Cult of Bush
After being turned by the right wing blogosphere for his "blind loyalty to the liberal cause of sabotaging the Administartion (sic) with whatever means available at any given time," Glenn Greenwald asks whether there is any ideology at work w/r/t Bush followers.
It used to be the case that in order to be considered a "liberal" or someone "of the Left," one had to actually ascribe to liberal views on the important policy issues of the day... These days, to be a "liberal," such views are no longer necessary.
Now, in order to be considered a "liberal," only one thing is required Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a failure to pledge blind loyalty to George W. Bush. The minute one criticizes him is the minute that one becomes a "liberal," regardless of the ground on which the criticism is based.Greenwald recounts the case of blogger Andrew Sullivan, a conservative who dares to occasionally criticize the Bush administration, in order to point out just what it means to be a conservative these days. In Sullivan's words:
I support almost all of Bush's tax cuts (I support the estate tax) but also believe in balanced budgets and spending restraint (heretic!); I oppose affirmative action; I oppose hate crime laws; I respect John Kerry's military service; I believe all abortion is morally wrong and that Roe vs Wade was dreadful constitutional law (but I do favor legal first trimester abortions); I support states' rights, especially in social policy, such as marriage; I oppose the expansion of the welfare state, as in the Medicare prescription drug plan; I supported John Roberts' nomination and Sam Alito's; I believe in a firm separation of religion and politics, but I certainly take faith seriously and wrestle with my own. As regular readers know, I'm no fan of the far left. At some point, I have endorsed every single Republican president in my adult life.
All of that makes me a "liberal." Imagine what it now takes to be a "conservative" in Brent Bozell's eyes.(Unclaimed Territory, HT: Bradblog)
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