Regular readers know I get exasperated by John Derbyshire at NRO, but as Badda-blogger points out today, he can still hit it on the head. Today he points out once again that the difference between the two parties isn't what it used to be, emphasizing two of his particular issues: spending and immigration.
Badda-blogger makes an excellent point along the way:
I hoped that President Reagan's death last year would serve as a reminder of the value of his style of government and leadership. I yearned to see more of it. I still do.
However, I'm willing to ride it out until we have carried out more anti-terrorist activities... even if that's going to be a long time.
And that's it. For many of us who feel the Republicans have left us in all other ways (much as Ronald Reagan and many others felt the Democrats had left them), there's still the war on terror. The liberal Democrats with their "Blame America First" attitude (remember Jeanne Kirkpatrick and that refrain?) have proven how inept they are at providing a reasonable alternative. In their efforts to appeal to virtually every extremist group there is (feminists, homosexuals, diversity-mongers, and the blame America crowd, to name a few), they drive the average Americans further and further away. Having Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan, and Al Franken as your poster children is a long way from "Uncle Sam Wants You."
There's always hope, as Badda-blogger says: "The days of small, less intrusive government are (sadly) over. That train left the station quite some time ago. That doesn't mean we can't try to reverse some of the unfortunate trends. It just means that progress will be e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y. . . s-s-s-l-l-l-o-o-o-o-o-o-w."
Especially when neither party provides the engines to pull the train.