You think I’m done about the GOP purges???

 

Think again. I am only just beginning. Read longtime Chris Currey’s “read ’em and weep” story on FrumForum. Frankly if the U.S. Republican Party wants to continue on the road of celebrating stupidity and being poorly informed (think Sarah Palin), exclusion (that visible minorities like African Americans, Latinos, Asians, women and centrists take a back seat and shut up while the neo-Pharisaic white male establishment drives), religious and market fanaticism (obsessing about gay marriage,enforcing “covenant” marriage, abstinence only  cirriculums in schools, creationism—a so-called intelligent design cirriculum and a belief that the marketplace solves all our problems and if you disagree you’re a godless socialist), stomping people into jelly if they disagree with them (even on the most minute small points)  and pandering to fear (such asserting that the Teabaggers are always right and you are always wrong), as New York Times columnist David Brooks suggested that it is time for a “sane Ross Perot-type party”.  That type of party couldn’t come soon enough to bloody chew up and mercilessly  eat  up this regressive and reactionary dinosaur of a party for breakfeast, lunch and dinner. Then, and only then a new progressive conservative party for America can contribute to a 21st century renewal of that great republic.

Here are the first paragraphs of Mr.Currey’s brilliant post:

I am an old Republican. I am religious, yet not a fanatic. I am a free-marketer; yet, I believe in the role of the government as a fair evenhanded referee. I am socially conservative; yet, I believe that my lesbian niece and my gay grandchild should have the full protection of the law and live as free Americans enjoying every aspect of our society with no prejudices and/or restrictions. Nowadays, my political and socio-economic profile would make me a Marxist, not a Republican.

I grew up in an era where William F. Buckley fought the John Birch society and kicked them out of the Republican Party. I grew up with -– in fact voted for the first time for –- Eisenhower. In 1956, he ran a campaign of dignity. A campaign that acknowledged that there are certain projects better suited to be handled by the government. See, business thinks in the short term, as he said. That’s the imperative of the marketplace. I invest and I expect that in a few quarters, I garner the fruits of my investment. Government, on the other hand, has the luxury to wait a few years, maybe decades, for a return on a given investment. As a former businessman, I know that first hand. Am I a Marxist for thinking that?

Sadly the Limbaughs, Coulters and Becks believe you are. Sadly, it is of no use explaining to them otherwise but that’s okay. It is my hope and prayer that sane Republicans like you will “join the movement”.

Right on David Frum!!!

It is strange of what a difference a decade (or two for that matter) makes. You can really hate somebody one decade and the next decade you can embrace  them with open arms. Yes,  I am talking about my fellow Canadian (and Torontonian as well) David Frum who is well known on my side of the border for being son the late great Barbara Frum of CBC’s now defunct The Journal. David has become a successful journalist, columnist and author in his own right. I have bought his latest book in paperback called Comeback. I cannot wait for his next book which is tenatively called The Next Republican President. I did meet David Frum briefly in London, Ontario in 1994 at a provincial Progressive Conservative Party convention. Though I did have that “Rihanna-Jay Z” type of tension, I remained a polite Canadian in my brief conversation with Mr. Frum asserting my belief that the North American conservative movement needed to be mindful of the vulnerable with deficit cost-cutting, while he reminded me that my political heroes  like the late great Jack Kemp and Bill Bennett  were jumping on the bandwagon. Step ahead to the late 2000’s and early 2010’s. As I said, I have bought and read a great portion of his book Comeback and liked what was said, especially what he said about universal healthcare in the United States, boldly stating that it was time for the Republicans to STOP defending the undefensible when it comes to healthcare and should look to what Mitt Romney’s health care plan in Massachusettes as a model for solutions. This is not of American conservative orthodoxy but I was glad that a bill to include millions of more Americans access to health care. The U.S. is the last country in the industrial world to have universal access to health care. Even conservative politicos in these western industrialized countries have made peace with the concept. Now it’s time for American conservatives to do the same. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher  made peace with the NHS (she wanted to radically reform it,as opposed of abolishing it) and former Ontario Premier of Ontario Mike Harris increased health care spending in the province during his tenure as premier (1995-2002). For those ideological purists who live in an academic vaccum and  who prefer to bicker and argue the petty fine points that Mike Harris wasn’t a real conservative need to STFU. Ontario’s been my home province since I was born 40 years ago. Mike Harris is as close to an American Republican you can get (maybe Prime Minister Harper  might qualify as a close second but I have met Mike Harris  on a few occasions, a cross between Dr.Manhattan of The Watchmen and hard-line ancient ultra conservative 1st century Jewish Rabbi Shammai) . Let my fellow Canadian readers understand, Mike Harris was no Bill Davis Tory and was rock hard c–kproud of it! He cut welfare rates, fought public sector unions, cut taxes by 30% and tried to cut government bureaucracy and waste (something that I really liked about him but he was no Jack Kemp) but that’s neither here nor there. Point being is what I just said a moment ago that conservatives in these industrialized western countries other than the U.S.  whether they were from the centrist school or hard right school of conservativism, did make peace with the concept of universal health care and David Frum is exactly right and correct that the recent bill should not in anyway be repealed but amended and fine-tuned into a better bill. Mr. Frum explains eloquently on the April 1st episodes of The Colbert Report why that it is a very bad idea—or a fantasy to repeal the health care bill. Now is the time for the U.S.Republican party to stop screaming, “Marxism”, “Socialism (as I have said before if you want to know what socialism is about go to Toronto City Hall–I hope and pray a Rob Ford Mayorship fixes that)” or one of my all time favourites (NOT!) that “it is the end of capitalism, freedom and liberty in the United States of America!” and for starters of using their heads (instead of their guts) on what solutions and alternatives are there for Americans so that every single American can get possibly insured. It is time to be optomistic like “it’s morning in America” again. Do you want to be relevant or do you just want to govern for the sake of it?  If it’s latter instead of the former, may you be in opposition benches for many years to come. If you an American viewer, you get the episode here ( I can’t because I’m a Canadian resident)but my fellow Canadian viewers can see the episode by clicking here, courtesy from The Comedy Network.