Originally posted by X-height:
he - what would you know, another canadian claiming to be so knowing something about the American dream.
Well, I'm wasn't commenting on the American dream, but the Republican party. Feel free to comment on Canadian politics, since I don't believe that just because you don't live in a place, it doesn't mean that you can't pay attention to the news and come to your own conclusions. Actually during the Canadian election, Canada heard from quite a number of Americans from both the right and left wing trying to encourage Canadians to vote one way or another. Also as Korvac has mentioned a good number of Canadians conservatives politicians are currently attending the RNC, swapping ideas as well as money.
Anyways, I should have went into more detail on why the Republican party doesn't represent those things that Arnold mentioned. Simply one liners don't make much of a political discussion, but it was late and I figured I would post more later. Anyways, it's been my experience is that conservative political parties make lousy conservatives, just as liberal political parties make lousy liberals. An example would be small government which is supposed to be conservative value, but rarely do any conservative politicians actually decrease government. Both conservative politicians and liberal politicians seem to be for more government, just different kinds of government. Another example is the so called fiscal conservatism, which I can't say with a straight face anymore. I think fiscal responsibility is a better term, since it doesn't seem to be something done by many conservative politicians. Most conservative politicians seem to want to increase spending while giving out tax cuts. They don't seem to understand that spending money that they don't have causes large debts and deficits.
Anyways, a lot of the things Arnold mentioned in his speech are not exactly things that the Republican party has a monopoly on. Some things are more in line with the Libertarian party than the Republican party, others the Democrats are just as likely to do and others I don't think either of the two major parties can make claims on. Anyways, I'll go into more detail later point by point when I get the chance.