"It was inconceivable for me then that these people should be left to suffer and die in a country as wealthy as we are."And that is exactly what made you such a Useful Conservative Idiot for so long, Mr. Sullivan: the fact that you fundamentally did not and do not understand this country.
-- Andrew Sullivan, 06/18/12
In this country "we" are no longer wealthy: in this country rich people and corporations are wealthy and don't much like the idea of having to pay for anything that does not directly and immediately increase their wealth and power.
Of course, implementing a plutocracy built on rich people telling the rest of the country to go pound sand was not a cause that was ever going to fly in post-Depression, post-WWII America...
...until innovators like Ayn Rand, Alan Greenspan and Ronald Reagan figured out how to take infantile selfishness, venomous hatred of any form of government as Stalinism and taxation as slavery of Nazi, and a giddy, ghoulish disregard for the fate of one's fellow humans even as your chariots roll over them into an ideology that they could sell to the inbred leftovers of the Confederate States of America.
The Conservative Movement you joined, Mr. Sullivan, never amounted to much more than oligarchs and theocrats using America's most ancient and volatile hatreds as shaped charges to methodically destroy our nation's capacity for self-government. And the day that Richard Nixon decided that the future of the Party of Lincoln depended on getting into bed with the Klan was the day American Conservatives began preparing to vote to cut their own economic throats and to use their last, gurgling breath the to cheer for the idea of letting poor people die in the streets.
You do not understand this country, Mr Sullivan.
And I doubt you ever will.