November 29th, 2006

Dance

Republican

One of the most irritating aspects of being a Republican at a liberal arts college was that most of my friends are hardcore, party-line democrats. Now my problem isn't with the democrats aspect (okay, it is but not that much. I've voted for more democrats than any other party and have yet to vote for a republican candidate) but with the hardcore, party-line aspect. It's fundamentalism, but as politics rather than religion. In fact the only thing worse than a fundamentalist liberal is a fundamentalist conservative. But I'm getting off track.

When I came out as a republican - and it was very much like coming out of the closet - I had friends express shock, the girl I was fooling around with took some time to reconsider us, and I was called all manner of unpleasant names, some not-so serious (I don't think canetonlaid really believes I eat babies) and some quite serious. There were all manner of "how can you support that [insert political topic here]" conversations, questioning me as if I personally designed President Bush's agenda (note: Bush is not a republican any more than Joe Lieberman is a democrat). But that was nothing compared to my interactions with other republicans.

I've been searching for a long time on how to explain this and finally Ben Stein got it right.
People ask how I can be a conservative and still want higher taxes. It makes my head spin, and I guess it shows how old I am. But I thought that conservatives were supposed to like balanced budgets. I thought it was the conservative position to not leave heavy indebtedness to our grandchildren. I thought it was the conservative view that there should be some balance between income and outflow. When did this change?
Read the full article (well worth your time) here.