Redundant you say?
One irony that was missed on several in attendance at my county GOP convention was that it was held at Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson High School. Jackson of course was a Democrat US Senator from the state of Washington for many years and ran for president in 1976.
I was sitting at a table full of Republicans at our lunch break and I mentioned how funny it was that Republicans were meeting at a high school named for a Democrat. Three of them I was sitting with all said the same thing: "He was really a conservative though."
My heart sank a bit because these delegates and Republican activists have truly forgotten what a conservative is. I asked them, "In what way was Scoop Jackson conservative?" and their reply was again in unison: "He supported the military!" they all said.
That's it? That's all there is to being a Republican anymore is just supporting troops, wearing flag lapel pins and putting a yellow ribbon magnet on your car? That's it?
I asked them what they thought about his protectionist trade policies and his backing of LBJ's "Great Society" legislation. All of them looked at me blankly.
I remember reading in a biography of Barry Goldwater how infuriated the Arizona senator was at how Jackson would make speeches mocking Goldwater for his claims that government intervention made the lives of Americans worse, not better. That's conservative?
Jackson was a warmonger, a trade protectionist, voted to restrict trade to non-market economies, pro entitlement, and pro foreign aid. He represents much of what is wrong with the Bush administration as many of Jackson's acolytes have been involved in the Bush administration including former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.
Truth be told that over the years the terms liberal and conservative have come to mean different thing. Now, liberal means socialist and conservative means to conserve your own power. Neither means to protect freedom anymore.