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Compassionate Conservatism

I am still trying to keep my head from exploding:

“I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Mr. Robertson said in an interview on Wednesday. “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded.”

Mr. Robertson’s remarks echoed statements he made last week on “The 700 Club,” the signature program of his Christian Broadcasting Network, and other comments he made in 2010. While those earlier remarks were largely dismissed by his followers, Mr. Robertson has now apparently fully embraced the idea of legalizing marijuana, arguing that it is a way to bring down soaring rates of incarceration and reduce the social and financial costs.

“I believe in working with the hearts of people, and not locking them up,” he said.

I thought it would be cold day in h-e-double-hockey-sticks before Pat Robertson found his heart.  I guess credit where it’s due.


Santorum 2012

Well, not really; but close:

In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Friday, Rick Santorum defended Kirk Cameron’s recent remarks that homosexuality is “unnatural” and “detrimental and destructive to society,” suggesting that “both sides need to respect both sides.”

I think both sides need to respect both sides… As someone who’s been very public about this, I respect people who disagree with me. I think they have a right to go out and make their case and sell it to the American public and try to change the law if they see fit. But, I don’t use language that, you know, calls them bigots or haters, and nor should they think that someone, because they simply disagree with them on that subject, should be treated the same. So I think rhetoric on both sides needs to be judicious and fair and respecting people’s difference of opinion.

It’s statements like these that really make me think that Republicans read Orwell’s 1984 as a bible on how to achieve and maintain power.

War is peace.  Eastasia is our enemy, er, no, ally.  Slavery is freedom.  Repudiating lies is as reprehensible as lying.  Ignorance is strength.


Jeff Foxworthy’s recent appearance with Mitt Romney got me to thinking: do country-western celebrities need to be Republican in order to not lose their audience?  I don’t know what’s really in Foxworthy’s heart but I can’t remember the last time I heard of a progressive country singer.

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It’s staggering to think that there are still portions of the public that oppose interracial marriage (i.e. conservative white evangelicals from the South). By comparison, a majority of the U.S. public (or close to it) now supports same-sex marriage. That is the mainstream view in America now, not this other garbage. And in the years to come, it’s going to become more and more clear that the “silent majority” now refers to cultural liberals, not conservatives, who will no doubt spend the 2010s and ’20s being just as skreechy, out-of-touch and alienating as the left was reputed to be in the 1970s and ’80s.

I was thinking of titling this post “Why I Stopped Reading Ross Douthat In 2009” after reading about his most recent article second-hand, which basically says that Republicans are okay and completely mainstream (what a surprise, huh, and great timing!). But that would be unfairly singling out one person when there are tons of others who deserve equal blame. I understand that Douthat and David Brooks and Peggy Noonan and the rest of that crew want to have one foot in the movement and one in the mainstream, with the ability to prod both when need be, but the simple fact is that that isn’t possible*. Around 2008 these people were all critiquing Republicans from where they were at, trying to move them a bit closer toward sanity. They all failed, and now their interpretation of straddling the divide is just endless apologism for the right-wingers of America, which doesn’t accomplish anything worth accomplishing. The simple fact is that you can’t spin these numbers: this is the GOP base, this is where it’s at. There is a minority of moderate/sane Republicans, but they’re outnumbered and appear to be okay with being marginalized. It’s just a hopeless task to try to pull the movement back from the brink, and frankly the best thing these folks could do would be to stop trying and write about something else. I actually like reading George Will’s thoughts on baseball, for example.

* I might be willing to entertain an argument that it is possible but that these particular people aren’t smart enough to do it, but I’m not sure I’d agree–Douthat at least is intelligent.

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I am really loving Ladytron lately:

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So Republicans all over the country get swept into office in a Tea Party fervor and said Republicans spend all of their time passing unconstitutional abortion laws, trying to kill unions and trying to disenfranchise dem-curious voters. quelle suprise!

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Oh, Hulu. This is the best you can do?


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