Sometimes I do check in with my former fellow travelers in Conservatopia where there are no poors (just lazy leaches), the skies are not cloudy all day (because they’re always falling), and all that is a heard is a discouragin’ word.
I confess I missed this, so a tip of the hat to Charlie Pierce for highlighting this little article explaining why Republicans should get rid of a perfectly good Republican Senator Mike Enzi in favor of Liz Cheney… and it’s mostly because Enzi, for all of his conservativeness, actually believes that his job involves governing the nation and not screeching talk radio talking points 24/7.
You think I’m being uncharitable, let’s go to the article:
He [Enzi] needs to go because we can do better. It’s not about Mike Enzi or any other Republican politician. It’s about winning this war against progressivism, and if you aren’t leading the fight then bow out and make room for someone who will.
Liz Cheney will. The seat would hardly be at risk – the Wyoming GOP primary is better known as the Wyoming general election – so we can take the chance to do better. After all, Liz Cheney has something Enzi doesn’t – a taste for political combat.
She wants to win. Not to “compromise,” not to “work together,” not sit around singing “Kumbayah” with the liberals. She wants to win.
Enzi wants to be a sober, serious legislator working with his liberal friends across the aisle to make a better country. Except there are no friends across the aisle, and the liberals do not want to make this a better country. (Emphasis added.) Liberals want to ruthlessly acquire and maintain power and control over every aspect of our lives, and anyone who does not see and understand that and who can’t commit to destroying their hideous plans for our country needs to get out the way for a true conservative warrior.
And judging from the comments on this rather mainstream conservative website, the author isn’t alone is believing that trying to govern the country is the one thing a Senator should not do, because liberals are not fellow Americans who love this great country and want to see it thrive but simply have a different idea as to how that can be accomplished, no they are the implacable enemy who wish to destroy the nation, against whom conservatives are fighting a war.
So yeah… kudos for honesty, I guess.
If you’re wondering why our government can’t seem to address any of the problems facing the nation, it is because the base of one party has completely embraced the idea that government should either work 100% how they want it to work, or it shouldn’t function at all, the will of the electorate and the majority be damned.
It also makes me wonder if America can continue to function as a United States, when half the population views the other half as secret traitors and their chosen representatives as illegitimate.
Updated: I realize my own opening to this paragraph may convey the impression that I see conservatives as a political enemy as well. I think part of why I come off so sarcastic when it comes to the topic of politics is partly because of my background as a former conservative, and how I was treated when I started to diverge from orthodoxy. And the rest is frustration because I simply cannot understand what the GOP has turned into these days with its embrace of hard right economics, climate science denial, and zero sum political strategies that make effective governing impossible.
I will try to temper my own sarcastic comments in the future.