Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Opportunity?

One of the things that has been evident to me for some time is the tremendous opportunity presented to us to peel off some of the support Republicans have taken for granted from more libertarian conservatives who must be livid at the kleptocractic ways of the current Republican regime. If we focus on the "keep your grubby hands of my Internet/birth control/end-of-life" stuff, there are millions of real conservatives who agree with us on a few basic and literally life-threatening issues.

A case in point: I was checking to see who has pointed to Blue Meme recently, and found this:

The Guns Network LLC ~ Discussion Forums - More great legislation from the morons in Washington.

That's right, kids: a pro-NRA site, linking approvingly to my post.

There are kajillions of things on which The Guns Network and I will profoundly disagree, including, but not limited to, guns. But it seems we can agree that George W. Bush and his cronies in the Congress are very bad news.

Effective, if temporary, coalitions have been built on far less.

I link to a couple of self-described conservatives in the blogroll. This is something else entirely. Can we work with people with whom we profoundly disagree to serve a greater good? What if such an alliance is the only way to get rid of Dubya?

My brain hurts.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you proposing to make a TEMPORARY deal with the devil? How do you think the country got where it is today? So much for applying a classical education to real life. Name Faust mean anything to you?

Oh, I forgot. I'm unrealistic, don't know how to get along with others, can't see the potential good in such a deal, etc. Sorry, never mind...

4:51 AM  
Anonymous DrGail said...

The real benefit of these temporary alliances is that they keep everyone involved focused on principles rather than partisanship. It seems pretty clear that falling into partisanship isn't a winner for Dems, if for no other reason than that's the game designed by the Repugs. Oops, I just fell into it myself, didn't I? Oy, now MY head hurts!

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Partisanship is what the losers/whiners call it. If you are focused on the short term goal you will always lose and it will always be paritsan. A small compromise of ethics is as meaningless as a small amount pregnant. Actually, you CAN abort but you can't unsign a contract with the devil.

8:32 AM  
Blogger vermontraccoon said...

I'm not really a fan of guacamole, but roll it up in a burrito with enough other tasty bits of things and it can be quite satisfying.....

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AAAAAAAAH!

10:25 PM  

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