Role reversals and identity crises for political parties
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It’s no surprise citizens find the policies of the two major political parties are leaving them scratching their heads these days.
There have been so many flip-flops the old labels of “liberals” and “conservatives” hardly seem applicable in the larger policy arenas at both the state and national level.
Take, for example, the on-going actions by the U.S. House of Representatives, now supposedly in the hands of the “conservative” majority. Only wait a minute, didn’t conservatives used to be the “law and order” party? Sure they did — but no longer.
Back during the battles for civil rights, free speech, and Vietnam War protests, it was the liberals who were howling about the FBI intentionally infiltrating organizations that actively supported those movements. And as history and the release of once-classified documents have revealed, they were quite correct about those nefarious actions under the dark leadership of the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover.
Now, however, it’s the House conservatives who are against funding the Ukraine war and want to defund the Department of Justice and FBI because they’re providing evidence in the on-going felony prosecutions of the former president. And who is supporting funding the Ukraine war and defending the FBI and Department of Justice? It’s the Democrats.
Or how about taxes? Hard to ignore the fact that for the last 50 years Republicans have tried every trick in the book to lower property taxes. Those tricks included numerous raids on the permanent Coal Tax Trust Fund, attempts to pass a sales tax, and various initiatives. Liberals, in the meantime, opposed those measures — usually by arguing that doing so would underfund schools and local government services.
Obviously our political parties are having an identity crisis — and it’s no surprise it’s leaving citizens with a dang tough time figuring out who is for and against what these days.
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