Rich - your first post was interesting- as you went on, I began sifting through my notes on effective sedatives. Anyway, the Bush administration does many things that I don't approve of, but they do have a pretty good understanding of what is important to fight for and what isn't. I wish some of you were as well focused. In general. I, like most of you I bet, consider myself a classical liberal; Bush is a moderate conservative in today's America. I just plain disagree with him on feminism, gay rights, religion, and a host of other issues. Over the next several years, I will be writing many articles on what Republicans in general and specifically, are doing wrong. Some topics for articles I am considering might give you a few hints on this matter:
1) Gay Marriage - the Essential Issue
2 An Agenda to Resurrect the Democratic Party
3) America's 44th President- Hillary Rodham Clinton?
4) Why Not a Center Left and a Center Right Libertarian America?
5) Why I hate Politics and Follow it Religiously
James- you need new sources of information -we are in a very robost recovery. Record deficits -Clinton recession and 9/11- they are much lower than they would be if Bush weren't there; exploding oil prices- inhereted idiotic environmental policy and Democratic blocking of domestic energy development; the dollar is doing pretty well the last six months; greatest housing market in America's history- James! You must visit earth occasionally!
Sam- I am leaning towards Condi in 2008 at this point.
Max - nobody tells you what he is going to do and then goes out and does it as well as George Bush.
Scott- I like your priorities.
Robert- Check your premises- the Democrats are far from reality as to what is the mainstream and far from reality from surviving in the real world. They are the picture of consistent premises, as am I.
Justin - I stand corrected. The media couldn't call the Democrats Red or they would be admitting that they were closer to "the Reds" than the Republicans are. I keep remembering that fact and forgetting who is Red and who is Blue.
Joseph - I believe that Liberalism's choke hold on political America was loosened in the late 70's, when the cable television revolution first got underway. This was made possible by convergence of new ideas from the right during the last 50 years. Led by Ayn Rand and Objectivism, this may be a main theme of a book by Barbara and me, if we can ever successfully shoo away all the flies and sit down and write it.
The Democrats lack of agenda is why they might just disappear, but I stress that it is unlikely that that will happen. I will write an article shortly on a new Democratic agenda which I could support, particularly if the Republicans go off the deep religious right end, which is also quite possible.
Jon ( and Scott and Sam- in fact, all of you!) Let's have a party at my house on election night 2006!