Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Stand For Something

One thing I miss about the eighties was Ronald Reagan's unabashed conservatism. He was running on an ideological platform in which he believed very strongly. He used all of his powers of persuasion to make his world view into a working reality.
The elder George Bush seemed to be a hereditary Republican, taking on a political affinity that had been passed to him with no particular passion. I credit George W. with a seeming heartfelt belief in a conservative philosophy. It seems unfortunately that he is almost apologetic about it. There is a pressing need to defend America's borders . There is a pressing concern felt by most Americans not only for the value and future of the American dollar but the value and future of American labour as well. The mainstream of the Republican party has failed to identify or address these problems in a way that meaningfully differs with the Democrats.
I feel a gratitude to the Republicans that they do not yet have an Obama-Carter wing to their party. I distrust Hillary. I believe she will espouse anything to get elected. She is only as good as the ideas she co opts.
I look back with nostalgia on some aspects of Italian politics before the Euro. On the left you had a Communist Party unabashedly rallied in the streets under a hammer and sickle. On the other side you had a Christian Democratic Party. There was even a fascist party. It was from Italians that I learned the value of listening to people talk about their political convictions. I learned to see people's beliefs in the context of their background and experiences. The Communists did not win any seats in the last Italian election. They went bankrupt in a well stocked market place of ideas. America should bring back clear debates about political direction and philosophy.
It would be good to see the passionate forthrightness of Italian politics on the American political scene. I want the ethnic diversity of America to strengthen it and not tear it apart. In some countries, people are killed in election violence. It is a blessing to differ passionately yet bloodlessly. The sense that we are all fellow citizens at the end of a heated national debate is profoundly reassuring.
To both the Democrats and the Republicans I say this. Be yourselves. Don't impersonate each other. The similarity of the two parties bears an uncomfortable resemblance to an election with one party.
Copyright 2008 by Magdeburger Joe Sphere: Related Content

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