For years the conservatives in this country were known to be a responsible form of governance. The platform of the 1956 GOP platform illustrates the meaning of the term “responsible conservatism”…..
Back in those days they were as close as the US has had as a liberal since the turn of the 20th century.
As much as “liberal” has become a dirty word in U.S. politics, the word “conservative” has been ripped from all its honorable traditions and redefined as a dangerous form of radicalism,
What is it about the U.S. that makes it virtually the only country in the world where a political Left scarcely exists? We have a center Right — the Democratic Party. And we have a far Right — the Republican Party. In fact, just invoking the L-word “Liberal” can inflict quick political death. Yes, we’re safe from the Left here in America.
Having such a stunted political spectrum is bad enough in itself. Still worse is the utter corruption of the word conservative. U.S. society has allowed the Republican Party to hijack the word, distort it and redefine it to its own ends, against its real meaning.
The day of a responsible Republican has long gone never to return.
What say you?