Whatever happened to the good 'ole Libertarian-thinking conservatives? I know a few of them, but they appear to have ceded power to the neo-cons and the religious right. There's an interesting quote in today's Capital Times illustrating this difference in values.
Former state legislator David Clarenbach says he can quote almost verbatim the words spoken by Lee Dreyfus when the Republican governor signed the nation's first civil rights law for gay men and lesbians.
"It is a fundamental tenet of the Republican Party that government ought not intrude in the private lives of individuals where no state purpose is served, and there is nothing more private or intimate than who you live with and who you love," Clarenbach recalls in a phone interview from his home in Washington, D.C.
How many modern-day Republicans would sign such a bill or make that kind of public statement? I used to think that conservatives didn't like government intervening into our private lives, but apparently that just isn't truetoday.