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Subj: Re: I don't know what it means to be conservative.
Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 at 04:13:28 pm EST (Viewed 317 times)
Reply Subj: Re: I don't know what it means to be conservative.
Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 at 02:09:51 pm EST (Viewed 325 times)

    What caused this change? One theory is that it was Obama, the first black president. But I think it's more that the neo-conservatives waned in influence in the wake of the Iraq War, leaving a vacuum in the party for the nationalist wing of the Republican party to occupy.

People can and have written entire books on this subject. My personal thoughts are that after George W. Bush was a complete disaster as President - exaggerating Iraq's threat, invading Iraq to the tune of $2 trillion, destabilizing the Middle East, finding no WMD, failing to mitigate Hurricane Katrina's effect on New Orleans, and then the Great Recession that caused massive unemployment and huge financial loss on mortgages and across the economy - Republicans couldn't stand to see the Party fail on such a spectacular level. Furthermore, the party that had the most racial resentment was rewarded for all that with the first black President of the United States. The result was a temper tantrum embodied by the Tea Party and Birthers. We know it was emotional and not some dedication to an ideal because the Tea Party's main focus was on the National Debt. Now that Republicans are running the government and putting through a tax bill that will increase the debt by at least $1 trillion, those old Tea Partiers are completely silent. A large segment of conservatives basically decided that winning at any cost mattered more than governing well, hence backing Trump. They are in denial over reality and have doubled down on their policies being right even though they already failed spectacularly under Bush. But it feels good to them to be winning and spiting the other party after the Dems proved themselves right about Republicans during the Bush Administration.

    We thought the Bush Era was the craziest era for the Republican party, but it was barely the opening act for what would follow.

Yeah, really.

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