Days of Change

Day 372 – Bold Colors

November 11, 2009
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Tell me any of the greatest presidents in history and I can tell you something wrong with them. Lincoln was hated in his time and eventually assassinated. Kennedy won with barely over 50% of the electoral vote. Clinton never got 50% of the popular vote. FDR was a bully who was struck down by the Supreme Court more than once. Truman nuked two cities.

So I could care less what some people who are Jackass’ opponents think of Ronald Reagan. I suspect history will prove me right. Since we do all oppose the Shout-Outer in Chief, most elected representatives, and the two major parties in general regardless of political ideology, I am reminded of something Reagan said in 1975.

“I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party” – when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.

Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?

Let our banner proclaim our belief in a free market as the greatest provider for the people.

Let us explore ways to ward off socialism, not by increasing government’s coercive power, but by increasing participation by the people in the ownership of our industrial machine.

It is time to reassert our principles and raise them to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.”

Again, those Republicans are rushing into print. 35 years later, the print is online and the criticism is equally substantial to the magnetic bits that make up those web sites. 40% of Americans consider themselves Conservative. That isn’t a base, it’s a mandate.

The same is true for Democrats. I see their frustration with a president who is not so much a liberal as a fascist. He isn’t obsessed with letting people do whatever they want, he’s obsessed with making people do what he thinks is the correct thing. Rahn Emmanuel’s Southern Strategy has created a shadow party inside the Democratic one, giving the White House a win by selling out liberal principles.

Conservatives offer reminisce about the 1984 presidential election where liberalism and conservatism went head to head and liberalism got run over like road kill. That was the end of liberalism in the classic sense. The Democrats took on a series of moderate politicians and power mad megalomaniacs funding them.

The dirty little secret is that they too could resurge. There are libertarians who don’t understand what a classic liberal is and how they hold the rights of everyone above even the government. Liberals could very well capture the libertarians sick of the social values of modern conservatives.

I’m sick of politicians like Dede Scozzafava, who even wears pale pastels as well as legislating in them. I’m sick of guys like Chris Dagget who try to cut down the middle to look “reasonable” when they are, in reality, chameleons.

I want bold colors and bold differences. I want to win or lose based on beliefs and not a soaring tower of bullshit rhetoric. I want politicians to take a stand and I want to know where I stand with them.

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