Neocons Driving Ideological Realignment
by MetaData, Tue Jul 11, 2006 at 07:02:54 AM EDT
Glenn Greenwald, insightful as always, cuts to the essence of today's political debate. We are no longer a country of Liberal, Moderate and Conservative ideologies, rather the debate is whether you are for or against the neoconservative agenda: Increased militarism, Expanding war against our enemies, support of George Bush and the unitary president. Greenwald's essay is essential reading; here are some tasty quotes:
American political conflicts are usually described in terms of "liberal versus conservative," but that is really no longer the division which drives our most important political debates. The predominant political conflicts over the last five years have been driven by a different dichotomy -- those who believe in neoconservatism versus those who do not. Neoconservatism is responsible for virtually every significant political controversy during the Bush administration -- from our invasion of Iraq to the array constitutional abuses perpetrated in the name of fighting terrorism -- and that ideological dispute is even what is driving the war over Joe Lieberman's Senate seat. It is not traditional conservatism or liberalism, but rather one's views on neoconservativsm, which have become the single most important factor in where one falls on the political spectrum.
More than anything else, this ideological realignment is what accounts for the intense passions ignited by the Joe Lieberman Senate seat. Despite his history as a life-long Democrat and a "liberal"on the predominant 1990s issues, Joe Lieberman is a pure neoconservative, which now matters much more. On the predominant issues of the day, his political comrades are Bill Kristol, Lawrence Kaplan, National Review, The New York Sun, and Dick Cheney.