Dick Cheney did an interview today with Scott Hennen, a North Dakota radio host, defending the Bush administration and advised the Republican Party to stay with its roots. Cheney is in agreement with Rush Limbaugh who is also advocating a move to the right.
After the election, a Gallup Poll indicated that Most rank-and-file Republicans (59%) want to see the party move in a more ... to the right -- returning to core Republican principles.
Because of the loss of independent voters in the last election, such a move will doom the GOP to becoming a regional party with permanent minority status.
"I think it would be a mistake for us to moderate," Cheney said. "This is about fundamental beliefs and values and ideas … what the role of government should be in our society, and our commitment to the Constitution and constitutional principles.
Go for it. Don't kid anyone about Constitutional principals. Your party bugged the Internet with no constitutional basis and also tortured Islamic prisoners that violate Amendment 5 and 8 of the Bill of rights 18 U.S.C. § 2340 as well as the Geneva Conventions and other UN protocols.
You know, when you add all those things up, the idea that we ought to fundamentally change our philosophy is bad. I for one am not prepared to do that, and I think most of us aren't. Most Republicans have a pretty good idea of values, and aren't eager to have someone come along and say, 'Well, the only way you can win is if you start to act more like a Democrat.'"
Exactly, your party needs to change its philosophy. Your party need to start helping the average American rather than corporate elite and the affluent. You need to stop invading countries that have democratically elected governments. All your party cares about is the your One Trick Pony: tax cuts. You don't need to act like Democrats, you need to stop behaving like fascists.
Cheney did, however, say it was probably time for his fellow Republicans to shove him off the stage.
Don't hit your head going out the door. Leave Washington DC. Get the hell out of Dodge. Hit the road, toad. Get lost!
"I think periodically we have to go through one these sessions. It helps clear away some of the underbrush ... some of the older folks who've been around a long time - like yours truly - need to move on and make room for that young talent that's coming along," he said.
Bush is certainly better at clearing brush than being a president. The nation is certainly better off with Joe Biden at the helm than you.
Cheney also defended the Bush administration's national security policies, and advised President Obama to fight any effort to prosecute Bush officials. He responded to a question about interrogation by saying harsh means were a last resort."That assumes that we didn't try other ways, and in fact we did. We resorted, for example, to waterboarding, which is the source of much of the controversy ... with only three individuals," Cheney said.
Don't try to marginalize torture. These torture procedure even offended allies. More than hundred people died that we know about while in US custody, most of them from torture and mistreatment. This isn't the American way. Even Israel objected.
"In those cases, it was only after we'd gone through all the other steps of the process. The way the whole program was set up was very careful to use other methods and only to resort to the enhanced techniques in those special circumstances."
Of course, when the end justifies the means. Just like the Germans during WW2. You even had a blitzkrieg against Iraq, but you called it "shock and awe." You even attacked a bunker that you believed Saddam Hussein was in without declaring war. Mr. Cheney and many of your fellow Republicans have gone to the Dark Side. You are, indeed, Darth Cheney, Dark Lord of the Empire.
Try to take back the House in 2008 while living in gated communities on Fantasy Island. Best of luck.
See you in 2010. We'll be waiting for you.