Sunday, July 02, 2006

What is conservatism?

In the United States, anyway, this is what it has become. It has no values anymore beyond power - the maintaining of power, and the defence of unlimited, unchecked, unbalanced, unquestioned, and unopposed power for the executive branch of government, a defence of a quasi-dictatorship within a nominal democracy.

12 Comments:

At 7/02/2006 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a Liberal to me.

It's funny how people think Conservatives are like Republicans b/c Liberals run elections left and govern right.

just look who there political doners are. All corperations, now that is band they have a major problem funraising.

And Paul Martin, Shipping magnet, need I say more.

 
At 7/02/2006 5:58 PM, Anonymous cpg1956 said...

The question is what do Liberals stand for...and the answer is absolutely nothing. They simply change with the wind. True leadership is leading the nation not following opinion polls.
Send our troops to Afghanistan...then the leader doesn't even show up for the vote...support ahhhhh yes eeeer I mean no....of I forgot what is the party policy.
GST...oh yeah liberals are against it, oooh now we're for it....
Free trade....oh yeah were against it....ooooh...oh yeah, now were for it....
NOW That's true Liberal leadership....13 years of promising everything and delivering nothing......but they did get to pad their pockets very well.
Again leader lead...liberals, well, we just don't know....

 
At 7/02/2006 8:17 PM, Blogger IslandLiberal said...

then the leader doesn't even show up for the vote...

The "vote" in question was a stunt by the government.

 
At 7/02/2006 11:05 PM, Blogger Hangin to the left said...

Scott Brison is pretty conservative...

I think its unfair for you to generalize conservatism in one category. There are social conservatives, economic conservatives, religious conservatives, liberal conservatives, etc... etc... etc...

Each are very uniqe in their own way

 
At 7/02/2006 11:34 PM, Blogger wilson61 said...

Clear Grit
The US Conservatives do have values, they are just not your Canadian Liberal values.

Once the Libs get off the tangents:
-everything is Bush's fault,
-Harper loves Bush
-bush,bush,harper,harper,harper
-If you don't share our values, you have no values, uncanadian

the party can decide what it is.

Funny, Libs have been around for ever, in power for ever, and they need until after the leadership race to decide what they stand for. ??? I don't understand how it is that you don't already know.

 
At 7/03/2006 12:06 AM, Blogger Clear Grit said...

And tell me, what does the Republican Party currently stand for besides what I listed? (And fiscal insanity?)

 
At 7/03/2006 12:20 AM, Blogger EX-NDIP said...

Quasi-dictatorship . . . like the LPC under PET or JC . . . all the MP's marched in unison . . . and those that didn't were drummed out of the party . . . . sooo Liberal

The US is the greatest country on the planet, wake up kid, take a trip to Denver, Phoenix, Atlanta or Seattle.

 
At 7/03/2006 3:21 AM, Anonymous GayandRight said...

Well, you all beat me to it. That description sounds an awful lot like the Liberal Party of Canada.

 
At 7/03/2006 11:38 AM, Blogger Clear Grit said...

Party solidarity is just part and parcel of our system of government. Mulroney practiced it as well, and Harper's ruling with quite the iron fist.

As for the US being the "greatest country on the planet," I encourage you to move there. The less people who think like you in Canada, the better.

 
At 7/03/2006 12:22 PM, Anonymous GayandRight said...

"Love it or leave it", eh?

How Republican-sounding!

 
At 7/03/2006 12:49 PM, Anonymous J said...

Yet the progressive/liberal Democrats will be no different if they take power in the US. As if they would roll back US power projection in the world. A Democrat administration would keep wiretaps and SWIFT, keep bombing foreign countries, and keep troops deployed in the middle east.

And the US remains much more democratic than Canada. Under majority government here, the Prime Minister IS a dictator. Congress is not whipped to toe the party line. The Canadian legislative branch has no checks to the executive whenever a majority government is in place. At least Congress has the option of vetoing the President.

 
At 7/03/2006 1:24 PM, Blogger Clear Grit said...

Congress is not whipped to toe the party line.

Well, that's certainly debatable, but what isn't debatable is that the Bush administration views Congress as essentially a secondary player, rather than its equal. Bush's unprecedented use of signing statements being just one example.

 

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