No doubt I’ve written about how Republicans and Conservatives are not necessarily the same thing. At no time has this been more evident than right now, as many Republicans (and Democrats) are seeking to go on with the bailout. This is making conservatives (a la me) cringe. This article by Craig Shirley is a fairly good analysis of this phenomenon:
http://townhall.com/columnists/CraigShirley/2008/09/25/bailout_boondoggle?page=full&comments=true I don’t agree with everything he says, but a lot of it is true.
Yes, yes, of course I’m still supporting McCain, but not for his conservatism. McCain has grown on me as I’ve watched and listened to him during this campaign, and he has my respect, but I don’t think many conservatives supported him in the primaries. (I really liked Fred Thompson, but I digress…) However, compared to Obama, McCain looks like Reagan, and he’ll get my vote this November. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I identify as a conservative for mainly economic reasons. When it comes to social issues, well, that’s easy. Republicans have my vote, there. I’m a conservative first, a Republican second. When it comes down to it, a politician is still a politician, Democrat or Republican. That’s the unfortunate truth.
There has been conservative discontent with the direction the Republican party has been going for quite some time. This was highlighted by the huge response by Sarah Palin’s nomination. McCain got a huge boost from her–why? Because she seems like a true conservative. Suddenly, McCain gave conservatives every reason to vote FOR him, and not just against Obama. It has been his smartest campaign move. But I sincerely hope that he’ll just unleash her and let Palin be Palin. We don’t suddenly want to see a McCainified Sarah.
This whole economic crisis is causing anger and panic (rightly so), and I’m glad that Washington is acting quickly to do something about it, but I just don’t think a short-term fix for a problem that’s been brewing for awhile is the answer. It seems like it will only serve to further grow government and start us in this direction that isn’t easy to reverse. And does it bother anyone else that we’re giving control of this problem to the very people who caused it in the first place? Shirley says in his article:
“The argument confronting the great middle class of America—who only stand to go into greater debt if this bailout is passed—is that yes, you have behaved responsibly, paid your mortgages on time. But unless you fork over $10,000 per household to those who should have never given 1.9 percent mortgages and those who should never have been granted 1.9 mortgages, we cannot guarantee you financial security. For most Americans, this bailout is little more than extortion, a 21st century ‘corrupt bargain.’ ”