Monday, August 10, 2009

I Learned A New Term

The Vichy Right

Don't Tread On Me


RavingDave said...

I'm not sure i'm getting this one. Are you referring to Republican Collaborators on Obama's Socialist agenda ?


M. Simon said...

That is a good way of looking at it.

There is a fight going on for the soul of the Republican Party. Are we the small government party or are we the Social Democrat Party?

Are Romney and Huckabee Republican in orientation or are they really Democrats?

Which is why I'm jazzed about Palin. She can unite the various wings of the Party. She governs as a small government person and yet her personal life is exemplary for the religious among the party.

Which is as it should be. In religion lead by example. In government - get it off our backs.

“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.” - Ronald Reagan

RavingDave said...

A good quote, but I think a little "zeitgeist" is in order. By the standards of today, the libertarians of the 1960s were far more socially conservative. (This *IS* a Barry Goldwater era quote, isn't it ?)

M. Simon said...


It says right after the quote who said it. Era 1975.

It was from Reason Magazine, back when the Libertarians were more libertarian.

I think the days of the Conservatives (as you define them) as a national political movement have passed.

Smaller government and lower taxes sell very well though.

Reason Magazine Interviews Reagan

The Libertarians split from the Republicans in 1972 over Nixon's Wage and Price Controls. And the Libs have always been the representatives of the athiest/other religions faction of the Republican Party.

Now look at the voices coming out of the Tea Parties/Health Care Rallies. It is not a call for Conservatism as you see it. It is a call for smaller government. At its core libertarian.