I’ve been thinking that the problem we are dealing with in this country is not an ideological left/right battle at all, but rather the rise of the authoritarian personality-type in our politics. Authoritarians have seized the label of “conservative” but this crowd is not at all conservative – not even anything like traditional Republicans. I have always had the sense that the current crop of “conservative movement” wingnuts would attach themselves to any ideology if it helped them achieve power.
Maybe what the country needs is a personality test before someone can run for office – sort of like the Strategic Air Command tests given to people before they’re allowed to handle nuclear missile launch keys…
What do you think?