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Santorum all over the place

2005-10-06 16:50:55.923539+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

I mean to listen to the original NPR interview with Rick Santorum so that I can verify this myself, but the buzz around certain sectors this morning is Buzz Machine pointing out Rick Santorum's redefinition of "conservative". We have, of course, encountered Santorum before, but now he's gone completely bizarre, with:

This whole idea of personal autonomy — I don’t think that most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. And they have this idea that people should be left alone to do what they want to do, that government should keep taxes down, keep regulation down, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, that we shouldn’t be involved in cultural issues, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world.

Well, it's good for him to come right out and say what those of us who've been really confused about the big gap between what the Republicans have been saying they want and what they've been doing have observed: If you're a "Conservative" in the modern sense of the word, you think that people shouldn't be left alone, that the government should raise taxes, increase regulation, control your behavior in the bedroom, and dictate cultural direction.

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#Comment Re: Real conservatives have been labeled paleoconservatives, while neocons are taking the mantle made: 2005-10-07 02:44:47.41747+00 by: BC

The reality is that the neocons have attempted, and for a large, uninformed segment of the population succeeded, in redefining conservatism. Here is an excellent article by Sam Francis touching on this issue.