I saw a column in the Progressive magazine The Nation from Eric Alterman .Whose someone I rarely agree with but who I respect. Who wrote a column called the death of the Conservative-Intellectualism or. Something like that and was basically arguing that Conservative-Intellectualism. Died when William F. Buckley did and you could even. Argue it died when George W. Bush became. President of the United States that now the Republican Party controls the White House and the. U.S. House of Representatives in President Bush’s first two years, all we. Need now is to win back the U.S. Senate and we control the entire. U.S. Congress which is what they did in 2002 and controlled both the. House and Senate for the next four years until they lost both in a landslide in. 2006 but when G.W. Bush became President, the Republican Party were. Already moving away from Conservatism. And moving the country in a Conservative direction no longer became. Their main goal but gaining more power like the Senate in 2002. And then holding onto all the power in the Federal Government became their main goal.
Instead of the GOP being about limiting government and especially not. Expanding it they became about absolute-power and what do we need to. Gain the most voters possible to not only stay in power but to create. A permanent Republican majority that would stay in power indefinitely. Post G.W. Bush so lower government spending and lower taxes became. Higher government spending on social programs and even creating a. New one called Medicare-Advantage the new prescription-drug program. From Medicare that’s a seven-hundred billion a year program that was. Never paid for until the Affordable Care Act of 2010 as well as education. Getting the Federal Government more involved in the. Public-education system in America the new social programs. And the new spending on them were about appealing to. Suburban Independent voters and 9/11 gave the GOP an opening to push their. Big government social-agenda with the Patriot Act. Warrantless-wiretapping and indefinite detention. The so-called unitary-executive that would allow the president to bypass. Congress if he feels it’s in our national security interest and so forth.
But even with all of these big government policies from the. Bush Administration and those two Republican Congress’s from 2003-06. President Bush who I actually do not consider to be a bad man but a bad. President which is different, looks pretty moderate compared with the. Religious-right and the Neoconservatives in the Republican Party today. That approved of most of what President Bush and. Congressional-Republicans were doing back then. But now have issues with big government spending now that. Democrats are in charge and so now they want to talk like Fiscal-Conservatives. Just not govern like them and make Democrats look like big spenders. Even though the size of the Federal Government has gone down in the. Obama Administration as well as the budget-deficit. Just goes to show how political parties can be different depending on. Whether they are in power and actually have to. Govern and think about reelection compared with when they are in the. Opposition looking for power.
This goes to show that political-parties and political-movements are two. Different things that political-parties are in the business to win elections. And get into power and stay in power once they are in power and that. Political movements are about passing an agenda and getting certain. Policies into law and getting rid of certain policies that are in law. Which is what we saw in the last decade with G.W. Bush’s Republican Party. Where they separated the GOP from the Conservative-movement. And became about winning elections and gaining more power.