The GOP-Conservative View of Life
Well-known Practicing Nihilists
The wide spread anti-government “movement” that we see and hear about daily has been generated and sustained by the political right, and it is very troubling.
It would not be so noticeable or bad if that side of the political spectrum actually offered something new or workable for the things they blast the other side about. Along the way all they do is come across like a spoiled brat or some angry old coot who love being a bully and then when called out for their bullying, they claim no one likes them. Worse, that they are being persecuted for defending their guns, Bibles, benefits that they pick and choose, a job where Unions are not allowed, life in a neighborhood that is all white with private schools and only Christian churches, and not much else, and oh, yes, everyone outside that sphere is bad.
As I was trying to put this piece together and describe what I wanted to say, I was lost, until I stumbled across these two articles. They express my views better than I can:
Therefore, I call this posting: “HISTORY KNOWS BEST.”
Introduction: GOP-Conservatives today have lined up in near-unanimous opposition to any progressive legislation introduced by President Obama either in his first term or now in his second term in office. Whether they have been railing against health care reform, a climate bill, or financial regulation, their ire has stemmed less from legislative specifics than from a generalized prophecy of doom.
For example: Mr. Obama’s proposals will move the country toward socialism, bankrupt entire industries and small businesses, and deny Americans their basic freedoms. These arguments, however, are not new.
Conservatives and not just Republicans, but various politicians and groups who have resisted major social changes — have recycled those bites throughout the twentieth century. They used them to oppose numerous progressive measures that Americans now take for granted, like women’s suffrage, child-labor laws, and Medicare just to name three important ones.
What follows is a collection of choice Conservative predictions about disaster that never came to pass. This new breed of GOP-Conservative and many from the newly-formed TEA “party” wing of the GOP (mostly ultra conservatives of the GOP) might prefer they be forgotten all together.
Check out this list of historical reminders:
“It may be impracticable that our distinctively American experiment of individual freedom should go on.” — Sen. David Hill (D-NY), in 1894, bemoaning the creation of a federal income tax.
“Woman suffrage would give to the wives and daughters of the poor a new opportunity to gratify their envy and mistrust of the rich. Meantime these new voters would become either the purchased or cajoled victims of plausible political manipulators, or the intimidated and helpless voting vassals of imperious employers.” — President Grover Cleveland, in 1905, on why women shouldn’t be able to vote.
“The child will become a very dominant factor in the household and might refuse perhaps to do chores before or after or to perform any labor.” — Sen. Weldon Heyburn (R-ID), in 1908, on why child labor should remain unregulated.
“I fear it may end the progress of a great country and bring its people to the level of the average European. It will furnish delicious food and add great strength to the political demagogue. It will assist in driving worthy and courageous men from public life. It will discourage and defeat the American trait of thrift. It will go a long way toward destroying American initiative and courage.” — Sen. Daniel O. Hastings (R-DE), in 1935, listing the evils of Social Security.
“It would make it practically impossible for any publisher in the
to accept any food, drug, or cosmetic advertising without facing squarely into
the doors of a jail.” — Federal Trade
Commission Chairman Ewin L. Davis, in 1935, on the dangers of empowering the FDA
to regulate the food, drug, and cosmetic industries
“I do not think we can take the Chinese with their habits and mentalities in this year and time into our great American melting pot and in ten years or a hundred years bring them up to our standards of civilization.” — Rep. Compton I. White (D-ID), in 1943, on why we should not allow Chinese nationals to immigrate or become
“The Act represents a step in the direction of Communism, Bolshevism, fascism, and Nazism.” — The National Association of Manufacturers, in 1938, condemning a national minimum wage and guaranteed overtime pay.
“It is destroying the amicable relations between the white and Negro races that have been created through 90 years of patient effort by the good people of both races. It has planted hatred and suspicion where there has been heretofore friendship and understanding.” —Sen. Strom Thurmond (D-SC), Sen. Richard Russell (D-GA), and other Southern legislators in 1956, describing the perils of integrating public schools.
“It is socialism. It moves the country in a direction which is not good for anyone, whether they be young or old. It charts a course from which there will be no turning back.” — Sen. Carl Curtis (R-NE), in 1965, opposing Medicare.
“This bill could prevent continued production of automobiles . . . [and] is a threat to the entire American economy and to every person in
America.” — Lee Iacocca, executive vice president of
Ford Motor Company, in 1970, on why the government should not regulate airborne
contaminants that are hazardous to human health.
“The effects include serious long-term losses in domestic output and employment, heavy cost burdens on manufacturing industries, and a resultant gradual contraction of the entire industrial base. The irony of this bleak scenario is that these economic hardships are borne with no real assurance they would be balanced by a cleaner, healthier environment.” — The National Association of Manufacturers, in 1987, on the perils of an emissions reduction program to combat acid rain.
“The doctor begins to lose freedoms. It’s like telling a lie, and one leads to another. First you decide that the doctor can have so many patients. They are equally divided among the various doctors by the government. But then the doctors are not equally divided geographically, so a doctor decides he wants to practice in one town and the government has to say to him you can’t live in that town, they already have enough doctors. You have to go someplace else. And from here it is only a short step to dictating where he will go.” — Ronald Reagan, in 1961, arguing against the creation of Medicare.
Forgotten in the minds of many, or merely conveniently set aside hoping that no one will remember. Woe, be it for the internet and quote archives.
Summary: The only thing they see for the country is nothingness, except words prefaced with "anti -..."