Conservatives and CPAC...
Ryan Sager has an interesting piece
on Tech Central Station about the Conservative Political Action Conference (hat tip: Instapundit
). He notes the nauseating presence of religious conservativism throughout the entire conference, and makes a very insightful conclusion:
...if there was anything particularly striking about this year's CPAC, it is to just what extent Republicans have given up being the party of small government and individual liberty.
Make absolutely no mistake about it: This party, among its most hard-core supporters, is not about freedom anymore. It is about foisting its members' version of morality and economic intervention on the country. It is, in other words, the mirror image of its hated enemy.
Hallelujah! It's nice to see someone other than myself horrified and alarmed by the religious right. Many people I respect have made light of the religious right's increasing presence by noting the many "moderates" in the party. "Yes, it's bad," they'll admit, "but you're making too much of it." During the RNC, the retort was Schwartzenneger, Giuliani and McCain. At the CPAC, the retort has been Log Cabin Republicans and libertarians.
But this is not a convincing response. These groups are present, but they don't have any clout, and are only brought in when their positions matches the position of the religious right. If the topic is abortion, homosexuality or separation of church and state, you will not find the moderates on the list of speakers
. They are a deceptive presence, because they give the impression that the core of the Republican party is not
religious and theocratic. This is what suckers in those moderates who, rightly reject the left, but are equally horrified by social conservatism.
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 2:38 AM