Friday, March 25, 2005

Real Republicans vs. The Bush Administration

In case you didn't know, it was Eisenhower that created the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower had the foresight in 1960 to set aside this arctic treasure for future generations. Congress reaffirmed the value of the Arctic Refuge in 1980, expanding the Refuge to 19 million acres and designating most of Eisenhower’s orginal Arctic Range as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The coastal plain was denied this critical wilderness designation because of last-minute pressure from the oil industry.

I am beginning to think there's a new way to frame the division in this country. We are not Republicans and Democrats, divided against one another. We are divided along the lines of who thinks that the President is competent and does things in our best interests, and then there are those of us who can read, tell time and tie our shoes. There are plenty of smart Republicans out there, I just wonder what they are doing and why they aren't being louder.


  1. Well, Boxer's got her petition (which IIRC you can sign at, if you haven't yet), but I'm not sure how well she or any operatives under Dean will be able to exploit this apparent rift...This may take direct, possibly extra-legal action by concerned parties in Alaska...Actions which I in no way endorse or will take part in.

  2. Ike was probably left of most of the Senate Democratic minority, these days.
    Heck, he's the one who coined (or popularized, anyway) the term "military-industrial complex."

    Things were fairly backwards for a while post-WWII, when Truman basically started and escalated the red menace, and with Ike (who deplored Truman and even opposed the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) being, if not progressive, at least not actively regressive. It took Civil Rights and Goldwater to put the parties in their modern places.