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Friday, September 03, 2004

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 Republicans hate freedom

Paul Krugman knocks this one out of the ballpark:
There was plenty of hatred in Manhattan, but it was inside, not outside, Madison Square Garden....

[M]any of the people at that convention, for all their flag-waving, hate America. They want a controlled, monolithic society; they fear and loathe our nation's freedom, diversity and complexity.

The convention opened with an invocation by Sheri Dew, a Mormon publisher and activist. Early rumors were that the invocation would be given by Jerry Falwell, who suggested just after 9/11 that the attack was God's punishment for the activities of the A.C.L.U. and People for the American Way, among others. But Ms. Dew is no more moderate: earlier this year she likened opposition to gay marriage to opposition to Hitler.

The party made sure to put social moderates like Rudy Giuliani in front of the cameras. But in private events, the story was different. For example, Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas told Republicans that we are in a 'culture war' and urged a reduction in the separation of church and state.

Mr. Bush, it's now clear, intends to run a campaign based on fear. And for me, at least, it's working: thinking about what these people will do if they solidify their grip on power makes me very, very afraid.
Perhaps next time Mr. Bush states that the terrorists hate freedom, he should pause to examine his own party. His is the party of Santorum, Ashcroft, DeLay and Boykin.

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