Thread: A former Republican speaks
November 1st, 2006, 10:44 AM #1
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A former Republican speaks
John Cole, of Balloon Juice:I just thought I would go on record stating that the last few weeks and months have really sucked for me. I spent my whole life in the GOP- starting in 1984 with county meetings, going to Teenage Republican camp (my friends called it Hitler Youth Camp, proving that Nazi/Republican quips are no new development), and spending the better part the fall of 1984 going door to door for John Raese in his race against Rockefeller (Raese, as you know, lost). Now, 22 years later, I find myself not only refusing to support Raese against Robert Byrd (the man who for years has embarassed me with his pork), but I have come to the conclusion that the Republicans are so corrupt, so dishonest, so beholden to special interests and fanatical lobbying groups that Byrd not only looks to be the better option, but the entire Democratic party looks better.
I donít know when things went south with this party (literally and figuratively- and I am sure commenters here will tell me the party has always been this bad- I disagree with that, and so do others), but for me, Terri Schiavo was the real eye-opener. Sure, the Prescription Drug Plan was hideous and still gets my blood pressure pumping, and the awful bankruptcy bill was equally bad, and there were other things that should have clued me in, but really, it was Schiavo that made me realize this party was not as advertized. And it is frustrating as hell.
What makes this even more frustrating is that not only do I feel like I have been duped, but I established a lot of friends in the right wing of the blogging community- and now I read their pages and I canít believe what I am reading, even though I know that five years ago I probably would have been saying the same or similar things. I know many of them as people- and not just GOP parrots- having spent time working on collaborative projects with them, serving on the editorial board at Red State, appearing on radio shows with them- you name it. I have, at one point in time, defended many of them from what I perceived to be unfair attacks. So I know that by and large they are not bad people (Dan Riehl is an unmitigated asshole, however). Yet I read their pages now, and through my eyes, it looks like they are so divorced from reality it makes me question what, if anything, I ever believed in.
In short, it really sucks looking around at the wreckage that is my party and realizing that the only decent thing to do is to pull the plug on them (or help). I am not really having any fun attacking my old friends- but I donít know how else to respond when people call decent men like Jim Webb a pervert for no other reason than to win an election. I donít know how to deal with people who think savaging a man with Parkinsonís for electoral gain is appropriate election-year discourse. I donít know how to react to people who think that calling anyone who disagrees with them on Iraq a ďterrorist-enablerĒ than to swing back. I donít know how to react to people who think that media reports of party hacks in the administration overruling scientists on issues like global warming, endangered species, intelligent design, prescription drugs, etc., are signs ofÖ liberal media bias.
And it makes me mad. I still think of myself as a Republican- but I think the whole party has been hijacked by frauds and religionists and crooks and liars and corporate shills, and it frustrates me to no end to see my former friends enabling them, and I wonder ĎWhy canít they see what I see?Ē I donít think I am crazy, I donít think my beliefs have changed radically, and I donít think I have been (as suggested by others) brainwashed by my commentariat.
I hate getting up in the morning, surfing the news, and finding more and more evidence that my party is nothing but a bunch of frauds. I feel like I am betraying my friends in the party and the blogosphere when I attack them, even though I believe it is they who have betrayed what Ďweí allegedly believe in. Bush has been a terrible President. The past Congresses have been horrible- spending excessively, engaging in widespread corruption, butting in to things they should have no say in (like end of life decisions), refusing to hold this administration accountable for ANYTHING, and using wedge issues to keep themselves in power at the expense of gays, etc. And I donít know why my friends on the right still keep fighting for these guys to stay in power. Why do they keep attacking decent people like Jim Webb- to keep this corrupt lot of fools in office? Why canít they just admit they were sold a bill of goods and start over? Why do they want to remain in power, but without any principles? Are tax cuts that important? What is gained by keeping troops in harms way with no clear plan for victory? With no desire to change course? With our guys dying every day in what looks to be for no real good reason? Why?
I really donít know where this post is going, so I will just end it now, but I do have to say the past few months have really sucked, and I am completely disillusioned.In judging a two-person singing contest, never award the prize to the second soprano having heard only the first.
-- Francis Bator
November 1st, 2006, 10:59 AM #2
Sweet, thanks for the validation!The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it. -Mary Catherine Bateson-
November 1st, 2006, 11:03 AM #3
November 1st, 2006, 08:59 PM #4
Who's John Cole?Unofficial TechIMO record holder for the number of times being added and removed from beemer's ignore list.
November 1st, 2006, 09:15 PM #5
Why I #@$%% Hate Weblogs!
The Self-Important Moron. These people honestly believe that they have 'listeners' who actually care what they think about the various topics they rant about in their weblogs. They believe that their opinions matter in the grand scheme of things. They are typically idealists who believe that one-person-can-make-a-difference bullshit applies to them personally or that they are somehow more enlightened than the rest of us schmucks. They tend to be rather self-involved or often highly opinionated about one particular subject area (politics, music, etc.) and feel that their random meanderings on the subject are justified by their profound and unique insight into it. Truth is, nobody really fucking cares what these people think. These people deserve to be sodomized with a red-hot poker and slowly eaten alive by army ants.
November 1st, 2006, 10:50 PM #6
I wonder if he made that up or he really became disillusioned?
It is a popular democrat tactic...I used to be republican but I switched and because of that...vote democrat.
Not sure if I am buying it either.
BTW: Who is John Cole?BBA
November 2nd, 2006, 12:28 AM #7http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE9TN...eature=related
The Nation which forgets it's defenders will itself be forgotten
You cannot make peace with dictators. You have to destroy themĖwipe them out!
November 2nd, 2006, 01:03 PM #8
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Wow, it took him 20+ years to realize politicians are dishonest, power hungry and corrupt.
November 2nd, 2006, 01:08 PM #9
November 2nd, 2006, 09:36 PM #10
Hey, I'm a former republican, who can't stand the party now. That doesn't make me a democrat or one in diguise either!I get all my News from FNC and right blogs, so I know I am fair and balanced.
November 2nd, 2006, 10:19 PM #11
Originally Posted by Front242
Must be because I'm smart enough to know that both are made up of politicians who are dishonest, power hungry and corrupt.
November 2nd, 2006, 10:31 PM #12
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November 2nd, 2006, 10:36 PM #13
As for the ballot measures . . . got some tough decisions to make yet.
I have to mail my ballot in before COB Friday.
November 2nd, 2006, 11:54 PM #14
I have exactly the same voting record you have sharder8, except I've only been old enough to vote in the past 22 years.
Damn your old.BBA
November 2nd, 2006, 11:59 PM #15
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