In response to a piece of mine crossposted an another blog, a reader would like to know if there are “other conservatives that challenge the current brew of Bushism/Cheneyism/Republicanism these days“. He’s a little bit behind the times given that Messrs. Bush and Cheney have since left office and gone into retirement.
Like all too many in the netroots and among those who use our comments section to criticize conservatives and Republicans in general and us in particular, he’s under the assumption that all conservatives fell into line and blindly followed George W. Bush over the last eight years. Does he only get his information about conservatives from left-wing blogs and MSNBC?
How often do we hear that refrain that we blindly supported W and failed to criticize him?
If you take a gander at archives of any number of conservative blogs, you’ll find a great variety of posts criticizing Bush and any number of aspects of his Administration. Most of us took him and congressional Republicans to task for not holding the line on spending. (The National Review even ran a cover story on the Bush Administration’s competence problem.)
When I point this out, it falls on deaf ears. All too many repeat their mantra about how monolithic and unquestioning we were in our support of W. To make it easier to some of our critics, I did a piece providing a partial listing of posts where we took issue with the former president’s (and congressional Republicans’) profligacy, they remain unswayed, so strong is their conviction about conservatives.
They criticize us while remaining clueless about our ideas. A line from the theme song from a 70s sitcom, Alice, come to mind as I consider their narrow-minded attitude toward conservatives. “Going through life with blinders on, it’s tough to see.”
They blind themselves to contemporary conservatives because they define us not by our ideas and the things we have written, but by their prejudices and things leftist bloggers and left-of-center “journalists” have written about us.