Edwin: I’m not bound by a word given by an outlaw, honor is between gentlemen.
Robin Hood: And something to be worn like a convenient coat, when it becomes uncomfortably warm you just take it off.
The Adventures of Robin Hood: The Youthful Menace 1958
As you may have noticed for a Conservative Republican, I quote Biographies of Lyndon Johnson and the Autobiography of Tip O’Neill an awful lot while I can’t remember the last time I quoted Buckley.
I was for the first nearly 40 years of my life a democrat, but slowly the party moved away from me until I finally as a believing and practicing Catholic decided to officially join the side I was already on.
In political terms both O’Neill and Johnson were giants, they understood people and part of their success came from their origins. O’Neill came from modest beginnings and achieved power never forgetting where he came from. Johnson came from an even humbler start and those roots compelled him forward. Unlike O’Neill he was not restrained by ethics but that lack of ethical restraint didn’t keep him from understanding people particular the voters from the Hill Country that he sprang from or the people like them all over the country.
It was that connection with the great masses that made the Democrats and what they stood for the party of my family and the immigrants like them as Joseph Fein notes in an excellent post:
The Tip O’Neill Democrats (unlike today’s [Howard] Dean Democrats) stood up for Free Speech and were unafraid of the poor and the unwashed. Whoever has time to bring camping gear in the middle of a city?
The contrast is amazing, when Tip O’Neill wanted to flip Massachusetts he used hard work to recruit candidates and turn things around. Today’s democrats take a different view:
When Democrats lose, that’s not a coup, that just means you lost this years elections. Don’t blame it on the Koch brothers, Halliburton or anyone else, sometimes the voters don’t like you. The Republicans spent 40 years in the wilderness until Election 1994 (Congressional elections not Presidential ones) — not one Republican thought of changing the rules or the constitution.
It has been ever so, when the GOP took the congress in 1994 Peter Jennings called it a temper tantrum, for eight years the left insisted that George Bush was not legit and when in 2010 the voters threw out the democrats America is dumb.
That’s why they can go from talking about the sanctity of the court to attacking them when they dare defy them
That’s why they can go from deploring questioning Romney’s religion to pushing the meme.
And lets not even start with going after a seriously ill female friend of mine in an attempt to ruin her reputation over an online contest.
You see as we haven’t achieved their level of enlightenment, we certainly can’t expect to be treated as people, let alone equals.
I’m pleased to say there are exceptions, would that there were more.