- Jul 28, 2006
As they say on Hollywood Squares: I disagreeOriginally posted by: Rainsford
I'm not really sure of that. I will admit that the talking heads still bash Bush on issues like spending, and I will also admit that Bush is not the ideal conservative to a lot of conservatives, but I don't think that the party overall has a tone of accepting Bush-conservatism until something REALLY conservative comes along. Among conservatives there has been wild support for warrantless wiretapping and anti-gay marriage initiatives, neither of which fit with the original definition of small government. I'll admit that you guys dont' mesh exactly with Bush on all the issues, but that doesn't make you real conservatives either.
Wiretapping of people talking to suspected terrorists in other countries comes under the strong on defense part of conservatives.
Anti-gay marriage is more about protecting the idea of marriage being between a man and a woman than an attack on gays. The gays just frame it that way because it makes a better argument. Remember when gays tried to say that gay marriage was a civil rights issue and all the blacks freaked out? Most, I think, mainstream conservatives would support some kind of legalized "unions" between gays in order to protects their rights via death, community property etc.
As far as conservatives supporting Bush till something comes along I'll point out that a lot of Democrats hated that Kerry voted for the Iraq war, but still voted for him because they thought he was better than Bush. When it comes to Presidential politics we are stuck with what we get and must vote for the person closest to our own beliefs.