It seems clear to me that we need some new terms to describe what is going on in American politics at the moment. Republicans are no longer all conservatives but many are neoconservatives, and neoconservatives are not really conservatives but radicals. Democrats are no longer automatically liberals but now have many who are considered Republican-Lite. That is, they are not liberals at all. Liberal/Conservative, Democrat/Republican, just don't cut it anymore. So I suggest we call the two presumably opposed groups what they really seem to be: Ghouls and Wimps.
The Ghouls, at the moment in the majority and holding all the power, are in favor of cutting 40 or so billion dollars from the national debt. They want to do this by taking money from the poor and middle class by cutting programs that help them. For example, medicaid. Whereas at the moment if a family of three has an income of $17,000 per year and now pays $3 for an initial medical exam, the Ghouls think they should have to pay somewhere between $20 and $120. Similarly, students who depend upon loans to pay their way through college should now have to pay higher inerest rates on their loans. Never mind that for the first time in history American students are falling behind other countries with respect to their educations and abilitites. After all, who needs bright, creative, intelligent people anyway? We can always hire them from India, Pakistan, and Japan.
The Ghouls are not without compassion. They are very concerned that wealthy people, especially those with incomes only hovering around a million a year, are unduly suffering from their taxes. So the 40 billion in cuts is designed to balance the approximately 100 billion in tax cuts for the obscenely wealthy. Is this not truly compassionate? Is it not fiscal conservatism?
The Ghouls also are big on torture. When challenged on this by one of their own they did everything they could to insure they could continue to torture with impunity. Eventually they had to pretend that they wouldn't do it anymore but, of course, wink, wink, they know what is really going on.
Ghouls also believe it is perfectly allright to spy on innocent Americans as long as their Ghoul in charge says it is okay (because Ghouls do not have to obey the laws). They also think it is fine that they can imprison anyone they wish for no reason at all for the rest of their life with no recourse to any form of justice whatsoever. This is regarded as a perogative of the Ghoul in charge. Ghouls are also allowed to lie constantly about everything because - well, because they are Ghouls.
Wimps pretend to oppose most of the things Ghouls do. But they are very careful not to upset the Ghouls in any way. So if the Ghouls say we should go to "war" the Wimps say we need more troops (they don't want to appear wimpy). When the Ghouls want to rob the poor to fund the rich the Wimps usually go along (they don't want to appear to be obstructionist). When the Ghouls tell one outrageous lie after another the Wimps don't want to call attention to it (it might cause trouble). The Wimps know how corrupt and dishonest the Ghouls really are but don't dare say anything because they are complicit in much of the dishonesty and don't want to "rock the boat." It doesn't seem to matter how outrageous the behavior of the Ghouls, how illegal or unconstitutional, how disgusting, how criminal, or how obvious the crime, Wimps simply will not challenge it. Isn't that what Wimps are for?