Correcting a Misconception About We Right Wingahs
Come an idle Saturday night (“idle” being a very relative adjective in my case), our referral logs led me to a September post by URI professor Michael Vocino, in which Professor V. voices some misconceptions about Anchor Rising, specifically, and conservatives in general. The minor one, first:
If you go to the spokespeople for the RI Right Wing at Anchor Rising, you can see that the fight against education and social services for middle and lower class RIslanders is in full swing.
I’m pretty sure that by law (or bylaw, as the case may be) left wingers must refer to us as the “self-proclaimed spokespeople for the RI Right Wing.” We lost the “broadly proclaimed spokespeople” title the other night when Matt Allen beat Andrew in the thumb-wrestling competition at our local VRWC meeting. I am, however, plotting a route of reclamation that depends upon the title’s passing from Matt to Bill Felkner to Will Ricci, whom I believe Monique will be able to defeat in a game of Connect Four come August. I’ll keep y’all posted as to our progress.
More seriously, Vocino probably isn’t alone in having this incorrect impression (emphasis added):
Unfortunately the pundits at Anchor Rising fail to make the obvious connection that RI Republicans are out of touch with the people of RI AND that could be the reason they can’t elect anyone and the reason even those Republicans elected are jumping ship.
RIslanders WANT a state-supplied health care system, they want a state-supplied education system, they want all those services that are their right to expect from their governments, EVEN IF IT MEANS higher taxes.
Some would make the case that Rhode Islanders are more conservative in certain respects than their Democrat leanings lead us to believe. My own assessment is that such conservatism as exists in Rhode Island is too often roped into the Democrat coalition via patronage and unionism. A strong argument could also be made that the RI Republicans are (although less so, these days) “out of touch” with RI conservatives, which compounds the problems at the voting booth.
Be that as it may, it simply isn’t true that we AR pundits lack understanding of Rhode Islanders’ actual leanings. When it comes to such things as Vocino’s preferred socialism, however, we believe that Rhode Islanders who back such an approach are wrong, and that they will learn of their error only through painful experience with its consequences. We see the junkies’ dependency, and we argue against it. Unless those with affection for the status quo begin to peel away from the coalition, they are going to suffer from a collapse in which they, themselves, are complicit.
Which concept (complicity) brings us back to Vocino, and his closing question:
What kind of system or man wants to make a profit out of lending money to others who want to go on to college?
Well, it’s certainly a question worth contemplating professor.