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The Problem with Politics

Posted by – 11/14/09

Liberals’ passion is for social justice. Conservatives’ passion is for a moral people. Both make the mistake in thinking this can be somehow legislated.

But no law, no matter how well-designed or positively intended, can change the hearts of men.

When the facts are examined under the honest light of day…

Posted by – 4/22/09

And, I wondered, how could I have spent decades thinking that I thought everything was always wrong at the same time that I thought I thought that people were basically good at heart? Which was it? I began to question what I actually thought and found that I do not think that people are basically good at heart; indeed, that view of human nature has both prompted and informed my writing for the last 40 years. I think that people, in circumstances of stress, can behave like swine, and that this, indeed, is not only a fit subject, but the only subject, of drama.

I’d observed that lust, greed, envy, sloth, and their pals are giving the world a good run for its money, but that nonetheless, people in general seem to get from day to day; and that we in the United States get from day to day under rather wonderful and privileged circumstances—that we are not and never have been the villains that some of the world and some of our citizens make us out to be, but that we are a confection of normal (greedy, lustful, duplicitous, corrupt, inspired—in short, human) individuals living under a spectacularly effective compact called the Constitution, and lucky to get it.

Fantastic article on David Mamet’s conversion from accepting what’s been fed to him all the way to a thinking, informed conservative position. Amazing how that happens, isn’t it? (Notice how he’s speaking to the constrained view versus the unconstrained view.)

Joel Kaplan is confused about Conservatism

Posted by – 12/11/08

I just listened to Joel Kaplan, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, on the Hugh Hewitt Show try to say that this auto bailout should make conservatives happy. Why? Because the money will help forestall Detroit’s experiencing of market forces while at the same time appointing a car czar with the kind of leverage to force the car companies to properly restructure. Yes, propped up industries taking orders from the government is very Conservative. I can’t see anywhere this plan could possibly go awry.

Sigh… and this is the White House we’ve been dealing with for 8 years. Seriously libs, please don’t go thinking this President was Conservative by any stretch of the imagination.

The Problem with McCain, Republicans

Posted by – 10/17/08

I’ve hesitated in writing this. Not because I feel I shouldn’t speak a word against McCain, but because I knew this thing was going to be a whopper. I haven’t much free time these days, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to invest a few hours in this topic right now. Typically, my more lengthy pieces have been small comments I knew I wanted to make that grew as I wrote them. Having mulled over and discussed the following for some time now, I knew this was not going to be a perfunctory post. However, I’ve promised this to several of you, and it’s high time. You can think of this as the I am not a Republican counterpart to my previous I am not a Democrat. More…

A conservative case study on humility

Posted by – 9/29/08

Take note, this is how conservatives do their reporting on the other side. When we get it wrong, we say so. Allahpundit even wears the lenses of reason with his initial assumption that The One couldn’t possibly be as big a hypocrite as it seemed. But as The Anchoress notes, the McCain camp is still playing by the old rules of politics, not realizing the far-reaching effect that Obama’s Chicago thuggery has had on his faithful. Perhaps one could congratulate McCain on running an up-and-up campaign, but against the likeness of Obama, it may very well lose him the election.

The Little Red Hen, Another American Parable

Posted by – 9/29/08

I say another because my buddy Dave at The Redemptive Angle already posted one example of an American Parable. This one comes via my brother in the Navy:

The Little Red Hen

She called all of her Democrat neighbors together and said, ‘If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?’

‘Not I,’ said the cow.

‘Not I,’ said the duck.

‘Not I,’ said the pig.

‘Not I,’ said the goose.

‘Then I will do it by myself,’ said the little red hen, and so she did. The wheat grew very tall and ripened into golden grain.

‘Who will help me reap my wheat?’ asked the little red hen.

‘Not I,’ said the duck..

‘Out of my classification,’ said the pig.

‘I’d lose my seniority,’ said the cow.

‘I’d lose my unemployment compensation,’ said the goose.

‘Then I will do it by myself,’ said the little red hen, and so she did.

At last it came time to bake the bread.

‘Who will help me bake the bread?’ asked the little red hen.

‘That would be overtime for me,’ said the cow.

‘I’d lose my welfare benefits,’ said the duck.

‘I’m a dropout and never learned how,’ said the pig.

‘If I’m to be the only helper, that’s discrimination,’ said the goose.

‘Then I will do it by myself,’ said the little red hen.

She baked five loaves and held them up for all of her neighbors to see. They wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, ‘No, I shall eat all five loaves.’

‘Excess profits!’ cried the cow. (Nancy Pelosi)

‘Capitalist leech!’ screamed the duck. (Barbara Boxer)

‘I demand equal rights!’ yelled the goose. (Jesse Jackson)

The pig just grunted in disdain. (Ted Kennedy)

And they all painted ‘Unfair!’ picket signs and marched around and around the little red hen, shouting obscenities.

Then the farmer (Obama) came. He said to the little red hen, ‘You must not be so greedy.’

‘But I earned the bread,’ said the little red hen.

‘Exactly,’ said Barack the farmer. ‘That is what makes our free enterprise system so wonderful. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide the fruits of their labor with those who are lazy and idle.’

And they all lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and clucked, ‘I am grateful, for now I truly understand.’

She never again baked bread because she joined the ‘party’ and got her bread free. And all the Democrats smiled. ‘Fairness’ had been established.

Individual initiative had died, but nobody noticed; perhaps no one cared…so long as there was free bread that ‘the rich’ were paying for.

Why I like Glenn Beck

Posted by – 6/26/08

He’s a conservative, but not a Republican. I feel like that, too. I can’t honestly push my values out of the way in favor of the party nod. And they’re liars, too. Both parties.

After all, the Republicans said they stood for smaller government, but the size of our government grew enormously under a Republican president and a Republican majority in Congress. Democrats said they stood for an end to the war in Iraq, but for better or worse, nearly two years after taking over Congress, they don’t even have a timetable for withdrawal.

What does he believe? Oh, I love and quite agree with this one:

A conservative believes that our inalienable rights DO include the pursuit of happiness. That means it is guaranteed to no one.

My point? Friends, quit your belly aching. The Government couldn’t bring you happiness even if it tried. All we want the Government to do is protect our right to pursue it.

A conservative believes that there are no protections against the hardship and heartache of failure. We believe that the right to fail is just as important as the chance to succeed and that those who do fail learn essential lessons that will help them the next time around.

Read the rest of a conservative’s mantra here.