Friday, October 9, 2015

Republican speak: conservative = ultraconservative

Boehner wants out:
“The Bible says, beware of false prophets. And there are people out there spreading, you know, noise about how much can get done. ...We got groups here in town, members of the House and Senate here in town, who whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things they know — they know! — are never going to happen.”
Bernie Sanders, for one, phrased it correctly:
“Well, John has had an impossibly difficult job trying to reconcile the conservative wing of his caucus with the extreme, extreme right wing of his caucus that really will not do anything and pass any legislation that Barack Obama will sign.”
John Boehner is very conservative, yet there is a group within his own party in the House of Representatives that are more so. The press constantly refers to these extremists as 'conservatives'.

Many describe the Republican Party as composed of two large subgroups. Often a term that is used is 'moderate'. This is cloudy and inaccurate. We must start that they are all 'conservative', and the distinction is really that of degree, and there are "ultra-conservatives". The press, and the press teaches the public to shy away from saying 'extremist'; and there is more than one type of extremist in their ranks. The press is owned, and the financial interests of the owners tend conservative (and part of that press is extreme conservative), so they are soft to make such distinctions.

'Ultra' and 'ultras' have been used in other political and historical contexts elsewhere. I propose that the distinction is to be made between conservative Republicans, and ultra-conservative Republicans; and relegate the term "moderate Republican" to join the terms "liberal Republican", "progressive Republican", and "radical Republican" to the historical past. They have no present currency other than obfuscation. To argue that it is relative is incorrect. There is a continuum of degree.

For all serious applications, in the United States the political usage of 'conservative' is an euphemism for 'fascist'. In this country there are two political poles: democracy and fascism. It is not a choice between liberal or conservative, it is a choice between democrat and fascist.

In 1964 Lyndon Johnson defeated a Republican that the country considered an extremist beyond the rational spectrum of politics; and now if he were alive would be the most liberal Republican on the scene. Ronnie Reagan refashioned the Republican Party to begin the removal of all non-conservatives, he also effectively eliminated much of the Democratic 'left'.

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