Voter conundrum: both parties stink
In the opening paragraphs of his new book, Erick Erickson forcefully lays out the conundrum facing voters in the fall: both parties stink.
The editor of RedState.com, a site for conservative activists, puts it this way: “They’re all terrible. All of them. Democrats. Republicans. … The Republicans gave us progressivism … the Environmental Protection Agency … Earl Warren, Nelson Rockefeller, Dede Scozzafava, Charlie Crist, and the list goes on and on and on.
“The Democrats, by contrast, have given us over to European socialism, degenerated our moral society, destroyed the nuclear family, never met a race they didn’t bait, and mushroomed the GOP’s spending programs.”
But if he had to choose, Erickson not surprisingly goes with the Republicans: “As bad as you or I may think the Republican Party is, at least it will not sell us down the river to our nation’s enemies.”
In a posting on RedState.com, Erickson introduces readers to the first page of his book, “Red State Uprising: How to Take Back America,” due out in September from Regnery Press.
In April, Political Bookworm previewed the book. According to its Amazon page, the book calls on those fed up with an “arrogant federal government” to join an uprising and bring government down to its right size to ensure economic growth, individual liberty and private property rights.
At that time in April, Erickson was embroiled in a controversy over comments he made on RedState radio asserting that if a census worker sought to enter his house to interview him he would brandish his wife’s shotgun. He later clarified his comments, saying the left misconstrued his words to make it seem he advocated killing census workers.
Now Erickson has his eye on beating back the socialists – of both parties. “With the rise of the tea party movement,” he writes in his book, “conservatives must unite to clean up the Republican Party. If they don’t, voters will keep rejecting Republican pseudo-socialists in favor of authentic socialists.”
Steven E. Levingston
July 30, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
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