Monday, September 05, 2011

Goodbye to All That

This is getting a lot of play on the blogs, but if you've been ignoring politics for the holiday weekend, it's the one thing you missed that you definitely read. Mike Lofgren, a veteran Congressional staffer reflects on why he left the GOP after 28 years on The Hill. This part was especially telling:
A couple of years ago, a Republican committee staff director told me candidly (and proudly) what the method was to all this obstruction and disruption. Should Republicans succeed in obstructing the Senate from doing its job, it would further lower Congress's generic favorability rating among the American people. By sabotaging the reputation of an institution of government, the party that is programmatically against government would come out the relative winner. [...]

Thus far, I have concentrated on Republican tactics, rather than Republican beliefs, but the tactics themselves are important indicators of an absolutist, authoritarian mindset that is increasingly hostile to the democratic values of reason, compromise and conciliation. Rather, this mindset seeks polarizing division (Karl Rove has been very explicit that this is his principal campaign strategy), conflict and the crushing of opposition.
But there's so much more. Seriously, read the whole thing

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Blogger Ruth said...

thanks, this really has been increasingly the right wing mantra, that Big Government is the problem, so responsibly governing by representing the public as they have sworn to has become antithetical to the party representing crazees.

4:53:00 AM  
Blogger Octopus said...

Libby,
This article has far more credibility coming from a disaffected Republican than any analysis or rant contributed from our side. An important article, even required reading - many thanks for this. Tomorrow, I'll write a follow-up post - with kudos and a hat tip to you.

6:25:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I'm not certain that the size of government was what concerned Reagan when he joked about the horror of the government being here to help. I think a government that had that capability was sufficiently scary.

It's government itself that's bad and if that government is a Democracy, it doesn't help much. I've yet to see any suggestion that Republicans - as they have become - are interested in universal suffrage if 'universal' includes immigrants, minorities, the disadvantaged or perhaps even the educated. For people afraid of powerful government, they haven't convinced me they're about anything other than power, more power and lots more power.

12:45:00 PM  
Blogger Octopus said...

Libby,
The post is up.

8:25:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Someone should be asking these guys every single day, if "big" gov is so bad, why the hell do they want to be part of it?

10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Oh, and thanks for props Octopus.

10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

The only possible answer is that they don't think big government is bad, they think democracy is bad because it might hold them accountable.

8:47:00 AM  

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