Archive for August 31st, 2004


Aug 31, 2004 in Current Events

Anyone who’s seen the clips of John McCain’s convention speech is aware that Michael Moore is present at this week’s Republican National Convention, as a op-ed columnist for USA Today. In his first column, Moore talks with Republican non-delegates about their stance on certain issues. In his words:

“I’ve often found that if I go down the list of “liberal” issues with people who say they’re Republican, they are quite liberal and not in sync with the Republicans who run the country. Most don’t want America to be the world’s police officer and prefer peace to war. They applaud civil rights, believe all Americans should have health insurance and think assault weapons should be banned. Though they may personally oppose abortion, they usually don’t think the government has the right to tell a women what to do with her body.

“There’s a name for these Republicans: RINOs or Republican In Name Only. They possess a liberal, open mind and don’t believe in creating a worse life for anyone else.”

So what makes these “liberal,” everyman Republicans tick?

“I don’t want the government taking my hard-earned money and taxing me to death. That’s what the Democrats do.”

Yep. That old high tax bogeyman will do it everytime. The spectre of high taxes and the disdain for big government has long been a hallmark of conservativism. It’s too bad that real conservativism has been hijacked by right-wing idealogues who are intent to foist their conservative social values, belligerent foreign policy and laissez-faire economics upon our country.

As much as I dislike right-wingers nowadays, I have no problem with intelligent conservatives. There are many conservatives in the media who argue their points intelligently and rationally, even though I may not agree with them. I believe that a healthy political system needs both liberal and conservative voices. But it seems that both ends of our political system is defined by extremists and zealots who speak louder than the great mass of people in the middle.

But I digress. The Republicans were obviously trying to appeal to those people in the middle by presenting their most popular and moderate politicians. But they’re all parroting the same party line; even Senator McCain, who has gained a reputation as an outspoken maverick who dares to criticise the president.

What was it that Washington said about “the baneful effects of the spirit of party?”