Why I don't like George W.
I thought I'd go on a limb and, instead of defending conservatism from the sometimes illogical accusations brought by liberals (sometimes, I said), point out the real reasons George W. sucks.
First, you might want to read this article about spending vs. division in government.
I don't agree with a lot of the Republican agenda. For the most part, I vote Republican because I believe in limited government. This is a belief that you can scrutinize to exhaustion, but it's based on the principle of individual rights and is something that will always be good and right to me, because it's a principle.
I was cognizant of my own political beliefs and their meaning and relations to society at a young age, and the year would be around 1980-82ish (8-10 years old). From then on I dreamed of the day that Republicans would actually have a majority. To finally be able to pass conservative legislation to cut spending and lower taxes was something that gave me great hope and fostered a comaraderie with the Republican party. Well, I've spent the last 20 years waiting for that moment. Finally, it came. In 2000 we had the senate, congress and the white house. Not a big majority but enough like-minded people to win some supermajorities on sensible free-market issues.
And what did I get for my 20 years of hoping and waiting for my party to have it's chance? I got the bill to a spending spree that would make liberals envious. Where are the spending cuts? Where is the conservative movement that spent the last 40 years condemning an economically irresponsible congress? Where is the protection of our civil liberties? I thought Republicans stood for limited government. That's LIMITING the POWER of government, not INCREASING the POWER of government. Where's the flat tax? Where's the legislation that will keep social security out of the general fund? Where's the plan to eradicate the national debt?(ok, that one's maybe far-fetched).
It's not just George W. It's the entire Republican party. They told all of us conservatives to go screw ourselves. I don't understand how people can abondon their principles so quickly and casually.
After reading that article I linked to, I don't even care who wins the presidential election, because it ultimately doesn't matter. I guess I'd rather have a Democrat in the White house and a Republican controlled house. I guess that's about all I can hope for.