The conservative credo
Posted by keithosaunders on February 5, 2010
If you speak to a Republican he or she will proudly tell you that the conservative credo is fiscal restraint and small government. He is for less taxes and believes that an economy favorable to corporate business will trickle down to the middle class. On the face of it this seems like a reasonable blueprint . If you consider, however, that the U.S. has had Republican rule 20 of the last 30 years (and Clinton, though a Democrat, certainly favored big business) and after all the deregulation and tax cutting we still ended with our economy in shambles. In fact we barely avoiding a depression.
I have reached the conclusion that what the Republican party has to offer — its chief asset — is an excuse for wealthy not to feel guilty. If you are poor it is your own fault. You have been made complacent by a government that has coddled you. If you have money this is a result of hard work and superior intelligence. Perhaps you have even having pulled yourself up from your bootstraps, and the thought of sharing a portion of your wealth with someone less fortunate is an anathema.
If you are a racist or a homophobe, the Republican tent is the perfect place for you. You can couch your racism in your love of small government. Your intolerance of gays can easily be masked by the smoke screen of family values.
There is one possible pitfall, however. If, for any reason, you were suddenly to become destitute, thus requiring affordable housing and medical insurance, things could get dicey. At that point your family values and love of trickle down economics will be worthless and you will learn that empathy is a commodity not easily found in the party of Lincoln.