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April 12, 2004
Go ahead. Label me.

I'd be a conservative, if the relevant party in this country wasn't conservative about the wrong things.

That's small 'c' conservative there above you know. The 'resistant to change' sort of conservative. I've always been very conservative.

When I was young, I was conservative.

I grew up in a world where people argued, passionately and convincingly, against war, for equal rights, against the mushrooming military-industrial complex, and in favor of living lives that were about more than having a 9-5 kind of job. It was a world where people explored the potential of non-traditional families, investigated non-traditional careers, and tried to redefine "success."

I'm all about going back to those good old days.

Yeah, there were the other guys, but when Tricky Dick exited stage right, we sort of figured they were a spent force.

And then we got Reagan and Bush I and Bush II.

In the middle, there was Clinton, fighting tooth and nail to keep the Republican machine from subpoenaing the paper clips in his desk and the dust on his carpet and anything else they could think of doing that might prevent the Clinton Administration from focusing on doing the job.

I've come to the conclusion that a large part of the Right's pitbull attack on Clinton was because they were desperate for headlines to bury the frauds and scandals of the Bush and Reagan Administrations. Not to mention Nixon.

They were desperate, I think, to try and convince the public that it wasn't just the Republicans, it was that all politicians were crooks. Browsing the land o'blog, I see that they've pretty firmly convinced the Right that Nixon, Reagan, and Bush weren't anything special when it came to political malfeasance and that inappropriate inquiries into Clinton's sex life were on a part with the Iran-Contra investigations.

Me, I think the Republican leadership should be billed for what they cost the country during the Clinton years. I mean, they're always nattering on about the importance of "productivity" aren't they? What about all of the productive hours they sucked out of the Clinton Administration?

(In case you were wondering, yes, sometimes I do post things like this just to be annoying.)

Posted by AnneZook at 01:49 PM


It's not just Clinton. Thomas Reeves, on HNN, called JFK "the most scandalous president in history" for his personal failings. Sure, he had mafia contacts, but those were pretty useful at times......

They are really contributing to the eventual rise of a fascistic "non-political" leadership. Deliberately? I don't know. Yet.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at April 12, 2004 02:21 PM

What always stops me in my tracks is the question of whether or not they're really that smart.

Mostly I think, "no" but then sometimes I look at the last 20 years and think, well, maybeso.

Posted by: Anne at April 12, 2004 05:13 PM

You're the second blogger I've read today who considers herself old-school conservative. (I think Roxanne was the other one.) I've always been a liberal/leftist so I guess I haven't changed that much over the years. :)

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at April 12, 2004 06:55 PM

John Kenneth Galbraith, a famous liberal economist who worked in the JFK administration, wrote a book in 1958 called "The Affluent Society." In the introduction to the book he writes, "I am a conservative, I wish to conserve things, and therefore, by a strange quirk of the language, I am called a liberal."

Posted by: Lawrence Krubner at April 14, 2004 11:52 AM

And Lawrence gets the prize. :)

I'd forgotten about the Galbraith book, but I did in fact read it (a long time ago) and I don't doubt the ideas in it are at the root of my version of "conservatism."

Posted by: Anne at April 14, 2004 12:46 PM