Compassionate Conservatism in Action

Jonah Goldberg, from the National Review, sums up the ideology of a party whose President was making jokes about Trent Lott’s house today while 2 day old dead infants were being taken from freezers because of his incompetence and disregard for human life:

I think it’s time to face facts. That place is going to be a Mad Max/thunderdome Waterworld/Lord of the Flies horror show within the next few hours. My advice is to prepare yourself now. Hoard weapons, grow gills and learn to communicate with serpents. While you’re working on that, find the biggest guy you can and when he’s not expecting it beat him senseless. Gather young fighters around you and tell the womenfolk you will feed and protect any female who agrees to participate without question in your plans to repopulate the earth with a race of gilled-supermen. It’s never too soon to be prepared.

Goldberg, you might remember, is the chickenhawk coward who celebrated American killing in Iraq and justifies the death of American soliders in Iraq, while excusing himself from responsibility:

As for why my sorry a** isn’t in the kill zone, lots of people think this is a searingly pertinent question. No answer I could give — I’m 35 years old, my family couldn’t afford the lost income, I have a baby daughter, my a** is, er, sorry, are a few — ever seem to suffice.

Two things.

One, first I suggest that you consider writing the National Review and demanding that his family be deprived of this source of income, providing him an incentive to sign up and do his cheerleading for the war in Iraq. He certainly has the right to express his idiotic views, but no respectable magazine should keep a columnist willing to make light of human tragedy like that.

Secondly, the issue of the hurricane demonstrates the emptiness of the elite Republican appeal to the values of average Americans. Average Americans, conservative and liberal, think that black lives are as valuable as white ones, think that the government should help people in need, and believe that our country is better when we are united than when we are divided. It’s time to expose the ideology of the Republican elite for what it is–a shallow, empty veneer of compassion disguising an agenda that is only about enriching themselves–no matter the expense.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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