charlesjwalker 
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Re: “By opposing Obama, Republicans might make the GOP conservative again

This "realignment" is nothing of the sort. The GOP have proven time and again that they care more about their "party unity" than the principles for which they allegedly stand.

Naturally, they stand united in opposition to a Democratic president. But this has almost nothing to do with true conservative principles, and much more to do with the idiotic and ideologically-bankrupt "party first" mentality that pervades the GOP.

You're absolutely right, of course. If McCain had been elected and proposed the same things Obama's proposing, he would have gotten a lot of Republican support.

When they're not in power, Republicans piss and moan about the evil Democrats and all their irresponsible spending. But hardly any of them actually took a principled stand and defended their so-called conservative ideals when they were being violated by one of their own.

I cringe now, whenever I hear republicans promoting "freedom", and complaining about big government and reckless spending. The rhetoric is correct, of course, but they have done such a pathetic job at defending those ideas when it mattered, that they have lost all credibility. The shameful expansion of government, out-of-control spending, and erosion of individual liberty that occurred under the Bush administration has only served to reinforce the erroneous public perception that "free markets" and "limited government" don't work. It has played directly into the Democrats' hands. Instead of taking the opportunity to set a principled example, they have forever tarnished these ideas in the public mind.

And consequently, when the TRUE defenders of liberty speak up, they are brushed aside by all those who are fed-up with what they perceive to be more empty rhetoric.

What republicans have come to call "free market capitalism" is nothing of the sort, and I can't really blame the masses - who have never studied free market economics - for rejecting it based on the results.

Posted by charlesjwalker on February 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM
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