Same Ole Shinola or New Rebel Alliance?

Up yonder at Capitol Hill Blue, Doug Thompson details the problem:

If such hyperbole [Nancy Pelosi soundbytes] sounds familiar, it may be because we heard the same bullshit 12 years ago from the Republicans.

But things won’t change if the Democrats take over. We will just replace one cadre of crooks, scoundrels, con-artists and thieves with another. Democrats and Republicans are an equal match when it comes to moral lapses, ethical challenges and lust for power.

Perhaps Thomas R. Eddlem has the solution over at antiwar.com:

The issues the Right and Left are already working together on are related to the Constitution: (1) Exposing the Bush administration’s policy to eliminate the right to trial, as in the case of Jose Padilla, (2) Stopping the Bush practice and advocacy of torture, (3) Ending the administration’s unnecessary Iraq War, (4) Eliminating unconstitutional, warrantless wiretapping, and the most objectionable parts of the PATRIOT Act, (5) Stopping multilateral trade agreements such as CAFTA, renewal of the WTO, and the upcoming Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

The current Rebel Alliance is completely ad hoc and has no formal organization, for several reasons. First, we don’t trust each other. Groups on the “paleoconservative” Right ““ those not in the Bush neoconservative orbit who have strong ideological reasons for joining an ad hoc alliance ““ include some of the organizations most disliked by leftists: The John Birch Society, Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, the Rockford Institute, the “Buchanan Brigades” of Pat Buchanan’s American Cause, libertarian-leaning Lew Rockwell and his Ludwig von Mises Institute. And, of course, Antiwar.com, where the Rebel Alliance meshes and works together best.

If we don’t start working together on issues from corruption to the erosion of our civil liberties to the War in Iraq, all of us are going to get Martin Niemöllered into extinction.

posted by Stephen Gordon
  • kaptinemo

    Stephen, Mr. Eddlem’s extending of an olive branch has caused many in the Leftward end of the spectrum to to enteratin the idea of cutting his hand off at the wrist. The virulence of the comments listed at that link gives an idea of just woefully misinformed many of that Website’s denizens are, and by extrapolation, how many Dems are equally ignorant of the dangers. They’d much rather maintain their ideological ‘purity’ (choke, gag) than join forces with those they deem to be pariahs. (As if politics was never been predicated upon compromise.) I’ve no doubt that many of them believe in some kind of human version of a deus ex machina from the equally corrupt Dem Party will somehow save them from the mess that both parties created. (Hillary, anyone? Now I’m really feeling nauseous…) Some folks never learn.

  • http://www.dougpaulsen.com Doug

    I think the free trade agreements are the one thing, if anything, hes gotten right…

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  • Torfinn

    Let’s hear about WHY the free trade agreements are right.

    Who do they benefit?

  • http://www.virginialibertarian.com/blog David Canning

    Let’s hear about WHY the free trade agreements are right.

    Who do they benefit?
    Halliburton, of course

  • Torfinn “the Mighty”

    Good answer, there’s one small group of ultra rich people that benefit from it!

    Anybody have any other interjections?

    Seriously, let’s talk economics.

    Free trade, MY ASS!

  • Stuart Richards

    I don’t see the problem with the free trade agreements myself… it’s not a violation of the Constitution like the rest is…

    But we all agree on the rest, so why get stuck up over one little issue? Or are you progressives/liberals going to cut off your nose to spite your face? Spit in the faces of the people who want to help you save this country because we’re not ideologically “pure” enough for your standards?

  • http://www.virginialibertarian.com/blog David Canning

    I don’t see the problem with the free trade agreements myself
    There wouldn’t be a problem with them if they were actually free trade agreements, but instead we get this.

  • r. connelly

    If NAFTA, CAFTA was really so called “free trade” I could buy my building materials in Canada, especially lumber much cheaper than the US. It’s only “free trade” for the BIG CORPORATIONS and not for you and me the consumer. We get screwed everytime. THROW OUT THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS! We need new parties……I’m sick and tired of their bullcrap…….period