Have you noticed something about many of the opinion pieces submitted by our local residents to the Daily Republic? Many of them refer to the radical, sulfuric Sixties: the Vietnam War, Jane Fonda, “non-negotiable demands,” and of course, pot.
These folks are solidly conservative today, and probably conservative in reaction to the excesses of those days. Never again for them all that radical chic. They’re proud of the Republican Party and how it stood tall for common sense, civility and traditional values.
Only problem: They haven’t noticed that the positions of the two parties have largely reversed themselves. Today, the Republicans are the wild radicals and the Democrats are standing for common sense. Conservatives, don’t crumple the paper up. Hear me out because I, too, was once a Republican.
In short, the party has been taken over by billionaire cuckoo birds.
Here’s my story. I was enthusiastic about Ronald Reagan. I even sent money. But as time passed, I became uncomfortable with the deficits. Didn’t conservatives stand for balanced budgets? Ronnie comforted me with his many condemnations of deficit spending, but, he was doing it. It was going to work out when the economy grew and lower taxes would bring in revenues to fill the gap. It bothered me that it never happened. Daddy Bush had called it “voodoo economics.” Maybe it was.
Ronnie’s war mongering bothered me. Do you remember the Europeans going wild over his talk of winnable nuclear war? Over the placing of missiles in Europe? Of the reckless and provocative nature of Operation Able Archer 83? I began to doubt.
Fast forward to George W. Bush, whom I also voted for. (My bad.) Here we go again: huge deficits stretching toward the horizon and more war mongering. Using conscious lies, (please do a search on Google for “Curve Ball”) W’s administration invaded Iraq. That was the end for me. The Republican Party had become the “borrow and spend” party and the illegal war party.
I looked around: What party had used U.S. power in Bosnia very cautiously but effectively? The Democratic Party. What party had “ended welfare as we know it”? The Democratic. What party had run four years of surplus? The Democratic. What party had put 100,000 new cops on the streets of America’s cities? The Democratic.
I registered as a Democrat.
My Republican friends say that those things were accomplished with Republican help. Precisely. Those were the days when the Republican Party was still willing to solve problems.
Today, they only make problems. Examples:
I could go on.
The Democrats are trying to solve problems. The Republican Party – the party of No – has become a clear and present danger to our country. It’s a complete reversal from 50 years ago. Wake up, sheeple.
Jack Batson is a former member of the Fairfield City Council. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.