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Doves' Awakening?

Updated on July 4, 2011

Rebuilding The Empire?

In the days after the 2008 elections, as I listened to the GOP try and explain their defeats, I got the impression that they just didn't get that the nation had changed and they needed to come up with new ideas. I never expected that the GOP, and their religious and free-market allies, xenophobes, neo-confederates, etc would be able to sell people on the idea of obstruction and opposition, with little in the way of any ideas on what they'd do instead. Having folks like Beck and Limbaugh to act as mouthpieces, and a way to seem to provide factual backing can be a big help.

Now I'm also smart enough to realize that the main focus of the Tea Party, etc has been economic. But I can't help but wonder if a GOP majority would try and bring back some of the imperial polices of Bush, etc. The fact that their "Pledge With America", in addition to the other rehashed Reaganism, includes a commitment to national defense, specifically missile defense, makes me wonder if they may.

I can't say I'm surprised. The military has always been a major element of any right-wing movement. It provides a way to create patriotism and nationalism, and a handy way to demonize those who oppose the efforts. One need only look at how opponents of the Vietnam War and the War in Iraq are or were portrayed.

But could such actions have a detrimental effect on the GOP? Efforts to return to an neo-imperialist America could awaken the anti-war movement that since Obama's election has been rather quiet, in my opinion.

Not that it should be. Guantanamo Bay is still open, we are still fighting in Afghanistan, we continue to allow Israel to get away with actions that we would not tolerate from other nations. A drive from the GOP to attack Iran or North Korea, or even start a whole new arms race by authorizing missile defense may be just what's needed to wake the doves up again. The fact that I'm looking at re-launching my anti-imperialist 'blog may be a sign that I too am ready to take flight again. . .


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    • justmesuzanne profile image

      justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

      Yes, as MLK said, we need to be as organized and zealous as our opponents if we want to be heard, recognized, and respected.

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      Elderyoungman 7 years ago from Worldwide

      Nice Hub. I'm really starting to think that some of the conservatives that blog here can't be real people. They claim to be working class but can't differentiate the difference between big business and small business. Wars have become a way to continue to justify the taxes that were made law in 1913. Democrats build up surpluses of tax dollars then republicans go and invade countries that have nothing to do with anything....Then you get these people that make up any reason to defend what's happened.

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      BobbiRant 7 years ago from New York

      More like we better get used to saying "Hile Hitler" as it is looking like America is just ready to blame everyone for everything. The GOP is pathetic and Americans have such short memories, until, of course, those who vote in the 'Devils' are living on the street themselves, then they will sing a new tune again. Our failing education system is showing up in Americans' ignorance.

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      d.william 7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks again for a good article. I like your conviction and compassion for the truth.

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      GNelson 7 years ago from Florida

      Hey, wars are good for business. Don't you support American business? GOP does. Isn't there somewhere in South America we can attact. It would be close and the logistics would be simplier. It beats building roads and bridges and improving our electrical transmission lines like them Democrates want to do.

      Good Hub!

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      reversecharles 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      good thoughts. The GOP has no new ideas, but in America, ideas are so unnecessary. My friend says we better get used to saying, President Palin. Wow.