Ron Silver And Fear Of The Right
Posted by bmac on November 16, 2007
Since speaking in support of George Bush at the 2004 Republican convention I’ve become increasingly disadmired by members of my profession as well as many others. As of this writing my family tells me they still love me. I believe them, but stay tuned, as another presidential cycle is upon us.
I like this guy, it took a lot of balls for him to support Bush, and I applaud that, but here’s where I get confused.
I count myself firmly in the tradition of Wilson, FDR, Truman and Kennedy…and yes, Reagan and George W. Bush. “Go anywhere, bear any burden,” “try to do our best to make a world safe for democracy.”
Why not just become a Republican? He’s holding on to a Democrat Party that does not exist anymore. The days of the JFK Democrat are over buddy, and they’re not coming back. Republicans today are pretty much JFK Democrats anyway, and he’s already been given the “Scarlet Letter,” so why not switch to the party that best represents your feelings and beliefs?
I have always resisted reactionaries from the left or right, Democrat or Republican. At the moment, the reactionary forces on the left, the Democratic netroots and their supporters—Mickey Colitis from the Daily Cuss, MoveOn.org and the Moores and Sheehans—are more fearful to me than the traditional reactionary forces of the extreme right. And the Democratic Party seems to be listening to them.
When Mr. Silver, and anyone else talk about the “extreme right,” who exactly are they talking about? He definitely knows who the extreme left are. Silver clearly supports Bush, so he must not think Bush is the “extreme right,” so who is? I never get that. Who is this mysterious Extreme Right? The KKK?
Republicans have been slandered for so long, that even educated, reasonable people have this bizarre notion that we want to re-instate slavery, invade every country on Earth, and have a modern day Crusade if given half a chance. Even Mr. Silver, who seems to me to hold values perfectly in line with the current Republican agenda, is still wary of making the move to the party that suits him, for fear of being labeled a (Gasp!)Republican.
Anyway, an interesting read.