This post was originally posted at FreeStatePlus on WordPress, April, 2012 and then reposted
Human Events: Opinion: Ann Coulter: The Last War
The Republican Party back in the 1980s and even before that going back to the 1930s and even farther than that, were a real conservative party. And why Libertarians use to be Republicans. The GOP were the get big government out of my wallet and bedrooms party. That Big Government shouldn’t be involved in free adults private lives. That people should be able to make their own decisions and then be responsible for the decisions that they make.
This was a party that could compete in the Northeast and Midwest and West. Back in the 1960s and before that, it was the Democratic Party that represented the Dixiecrats, the Christian Right and Neoconservatives. All these people who are now Religious and Neoconservative Republicans. The Republican Party use to be about both economic and personal freedom. Not just economic freedom for business and religious freedom for Christians, but the whole scale. That government shouldn’t tell people how to live their lives. And outlaw things just because they don’t like them, that was for limited government.
A party that believed in fiscal responsibility, strong, but limited defense. And a limited internationalist foreign policy. That was about defending American interests not trying to police the World. How times have changed, this was the party of Dwight Eisenhower, Bob Taft, Tom Dewey, Everett Dirksen, Barry Goldwater, Gerry Ford, Ron Reagan, Bob Dole. And today Olympia Snowe and Mitt Romney and many others would feel very welcomed in the GOP, where today they are now considered too liberal.
The Republican Party of yesterday that was about individual liberty. And a classical conservative party. Today is a Religious and Neoconservative Party that believes they know best how Americans should live their own lives. That as much as they claim to love America, they don’t seem to love Americans and want to take the country back to the 1950s. So much to the point that Rick Santroum emerges as the presidential alternative to Mitt Romney. Because other Republicans like Mitt, like GOV. Mitch Daniels. Again who would’ve fit in perfectly with the GOP thirty years ago, and has a solid conservative record, is considered too liberal to run for President in the GOP today.
The Republican Party has become so Neoconservative and even authoritarian that Northeastern republicanism is dying in the GOP. Where Sen. Olympia Snowe who looks pretty conservative by traditional Republican standards, is essentially getting kicked out of the GOP. And not running for reelection, because she’s worried about a primary challenge from the Far-Right. Even though 20-30 years ago, she would’ve fit in very well in the GOP. And considered a Conservative Republican. But today’s GOP is so far to the right, that conservative looks liberal to them. So Sen. Snowe no longer fits in.