Who are these so-called conservatives who wrote and then defended the Virginia vaginal probe law? Conservatives? Who are these so-called conservatives who wish to overturn Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court decision to allow the use of contraceptives? Conservatives?
Were I a traditional conservative I would be outraged that such people as these would be lumped in with me and my political beliefs. Surely there ought to be a new category for people who hold such views- a category outside of the boundaries of the category, conservative.
I can deal with the fiscal conservatives quite well. I can even deal with paleoconservatives.
One of the leaders of the conservative movement in the U.S. was William F. Buckley Jr., founder of the magazine, The National Review. Wikipedia says that Buckley and his editors used his magazine to define the boundaries of conservatism—and to exclude people or ideas or groups they considered unworthy of the conservative title. Buckley’s first challenge was to purge the American right of its “kooks.” Therefore they attacked Ayn Rand, the John Birch Society, George Wallace and anti-Semites.
Buckley wrote at the inception of his magazine, “It is the job of centralized government (in peacetime) to protect its citizens’ lives, liberty and property. All other activities of government tend to diminish freedom and hamper progress.”
Vaginal probes? Abolishing contraception?
That’s what today’s Republican Party looks like. And why? Because it opened its doors to these ‘kooks’ just to pad its electoral numbers. How cheap. How disgusting.
The Democratic Party woke up in 1964 to realize that it had a bevy of kooks within its ranks- the southern segregationists. Just after President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Law he quipped, “We have lost the South for a generation.” Or two or three. The segregationists fled the Democratic Party and white voters in the South began to vote for Republicans. The former solid South [solid Democrat] is today ruby red, solid Republican.
That was a great purge; it needed to happen. Today’s Democratic Party is much more authentic and representative of The People because of the culling of the segregationist ‘kooks.’ Is this the year that the Republican Party decides to ‘clean house,’ too? With the odd array of presidential candidates currently running in the GOP, perhaps the general electorate will move this process forward for the party on November 6.