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Republicans and conservatives may not always been on the “right” side
of an issue, but they have one thing that Democrats, liberals,
socialists and “progressives” don’t have — loyalty.
Support for liberal causes, I’ve always said, is a mile wide and an
inch deep. In other words, it may appear to be widespread but that
support is thin and can be easily dissipated, given the right
circumstances. That’s not usually the case for conservatives — the much
less hypocritical, more consistent political ideology.
Case in point. A new Pew Research study released Wednesday said that
George W. Bush supporters were much stronger in their zeal for the GOP
nominee and Texas governor than were Democratic supporters of Vice
President Al Gore. Also, the survey said conservatives for Bush were far
less likely to change their vote than were Dems.
Furthermore, look what is happening among traditional liberal groups
like homosexual, abortion, environmental and union activists.
Historically, support from these factions for consumer activist Ralph
Nader has been very strong, we were led to believe. But the moment Green
Party presidential nominee Ralph Nader began to make some gains against
Gore, people in these groups turned on him like a rabid dog turns on its
In 1992 Democrats and liberals were positively giddy about the
prospect of seeing H. Ross Perot — founder of the new Reform Party —
take votes away from incumbent President George Bush. Then, as now,
activists from the Republican Party sought to marginalize Perot’s
candidacy as liberals are now trying to marginalize Nader before Nov. 7.
Whether Perot cost Bush the election or not is unclear — I happen to
think Bush cost himself the election (the “no new taxes” lie was a big
problem with voters that year).
It’s likely, though, that Perot did take at least some votes from
Bush. But Perot also took them from Democrats who were unimpressed with
Clinton-Gore and far less committed to the liberal, socialist ideology
that has gripped the modern “progressive” Democratic Party. Again,
support that was a mile wide but an inch deep.
In this year’s contest, the only group Nader is stealing
converts from is the Democrats — the liberal, progressive,
socialist and most left wing of that party. He is getting no support
from traditional conservatives and Republicans.
This phenomenon gives conservatives a real opportunity to guide the
country away from the precipice of a form of government more familiar to
the socialists and communists overseas than to traditional Americans who
enjoy the most freedom of any people in history.
On Election Day, I will enjoy seeing both Gore and Nader squabble
over a tiny, fractious minority of socialist-minded voters who will end
up marginalizing both candidates because their hearts know no such
virtue as loyalty.