Lyles: Moderate conservatives doing well
By Dick Lyles
Oh my! I’m not quite sure how the topic strayed from “where has traditional conservatism gone” to “let Amy tell us all her misperceptions about Republicans.” But before I answer her questions, let me first establish a rational perspective.
For the record, both parties represent ideological continuums. Democrats range from left wing radicals to liberals to moderates. Republicans range from moderate to conservative to right wing ideologues. These factions thrive in both parties, in spite of the fact that both sides paint the other in the most extreme light possible.
I don’t know of anyone who ever called Chuck Percy or Dwight D. Eisenhower conservatives. Percy came from the moderate wing of the party. Eisenhower wasn’t even a politician in the true sense of the word. He was elected president after World War II because of his success as Allied commander-in-chief. Many moderates today identify as Republican. Amy, you even said one of them (John Huntsman) would be your choice for Republican presidential nominee because he is so much like Chuck Percy.
Also for the record, professional warriors and conservatives do not have the evil intentions regarding war that Amy, Hollywood, and Amy’s liberal cohorts claim. I don’t know a conservative or a professional military person who wants war or is eager to have it. All those I know would agree with Amy’s Eisenhower quote, as do I. Nowhere is this consequence demonstrated so profoundly as it is today in North Korea.
But it is because of countries like North Korea that we need a strong national defense. Please note the word is defense, not offense. Veterans like me served in war because we believed we were serving our country, not because we sought war. Service to our nation and our citizens — not hunger for conflict — was my motive and the motive of everyone with whom I served. That’s why I was confused when I came home and was spit on by liberals who claimed to be fellow countrymen. By the way, the Vietnam war was started by JFK and escalated expansively by LBJ, both liberal Democrats.
As for some of Amy’s other comments: Science has definitely become biased and self-serving, as have most special interest groups. Their conceit is among the worst, because scientists go to such great lengths to camouflage their prejudices under the guise of objectivity and reason — pure baloney. Conservatives do not believe government is their enemy when properly administered. They believe Big Government works against the common good, which it does. The conceit of government is as bad as that of science because it suckers people like Amy into thinking the federal government cares about the entire country when it, too, has become a predominately self-serving leech working against general prosperity and the common good.
If the tea party and “theo-cons” (?) have such a strangle hold on the Republican Party, then how do moderate Republicans (such as Romney and McCain) almost always win the nomination? I’ll tell you. Last year in this column I correctly predicted Mitt Romney would win the Republican nomination. He won because Republicans value the very traits Amy missed. His pragmatism and the consensus building skills he demonstrated as a successful businessman, chairman of the Olympic Committee, and governor of Massachusetts carried the day.
Although the economy beat McCain in 2008, Mitt Romney will beat Barack Hussein Obama in 2012 because people value Mr. Romney’s pragmatic consensus building over Mr. Obama’s polarizing brand of political divisiveness, along with his socialistic addiction to Big Government. And Amy still won’t get it!
Lyles, a Poway resident, is an author and film producer. Reach him at email@example.com.
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