|January 2, 2006|
What would you call them today?
A BUZZFLASH READER
I have always found it fascinating that most Republicans and all Conservatives seem to believe that the government should never be questioned and to do so they believe is tantamount to treason. They firmly believe that Liberalism is akin to Communism, although if you ask one of this crowd to define Liberalism they spew forth some self-made meaning that cannot be found in any dictionary, ah but to point this out is in their minds just one more example of Liberalism not Literalism.
We have all heard their brilliant remarks. “My country love it or leave it,” or “If you have nothing to hide what is the problem?” So they will mindlessly accept the lies, deceptions, and manipulations of the government. They watch under a waving flag as the civil liberties and freedoms that literally (not Liberally) 1,000,000 Americans have given their lives for be washed away. Truth for war? Not a problem. Illegal spying? Big Deal. They can only imagine supporting the troops as keeping them in harm's way despite the justifications, those that call our soldiers heroes but yet want them home are in some strange way Un-American.
In that light I pose a question to those Patriotic Conservatives. What would you call our Founding Fathers? I am speaking of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Adams, not Nixon, Reagan, and Bush.
If the first word out of your mouth was Patriots, you are 100% wrong. They were not Patriots, they were not loyal to nor had love for their country at the time, Great Britain.
Were they Conservatives? Hardly. These men envisioned a nation based upon freedom and liberty. Read the Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and The Constitution. For that matter read “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine, the pamphlet printed and distributed as justification for our founding. Then consider that roughly 1/3 of the people favored a revolution.
The words and phrases that Conservative Republicans put forth in a mindless manner would have been blasphemy to our Founding Fathers. To allow a President to spy on American citizens and bypassing the courts in doing so would be a “High Crime.” To allow a President to stay in office after he admitted to using “false intelligence” as justifications for war would be unheard of. To accept a Congressman like Tom DeLay in his attempt to make the voice of the people meaningless through gerrymandering would have never been tolerated for an instant. And as the Jack Abramoff scandal comes to light, the acceptance and scope of bribes and corruption would have led to a house cleaning of proportions we have not witnessed.
So my question to Conservative Republicans is, what would you call these men that founded our nation? And did so without popular support initially and had a vision and wisdom of a nation based upon freedom and personal liberty?
The answer is, of course, Liberals, and I mean that both literally and liberally. If it were up to people of the “Right” kind of mind, we would all be drinking tea and eating crumpets every afternoon ... They would have maintained their loyalty to the flag of Great Britain and of King George. Perhaps it is those inklings that stir in them today that promote such a disregard amongst them of the very principles on which we were founded. And we were founded by a group of angry Liberals who had had just about enough of the government stomping all over their freedom and liberty.
Once again I ask, what would you call these men today?
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