Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Sen. Danforth and The Radical Republican Moderates

[Republicans] believed in limited government, in keeping light the burden of taxation and regulation. We encouraged the private sector, so that a free economy might thrive. We believed that judges should interpret the law, not legislate. We were internationalists who supported an engaged foreign policy, a strong national defense and free trade. These were principles shared by virtually all Republicans.

But in recent times, we Republicans have allowed this shared agenda to become secondary to the agenda of Christian conservatives. As a senator, I worried every day about the size of the federal deficit. I did not spend a single minute worrying about the effect of gays on the institution of marriage. Today it seems to be the other way around.

After reading this article, I realized why I started out (and still am - for the moment) a registered Republican, although as a practical matter Republicans of today have very little in common with true conservative government. Republicans are now The Party of Jesus Christ and many of its members openly advocate the establishment of a theocratic state . I believe the Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves over this, with perhaps the exception of Benjamin Rush, who seemed to differ with Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Franklin, et el, on the issues of theocratic government.


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