I usually only mention my beloved Andrew Sullivan when he says something dippy, but the truth is it happens rarely.Â He’s been a shining light among the reasonable conservatives for several years now, even endorsing Kerry in 2004.Â Sullivan makes it clear that if conservatives really were conservatives, this nation wouldn’t be nearly so helplessly divided and rife with rhetorical warfare.Â A brief excerpt:
Do you believe America should torture its militaryÂ detainees and terror suspects? Do you believe the president – and the president alone – shouldÂ be able to arrest anyone at will, name him or her an “enemy combatant,” deny him or her habeas corpus rights, and torture him or her? If you believe he should have that right, vote Republican.
Your vote tomorrow is about more than politics. It is indeed about values, American values.Â A vote for the Republicans is a vote for torture.Â
Liberals and conservatives need to unite today to get this country back from who has taken over:Â the Confederate Party.Â They have appropriated our flag and the name of one of our major parties, and make superficial claims to the Founding Fathers, but they are alien to all of it.Â Their values are the values of Dixiecrats who remain resentful 140 years later that they were crushed in the Civil War.Â They never cared about the Constitution, only about their culture, even if it included slavery then or torture today.Â
38% of our country remains lost to the Confederates.Â Most of them, hopelessly so.Â They have seen everything George W. Bush and the Rubber-stamp Congress have brought to this nation, every violation, and have decided to ask for more.Â Some even, amazingly, believe that it is vitally important that one-party rule remain.Â They have forsaken the USA.
But you can help make sure that such people are remembered for what they are, and relegated to minority status for years to come.Â
Save our Republic and our Constitution today, and vote Democrat.Â Or, like Andrew says, if you are so intrinically repulsed by passionate but generally amiable if somewhat off-kilter folks like myself that you just can’t vote for anybody with a “D” by their name, then abstain.Â But do not contribute further to the destruction of the dreams of Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, and every other person who has ever believed in America not as simply a place, but as an idea.Â
Make the dream real.
p.s.Â Andrew gave up advocating abstaining as an option.
The president, in other words, has just proved that he is utterly unhinged from reality, in a state of denial truly dangerous for the world. He needs an intervention. Think of this election as an intervention against a government in complete denial and capable of driving the West off a cliff. You can’t merely abstain now. Bush just raised the stakes. And he must be stopped.
It’s true.Â If you’re that crazy with Democrat-hatred that you can’t act now, you need to take a Valium or some valerian root, tip a cold one back, and repeat to yourself calmly, “Divided government is good.“Â