Positive Contributions to the Country

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Positive Contributions to the Country
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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 2:13pm

In another thread, there was a question: What have Republican's done for the country?


Republican Contributions that positively impact our lives today:



  • Americas Highway system - Ike

  • EPA, Clean Water Act, OSHA - All created under Nixon.

  • Opening the doors to China - Nixon

  • Trustbuster Reagan broke the monopoly of ATT, which many believed lead the way to the cell-phone revolution (and phone calls interrupting our dinner asking to switch phone service)

  • Many credit Reagan's negotiations with Gorbechev as leading to the fall of the Berlin wall.

  • Will Ferrell's hilarious impersonation of George W. Bush (Sorry people, it's just funny)

Can we TRY to keep this thread free

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 2:39pm

I think that the question was more about what conservatives (not Republicans) have done for the country. Of course they have done things. Was Ike a conservative?

http://main.gvsu.edu/hauenstein/?id=6F2B9B0B-EBD5-BD2D-6C76C5F643F0B440&CFID=9282716&CFTOKEN=68294622

Was Nixon a conservative?

http://breadandcircusnetwork.wordpress.com/2009/11/08/on-conservative-intellectuals-and-richard-nixon/

Would Reagan be conservative enough for today's conservatives?

http://www.rightpundits.com/?p=1396

My feeling is that both Eisenhower and Nixon were not nearly as "conservative" as today's conservatives would like. They signed legislation that was decidedly "liberal" like funding for the building of the interstate highway system and the EPA. Heck, Nixon even proposed a health care system for the US that was far more liberal than today's HCR bill. As for Reagan, I have to wonder whether the tea party would accept him considering the tax increases he enacted and his deficit spending.

The Republican party isn't the conservative movement and the Democratic party isn't the liberal movement. They are political parties. It is possible to be a Republican and still want to (for example) balance the budget by a combination of spending cuts and increased taxes. It is possible to be a Democrat and to cede that the country would not accept a single payer health care system. Ideological purity, however, would strangle the political parties because there is simply nothing that would or could get done.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 2:52pm

I agree with all of those points, but the specific post was about Republican contributions, though the thread asked

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 3:05pm

Ike, Nixon and Reagon were "moderate" republicans.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 3:32pm
I don't know if he was a Republican, but I imagine that he may well have been: Dale Carnegie and the wonderful public library system in the US.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 3:35pm
Both Nixon and Reagan were vilified in their day as extremists, and the neo-cons got their start under Reagan. He was the Repub who made them switch sides.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 3:51pm

So was Goldwater.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 4:00pm
Yes, very true. Dh is a Goldwater Republican, but until very recently that was synonymous with "fascist" to many people. I guess you can say that the awfulness that was the Cheney-gang has rehabilitated the reputations of Republicans of the past. Always a silver lining, lol.

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