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Sunday, November 07, 2004

Bush voters = stupid little Hitlers???

Sheldon Richman, at the Liberty and Power blog:
I didn’t vote on Tuesday, and I wouldn’t have voted for George W. Bush if I had. But this doesn’t keep me from being revolted by how the left-socialist pundits and cultural elite are interpreting the election results.

[snip]

I would disagree with the typical Bush voter on many things. Nevertheless I am confident that he is not an intolerant, racist, gay-bashing, theocratic fascist. This voter most likely supports the war in Iraq not because he’s a neocon neo-imperialist, but because the Bush administration effectively and subtly, albeit cynically, tied it to the attacks of 9/11. This voter opposes abortion not because he wishes to see women subjugated, but because he believes that fetuses are rights-bearing persons. This voter opposes government funding of stem-cell research (something any libertarian opposes) not because he fears scientific advancement, but for reasons similar to his reasons for opposing abortion. This voter wants the U.S. Constitution changed to outlaw expanding the word “marriage” to include gay people, but he doesn’t want them marched to death camps or even stripped of civil liberties in lesser ways. Etc., etc., etc.

As I said, I disagree with these positions (except the one on tax-funded stem-cell research; I oppose tax-funded anything). Nevertheless, in my view America is not in the grip of Christian totalitarians or even authoritarians.

[snip]

The red-staters are not libertarians (although they share some of our positions), but we have less to fear from them than we have from the secular left, which would impose legal and chemical straitjackets on us in the name of mental and physical hygiene, this is, science.

We should be able to disagree and make our case without demonizing our opponents in extreme and repugnant terms. Much of the left-socialist analysis of the election discredits the analysts, not the red-state voters.

This is not a great time for libertarians, but the dark ages are by no means descending on America, regardless of what Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman, E. J. Dionne, Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, and their worn-out statist ilk may think.

*** UPDATE *** Lest anyone think I am calling Bush supporters "stupid little Hitlers", please re-read the article more closely. I am, in fact, questioning those who would use such a label.

4 Comments:

  • Great point, by-in-large I think his observations are accurate (much of my immediate family would reside in the GOP member he illustrates). And, attending one of the most GOP-friendly campuses in the country I can see first-hand much of what Sheldon annunciates regarding the "right wing" side of certain issues.

    Note: I am selling union-made straight-jackets at rock bottom prices. One size fits all.

    By Blogger Tim Swanson, at 12:41 PM  

  • Hello from a Bush supporter, lawyer, and to hear you tell it "A stupid little hitler". How old are you???? Hitler is nothing like Bush and vice-versa. Labeling people is a real no no. By the way, other than that, I actually enjoyed your blog.

    Dariana
    http://dariana.tblog.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:42 PM  

  • Dariana,

    Re-read the post. I'm not calling Bush supporters little Hitlers. I'm questioning the judgment of those who do call Bush supporters little Hitlers.

    David

    By Blogger David, at 4:25 PM  

  • First let me say thank you for your post. While I don't agree with the same things you do, we have both agreed to disagree. I have seen nothing but hate from what I call liberal terrorists since well before the election. I am a fairly moderate Republican (leaning right) and am disgusted by the "not my President" and constant condescending attacks on people who think like I do. Since when does Democracy only count when it goes their way.. I am going to put your post on my site http://californiaconservatives4truth.blogspot.com If you don't want that let me know and I will remove it. Thanks!

    By Blogger Tired of Liberal BS, at 2:39 PM  

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