It’s hard to get more “establishment” than the highest ranking Republican officeholder in the U.S., Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. He and Sen. Richard Burr (also, of course, a Republican) are attempting to reauthorize the section of the Patriot Act that the government uses as a legal fiction to unconstitutionally spy on the phone calls and emails of ordinary Americans (by storing “metadata”). This section is to expire on June 1st. They want to reauthorize it through 2020. It will be interesting to see how many Republicans support this ongoing violation of the 4th amendment.
Note: I know I’ve written that the constitution is non-Christian; however, the Bill of Rights is one of the few things we have left against the continued arrogation of power by the Feds. I believe the Bill of Rights ought to be viewed as the “noble pagan” portion of the otherwise plain old pagan constitution.
Note: Also, I’ve been dumping on Republicans a lot, even though I’d style myself a quasi-libertarian conservative and should try to support them. My animus against the Republicans stems from disappointment; for a long time I bought their sales pitch only to discover later that how manipulative they really are. Also, I think they’re riper for reform than that other party.
Each of the two major political parties has its bases: the groups of people that provide support to its candidates either via money (the corporate base) or votes (the electoral base). For the Republicans, the corporate base is heavily influenced by the military industrial complex (MIC). The Republican electoral base is profoundly influenced by evangelical Christians. The MIC is entirely dependent on increasing amounts of government spending (foreign and domestic), and, like any special interest, uses its money influence to wing. It loves big-spending, pro-war Republicans. It intends to win. It has a fantastic tool:
Evangelical Christians hate it (with good reason: between 1973, the year Roe v. Wade was decided, and 2011, abortion claimed the lives of 53 million people). To attract their votes, every four years the Republican Party nominates for President a man who claims to be against it (or: “pro-life”). 2012’s version was Mitt Romney, who was not pro-life. See for yourself in this tortuous sequence; Romney was pro-choice when campaigning in liberal Massachusetts, “pro-life” just in time for the 2012 Republican primary, and indifferent to abortion after winning the nomination.
It must be time to vote for President again.
This happens every four years.
It’s embarrassing. It’s also a sin; Jesus commanded us to be as “wise as serpents” when dealing with the wolves found in this world. But in 2012, evangelical churches handed out voter guides suggesting that Romney was “pro-life”. That’s scandalously unwise; in fact it’s plain lazy.
The Republican Party has cornered the market on providing “pro-life” candidates who aren’t. The party (not to say some of its actual pro-life members) doesn’t really want to end or even curtail abortion; doing so would damage a major, and recurring, electoral strategy.
The military industrial complex can’t take that risk.
Good article by Robert Tracinski at theFederalist.com about the primary candidacy of former Virginia Senator James Webb, a Marine Vietnam war veteran who served as Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy. He also wrote some good books, notably Fields of Fire and A Sense of Honor.
Webb would destroy any chickenhawk panty-waist fatass that the Republicans are likely to nominate. None of the major Republican candidates has any military experience, but they’re all pro-war. This is the definition of a chickenhawk. It’s despicable. Jim Webb has actually fought and knows what war is like; he would have the credibility to stand up to the Military Industrial Complex, say “No,” and make it stick.
Some of my conservative Navy Classmates are becoming more vocal about supporting him; I think chickenhawk weariness is growing.
You can tell he has a careful ethos about using the military; read his novel Something to Die For.
He probably won’t win the Democratic nomination. That’s sad. He’d win.