interpretation was a bland and probably unintentional endorsement of segregation but rather the real conservative position on race and civil rights. Both the Post and the New York Times dug up Mr. Lott's voting record and brayed the news that he had voted against the extension of the Voting Rights Act in 1982, against the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in 1983, against the Civil Rights Act in 1990.

Not one of these or other votes Mr. Lott has cast means he supports segregation, and he was hardly alone in casting them. What they tell us is that he has consistently embraced an authentic conservative position on these issues. Among Mr. Lott's many sins that the Post discovered:

In 1996 he praised Confederate President Jefferson Davis in helping dedicate a library in his honor in Mississippi and said that Davis "rightly understood [the U.S. Constitution] was created to restrain government, not constrain the people." Having conceded the "evil manifestation" of segregation, the "right" opened the door for the left to denounce any expression of authentic conservatism -- and not only by Mr. Lott.

The dominance of the American "right" by neo-conservatives -- ex-liberals who continue to exude liberal premises and values but who for some reason insist on calling themselves conservatives -- means that ideological hegemony is ceded to the left, that the right must always explain itself to and seek sanction from the left, that the right can and will do nothing whatsoever to challenge the left's monopoly of politics, culture, and discussion. What good therefore is accomplished if a Republican president sits in the White House, a Republican majority sits in Congress, and neo-conservative commentators participate in the public dialogue on television and newspapers?

Samuel Francis is a nationally syndicated columnist
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