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Which is why I thought he was a republican, I simply could not imagine any other creature being tolerated there.
But it does not stop my wider critique. I imagine the media will finally wake up from their acquiescent torpor sometime in mid-January 2009 and immediately start asking awkward questions of the new administration like it has any right whatsoever to the role of holding the administration to account. And I find it a little sickening to see all those signs of awakening and trying to pretend they've been at it all along. They weren't, they collaborated. With McCarthy it was from fear and yet some still spoke out. But this time it was from commitment and all other voices were stilled.
keep to the Fen Causeway
In what sense is the (radical right) ruling faction of the Republican party "conservative"? There is a case to be made for genuine conservatives as stabilizers of traditional social orders that have evolved features that no one fully understands. There is little that can be said for radicals who favor overturning law and a liberal social order in favor of greed, war, and authoritarian rule.
Today, Democrats are indeed conservative: The US tradition they are defending includes relatively strong support for rule of law, personal liberty, social welfare, and so on. Democrats are fighting to reverse recent erosion of these traditions. Surely this noble effort is conservative, perhaps even reactionary.
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Robinson is not one of them. He's one of the good guys and a damned good columnist. The only one worth reading from the WaPo, actually, but I always found Dionne boring.
Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
There are no black Republicans beyond Clarence Thomas.
Anyone who has done business in Los Angeles can tell you that there are lots of Black Conservatives. A friend of mine is one. His father is a Republican and I will guess that his grandfather was also. His father was instrumental in the land deal that enabled Pepperdine University to sell its South Central L.A. campus and move to Malibu. I was a consultant to his son for a year. We bantered back and forth about politics all of the time.
A company I worked for had four partners. Two of them wanted to retire. The other two brought in two new partners, a husband and wife team of Black lawyers, both Republicans. The woman became the CEO. Unfortunately she did not understand contracting and ran the business into the ground within five years. Fortunately, I had an opportunity to begin consulting for LAUSD and doubled my income the year following my departure. One of her abilities which she touted was "managing account receivables." This bought her a couple of months of cash flow, but then we were on credit hold by all of our vendors. But these two were exceptionally inept.
"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
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