Yes Eric does throw in his, “Israel is always wrong and if you have a problem with that, Israel is always wrong” rhetoric BUT the gist of his article in the Toronto Sun was right about the future of the U.S. Republican party and it needs to ALSO shed it’s anti-intellectual rheotoric (does Newt Gingrich have to be the only academic in the party—come on!!!). Here is some wise words on what he had to say,
[T]oday’s Republicans are no longer a party of the democratic centre. After the 9/11 attacks, Bush and Dick Cheney packed their administration with ideological blackshirts called “neocons” who drove the nation and Republican Party so far right it flirted at times with fascism.
When I hear “Republican” these days, the words that come to my mind are: Arrogance, ignorance, and just plain dumb. And now, add economic disaster caused by Enron-style fraud and allowing crooks to run the nation’s finances.
Two of today’s most regressive political movements, far right American Christian conservatives — the Rush Limbaugh crowd — and supporters of Israel’s far right expansionist parties, joined forces to become the bedrock of the Bush presidency. Today, 44-50% of Republican voters call themselves born-again Christian fundamentalists who believe every word of the Bible is true.
The Grand Old Party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan has been hijacked by America’s rural heartland and the Southern Bible Belt — what we nasty New Yorkers call “hicks and holy rollers.” …
Republicans now speak for rich fat cats, military-industrial-petroleum complex, the financial industry and some of the least educated, most backwards, most prejudiced Americans. “…
America desperately needs a reborn, moderate Republican Party freed from narrow-minded religious ideology and ruralism that will return the nation to its former democratic values and decency.
Keep it coming Eric. I look forward to more critiques as they are desperately needed, in a stinging, strident and authentic manner as you have in your previous articles.
Read the rest of the article at: http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/eric_margolis/2008/10/26/7208511-sun.html