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Re: OT: sponge burning!

* Paul Johnson (baloo@ursine.ca) wrote:
> Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 11:38:59AM -0800, Paul Johnson wrote:
> >> 
> >> Name five American national-level politicians in your lifetime that had
> >> moral fortitude.  You can't get that far in US politics without being a
> >> scumbag.
> >> 
> > Reagan
> Absolute liar. ...He makes Barry Goldwater look good.

I can't really argue much about Reagan or his legacy, i.e. W, but I am
surprised at the comparison here to Goldwater.  Most of the
neoconservative movement, beginning somewhat with Reagan personally
and very much with the immediate post-Reagan period, has been nothing
more than outrageously expensive fascism, read 'law and order'
Republicanism.  But, Goldwater always seemed much more legitimately
conservative to me, with what appeared to be a very sincere interest in
true small government.  Is there something I have missed about him?


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