Re: “Obama wins, small stuff happens; Romney wins, it’s big stuff” (David Brooks column, 10-31).
Brooks champions political moderation. He notes that Mitt Romney has lately flip-flopped once again to pander to moderates (and this is why we should vote for him). Yet Romney’s latest etch-a-sketching notwithstanding, moderation is dead in the Republican Party.
Social conservatives and corporation conservatives have a strangle-old on Republicans, and neither tolerates the slightest disobedience. The SoCons want to drag us back to the 1950s (before civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, etc.), while the CorpCons yearn dearly for the 1880s, the Gilded Age of the robber barons.
With the conservatives sliding precipitously into radical and destructive regressivism, the other side – the liberals – are left with no choice but to engage this clear and present danger with equal vigor and determination.
Alas, that hasn’t fully yet happened because there are so very few loyal liberals in office. Big Money in politics, a conservative ploy, has effectively transformed them into moderate corporatists like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. And still the Republicans hate them.
But even a quasi-liberal is far better than any conservative. Look it up in your history books. Conservatives are wrong about everything. They are wrong about the economy, wrong about war, wrong about peace, wrong about what is wrong and right. The way ahead, not backwards, for America is to get back to true American liberal values.
It’s past time time not to conciliate but to smash these purveyors of greed, fear, prejudice and ignorance who have retarded American progress for too long.