Go Back   Bloggingheads Community > Diavlog comments
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Diavlog comments Post comments about particular diavlogs here.
(Users cannot create new threads.)

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 11-18-2008, 02:16 AM
bramble bramble is offline
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 31
Default Unanswered

A tally sheet of the conservative Republican era:

1) Liberalizing trade: accomplished, Democrats on board more or less.

2) Unfettering markets: accomplished, Democrats on board more or less.

3) De-unionizing workforce: mostly accomplished, Democrats mostly NOT on board, and rising inequality creates conditions for this to be reversed. (Side question: if the UAW dies with GM, will this be a good or bad thing for the American union movement?)

4) Reduce entitlements/reduce size of federal government: net failure on both counts, though I guess one can count Welfare reform as a Pyrrhic victory.

5) Law and Order/guns issues: somewhat to mostly accomplished, though to my liberal eyes the rise of the illicit drug market, the gang problem and the prison industry makes the whole enterprise seem like a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Democrats on board.

6) Hawkish Foreign Policy, accomplished, though from my perspective of the 20th Century to the present the doves have never really had much of a place at the table under either party. The notion that peaceniks ended Vietnam has been wildly exaggerated. Democrats on board, but poised to jump off for a while.

7) Abortion and other "family values" issues: net failure. Democrats no longer looking to Tipper Gore for talking points.

There are probably other categories that I've neglected, but it appears from my list that the most unambiguous accomplishments correspond to the demands of globalism. That begs a question. Was conservative ideology or an evolving economic structure the agency of conservative success?

That's the question I'd like to see conservatives debate.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:57 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.