Kathleen Parker and Low Brow Conservatism

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker is certainly paying the price for speaking the truth. Her recent column in the Washington Post (see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/18/AR2008111802886.html?nav%3Dhcmodule&sub=AR ) has the nut-balls at Townhall.com and Freerepublic.com positively calling for her head on a pole.

Ah, the costs of speaking the truth to those who have no wish to listen.

What Parker says, in a nutshell, is that the Republicans have got to ditch the religious right wingnuts and focus on being an intelligent political party, presumably advocating small, constitutional government that lives within its means.

Kathleen Parker, meet Ron Paul.

Republicans have been very good at running with intellectually challenged candidates, of late. Let’s take a moment and look at a few.

Most recently, John McCain, who managed to finish at the bottom of his class at Annapolis, despite being the son of an admiral, was also known for being foul-mouthed, boorish, and ill-tempered. He ran against Barack Obama, who–no matter what one thinks of his leftist politics–is certainly intelligent, having finished at the top of his class at Harvard Law School. His demeanor is cool-headed, thoughtful, and intellectual.

McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, was specifically chosen to mollify the God-Wing of the Republican Party. Although the media coverage of her no doubt went a little overboard, there is little doubt this fine-looking lady is just not very intellectually curious.

Preceding McCain as leader of the Republican Party and the so-called “conservative” movement was that intellectual giant, George W. Bush. I use ironic quotes around the word “conservative,” because George W. Bush managed to push the federal deficit from zero to almost half a trillion dollars. An actual deficit of a trillion or more has been seriously discussed lately, as a response to the crashing economy.

Some “conservative”!

The Republican Party is, in fact, intellectually bankrupt from trying to forge a grand coalition among fiscal conservatives, while mollifying religious wingnuts, along with Neocon nutcakes who believe in conducting perpetual war on the far side of the globe.

As a libertarian, I can sympathize with those few remaining authentic conservatives in the Republican Party who have not understood the fact that their party has been sold to loons. One can only hope these conservatives will start their own party, or join the libertarians.

Although Barack Obama is intelligent and presents himself well, he is dead wrong on most major issues. Ron Paul’s platform of fiscal responsibility, a non-interventionist foreign policy, and most especially, abolition of the gang of thieves known as the Federal Reserve, would bring peace and prosperity to this country. The Republicans wouldn’t even let him speak at their convention. It seems that intelligent doctors who study the Austrian School of Economics just can’t cut it with people who would rather have a candidate who had her demons exorcised by an African witch doctor.

I wouldn’t venture to offer advice to the Republican Party, preferring instead to watch it dry up and blow away. But those Republicans who thought they were in a party that advocated smaller, less intrusive government, need to get out and let the Neocons and the God Squad run the whole sorry affair into the ground.