For years I was a self described independent. I liked the idea that America was built on the powerful idea of compromise. Politics at its best was an exercise in give and take that at least tried to be respectful of both sides of an issue. However, since the rise of right wing talk radio and Fox News, this no longer seems possible. The conservative right has been so busy demonizing the left that they have made any form of compromise, for them, political suicide. I believe that most people in this country want a government that works and is responsive to their needs. The conservatives want a government “small enough they can drown it in a bathtub”.
Worse than their philosophy is their tactics. They have no trouble lying to get what they want. They will slander and libel anybody who gets in their way. And most egregious of all, they have no trouble using the politics of race, hate or fear to push their agenda. The conservatives are extremely talented in this form of political bloodsport. They have Karl Rove and his whisper campaigns, Ann Coulter and her manic demagoguery, Sean Hannity and his outright lies, Rush Limbaugh and his drug addled but effective hypocrisy and Glenn Beck with his patriotic pandering. Never anything real or substantive. No real policy solutions or problem solving. Just a constant stream of hate filled lies and self promotion.
If I am more liberal today then I was 20 years ago, then Rush Limbaugh and his democracy hating crowd drove me there. For me, it is time to fight back in my small way. The conservatives have had their way with the truth for too long without enough of us standing up and saying no more lies. Maybe this will make a difference but probably not. The main thing is that it will satisfy my need to speak out against conservative hate and hypocrisy.