Sunday, October 08, 2006

Okay, okay, enough being mean...

Via Avedon Carol's Sideshow, I have discovered Cliff Schechter's How to Talk to a Republican (Because You Absolutely Must). He says, "Democrats, Independents and Republicans of character, who have rightly abandoned this party of circus freaks, don't be afraid to tell them exactly what they are." (Emphasis mine)

It should go without saying that plenty of conservatives are disgusted with what the GOP has become. That said, it's heartening when conservatives acknowledge that--yes!--there are areas where they can agree with liberals re Bushco. Take
Karen Kwiatkowski, retired Air Force colenel, Pentagon whistleblower, and conservative libertarian:

Progressives and traditional conservatives share a respect for the individual over the state, and they share a love of the freedom of thought and action that made this country the great place it has been. Both have been appalled at the restriction in civil liberties, including infringements on free speech, property rights, privacy, and the right to defend oneself in speech and action against government infringement or interference. Both love the Constitution, in contrast to the neoconservatives in both political parties and the current administration.

Wow. A conservative who doesn't view liberals as a "fifth column" in American life. Who'd believe it?