Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fools’ Show: Dylan Ratigan Outs Self, Sort Of

It’s not as if I didn’t TELL YOU SO:

MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan: “I consider myself a conservative.”

Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart (vying for INGENUE of the decade): “REALLY?!?”

Ratigan shimmie-shallies: “Libertarians lose me when they go to the law of the jungle but refuse to actually prevent the game from being rigged. I don't think it's the law of the jungle when the game is rigged for the lions to eat everything.”

Then explain this, Dylan: How do you “prevent the game from being rigged” without regulations and President Obama’s “rules of the road?” That is the eternal contradiction of a “conservative” vision of governance. You cannot “prevent the game from being rigged” absent a vigorous and effective regulatory environment. And the minute a “conservative” moves to regulate the game for the benefit of all, he or she is no longer a conservative, but a progressive.

One of the most compelling examples of this is the transformation of Republican conservative Teddy Roosevelt into a flaming progressive once he became a monopoly buster, so much so that T.R. ran as founder and standard-bearer of the Progressive Party, the most successful third party in American history which finished ahead of the Republican Party in the election of 1912.

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