Since George W. Bush's first campaign for president in 2000, I began to wonder at the seeming change taking place in American conservatism. Working at a booth promoting the Libertarian Party, people would come to me literally begging and crying (I kid you not) in order to somehow persuade me to switch sides and support Bush. I'd never seen such an irrational outpouring of emotion for someone seeking office. Very strange indeed.
This year, I again witnessed heavy emotions in favor of Bush. This time, I encountered blind obedience for, of all things, a politician. Of course I encountered plenty of hate also. Not directed at myself, but clearly directed toward those "godless, immoral, treasonous liberals". Each Saturday in Temecula, California, a group of GOP lackeys demonstrate FOR the Iraq occupation/war and FOR their glorious leader, George W. Bush. One sign being held pre-election had a large picture of Osama bin Laden with the following words: "Vote for Kerry so I can kill you and your family".
Do they honestly believe that? I'm no fan of John Kerry myself, but at least I realize that the chances of Osama ordering an attack on our nation would be just about the same under a Bush regime. If anything, Osama may just have mellowed out a bit because a symbolic target of his hate would be out of office and Kerry just might decide to start pulling some troops from the Middle Eastern powderkeg. Pure speculation on my part, but at least we instinctively know that Bush and his neocon advisors will stay the path of invasion and attack in the Middle Eastern region.
This is one of the more troublings aspects I've seen emerge from the American conservative movement: irrational decision making on a grand scale. Now, they's always been a little irrational (isn't all politics irrational to an extent anyway?), but at least with regard to the Constitution and economics, they were pretty solid. Now we see huge deficit spending, a drop in the worth of the American dollar, massive corporate welfare, a president who has yet to veto a single bill brought before him, foreign interventionism gone rampant...I could go on.
In today's issue of LewRockwell.com, Paul Craig Roberts provided a much more lucid and engaging look into a conservative movement gone adrift. Read about it here and prepare for the electoral battle in 2004 to help retake this nation from Bush's cult of personality.