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June 3, 2008

Quote Of The Day: Those Were The Days Edition

by Doug Mataconis

Ronald Reagan, circa 1975:

If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals-if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.

Mike Huckabee, circa 2008:

The greatest threat to classic Republicanism is not liberalism; it’s this new brand of libertarianism, which is social liberalism and economic conservatism, but it’s a heartless, callous, soulless type of economic conservatism because it says “look, we want to cut taxes and eliminate government. If it means that elderly people don’t get their Medicare drugs, so be it. If it means little kids go without education and healthcare, so be it.” Well, that might be a quote pure economic conservative message, but it’s not an American message. It doesn’t fly.

My how times have changed.

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5 Comments

  1. but it’s a heartless, callous, soulless type of economic conservatism

    Said the man who aggressively pushed to give a serial rapist early parole (after which he raped and murdered another woman) even after the rapist’s last victim personally begged Huckabee not to do it in a face-to-face meeting.

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/10/14/huckabee_could_face_hurdles_from_the_past/

    Just another chirpy Jesus freak who thinks thumping the Bible equates to caring about people.

    Comment by UCrawford — June 3, 2008 @ 3:41 pm
  2. My how times have changed.

    Yeah, they’ve decided to be honest.

    Comment by Joshua Holmes — June 3, 2008 @ 10:43 pm
  3. Yes, Joshua. Nothing says heartless like refusing to steal from someone to satisfy your own desires.

    Comment by tarran — June 4, 2008 @ 6:38 am
  4. I can’t wait for Huckabee to disappear back into obscurity. I want to vomit at practically everything that comes out of his mouth.

    Comment by Ben — June 4, 2008 @ 9:26 am
  5. “If you can cut the people off from their history, then they can be easily persuaded.

    – Karl Marx

    Comment by Akston — June 4, 2008 @ 11:38 pm

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